kybella treatment

At Melinda Menezes, MD we’re always on the lookout for learning opportunities to improve our technique and better understand the science behind the products and procedures we offer. Safely helping you achieve the results you want and care for your best self are our top priorities, so we jumped at the chance learn more about KYBELLA® as a team last month. 

If you have a double chin you’d like to delete but aren’t interested in going under the knife KYBELLA® may be a great option for you. FDA-approved for the use of destroying fat cells under the chin, KYBELLA® is an injectable treatment that reduces unwanted fat for a sleek and smooth profile. 

How does KYBELLA® work?

The active ingredient in KYBELLA® is synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When we inject KYBELLA® under the chin the synthetic acid destroys fat cells living under there and your body naturally flushes them away. 

What can I expect during a KYBELLA® treatment?

KYBELLA® is different than many other injectable treatments because it is administered in a series of small injections to the treatment area. Some patients may experience mild discomfort during the injection but we have several pain management tools from ice to topical numbing and our Zimmer Chiller that make the procedure very quick and comfortable. 

Can I use KYBELLA® to destroy fat in other areas?

KYBELLA® is FDA-approved for the treatment of unwanted fat under the chin to create a sleek and smooth profile, however, medical providers across the country do safely and effectively use KYBELLA® “off-label” to treat other areas of of unwanted facial fat such as jowls. If you have an area of concern you’d like to treat talk with Dr. Menezes about your goals and options.

How long does it take to recover and when will I see results?

Every patient is different and it may take several treatments to get your desired results. Some swelling and bruising should be expected following the treatment but once swelling subsides you will start to see results as your body flushes the unwanted fat cells away.