Kybella

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Having a double chin can make you feel self-conscious because you appear older or heavier than you really are. Kybella can eliminate your extra chin and help you regain your confidence without having surgery.

What Is Kybella?

Kybella is an FDA-approved, non-surgical treatment designed to rid patients of unwanted extra fat under the chin. Deoxycholic acid, naturally found in the body, breaks down and absorbs dietary fat. Kybella uses synthetic deoxycholic acid to do the same thing in a targeted area, namely the chin.

At each appointment, Kybella is injected into several places in the chin, where it destroys unwanted fat cells so they can no longer store fat. The process takes 20 minutes or less, and the number of injections administered at each appointment depends on the amount of fat to be eliminated.

The number of monthly treatments needed also depends on the amount of unwanted fat and your desired end result. The maximum number of treatments a patient can receive is six, and according to mykybella.com, a little over half of all patients receive six treatments.

Currently, Kybella is only approved for use on the chin in people over the age of 18.

Recovery Time and Side Effects

As with most esthetic treatments, you may experience some redness, bruising, swelling, or discomfort around the injection sites. Swelling may take up to a month to completely subside, while redness and discomfort should disappear in a few days. Other side effects include trouble swallowing, numbness, and hard spots or lumps near the injection sites.

How Long Do Kybella Treatment Results Last?

This is perhaps the best fact about Kybella. Because the fat cells under the chin are essentially being destroyed, they will never be able to store fat again, so additional treatment should not be necessary for several years, if not longer.