Bothered by the fullness beneath your chin?
What is KYBELLA®?
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 use
outside of the submental area and in children less than 18 years of age.
How does KYBELLA® work?
When injected into the fat beneath your chin, KYBELLA® destroys fat cells.
Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.
The active ingredient in KYBELLA® is deoxycholic acid, a naturally
occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown
and absorption of dietary fat.
Fat cleared from the treatment area is processed through your body’s
How many treatment sessions will I need?
Your healthcare provider will help you determine how many treatment
sessions you need based on the amount and distribution of your submental
fat and your personal treatment goals. Up to 6 treatments may be
administered, spaced no less than 1 month apart.
How is KYBELLA® administered?
KYBELLA® is given during an in-office visit. The injection process may
take 15 to 20 minutes. Your healthcare provider will give you a series
of injections into the fat under your chin at each treatment session.
What can I expect after my treatment session?
For most patients, downtime occurred most commonly after the first
treatment session. You should be able to resume your normal daily
activities, but are likely to have swelling, so keep your social plans
and work commitments in mind when scheduling your treatment.
Prior to your treatment session, your healthcare provider may apply
ice/cold packs or topical and/or injectable local anesthesia to the
treatment area to make you more comfortable. He or she may also
suggest you take an over-the-counter pain reliever before your
appointment. After treatment, apply ice or a cold pack to the
treatment area for 10 to 15 minutes, as needed.
Will there be side effects?
KYBELLA® can cause serious side effects, including nerve injury in the jaw
that can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness (experienced by
4 out of 100 people in clinical studies) and trouble swallowing (experienced
by 2 out of 100 people in clinical studies).
The most common side effects include:
• Areas of hardness
KYBELLA® may be right for you if:
• You’re bothered by fat under the chin, also known as submental fullness
• You don’t want surgery
• You feel the condition makes you look older or heavier than you actually are
• You eat well and exercise, but submental fullness does not go away
If most of these statements apply to you, ask your doctor if KYBELLA® is
right for you. Before receiving treatment, tell your doctor about all of your
medical conditions, including if you: have had or plan to have surgery
on your face, neck, or chin; have had cosmetic treatments on your face,
neck, or chin; have had or have medical conditions in or near the neck
area; have had or have trouble swallowing; have bleeding problems; are
pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if KYBELLA® will
harm your unborn baby); or are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed (it is not
known if KYBELLA® passes into your breast milk; talk to your healthcare
provider about the best way to feed your baby if you receive KYBELLA®).
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