3 minute read – Kybella is a treatment that reduces fat below the chin, also known as a “double chin”. Learn how long it lasts, how it works, and more.

Have you ever wondered how long Kybella lasted? Kybella is a very popular treatment for dealing with submental fullness, commonly known as double chin. One of the reasons it is so popular is that it is a very effective, non-invasive way to reshape the chin and deal with the issue without surgery. In the past you would have to have surgery to get rid of a double chin, but with Kybella you can achieve it with a series of treatments that last just 15-20 minutes each!

In the following article we’re going to talk about how Kybella works its magic and how long Kybella results typically lasts – let’s get to it!

What is Kybella?

Kybella is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. Approved by the FDA, Kybella is specifically designed for treating submental fullness. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, Kybella destroys fat cells, leading to a noticeable reduction in fullness.

Kybella is manufactured by Allergan Aesthetics, the same company that produces Botox and Juvederm, so it comes from a well-known and trusted organization. You can read all about it here.

How Kybella Works

The science behind Kybella is rooted in its active ingredient, deoxycholic acid. Upon injection, it immediately starts to attack and destroy the cell membranes of fat cells. Over time, these damaged cells are processed and eliminated by the body’s natural metabolic processes. Typically, multiple treatments are required to achieve desired results, with each session spaced at least a month apart.

Who is Kybella For?

Kybella is most suitable for adults who experience moderate to severe fat beneath the chin. It’s an excellent option for those who prefer a non-surgical approach to contouring this area. Ideal candidates are healthy individuals with good skin elasticity. It is essential for anyone considering Kybella to consult with a healthcare professional to ensure they are a suitable candidate for the treatment. It’s important to note that Kybella isn’t right for everyone, so Dr.Kim goes over your medical history carefully to ensure that it is a good option for you during your Kybella consultation.

How Long Does Kybella Last?

One of the most appealing aspects of Kybella is the longevity of its results. Once the fat cells in the chin area are destroyed by Kybella, they can no longer store or accumulate fat. This means that the results are typically permanent, but there is a catch. Other fat cells in surrounding areas can accumulate fat if a patient gains weight. 

Factors like lifestyle, age, and genetic predisposition can influence the overall outcome as well. So most people do see very long-lasting results after their initial series of treatments, especially if they maintain relatively stable weight, while others may require periodic touch-ups.

What’s a Kybella Treatment Like?

Your Kybella treatment begins with the application of a topical numbing cream comfort. The entire treatment usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete. After your treatment, you will experience a mild burning sensation, this is normal and temporary. You will also notice some temporary initial results that last for 3-4 days. The true effectiveness of Kybella emerges gradually as the results become more apparent.

With Kybella, aftercare is especially crucial. You will need to massage the treated area five times a day for five days following the injections. Proper massaging is essential to ensure the treatment settles naturally and avoids an unnatural appearance.

Kybella offers a lasting solution for reducing unwanted fat under the chin. Its ability to provide very long lasting results with minimal invasiveness makes it a preferred choice for many. However, individual results can vary, and it’s crucial to have realistic expectations and consult with a medical professional. Understanding the nature of the treatment, its ideal candidates, and the durability of its effects can help individuals make informed decisions about pursuing Kybella treatments.

Interested in getting a Kybella consultation to see if it is the right choice for you? We’d love to talk! Learn more about Kybella or book your consultation today!