Kybella works because it uses a synthetic form of acid known as deoxycholic acid, which is naturally found in the GI tract and assists the body in breaking down fat. This natural “fat burner,” when injected under the skin, attacks the fat cells in its immediate area.

For now, Kybella treats the fat in the submental area, where the neck meets the chin. Excess fat in this area is more commonly known as having a double chin. What makes Kybella more attractive is that it offers near-permanent results. Once fat cells are destroyed, they never return.

Please continue reading to learn more about the history, benefits, and getting started with Kybella.

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 Kybella History

History of Kybella

Technically, Kybella is associated with Mesotherapy because its method uses chemical fat-dissolving. Mesotherapy dates back to the 1950s in France. In the 1960s, a compound called phosphatidylcholine was used to break up fat to assist with medical concerns.

Fast forward to the 1980s, and researchers began to explore fat-dissolving chemicals in cosmetic treatments. Subsequently, off-label use of “PC/DA” (a combination of phosphatidylcholine and deoxycholic acid) increased during the bodybuilding boom of the ’80s.

Kybella became FDA approved in 2015 and has seen much success due to its marketing as a viable alternative to more invasive treatments such as liposuction or other cosmetic surgeries.

 Kybella Benefits

Kybella Benefits

Benefits include:

  • A defined jawline
  • Non-invasive approach
  • No anesthesia needed
  • Permanent fat cell destruction
  • Fast procedure
  • Look younger
  • Improved self-confidence

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Kybella has effectively reduced my double chin!

Joseph D.
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Getting Started with Kybella Treatments

Finding an expert is as simple as visiting our online community. At AgeEnvy, valuable information detailing Kybella treatments, as well as qualified providers for this treatment, is at your fingertips. Keep in mind that your health and safety comes first with any treatment. That’s why our mission is to give consumers control over their health by getting them connected with providers that are licensed, verified experts focused on Kybella procedures.

Possible Kybella Side Effects

Possible treatment side effects include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Numbness
  • Redness at the injection site
  • Difficulty swallowing (rare)
  • Weakness in the facial muscles (rare)
  • Uneven smile (rare)
  • These rare side effects indicate nerve damage and need medical attention

FAQS About Kybella

Here you will find answers to our user’s most common questions. Our goal is to keep you easily informed as you research ways to realize your age management potential. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please ask a doctor.

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How much does Kybella cost?

The total cost is dependent on the number of vials needed to reach your desired results. In addition, the experience and location of your chosen practitioner can affect the cost. However, the cost of each vial is between $600-$800 with about 2 or 3 vials per treatment being needed to achieve the results you desire.

How many Kybella treatments will I need?

While not a popular answer, the number of treatments needed range from a low of 2 to a high of 6. Some patients may need more than 6, but that is very rare. These treatments should be at least a month apart.

How long is the recovery time with Kybella?

This procedure is minimally invasive and quick making recovery pretty much unneeded. It’s expected that driving home and doing other normal activities immediately after is just fine to do. However, any side effects experienced may affect that feeling. For this reason, it’s recommended to ice the treated area and avoid exercise until the side effects diminish.

How quickly will I see results from Kybella?

Since two treatments is the minimum number of treatments, you can expect to wait for 5-6 weeks to begin seeing results. Keep in mind that the destroyed fat cells still need to be eliminated from the body as they do not magically disappear. If more treatments are needed, you can expect a longer wait time to start seeing results. Full results will be noticed about three months later.

How long will my Kybella results last?

The results are permanent thanks to the fat cells being destroyed. Once destroyed, they can’t return. However, the remaining fat cells can expand so if you gain weight, this will obscure the results you gained.

Are there other similar options to Kybella?

There is only one other treatment option for the double chin that is as minimally invasive. That option is CoolMini, which uses Cryo-lipolysis to freeze away the fat cells. Other than CoolMini, you are looking at Chin liposuction as a treatment option primarily. This is a minimally invasive surgical procedure. It removes more fat directly, but is more invasive and costly than the non-surgical options.