What is KYBELLA™?
KYBELLA™ is the first in its class medicine injected into fat under the chin to destroy the fat cells so as to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called “double chin.”
Who should receive KYBELLA™?
Patients with unwanted fat under their chin can benefit. KYBELLA™ achieves long-term double chin improvement as the fat cells are destroyed and the fat is removed by the body from the area. Of course, subsequent significant weight gain can lead to some of the excess fat returning.
Who should not receive KYBELLA™?
You should not receive KYBELLA™ if you have an active infection in the treatment area. Before receiving KYBELLA™, tell us if you have difficulty swallowing, have bleeding problems, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if KYBELLA™ will harm your unborn baby), are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed (it is not known if KYBELLA™ passes into your breast milk).Patients with difficulty swallowing or an enlarged thyroid gland may not be good candidates for KYBELLA™. Tell us about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell us if you take a medicine that prevents the clotting of your blood (antiplatelet or anticoagulant medicine).
What are the possible side effects of KYBELLA™?
KYBELLA™ is a very safe medicine. The most common side effects of KYBELLA™ include: temporary swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area. The most serious reported side effects include trouble swallowing and nerve injury in the jaw that can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness. Both of these side effects are very rare and temporary.
Before the procedure
Avoid blood thinners such as aspirin and fish oil, if possible to reduce bruising from the procedure. Take 3 ibuprofen tablets (600 mg) one hour before the procedure and additional ibuprofen 1-2 pills every 8 hours as needed for discomfort after the procedure.
During the procedure
We will clean off your skin, mark the proposed areas of treatment, inject numbing medicine and then inject KYBELLA™ into the areas of unwanted fat.
After the procedure
Expect moderate swelling, redness, firmness, numbness, achiness and bruising in the treated area that should resolve within a few days to a couple of weeks. Ice packs in the first 24 hours and ibuprofen can alleviate discomfort. The response to treatment becomes apparent over several weeks as the destroyed fat cells and associated fat is removed from the area by the body’s scavenger cells. Additional treatment(s) can be scheduled 6 weeks apart as needed. Most patients will require 2-4 treatments for maximal benefit.