What is KYBELLA®?
KYBELLA® (deoxycholic acid) injection is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment that is used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat). It is not known if KYBELLA® is safe and effective in children less than 18 years of age. It is not known if KYBELLA® is safe and effective for use outside of the submental area.
How does KYBELLA® work for submental fullness (commonly known as the “double chin)?”?
When injected into the area beneath your chin, KYBELLA destroys fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. 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.
How many treatments will I need?
You and your doctor will customize your KYBELLA® treatment regimen, including how many treatments you need, based on your desired chin profile. Many patients experience visible results in 2 to 4 treatment sessions. During these sessions, your HCP will administer KYBELLA® into the fat under your chin using multiple injections. Up to 6 treatment sessions may be administered spaced no less than one month apart.
Are there any side-effects?
The safety profile of KYBELLA® is well characterized. The most common side effects are swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and areas of hardness around 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®. During your consult your provider will be available for medical advice about side effects.
How soon will I see the results?
Although results are noticeable, they are not immediate. KYBELLA® works gradually to destroy fat cells. In clinical studies 79% of people treated with KYBELLA® were satisfied with the appearance of the area beneath their chin 12 weeks after their last treatment.
How long does the effect of a KYBELLA treatment last?
When injected into the fat under your chin, KYBELLA® causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. After the aesthetic response is achieved(number of treatments required), retreatment with KYBELLA® is not expected.
What does the procedure cost?
The procedure fee will vary depending on the area or areas you want treated. Please feel free to contact the Lloyd Dermatology and Laser Center for further information.
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