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.
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.
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