Exercise is truly great if you want to shed some pounds, but there is something exercise can't do—spot reduction. And if your area of concern is underneath your chin, you're basically limited to getting invasive liposuction. Or, at least you were. Now there's Kybella, which can destroy fat cells underneath the chin.
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Kybella is an FDA-approved prescription medicine designed to improve the appearance of moderate to severe fat below the chin, AKA a "double chin."
Kybella contains synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid occurs naturally in the body and helps break down and absorb dietary fat. When injected underneath the chin, Kybella destroys fat cells in order to reduce or eliminate the double-chin look.
Yes! Once the fat cells are destroyed, they can no longer store fat.
A consultation with your doctor will determine how many treatments you need based on your chin profile. According to the manufacturer, many people experience visible results after 2–4 treatments (59% of people received six treatments in clinical studies). Specifically:
Read more about the study results here.
During each Kybella treatment, you'll receive multiple injections under your chin. The entire injection process takes about 15–20 minutes.
Each treatment should be spaced at least one month apart.
You will likely experience some bruising, swelling, bruising, or numbness under your chin, all of which can last a few weeks. It's best to schedule your Kybella treatment 3–4 weeks out from a special event.
Kybella is designed for adults over the age of 18.
Also tell your doctor about all of the medicines you take, both prescription and over-the-counter, plus vitamins and herbal supplements.
In clinical studies, nerve injury in the jaw resolved on its own in a median of 44 days (range of 1 to 298 days). Trouble swallowing resolved on its own in a median of 3 days (range of 1 to 81 days).
Read all of the safety considerations for Kybella here.
The information contained in this article is from Kybella's website.