Kybella: No surgery required

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What is KYBELLA™?  KYBELLA (deoxycholic acid) injection is the first and only FDA-approved prescription nonsurgical treatment that is used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called, “double chin.” 

Submental fullness “double chin” is fat deposits under the chin in the upper neck. This occurs in some patients from heredity and some patients from aging or weight gain. Many patients have this double chin fullness that is resistant to diet and weight loss. This has been traditionally treated with liposuction or facelift but now there is a non-surgical treatment that takes only minutes per treatment.

How does it work? Kybella is a synthesized bile acid that is made naturally in the body and aids in digestion. It works by dissolving the cell wall of the fat cells and the body digests the fat and the drug is cleared for the body by natural processes.

Dr. Randy Sanovich administers Kybella  in the office with  small needle injections (similar to Botox) and the actual treatment takes about 15 minutes. The area can be numbed with local anesthesia although many patients only need ice packs to numb the skin. After the treatment the patient will develop minor discomfort and swelling. Most patients do not take pain pills for the discomfort which is generally controlled with medicines like Advil. The swelling is usually mild to moderate but any patient undergoing this treatment for the first time should perform it on a Thursday to allow ample recovery time if swelling or bruising prohibits them from going to work.

How many treatments will I need? Dr. Randy Sanovich will customize your KYBELLA™ treatment regimen, including how many treatments you need, based on your desired chin profile. Dr. Randy Sanovich will give you a series of injections at each treatment session, which are spaced 8 weeks apart. Many patients experience visible contouring of their chin profile in two to four treatment sessions. Up to 6 treatments may be administered.

How long will it last? The fat that is dissolved is permanent and retreatment is not necessary. This is not to say that weight gain and future aging changes won’t affect the double chin. The cost is about $1,500 – $2,250 per treatment.

 Although Kybella is only FDA approved for use on the chin, it will probably develop into treatment for fat deposits elsewhere on the body. The future will be exciting.

Before and After photos: Kybella non-surgical treatment for double chin.1

Before and After photos: Kybella non-surgical treatment for double chin.2