Kybella is deoxycholic acid that is used to dissolve fat in the neck. The body produces this acid in the liver for digestion of fatty foods in the diet.
Kybella is injected into the neck fat to improve the neck and jaw contour. It is FDA approved in the neck. It should work in other areas of the body where unwanted fat exists but it is not FDA-approved in those areas. The injections take 5 minutes to do in the office with very little pain, similar to Botox injections.
Post injection the patients experience swelling which represents the inflammation associated fat dissolving. The swelling is usually about twice the volume of fat initially present.
The benefits offer a nonsurgical fat reduction that can be adjusted over time. Clothes fit better for men and neckties and everyone looks younger and more fit.
There are no health risks only cosmetic issues regarding a smooth, complete result. Fortunately, the results can be fine-tuned with easy touch ups.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the procedure like?
It is a simple non-surgical procedure that is done in our office. No numbing medication is needed. It is like a quick “pin prick” in the skin that is repeated in the area being treated.
What is the the typical recovery time?
There is redness, swelling, numbness, bruising and induration (hardness) in the area treated which varies by individual. Typically, the redness dissipates in 3 days and the swelling, numbness, bruising and induration can last 14 – 21 days but varies per individual.