What is KYBELLA?
Kybella is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment to improve
the appearance of moderate to severe fat beneath the chin by physically
destroying fat cells.
KYBELLA is a prescription medicine used in adults to improve the appearance
and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat),
also called “double chin.” It is not known if KYBELLA is safe
and effective for use outside of the submental area.
How does KYBELLA work?
When injected into the fat beneath your chin, Kybella destroys fat cells.
Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. The active
ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule
in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.
Fat cleared from the treatment area is processed through your body's
How is KYBELLA administered?
Kybella is given during a in-office visit. The injection process may take
15 to 20 minutes. Your healthcare provider will give you a series of injections
into the fat under your chin at each treatment session.
Usually 2 to 3 treatments are recommended for the full result.
What can expect after your KYBELLA treatment?
For most patients, downtime occurred most commonly after the first treatment
session. You should be able to resume your normal daily activities, but
are likely to have swelling, so keep your social plans and work committments
in mind when scheduling your treatment.
Prior to your session, ice packs or topical and/or injectable local anesthesia
are used on the treatment area to help with discomfort. Over the corner
pain reliever may be recommended as well.
What are the possible side effects of KYBELLA
KYBELLA can cause serious side effects, including trouble swallowing and
nerve injury in the jaw that can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness.
The most common side effects of KYBELLA include: swelling, bruising, pain,
numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area.
These are not all of the possible side effects of KYBELLA. Call your healthcare
provider for medical advice about side effects.
How much does KYBELLA cost?
Kybella is priced at $1,200 for the first treatment and $1,000 for subsequent
visits. Treatments should be spaced out 6 to 8 weeks apart.
KYBELLA is right for you if:
- You're bothered by fat under the chin, also known as submental fullness
- You don't want surgery
- You feel the condition makes you look older or heavier than you actually are
- You eat well and exercise, but submental fullness does not go away