What is Kybella?
Kybella is predominantly made up of deoxycholic acid, a substance that occurs naturally within the body with the purpose of destroying fat. In the digestive tract, this salt breaks down fat cell membranes, but it does the same thing in targeted locations when injected. When injected underneath the chin, Kybella® destroys fatty deposits and leaves patients with a more contoured and pronounced jawline.
Kybella is so far the only FDA-approved injectable product to destroy fat cells, and it can provide a great non-invasive, non-surgical alternative to surgery or liposuction to treat a double chin. The Kybella treatment will destroy fat cells in the area permanently, and the body will flush away the damaged cells that are no longer able to accumulate and store fat.
How are Kybella injections performed?
The procedure for performing the Kybella injections is pretty quick and straightforward. The procedure takes place in an office setting and takes no more than around 15 to 20 minutes to complete.
When beginning the Kybella injection procedure, and before administering any injections, your provider will first want to determine the number of micro injections that will be necessary to achieve the desired results for the jawline based on the amount of fat that has accumulated around the treatment area. Temporary guides will be marked on your skin and injections will be done with a micro needle into the areas that are to be treated. This shouldn’t be painful, however, it can be a little uncomfortable for some patients.
The Kybella procedure is typically performed in around two to six sessions, each spaced about a month apart, in order to yield the best possible results. During each session, the number of injections required will vary between patients, with some requiring only around 12 to 20 injections, but others needing as many as 50. This will all come down to the amount of fat that’s stored underneath the chin.