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What is Kybella™?

kybella-lexington-kentuckySubmental fullness, sometimes referred to as “double chin,” is a common yet undertreated facial aesthetic condition that can impact a broad range of adults, including both women and men. Kybella™ is the first and only FDA-approved nonsurgical treatment that contours and improves the appearance of submental fullness.

    Kybella™:

  • Is a nonsurgical, 15- to 20-minute in-office treatment session
  • Is customized to help you achieve your treatment goals
  • Destroys fat cells when injected into the fat beneath your chin. Once the aesthetic goal is achieved, re-treatment is not expected

The most common side effects of KYBELLA include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area.

To find out more about Kybella at Lexington Plastic Surgery, request a consultation or call (859) 279-2111.

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.

When injected into the fat beneath your chin, KYBELLA causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.

Kybella has been the focus of a global clinical development program involving more than 20 clinical studies with more than 2600 patients worldwide, of whom more than 1600 have been treated with Kybella.

Kybella is typically given in a 15- to 20-minute in-office treatment session. Dr. Gerstle will give you a series of injections into the fat under your chin at each treatment session. Dr. Gerstle will customize your Kybella treatment based on the amount of submental fullness you have and your treatment goals.

Together, you will decide the treatment plan that’s right for you.

Many patients treated with Kybella experience visible contouring of their chin profile in 2 to 4 treatments (spaced at least one month apart). Some people require up to 6 treatments in order to achieve results. Once your chin profile has improved, you may not need to be treated with Kybella again.

For most patients, downtime was minimal and occurred most commonly after the first treatment session. When scheduling your treatments, keep your social plans and work commitments in mind.

As with other injectable treatments, you may experience side effects with Kybella. The most common side effects are swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area. Please see Important Safety Information below for additional side effects of Kybella.

In clinical trials, the incidence and severity of most side effects decreased with subsequent Kybella treatments.

Prior to administering Kybella, your doctor may apply ice/cold packs or topical and/or injectable local anesthesia to the treatment area to make you more comfortable. He or she may also suggest you take an over-the-counter pain reliever before your appointment.

After treatment, apply ice or a cold pack to the treatment area for 10 to 15 minutes, as needed.

The most common side effects of Kybella include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area.

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.

These are not all of the possible side effects of Kybella. Call Dr. Gerstle for more information about possible side effects.

Text and images courtesy of KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. Kybella is a trademark of KYTHERA.