What is Kybella?
Kybella is a prescription medicine 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 for use outside of the submental area.
Kybella (deoxycholic acid) injection is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment that contours and improves the appearance of submental fullness, sometimes referred to as “double chin”.
Anyone in good physical health, not pregnant or nursing or with a skin infection can use Kybella. It is important to have a realistic conversation with our providers about what Kybella treatments can do. Please discuss the results you want with one of the nurses to ensure that the results you want can be achieved, and that Kybella is the best way to achieve them.
How Does it work
The active ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid, which is naturally present in the human body and plays an important role in managing fats. However, when used in Kybella, this acid works to safely break down the membranes of fat cells. As the fat cells are destroyed, the body’s natural processes remove them from the treatment area.
It is important to note that this process is different from losing weight. When an individual loses weight, the fat cells shrink; leading to a reduction in overall visible volume. However, Kybella permanently destroys the fat cells at the treatment site, thus achieving results that are virtually permanent (unless there is a big change in your lifestyle and dietary habits that cause the remaining fat cells to expand significantly).
Results with this treatment appear gradually, with full benefits showing after approximately 6 months of treatment. Inner Image patients find this to be a an added bonus of the treatment, because the gradual change makes it impossible for anyone to tell that you’ve had work done, and the loss of the double chin looks natural.
- FDA-approved for use on fat underneath the chin
- Minimally invasive
- No downtime
- Reduced fat underneath the chin
- Better appearance
- Youthful look
- No surgery
- No general anesthesia
- Very rare and minimal side effects (typically bruising, pain, and redness at the injection points)