Dr. Mai's patient. Top: before, Middle: After first treatment, Bottom: After last treatment

Dr. Mai’s patient. Top: before, Middle: After first treatment, Bottom: After last treatment

Kybella® has been recently approved to improve the appearance of moderate to severe submental fullness in adults. The submental fullness is what people refer to as “double chin” or the fat under your chin. This submental fat may contribute to patients felling bother, self-conscious, embarrassed and less happy, as well as looking older or overweight, in relation to the amount of their submental fat. Now you can get rid of this fat through a series of injections and not have to undergo surgery.

How can Kybella® help you?

Many people have a double chin because of the fat under the chin. The possible causes are genetic, weight gain and aging. Sometime, even with diet or exercise, the unwanted fullness may not go away. Now you can have a series of treatments done in an office setting to melt away this fat. This is a great alternative to having surgery to remove the fat.

What is Kybella®?

Kybella’s active ingredient 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 natural metabolism. More that 1600 people have been treated with Kybella® worldwide.

How does it work?

When injected into the fat beneath your chin, Kybella® destroys fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. Once the appearance you want is achieved, no further treatment is necessary. In clinical studies, 79% of people had improved satisfaction with the appearance of the area beneath their chin 12 weeks after their last treatment.

How many treatment sessions will I need?

The doctor will determine how many treatment sessions you will need based on the amount of fat you have and your treatment goals. You many have up to 6 treatments. Each treatment is done 8 weeks apart.

What can you expect during your treatment?

The doctor will mark the area of for injections. Then the doctor will do a series of injections into the fat area under your chin. The actual injecting time is about 5 minutes. Afterwards, ice packs will be placed in the area for 10 to 15 minutes.

After your treatment, you will experience pain for about 4 minutes, which is normal. Then for the next 3-4 days there will be swelling. The swelling occurred in 81% of the subjects in the clinical trials. You may have tingling for 1 month. You will experience less pain the swelling with the treatments after the first treatment. Therefore, avoid scheduling this treatment right before any major social events.

What area can be treated?

Kybella® is used to treat submental fat which is the fat underneath your chin.

What do I need to do to prepare for the treatment?

You may take Tylenol® before your treatment. Please do not take Motrin, Ibuprofen or other NSAIDS, since this type of pain relievers will increase your chance of bruising.

Medical conditions you need to tell the doctor.

You need to inform the doctor 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 or taking drugs that prolong your bleeding
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if Kybella® will harm your unborn baby)
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.
What are the after treatment instructions?

You need to ice the area every hour for 15 minutes. You will also need to wear a chin strap the first 2 nights.

Side effects Kybella® may cause.

This is not all encompassing but side effects include:

  • 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)
  • Trouble swallowing (experienced by 2 out of 100 people in clinical studies)

Other side effects:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Redness
  • Areas of hardness
How I can get $40 off my second and future treatments?

With each Kybella ® injection, you will earn 400 Brilliant Distinctions® points. You can register for Brilliant Distinctions® Program at to start earning points and get discounts on other treatments from Allergan, such as Botox®, Juvederm®, Voluma® and Vitalize Peel®.

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