From the makers of Botox, Latisse, and Juvederm comes the first fat-melting injectable treatment: Kybella.
Kybella is FDA-approved for the treatment of melting fat and contouring the jawline.
The most frequently asked questions about Kybella
Submental fullness is the medical term your injector may use to describe the unwanted fullness beneath your chin. This is more commonly referred to as a “double chin”.
If you are bothered by the fullness under your chin, you are not alone.
67% of Americans surveyed admitted to being unhappy with their jawline!
What causes a heavy jawline?
Heaviness along the jawline can be the result of many factors; genetics, weight gain, aging and sun damage can all contribute to this. It is a common problem-area for both men and women, and often the jawline is an area that cannot be improved with diet / exercise.
Kybella is the first FDA-approved injectable treatment that improves the appearance of moderate to severe chin-fullness by physically destroying the present fat-cells.
Is Kybella right for you?
- You do not want surgery.
- You feel like your jawline makes you look older / heavier than you actually are.
- You eat well and take good care of yourself, but the fullness beneath your chin does not go away.
If you agreed with any of the above statements, Kybella treatments are definitely worth looking into.
How does Kybella work?
Kybella injections work by destroying the treated fat-cells. Once destroyed, those fat cells can never accumulate fat again, making your results permanent.
Kybella is made of deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally occurring molecule that aids in the break-down of the body’s dietary fat. (Fat-cells treated with Kybella will be removed from your body through your natural elimination processes.)
Is Kybella safe?
Yes! Not only is the treatment made of a substance already found in our bodies, but Kybella has been subject to extensive testing.
Kybella has been evaluated in over 20x clinical development programs, with more than 1,600 patient studies!
How many treatments will I need?
Together, you and your injector will determine how many sessions you may need to achieve your desired results. The majority of patients need at least 2x treatments, however studies show improvements still occurring with up to 6x sessions.
How far apart are the Kybella treatments?
Kybella treatments should be about 6-8 weeks apart from each other.
What is a Kybella treatment like?
Kybella is administered during an in-office visit, and the injection process takes about 15-20 minutes.
A temporary-tattoo of a grid will be placed underneath your jaw to help mark where each injection will go. (Don’t worry, this marking comes right off the skin with an alcohol-wipe!) Once the grid is in place, and you have had a chance to ask any questions you may have, you will receive a quick series of injections under your chin.
The injections can leave the area feeling sore, and you may have redness or swelling afterwards.
What kind of results can I expect with Kybella?
You can see Before and After pictures of Kybella patients right here.
* Please note that individual results may vary.
Who administers Kybella treatments at About Face?
There are two Kybella injectors, and both are amazingly experienced. Dr Stephen Hess is a double-board certified dermatologist, and Sarah Sidiqi, NP, is an injection-pro who has been doing cosmetic injections for 15+ years, and was previously a clinical injection trainer.
In clinical studies, 79% of people treated with Kybella had improved satisfaction with the appearance of the area beneath their chin 12-weeks after treatment.
Kybella patients also reported improvement in the visual and emotional impact of submental fat when asked how happy, bothered, self-conscious, embarrassed, old and overweight they felt with respect to the amount of their submental fat after they received treatment.
When will I see results?
Although noticeable results will occur, they are not immediate. Kybella works gradually to destroy the targeted fat cells. Results can take 6-8 weeks to appear after each treatment.
Once the desired results have been achieved, further treatments of Kybella are not expected.
Is there downtime with Kybella treatments?
Although you can return to your normal daily activities immediately after treatment, it is very common to have swelling right after a Kybella treatment so it is important to keep your social and work commitments in mind when scheduling. (Prior to, and immediately after, ice-packs will be applied to the area to help prevent as much of this as possible.)
Additionally, anytime an injection occurs, there is always the possibility of bruising. We recommend patients avoid any blood-thinning substances for a few days beforehand, and take oral Arnica pellets prophylactically (a homeopathic anti-bruising, faster-healing treatment) to help minimize any chance of bruising.
Ok, this treatment sounds interesting. Lay the worst case-scenarios on me.
There is the chance of Kybella injections causing negative side-effects, including nerve injury that can cause an uneven smile or facial weakness, and even trouble swallowing. However, these are the worst-case scenarios, and happened in only a very small percentage of test studies. Proper treatment administration should prevent anything like this from occurring!
The most common side-effects are swelling, bruising, area tenderness, temporary site numbness, site redness, and areas of hardness.
Before receiving a Kybella treatment:
It is important that you communicate all of your medical conditions prior to any injections; including if you have had (or plan to have) surgery on your neck, face or chin, have bleeding problems, etc. (It can never hurt to be over-cautious, and the more information you share about your medical history, the better!)
Who should NOT have Kybella treatments?
You should not have Kybella injections if you are pregnant / breast-feeding, or have an infection in the treatment area.
Allergan is the parent-company of Kybella, so you can earn and use Brilliant Distinction points with every treatment!
* Please note that individual results may vary.
(With Khloe Kardashian as the official Kybella spokeswoman, you know the treatment has to be good.)