What is Kybella®?
Historically, people with double chins had only one option to address this frustrating cosmetic concern — liposuction. Now they have a new option — Kybella®. The product was developed based upon research that demonstrated how certain digestive enzymes in the human body target and destroy fat in the foods we eat. A series of Kybella® injections uses this same benefit to treat your double chin.
Benefits of Kybella®
Kybella® is FDA approved to reduce submental fat. This type of fat is found in the upper neck area between the top of the throat and the bottom of the chin. The treatments:
- Take less than 60 minutes
- Require no downtime
- Produce no scarring because incisions are not needed
- Gradually reduce excess fat
How Does Kybella® Work?
Kybella® contains deoxycholic acid which is a synthetic form of a digestive enzyme that is found in the intestines. The enzyme aids digestion by breaking down fat in the foods you eat. deoxycholic acid in Kybella® works in the same way. The acid breaks down the outer membranes of fat cells, which releases the contents. This process permanently destroys the fat cells, and your body eliminates the remnants through natural processes.
What to Expect from Kybella®
The FDA has approved Kybella® as an injectable treatment for submental fat. It has not been tested for use on other areas of the body. Your dermatologist uses a fine needle to inject the product in several locations to evenly distribute the deoxycholic acid. You may feel a slight prick of the needle followed by a very mild sensation of pressure as the solution fills the tissues. Any type of injection can produce symptoms, such as pinpoint bleeding, tenderness, and localized swelling and tenderness. If you experience these symptoms after your Kybella® injections, it may take 24 to 72 hours before the symptoms resolve.
A single treatment with Kybella® may require up to 50 injections, and you may need six or more treatments to eliminate the fat. Most patients achieve the desired fat reduction with two to four treatments. You should wait at least one month in between treatments.
How Much Does Kybella® Cost in Birmingham?
The cost of Kybella® treatments is based on the number of sessions and injections. We will have this information after your consultation and can provide more accurate cost details at that time. Our payment options include cash, checks, major credit cards and financing options.
If you have tried to eliminate your double chin on your own and had little to no success, it may be time to consider Kybella®. Dermatologists of Birmingham is proud to offer this injectable treatment for submental fat associated with double chins. To learn more about Kybella® in the Birmingham and Alabaster areas, contact us to schedule a personal consultation.
*Individual results may vary.