Kybella Injections – Goodbye, Double Chin!

Published on July 6, 2016 by


As people grow older, they notice several changes taking place in their bodies, especially in their faces. One of these changes that can be rather unappealing to most people is a double chin, which leaves them scrambling for solutions. A double chin can make people appear older than they really are and in worse shape.

Until recently, anyone who wanted to get rid of their double chin needed to resort to surgical liposuction, which is an invasive procedure and requires a long recovery period. But a new non-invasive procedure called Kybella was recently discovered to help people melt that chin fat away.

What Is Kybella?

To explain it simply, Kybella is a synthetic form of a substance called deoxycholic acid that is produced in your body. This substance aids in absorbing fat. Kybella is made of deoxycholic acid and was synthesized to reduce the fat deposition below the chin, a condition that is called a double chin.

Kybella is the trade name for the compound ATX-101and was first produced by Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, a California-based company focused on prescription cosmetic products.

It works by breaking down the membranes of fat cells deposited under the chin. After the membranes have been destroyed, the fat cells release their contents, which are then metabolized by the body. Kybella has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and has been accepted as an effective method of eliminating double chins.

Who Is Ineligible to Undergo Kybella Injections?

Before a patient decides to undergo this procedure, they must first speak to their healthcare provider and discuss their medical conditions and what medications they are on. People who are allergic to deoxycholic acid should not undergo this procedure. If the patient has an infection around the area to be treated, they would be advised to avoid this procedure.

Doctors will suggest against using Kybella injections if the patient has had a history of cosmetic treatments around their face, neck, or chin. If the patient suffers from a thyroid disorder, swollen lymph nodes, or trouble swallowing, they will be asked to keep away from this kind of cosmetic procedure. Patients under 18 years of age are not allowed to undergo this procedure.

How Is Kybella Administered?

Kybella is an injection that is administered directly into the area under a patient’s chin. The injection is made under the skin by an experienced medical professional. For this procedure to be effective, this injection is administered in six treatment sessions. A patient might receive several injections during each session. A topical anesthetic is applied beforehand to help the patient be more comfortable.

Each session should be spaced at least a month apart. Most patients notice visible results after about two to four sessions. Depending on the results the patient is seeking, the doctor will recommend a certain number of Kybella injections and the number of sessions required.

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