Kybella® is used for the treatment of submental fat, also known as double chin. Kybella® is a non-surgical treatment, performed in less than 30 minutes, to permanently destroy fat in the area just under the chin.
Kybella® can be an ideal option for patients not wanting the downtime and recovery associated with surgical liposuction. Kybella® treatments are performed once every 4 to 6 weeks. Kybella® works by causing an inflammatory response on the treated fat, causing the fat cells to be permanently killed. These dead cells then get gradually absorbed by our body.
How many treatments you need depends on the amount of submental fat fullness that you have. Patients can typically be divided into 3 categories of mild, moderate and severe.
Mild submental fullness: 1 vial per treatment, 2 treatment sessions requiring a total of 2 vials Kybella®.
Moderate submental fullness: 2 vials per treatment, 2 treatment sessions requiring a total of 4 vials Kybella®.
Severe submental fullness: 3 vials per treatment, 3 treatment sessions requiring a total of 6 vials of Kybella®.
The cost of Kybella® varies and depends on the degree of submental fullness.
Kybella® is commonly used in my practice in combination with Infini RF, a non-surgical “facelift” which lifts and tightens sagging skin in the jowls and neck.
For those patients with more significant aging who are open to surgery but do not want a traditional facelift, the Laser WhisperLift™ is viable option.