Submental fat, also called a double chin, may be caused by genetic or lifestyle factors. While some people have excess fat below the chin throughout their lives, others develop it as they gain weight or age.
Kybella is a prescription injectable medication that helps reduce moderate to severe fat below the chin.
Kybella contains synthetic deoxycholic acid, a substance that mimics a naturally occurring molecule that helps break down and absorb dietary fat in your body. Once Kybella is injected into fat below your chin, it destroys fat cells. Because these cells can no longer store fat, you’ll experience less fullness in the area.
The number of needed treatments varies, depending on the amount of fat below your chin. Regardless, you’ll receive multiple injections at each session. You may receive a maximum of 6 treatments, spread at least 1 month apart. In clinical research, 59% of patients received the full 6 sessions.
Within 2-4 treatments, many people experience a visibly more slender profile.*
Once destroyed, fat cells don’t regenerate. In other words, fat cells targeted by Kybella won’t return and results last indefinitely. No additional treatment is expected, once you’ve reached your desired look.
The most common side effects of Kybella tend to be temporary, and include bruising, hardness, numbness, redness, pain, and swelling in the treated area. Rare, but more serious, side effects include difficulty swallowing and nerve damage in the jaw, which can lead to facial muscle weakness or an uneven smile.
Kybella suits most anyone with excess chin fat unless an infection is present in the treatment area. Tell your healthcare provider if you’re pregnant or plan to become pregnant since medical researchers don’t yet know whether the treatment harms unborn babies. You should also reveal any medications or herbal supplements you take, especially those that prevent blood-clotting.
*Individual results may vary.
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