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Kybella® - The Fat Dissolving Injection

Kybella® Overview

GOALS Improve appearance of 'double chin' by diminishing fat in sub-mental region of the neck (underneath the chin)
PROCEDURE Kybella treatment.
ANESTHESIA None or topical anesthesia
LENGTH 10 minutes
AFTER PROCEDURE Minor redness which typically improves in about 20 minutes
RECOVERY Resume normal activities immediately



Kybella is an injectable treatment used to diminish the appearance of a 'double chin', also known as 'submental fullness' that is caused by accumulation of fat in the submental area of the neck located underneath the chin.

Photo Pearson Kybella before after

Model depicted. Not a patient of Dr. Pearson's

Kybella is comprised of deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally-occuring substance which can effectively 'absorb' fat cells.

Kybella is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment to improve the appearance of the 'double chin.' Kybella received FDA approval in 2015 for this indication.

Treatments involve 12-20 tiny injections underneath the skin in the submental region. Most people will need 2-3 treatment visits to achieve optimal results, although some patients may receive up to 6 treatments. Treatments are spaced apart by at least 1 month.

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In studies conducted by the manufacturer, 80% of patients who received treatment noticed some improvement in their chin fat.

The Aging Process
Over time, fat deposits accumulate in submental area of the neck. This fat deposition may contribute to the loss of a youthful neck contour. Until recently, Liposuction was the only available option to help to diminish this unfavorable fat accumulation.

Candidates for Kybella treatment
You may be a candidate for Kybella treatment if you are dissatisfied with the appearance of fullness in submental area of the neck, located underneath the chin.

Complementary Procedures
Other injectable treatments such as 'wrinkle relaxers' or 'wrinke fillers' may be used elsewhere in the face. Facial resurfacing procedures may also be considered to improve skin surface irregularities.

A Neck Lift may be considered in some people. Kybella can diminish the submental fullness, but does NOT substantially improve neck laxity due to muscle and/or skin sagging.

Temporary redness resolves within minutes. Normal activities are resumed immediately. Instructions are given to avoid certain activities for 1 day.

Caution is advised by the FDA. Kybella should only be administered by a licensed medical professional. Kybella can cause serious side effects, including nerve injury in the jaw that can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness, and trouble swallowing, the FDA said. The most common side effects of Kybella include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and areas of hardness in the treatment area.

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