Kybella – The First and Only FDA-Approved Injection Treatment for the Fat Underneath the Chin
Kybella is the only non-surgical, minimally-invasive, injectable treatment option for submental fullness, commonly referred to as a “double chin.” Submental fullness, a common cosmetic concern, can be seen in men and women and may be related to aging, weight gain, and genetics. Submental fullness can result in an older or heavier appearance because of its effect on facial balance and proportion.
In research by the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), over two-thirds of consumers surveyed were bother by submental fullness; nearly as many those concerned with crow’s feet. While submental fullness is common, it is undertreated and often not decreased by diet and exercise alone. Kybella, or deoxycholic acid, injection is approved by the FDA for the treatment of submental fullness or “double chin.” Miami Skin & Vein is one of the first practices in South Florida to offer this revolutionary drug.
With over 20 clinical studies supporting its use and thousands of patients already treated, Kybella is a safe, effective, and well-researched treatment for submental fullness.
What Is Kybella Used For?
- To eliminate submental fullness due to submental fat.
- For reduction in “double chin."
- To contour the bulge under the chin caused by fat.
- Reduce jowl fat for improvement in jawline definition.
Kybella Injection for Submental Fullness & Double Chin by Dr. Shaun Patel
Dr. Shaun Patel, an expert in facial aesthetics and noninvasive facial rejuvenation, performs Kybella injection on a volunteer patient in this instructional video.
Frequently Asked Questions about Kybella
What is Kybella?
Kybella is a medication containing deoxycholic acid or ATX 101, manufactured by Kythera Biopharmaceuticals. This is the first and only injection treatment approved by the FDA to improve the appearance of submental fullness due to fat beneath the chin.
What is submental fullness?
Submental fullness, commonly referred to as “double chin,” is a common but undertreated cosmetic condition related to excess fat underneath the chin. Submental fullness can cause patients to look older and heavier than they actually are by disrupting normal facial balance and proportion.
How does it work?
Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that breaks down dietary fat and aids in its absorption. Kybella is a synthetic version of deoxycholic acid. When injected into the fat underneath the skin, it causes destruction of fat cells. The results are permanent as the fat cells are eliminated.
Am I a Candidate for Kybella?
Most people who are unhappy with the fullness beneath their chin are good candidates for Kybella. This popular injectable may be the perfect way to reach your goals without surgery.
There are a few signs that you would benefit from Kybella. For example, if you have good skin elasticity, want to contour your lower face, and are looking for long-lasting results, then this could be the right treatment. However, a consultation is the only way to know for sure.
How Long Do the Results Last?
Kybella offers long-term benefits. You shouldn’t need more treatments after you’ve achieved your desired level of fat reduction. After all, this injectable is praised for its long-lasting results.
Kybella works by breaking down unwanted fat cells. Those cells can’t store or accumulate fat. Maintaining a stable weight will keep the surrounding fat cells in check and protect your new look.
How Should I Prepare for My Kybella Treatment?
Kybella requires very little preparation because it’s a nonsurgical treatment. However, you’ll likely want to schedule your procedure well in advance of any important events. It takes time for swelling to fade and for the treatment to work, so it’s always good to check your social calendar.
You may be asked to avoid ibuprofen and other blood-thinning medications and supplements. This step can help minimize bruising after your appointment. Also, try to arrive with clean skin.
Is There Any Downtime?
Kybella involves little to no downtime. You can resume most activities right after your appointment. However, you should not exercise for 24 hours. Swelling is a normal side effect, and it will improve within a week or two. You can speed up the process by applying an icepack to the treated area for ten minutes every hour for the first 24 hours and elevating your head.
Miami Skin and Vein offers treatment tips to help ensure a quick recovery and optimal results. We encourage you to review these instructions prior to your next appointment at our practice.
Are There Any Off-label Uses for Kybella? If So, Are They Safe?
The FDA-approved indication for Kybella is submental fullness. However, many people are beginning to use this product off-label to reduce small pockets of fat in different treatment areas. It has been administered to problem spots like the jowls, back (bra bulge), armpits, and knees.
Kybella has not been evaluated for safety or efficacy outside the submental area. Dr. Patel has had success treating jowl fat with Kybella. However, he still prefers to target the double chin.
Is Kybella safe?
Over 20 clinical studies have been performed on Kybella and more than 1,600 patients were treated in the initial clinical trials establishing safety and efficacy. Subsequently, the FDA approved Kybella for injection into the submental fat in April 2015. It has an excellent safety profile, with the most common side effects including bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and firmness at sites of injection. Nerve injury and difficulty swallowing are far less common but reported side effects.
Can it be combined with other cosmetic procedures?
Absolutely! Dr. Shaun Patel commonly combines Kybella with other injectable treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers (including Juvederm). He will discuss treatment options with you during your cosmetic consultation.
How is Kybella administered?
Kybella is administered by injection into the fat under the chin. It is an in-office procedure. Treatment sessions typically last 15 to 20 minutes.
How many vials of Kybella will I need?
In Dr. Patel's experience, higher doses of Kybella result in quicker and better results. On average, in his clinic, he used 3-4 vials per session with most patients seeing noticeable improvement after 2 sessions spaced apart at an 8 week interval.