Kybella (deoxycholic acid) is a man made patented substance manufactured to imitate the fat absorbing molecules in the body. These molecules do the work of dissolving and destroying fat cells.
Kybella is an injection. The injection is administered directly into the submental fat which is found just beneath the skin in the area under the chin to reduce the fat deposits that cause double chin. The injection requires a prescription and must be administered by a licensed health care provider. The procedure is not a lengthy one it can be performed as an outpatient treatment in your doctor’s office. There is no surgery involved and no need for anesthesia.
Before the procedure, it is important to discuss with your healthcare provider any and all pre-existing conditions, allergies and any medication you may be taking. Your healthcare provider should not administer the treatment if you have any allergies to deoxycholic acid or if you have an infection in or near the site to be treated.
After the consultation the treatment can begin. Pain relief may be administered if necessary before the procedure begins. Your doctor will mark out a grid to be used as a guide to administering the series of injections.
Kybella is injected into the fat area below the chin by the health care provider.
The treatment can be broken up into six sessions with each session lasting approximately twenty to thirty minutes. In a single session, a patient can be given several little injections directly into the treatment area. A patient usually receives between twelve to twenty injections per treatment session, but should not exceed a maximum of fifty injections depending on the size of the treatment area a as well as the extent and severity of the submental fat present in the double chin.
If there is pain an ice pack may be used by your technician to ease the discomfort and make the patient more comfortable throughout the procedure. In order for the body to recuperate and the swelling or bruising to heal, the treatments should be spaced a month apart, this also gives the medication time to work. The results of the treatment can be seen in some cases in as little as two to four sessions.
Your doctor will decide how many treatments are needed. They will use the results as well as the size of the treatment area and the severity of the submental fat as a guide to determine your treatment plan, how many injections per visit and the number of sessions needed to optimize your results.