Kybella is an injection that has been recently approved by the FDA to help improve the appearance of fullness associated with the submittal fat of the neck in adults.
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. When injected into the fat beneath your chin, Kybella causes the destruction of fat cells.
During a Kybella treatment, the neck is first cleaned and numbed with topical lidocaine. A pattern is drawn on the neck and the product is injected into the fat pad – dissolving the fat. The body then absorbs the fat over several weeks. There is swelling, bruising, and some numbness in the area during this time. The injections are usually done once a month and it can take 2 to 6 treatments to reach full effect depending on the severity of the fat.
The cost is variable depending on the amount of fat to be treated but starts at $1900 for 2 treatment sessions. Effective alternatives for submental fat reduction include liposuction and direct excision. A detailed examination will help delineate the best option.