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KYBELLA® is a prescription medicine used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called “double chin.” It is not known if KYBELLA® is safe and effective for the treatment of fat outside of the submental area or in children under 18 years of age. The active ingredient in KYBELLA® is synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, KYBELLA® destroys fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin. Once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, so further treatment is not expected once you reach your desired aesthetic goal.


Before starting treatment, your healthcare specialist will examine the area under and around your chin to determine if KYBELLA® is right for you. Then, your specialist will tailor your treatment to the amount of fat under the chin and your aesthetic goals. Treatment can only be administered by a KYBELLA®-trained healthcare specialist. At each treatment, you will receive multiple small injections under your chin, and the injection process takes about 15 to 20 minutes. The exact number of injections will depend on the amount of fat you have under your chin and your desired profile.


Since everyone’s chin profile is different, the number of treatments varies from patient to patient. Your healthcare specialist will help determine how many treatment sessions you need based on the amount and distribution of your submental fat and your personal treatment goals. Each KYBELLA® treatment session is given at least 1 month apart, and you should not receive more than 6 treatments. In clinical studies, 59% of patients received 6 treatments.

KYBELLA is an FDA-approved treatment in which the active ingredient is deoxycholic acid. According to NIH’s Open Chemistry Database, deoxycholic acid is a bile acid that occurs naturally in the body. It “acts as a detergent to solubilize fats for intestinal absorption, is reabsorbed itself, and is used as a choleretic and detergent.” As mentioned previously, Kybella is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment for adults who want to improve the appearance of moderate to severe fat below the chin.

Kybella is administered via injection, so most of our patients want to know exactly how many treatments it will take for them to see desired results. There is no standard for how many treatments it will take to treat the average patient. That’s why all clients interested in receiving Kybella come in for a personal consultation with an Allura neck contouring specialist. They’ll work with you to develop a customized plan for treatment.

Some patients think that because Kybella injections only take a few minutes to administer, the results will be equally as rapid. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. As with many injectable anti-aging facial treatments, it can take between four and six weeks to see results from your Kybella injection.

There’s plenty of information on there in the internet to prove that Kybella injections really work. Just look at the before and after pictures featured on the Allura website if you want visual proof. After asking if it really works, most patients want to know if Kybella’s going to hurt. The injection causes only minimal discomfort of the kind that’s to be expected with any injection. In a small number of patients, a burning or stinging sensation may occur. This is easily remedied with an ice pack, however.

In most patients, the only side effect experienced after Kybella is a small amount of swelling. Again, an ice pack can help to manage this effect. In rare cases, there can also be some redness or light bruising around the injection side. Most patients find these side effects greatly diminished after two or three days.


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