WHAT IS KYBELLA
If you’re interested in a nonsurgical way to reduce submental fullness, also known as double chin, KYBELLA® may be right for you. KYBELLA is a first-of-its-kind injectable treatment for adults with submental fullness that destroys fat cells under the chin to improve your profile. KYBELLA® is the only FDA-approved injectable treatment that destroys fat cells in the treatment area under the chin to improve your profile.
HOW KYBELLA WORKS
The active ingredient in KYBELLA is synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is 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 destroys fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin. Once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, so further treatment is not expected once you reach your desired aesthetic goal.
Before starting treatment, your healthcare specialist will examine the area under and around your chin to determine if KYBELLA is right for you. Then, your specialist will tailor your treatment to the amount of fat under the chin and your aesthetic goals.
Treatment can only be administered by a KYBELLA-trained healthcare specialist. At each treatment, you will receive multiple small injections under your chin, and the injection process takes about 15 to 20 minutes. The exact number of injections will depend on the amount of fat you have under your chin and your desired profile.
KYBELLA SIDE EFFECTS & RECOVERY
THE MOST COMMON SIDE EFFECTS OF KYBELLA INCLUDE: Swelling, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area. Other side effects include: Nerve injury in the jaw (which can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness); Trouble swallowing; Injection site problems including: bruising, hair loss, open sores (ulcers), damage and tissue cell-death (necrosis) around the injection site.
After KYBELLA treatment, you will likely have some swelling, bruising, or numbness under your chin. Be sure to inform your healthcare professional if you develop an uneven smile, facial muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing or injection site problems such as bruising, hair loss, open sores (ulcers), and damage and tissue cell-death (necrosis) around the injection site.
THE KYBELLA PROCESS
- Initial Consultation
- Procedure: 30 minutes per session
- Sessions Required for Optimal Results
- Recovery Time: You will likely have some swelling for 3-5 days and may desire to be at home.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Is Submental Fullness?
Submental fullness due to submental fat, sometimes referred to as ”double chin,” is a common, yet undertreated facial aesthetic condition. It can detract from an otherwise balanced and harmonious facial appearancei – leading to an older and heavier look.
Submental fullness can impact a broad range of adults, and is not limited to people who are overweight. This condition can impact men or women of average weight and can be caused by aging, genetics and weight gain. It is often resistant to diet and exercise alone.ii
According to a 2014 survey by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), over 2/3 of consumers are bothered by submental fullness – nearly as many as those bothered by lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
What is KYBELLA™ (DEOXYCHOLIC ACID) injection?
KYBELLA™ (deoxycholic acid) injection, also known as ATX-101, is the first and only FDA-approved injectable drug that contours and improves the appearance of submental fullness due to submental fat.
KYBELLA™ is indicated for improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe convexity or fullness associated with submental fat in adults. The safe and effective use of KYBELLA™ for the treatment of subcutaneous fat outside the submental region has not been established and is not recommended.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Your specialist will create a tailored treatment plan based on your chin profile. At each treatment, you will be given multiple small injections under your chin. You may receive up to 6 treatment sessions, spaced at least 1 month apart. Many patients experience visible results in 2 to 4 KYBELLA® treatments. 59% of patients received 6 treatments in clinical studies.
How Long Will Results Last?
When injected into fat under the chin, KYBELLA® causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. After reaching your desired aesthetic, further treatment is not expected.
How Is KYBELLA Administered?
KYBELLA™ is administered by injections into the fat under the chin.
Each in-office treatment session is typically 15-20 minutes.
Treatment with KYBELLA™ is customized by the physician to the patient’s aesthetic goals for an improved chin profile.
Am I eligible for KYBELLA?
Only you and your doctor can decide if KYBELLA® is right for you. If you’re bothered by fullness under your chin and wish to avoid surgery, ask your doctor about KYBELLA®.
It is not known if KYBELLA® is safe and effective for the treatment of fat outside of the submental area or in children under 18 years of age.
What Should I Tell My Doctor Before Treatment?
Before receiving KYBELLA®, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
- Have had or plan to have surgery on your face, neck, or chin
- Have had cosmetic treatments on your face, neck, or chin
- Have had or have medical conditions in or near the neck area
- Have had or have trouble swallowing
- Have bleeding problems
- Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if KYBELLA® will harm your unborn baby)
- Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed (it is not known if KYBELLA® passes into your breast milk)
- Are taking any medications, especially blood thinners
Why Should I Choose KYBELLA?
Kybella is an excellent minimally invasive alternative to cosmetic surgery. No surgery means no general anesthesia, and since there’s no downtime, you can resume your daily activities immediately.
Kybella is an FDA-approved treatment, which means it’s safe for most people. While you may experience some initial redness and minor bruising, the injection destroys fat cells without harming the surrounding tissue, so there are minimal side effects.
Several clinical trials have proven Kybella to be safe and effective. It permanently removes unwanted fat cells and restores your confidence in the process.