Kybella® is the first and only FDA-approved injectable drug that contours and improves the appearance of submental fullness. A common cosmetic complaint, submental fullness or lipodystrophy, is excess fat in the anterior neck under the chin.
Kybella is an injectable treatment from Allergan. Kybella is a formulation of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into subcutaneous fat, Kybella causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.
Basically, what it’s doing is disrupting the fat cell membrane. After that, the fat cell releases its fatty contents and the body metabolizes and disposes of the fat. As for the recovery itself, there is an inflammatory component immediately following the injection. There is some swelling and some discomfort for a few days because the body is cleaning up the cellular debris and creating some contraction in the skin.
Typically two to four treatment sessions are required to achieve desired results. Each treatment is spaced at least one month apart. After the aesthetic goals are achieved, re-treatment with Kybella is not expected. During your consultation, Dr. Cappuccino will go over all the important details of this treatment with you, so you’ll know exactly what to expect.