What is Kybella?
Kybella is the first FDA-approved injectable treatment for permanently reducing submental fat (aka the double chin). It is the only FDA-approved injectable treatment for the reduction of submental fullness, or double chin, in men and women. Its active ingredient is a man-made formulation of deoxycholic acid, a compound that occurs naturally in the human body. The function of deoxycholic acid is to absorb and eliminate fat cells. It has become a popular treatment since its approval and introduction in early 2015.
How Does it Work and Who is the Ideal Candidate?
Deoxycholic acid, the active ingredient in Kybella (and a naturally-occurring molecule), aids in the breakdown and absorption of fat cells. Once killed, these cells are permanently eliminated and the appearance of the double chin/sub-mental fullness is improved. The ideal candidate has good skin quality with palpable chin fat.
How Long Do the Treatments Take, How Many Treatments are Needed and are the Results Permanent?
Depending on the amount of fat being treated, you may require 2 to 5 treatments. Treatments take 5 to 10 minutes and are spaced 1 to 2 months apart. The fat reduction is permanent and so are the results.
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