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Kybella® is the only medication that is an FDA -approved injectable treatment for destroying fat cells under the chin, more commonly known as the « double chin. » Kybella®  offers a non- surgical option for removing this  fat.
Kybella® is  synthetic deoxycholic acid.  It also is present in our bodies as a bile acid. The liver makes bile acids which are subsequently modified by intestinal bacteria, giving rise to deoxycholic acid. Its function is to aid in the digestion and absorption of dietary fats.
Kybella® is injected into the unwanted excess fat underneath the chin with a small needle. This causes an inflammatory reaction called lipolysis, which results in permanent destruction of the targeted fat cells. Depending on the amount of fat present, several treatment sessions may be required for desired results. Anywhere from 1 to 6 treatment sessions may be needed. The treatment injections can be customized to contour  the areas of unwanted fat.
Typical reactions to Kybella include temporary swelling, bruising, numbness, firmness, pain, and difficulty swallowing.
The swelling typically  lasts around 3-4 days.. Icing and taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication can help reduce swelling. It takes  approximately 4-6 weeks to see results. Treatments are done 4-8 weeks apart.

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