Submental fullness, often referred to as “double chin,” is a common yet undertreated facial aesthetic condition that can impact a broad range of adults, including both women and men. Causes may include aging, genetics or weight gain. Sometimes no matter how much you diet or exercise, the condition may not go away, and can make you look older and heavier than you actually are. If you’re bothered by it, you are not alone. According to a 2015 survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), 67% of people said they are bothered by submental fullness.
Kybella is the first and only FDA-approved nonsurgical treatment that contours and improves the appearance of submental fullness. Kybella is a non-surgical, 15-20 minute in-office treatment session. It destroys fat cells when injected into the fat beneath your chin. Once the aesthetic goal is achieved, re-treatment is not expected. Many patients treated with Kybella experience visible contouring of their chin profile in two to four treatments. Treatments are spaced at least one month apart.
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. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.
Kybella has been the focus of a global clinical development program involving more than 20 clinical studies with more than 2600 patients worldwide, of whom more than 1600 have been treated with Kybella. For most patients, downtime was minimal and occurred most commonly after the first treatment session. When scheduling your treatments, keep your social plans and work commitments in mind.
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