Kybella® (deoxycholic acid) injection is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment that is used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called, “double chin.” It is not known if Kybella® is safe and effective in children less than 18 years of age. It is not known if Kybella® is safe and effective for use outside of the submental area.
How does Kybella® work?
The active ingredient in Kybella® is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, Kybella® causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed after treatment, these cells cannot store or accumulate fat.
Is Kybella® right for me?
Only you and your doctor can decide if Kybella® is right for you. If you’re bothered by submental fullness or double chin, then ask your doctor about Kybella®.
How many people have been treated with Kybella®?
Kybella® has been the focus of a global clinical development program involving over 20 clinical studies with more than 2,600 patients worldwide, of which over 1,600 have been treated with Kybella®.
Will I experience any side effects?
The most common side effects are swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and areas of hardness around the treatment area. Kybella® can also cause serious side effects including trouble swallowing and nerve injury in the jaw that can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness. Other possible side effects can occur which can be discussed during your scheduled appointment with the doctor.
How many treatments will I need?
You and your doctor will customize your Kybella® treatment regimen, including how many treatments you need, based on your desired chin profile. Many patients experience visible results in 2 to 4 treatment sessions. During these sessions, your doctor will administer Kybella® into the fat under your chin using multiple injections. Up to 6 treatment sessions may be administered spaced no less than one month apart.
How long will the results last?
When injected into the fat under your chin, Kybella® causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. After the aesthetic response is achieved, retreatment with Kybella® is not expected.