Kybella ATX-101 (deoxycholic acid) injection is the first and nonsurgical treatment that is used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called, “double chin.”
How Does Kybella Work?
The active ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.
When injected into the fat beneath your chin, injection causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.
Before Kybella, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you have had or plan to have surgery on your face, neck, or chin; have had cosmetic treatments on your face, neck, or chin; have had or have medical conditions in or near the neck area; have had or have trouble swallowing; have bleeding problems; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if injection will harm your unborn baby); are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed (it is not known if Kybella passes into your breast milk).
Kybella Side effects?
Kybella gone wrong can cause serious side effects, including:
- Nerve injury in the jaw (which can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness) and trouble swallowing
- Injection site problems, including a collection of blood under the skin (hematoma) or bruising, damage to an artery or vein if Kybella is inadvertently injected into it, hair loss, open sores (ulcers), damage and tissue cell-death (necrosis) around the injection site, infection. Call your healthcare provider if you begin to develop weakness in the muscles of your face or your smile becomes uneven; have difficulty swallowing, or if any of the symptoms that you already have get worse; develop redness, pain, open sores, or drainage at or from the treatment area
- The most common side effects include swelling, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area.
How Many Treatments will I need?
You and your registered nurse will customize your treatment regimen, including how many treatments you need, based on your desired chin profile. Your doctor will give you a series of injections at each treatment session, which are spaced a month or more apart. Many patients experience visible contouring of their chin profile in two to four treatment sessions spaced at least one month apart. Up to 6 treatments may be administered.
How Much Does Kybella Cost?
Since each treatment plan is unique, pricing varies from patient to patient. On average, however, treatments cost anywhere between $1,000 and $2,400 per treatment. The number of treatments you’ll need will play a vital role in the total cost.
How long does kybella last?
When injected into the fat under your chin, causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. After the aesthetic response is achieved, re treatment with kybella is not expected.
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