KYBELLA® is the only FDA-approved injectable treatment that destroys fat cells in the treatment

KYBELLA® is the only FDA-approved injectible treatment that destroys fat cells in the treatment area under the chin to improve your profile. It was approved in 2015.  It’s active ingredient is synthetic deoxycholic acid, a molecule that occurs naturally in your body and assists in the absorption of dietary fat.  This nonsurgical injection technique takes only 15-20 minutes to complete, and it destroys the fat cells in that area so that they can no longer store fat.

KYBELLA® offers an attractive alternative to liposuction, but reducing chin fat is not the only use for this product.  There are a number of exciting off label uses as well.  Patients should be aware that this off label use is not advocated by the company that makes Kybella® and that there are no standardized dosing guidelines for these areas.

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Jowl Fat

While KYBELLA® is approved to treat submental fat; the treatment may be used to correct sagging jowls as well.  When combined with treatment for submental fat, this can make significant changes to someone’s profile, and often, this helps to boost confidence levels.  Very small amounts are given at each treatment so as not to reduce too much fat from the area.  Multiple treatments are needed.

Bra Fat

Bra Fat is that unflattering protrusion of fat that appears around the bra area.   It can occur due to weight gain, aging, genetic predisposition, or after breast reduction surgery.  KYBELLA® can also help to eliminate these fat pockets.  Many Doctors have had excellent success in removing targeted areas of fat with KYBELLA® in this area of the body.

Inner Knee Fat

Fat in the back of your knees can make nice legs look larger than they actually are and wearing skirts or shorts no longer look good.  Unfortunately, however, this area is hard to exercise, and even liposuction treatments tend to be ineffective in this region.   KYBELLA®, however, can reduce the number of fat cells in this area.

Pubic Area

This is another area where people are receiving KYBELLA® injections to reduce a protruding mons pubis.  This treatment tends to be gentler than liposuction and less invasive than a pubic lift procedure.  The procedure permanently dissolves fat cells, making it a great way to get rid of pockets of fat in the pubic region so you look better in your yoga pants and bathing suits.

Belly and Arm Fat

Many people have a lot of excess fat around their belly, on their thighs, and under their arms.  KYBELLA® can also help address the fat deposits in these areas.  Although the large amounts of fat present that need to be reduced can make  the treatment cost prohibitive.  However, if you have a small pocket of fat, it is perfect for sculpting especially after a liposuction procedure, which are never perfectly smooth.

Using Kybella® For Off Label Uses

KYBELLA® works best for patients who are at a healthy body weight, but who are struggling to eliminate fat in problem areas as mentioned  previously.  Generally you need 2-4 injection sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart.  Typically mild swelling occurs during the first week due to the inflammatory process of how the solution breaks down the fat cells.  After that, many people report results within 3-4 weeks, but the full benefits can take up to 60-90 days to appear.

What Are The Possible Side Effects?

KYBELLA® can cause serious side effects, including:

Nerve injury in the jaw (which can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness)

Trouble swallowing

Injection site problems including: bruising, hair loss, open sores (ulcers), damage and tissue cell-death (necrosis) around the injection site. Call your healthcare provider if you develop open sores or drainage from the treatment area

The most common side effects of KYBELLA® include:

Swelling, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area.  These are not all the possible side effects of KYBELLA®.

Who Should Not Get Kybella®?

KYBELLA® works best for patients who are at a healthy body weight, but who are struggling to eliminate fat in problem areas as mentioned  previously.  Generally you need 2-4 injection sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart.  Typically mild swelling occurs during the first week due to the inflammatory process of how the solution breaks down the fat cells.  After that, many people report results within 3-4 weeks, but the full benefits can take up to 60-90 days to appear.

What Is The Procedure Like?

Until now, surgery was the only option available for individuals concerned about extra fat deposits below the chin. But with Kybella, the same results can be achieved via an outpatient appointment. During this treatment, a series of injections is made under the chin and along the neck and into the subcutaneous fat. The medication attacks only the fat around the injection site. This causes the body to dissolve the fat pad into small granules, and then flushes it out of the body.  After the fat is gone, patients will notice that their skin remains tight and firm over the chin and neck creating a smooth yet more defined jaw and neck line.

Will I Need Time To Recover After The Injections?

After your KYBELLA® treatment, you will likely have some swelling, bruising, or numbness under your chin. Be sure to inform your healthcare professional if you develop an uneven smile, facial muscle weakness,   and difficulty swallowing or injection site problems such as bruising, hair loss, open sores (ulcers), and damage and tissue cell-death (necrosis) around the injection site. Call our office if you develop open sores or drainage from the treatment area.   Because this is a non-invasive procedure, there is minimal downtime, and most patients are immediately able to return to work and most of their normal daily activities.

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