Treatment time: 45 minutes
What is Kybella?
Kybella is also another product we offer for jaw enhancements. 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.
Many patients note visible results in two to four treatments, although up to four treatments may be administered. Once the patient’s aesthetic goals are accomplished, additional treatments should not be needed.
How does Kybella work?
Deoxycholic acid is a bile acid, naturally produced by your body to help absorb fat. Kybella injections use a synthetic form of this as an injection. Once injected, the acid destroys fat cells beneath the chin area so it can’t store fat anymore.
Your procedure will begin with your healthcare provider marking the injection sites with a marker. A topical numbing agent or ice pack may be applied to ease any discomfort. Usually 20 to 30 injections are used under the chin. The acid then works gradually to kill fat cells, which are metabolized by the body over the following weeks. These fat cells will then be excreted by your body.
What to Expect?
The provider will design a treatment plan according to your specific needs. It is common to need more than one treatment to reach desired aesthetic goals with Kybella. Most patients will see visible results after two to four treatments. Once the deoxycholic acid destroys fat cells in the submental area, the results should be lasting, and further treatment is not expected as the fat cells can no longer store fat.