Kybella, or deoxycholic acid, is a new treatment for patients with fullness under their chin (submental fullness). Kybella is FDA approved to treat fat deposits in this area. Kybella treatments are given through a series of microinjections to the underside of the chin, and these are performed in Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Elliot Hirsch's office! The entire process typically takes less than 30 minutes, and the results are permanent with no surgery required!
Kybella is made from deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in the body. When Kybella is injected, it helps destroy fat cells so that they are removed by your body.
What are the side effects of Kybella?
The most common side effects of Kybella are swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, and redness. Rarely, Kybella can cause temporary asymmetries in mouth movement or swallowing sensation changes through its effects on nerves. These are temporary, and usually resolve in a few months.
How many injections of Kybella do I need to have?
Each session of Kybella treatment is a series of 15-25 microinjections. A minimum of two treatment sessions is necessary to achieve optimal results, and 4-6 weeks are typical between sessions. Most patients undergo 2-4 sessions.
What is the recovery period like after Kybella?
Swelling is very common after Kybella injections. Typically, swelling begins 1-2 days after Kybella injections and is most noticeable 2-4 days after the treatment. Swelling can last 2 weeks after treatment, and is usually gone after 4 weeks.