Kybella

Kybella Specialist
Kybella® is the first injectable treatment option designed to reduce the fat cells that result in a double chin. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David Alessi of the Alessi Institute for Facial Plastic Surgery is proud to offer this service to patients in Beverly Hills, California, and the surrounding area.
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Kybella Q & A

by David Alessi, MD, FACS

What’s Kybella?

Kybella is an injectable medicine used to reduce the appearance of submental fat, which is fat located under your chin.

Who’s a good candidate for Kybella?

Kybella is appropriate for adults with moderate-to-severe fat located below the chin. It’s an ideal treatment option for patients who want to get rid of their double chin, especially when going on diets and exercising regularly haven’t helped. Kybella is also a good choice for patients who want to improve the appearance of their profile without undergoing surgery.

How does Kybella work?

Kybella’s active ingredient is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in the human body. This molecule plays an important role in the breakdown of fat. When a synthetic form of the molecule is injected into the fat under the chin, it destroys fat cells. This leads to a visible reduction in the patient’s double chin.

What happens during treatment?

During treatment, the patient receives a series of small injections in the chin. Each treatment session takes 15-20 minutes to complete.

How many treatments are necessary?

Once Kybella destroys fat cells, they don’t come back so additional treatments shouldn’t be necessary. It may take more than 1 treatment to reach the desired result, though. Patients may have up to 6 treatments at least 1 month apart.

Does Kybella cause side effects?

Some people may experience side effects after Kybella treatments. Some of the most common side effects include redness, numbness, pain, swelling, bruising, and areas of hardness in the treatment area. In most cases, these side effects fade over time.

In rare cases, patients may experience more serious side effects, including trouble swallowing or nerve injury to the jaw. These more serious side effects are much less likely to occur.

Is there anyone who shouldn’t undergo Kybella treatment?

Kybella isn’t appropriate for patients under 18 years old. The treatment may also be inappropriate for people who have had surgery or cosmetic treatments on the chin, neck, or face, as well as those who have bleeding problems.

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