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How does Kybella® work?

The active ingredient in Kybella® is deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that helps in the breakdown and absorption of fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, Kybella® destroys the fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin. Once destroyed, these cells don't come back. Treat YOUR double chin now!


When Can Kybella® Be Used?

It can be used when people have fatty collections under the chin that are bothersome. To determine if it is right for you we must always do a cosmetic consult first. At our clinic, beauty is priceless, but cosmetic consultations are complimentary!

FAQs about Kybella®

Will I need time to recover and are there any side effects?

Swelling occurs as the medication does its job, this is normal. The treatment area will also feel a little numb for the first couple of weeks and this is also normal. Most people also develop at least a little bruising in the injection area which lasts for a few days.

The "downtime" is usually 3 - 4 days for swelling and we say people are "photo ready" in two weeks following the procedure. As needles are very small the actual pinprick isn't bad and most people find that topical anesthesia doesn't help, but pre-treatment with ice packs does. The medication does burn for a few minutes after the infection and this is treated with cool packs, and most people find they have a little discomfort for the first couple of days. In studies, a very small percentage (4%) had irritation of the marginal mandibular nerve and could have a short-term asymmetry of the smile. But studies also show that 100% of these nerve irritations went away, most in a matter of weeks. In more rare cases some people developed a sensation of difficulty swallowing that was also transient. As the molecule in Kybella® occurs naturally in the body systemic side effect have not been reported as significant in studies of which we are aware.


How quickly can I see results after treatment? 

Typically results after Kybella® treatment appear within weeks to months, and keep improving as additional treatments are administered.

Is Kybella® FDA approved? 

Yes, Kybella® is FDA approved. This approval was based on two clinical trials involving more than a thousand patients with moderate to severe submental fat (double chin), who received injections of either Kybella® or a placebo. Patients that received Kybella® saw a noticeable and cosmetically significant reduction of submental fat compared to patients that received the placebo.

If you would like to learn more about Kybella® don’t hesitate to give us a call today at 858-240-7097. Our friendly and highly skilled staff will be more than happy to discuss this treatment with you.

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