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KYBELLA® is the new FDA approved drug, used to improve the appearance of one's double chin. The fat below this chin is called "submental fat" and can leave some feeling self conscious or embarrassed.
According to Web MD upwards of 80% of people with double chins are concerned about the condition. Kybella is an alternative to other treatments such as liposcution or surgery in order to fix a double chin.
The active ingredient is a synthetic deoxycholic acid. It is a naturally occurring molecule that helps to breakdown and absorb dietary fat. When injected underneath the chin Kybella helps to destroy the fat cells which in turn results in a noticeably nicer profile, and smaller double chin. The best part of this injectable is that once these cells are destroyed, they can no longer store or accumulate fat. Therefore, this treatment last long and no further treatments are expected.
You should not recieve Kybella is you have an infection in the treatment area.
This varies from person to person. Everyone's chin profile is different. The best way to determine this is to talk to a doctor that has experience with injectables and figure out together what are your personal goals for this treatment. These treatments are given at least one month apart, and one should not need more than six treatments. According to the Kybella® website clinical studies found 59% of patients received 6 treatments.
One will likely receive swelling, burising, or possible numbness under the chin. If you do develop any facial muscle weakness, or difficulty swallowing talk to your doctor immediately. If not, recovery tends to be very quick and one can resume normal active immediately after injection.