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What is Kybella? 2 Minute Read

Updated: Dec 26, 2022

Kybella (deoxycholic acid) is a nonsurgical option to help with submental fullness commonly known as “double chin.” Deoxycholic acid aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. It is injected beneath the chin and destroys fat cells. Most injectables have temporary results, but Kybella is permanent. Once those stubborn fat cells are destroyed, they do not come back. Typically, patients require a minimum of two treatments 4-6 weeks apart, with a maximum of six treatments total. After the second treatment, the patient treats to the correction that they would like to achieve.

Not everyone is a candidate for Kybella, so proper consultation with an experienced provider is important. During injection, some patients experience a burning sensation and tenderness that radiates to the back of the neck. This only lasts several minutes, and icing post procedure helps alleviate some of the discomfort. There is not much downtime with this procedure, but patients can expect to have “bullfrog” swelling for 3-5 days. Swelling can last for several weeks post injection, but the worst of it is within the first week. Patients may also experience numbness, tenderness, or hard nodules at the injection site. These are temporary side effects but may last a few weeks. Plan your treatments around your social calendar. This is a common fall and winter procedure due to the fact that swelling can be hidden by scarves and turtlenecks. 

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