Kybella® is newer to the aesthetic market and, although late to the party, we are utilizing it at TOC Medical Spa. Kybella® is used to diminish fat in the submentum (beneath the chin) improving the appearance of ones profile and minimizing a double chin. We have seen improvement in a number of patients and staff members.
Kybella® is a prescription injectable with deoxycholic acid as the active ingredient. Deoxycholic acid destroys fat cells and then your body metabolizes these cells as waste. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in our bodies which helps breakdown dietary fat.
Kybella® is injected in to the sub mental fat by your provider after drawing a diagram and placing a temporary “tattoo” over the area to help evenly distribute the product to the treatment area. The treatment stings and we find the use of an icepac to be the best way to minimize the discomfort. After the treatment swelling is expected and is the most noticeable in the first few days after treatment. There can be swelling (mostly noticeable to the patient) for 3-4 weeks. The swelling is an inflammatory response to the degradation of the fat. The good news is that we are finding that there is some skin retraction once the swelling resolves. There is likely some collagen formation secondary to the inflammatory response. There can also be bruising, numbness and redness after the treatment as well. Depending on the amount of improvement desired, multiple treatments will be necessary.
This is a great treatment for anyone with extra fullness under the chin, from a mild double chin to a fuller neck.