Kybella is a non-surgical method that can be used to reduce the fat in the facial space between a person’s chin and neck. The key ingredient in the injection is deoxycholic acid, which is a modified version of a naturally occurring substance in the human body.
How Does It Work?
The deoxycholic acid in Kybella is a bile acid. Once your treatment provider injects your chin or neck area with this acid, it destroys all of the fat cells that are there permanently. These injected fat cells will no longer store or accumulate fat.
Kybella has fat-reducing properties, but results are not instantaneous. Most patients will need to have multiple sessions to see a difference but will generally notice results after the second session.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate?
This is considered to be a safe procedure for most people. Individuals should consider Kybella if:
- They are over the age of 18 and are in good health.
- They have a moderate amount of neck fat (if treating the neck).
- They want to avoid invasive surgery.
- They haven’t seen significant results from diet or exercise.
Talk to your treatment provider to see whether Kybella might be a solution for your needs.
Kybella is a non-invasive procedure, so there is no significant downtime. Patients may return to work or their normal daily activities immediately after treatment.
After a treatment, there may be swelling, tenderness, and redness of the treatment site. Most patients do not experience discomfort, but it is possible to bruise in the days following the treatment.
How Long Does It Last?
While Kybella is considered to be a permanent treatment for fat loss, results will only last when paired with healthy eating and regular exercise. Fat will not be able to be stored in the cells that were treated. However, other fat cells in the area may remain active, leading to a gradual accumulation of new fat over time.