Kybella -The Double Chin Melter

In the last five years, the number of body contouring procedures has grown. New procedures offer even more minimally invasive treatment options, such as Kybella, popular for fat below the chin.


The drug designed to treat my “submental fat” (the fat pocket under the chin) is the new cosmetic injectable Kybella, which promises to dissolve fat cells through a series of injections. There’s very little downtime, it’s noninvasive and nonsurgical, and there’s little risk. The drug is the first (and only) injectable designed to contour away the dreaded double chin.


For each treatment, the injector uses between one and three vials of Kybella, depending on how much submental fat one has.


The process can be relatively slow, with results taking weeks or more often, months. This can be discouraging, especially to people who are self-conscious about their chins to begin with. The good news is that once your months-long process is completed, those fat cells are not coming back. There is no upkeep to consider, or future costs.


Safety studies have been done on the long-term results, and “in general, between 75 and 90 percent of patients are still maintaining their response at up to five years.”


Kybella could be used on various other small areas. From a clinical standpoint, Allergan is looking at the “bra fat” area—the roll of fat that can be present under the bra line or between the bra and the armpit—and the jowl. 


After the treatment(s), you will likely have some swelling, bruising, or numbness under your chin which can last for one to four weeks. When we tried the treatments here, we wore a lot of scarves and turtlenecks for the first week!


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