Kybella: the non-invasive way to dissolve a double chin

Kybella: the non-invasive way to dissolve a double chin
By: Vein & Laser Institute Last Updated: July 31, 2020

Sometimes a double chin is a particular trait passed down through genetics. Chin fat can also be an unwanted reminder of weight loss. No matter the cause of submental fullness, there’s a simple injection that can help. Kybella is the first FDA-approved injectable treatment for reducing fat under the chin. There is no significant downtime, which makes it non-invasive and ideal for many individuals. If your chin and neck are areas of concern due to excess fat, Kybella can permanently dissolve fat cells without the need for liposuction or surgery.

What is Kybella?

The Kybella injection is a non-surgical treatment used to “melt” fat. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2015, Kybella is designed for the submental region of your body – also known as the space between the chin and neck. The key ingredient in Kybella is synthetic deoxycholic acid, a modified form of a substance that naturally occurs in your body. This bodily fluid is essential to the digestive system for emulsification and fat absorption.

How Kybella works

When injected into a specific area, Kybella destroys fat cells permanently. Those cells are no longer able to accumulate or store fat. The cell debris turns into waste, which is then washed away by your lymph system and metabolized, allowing your body’s natural healing process to eliminate the cells. Treatment plans require several appointments spaced one month apart. Each session involves multiple small injections taking about 15 to 20 minutes. The exact number of injections will depend on the amount of fat present, your unique anatomy and desired goals. Following treatment, fat cells are typically removed from the treatment area within four to six weeks

Where Kybella can be used

Kybella has only been approved for use on double chins at this time. Because Kybella is most effective on small sections of fat, it’s not viable for treating issues like love handles. The FDA is currently researching Kybella’s potential benefits in other treatment areas.

The ideal Kybella candidate

Kybella is a safe injection for the majority of people, and nearly everyone is an ideal candidate. The following traits make you an ideal Kybella candidate:

  •       You are over the age of 18 and in good health
  •       You have a moderate amount of neck fat
  •       You want to avoid invasive surgery
  •       You have not had successful results from diet or exercise
  •       You have good skin quality with minimal laxity

If you’re interested in eliminating unwanted chin fat, the first step in making a change is to schedule a consultation. The staff at Vein & Laser can discuss optimal treatment options specifically targeting your areas of concern.

Possible side effects

The most commonly seen side effects of Kybella include swelling, bruising, and discomfort immediately after injection. Ice and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications can be used effectively to reduce any pain or swelling following the treatment. Serious side effects are incredibly rare but may include nerve injuries in the jaw that cause facial weakness and trouble swallowing. It is essential to only trust a skilled and experienced provider to perform Kybella injections.

Client comfort levels can vary

Some patients tolerate discomfort better than others. If you feel you may be sensitive to injections, you can have your submental area numbed to reduce discomfort. In clinical trials, pain and swelling decreased over subsequent sessions. Potential discomfort can be managed by oral analgesics, topical anesthetics, injectable anesthetics, and ice.

Destroy fat cells for good

Once Kybella destroys fat cells, they’re gone for good. The results you achieve from the injections are permanent and yours to keep! The best way to ensure your ideal results is to maintain a healthy weight and diet. In clinical trials performed by the FDA, patients who experienced weight gain after Kybella didn’t see a return of unwanted double chin fat. The only thing you have to lose is your double chin. Contact Vein & Laser Institute today to schedule your Kybella consultation appointment.