What are Kybella injections and how do they work?

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Dr. Liliya Slutsker

Dr. Liliya Slutsker is a Board Certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, Member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.


Kybella injections represent a significant advancement in cosmetic medicine, offering a non-surgical solution to reduce under-chin fat, commonly known as a double chin. Approved by the FDA, Kybella provides a way to achieve a more defined jawline without the need for invasive procedures. This is perfect for those looking for minimal downtime and natural-looking results. 

As we explore the specifics of Kybella injections, we’ll cover not only what they are but also how they work to effectively dissolve fat cells beneath the chin, paving the way for enhanced facial contours and increased self-confidence. Let’s take a closer look at Kybella.

What are Kybella Injections?

Kybella is a brand name for an injectable solution primarily composed of 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 the chin, known medically as submental fat, Kybella targets and destroys fat cells in this area, offering a permanent solution to what is often a stubborn problem for many.

Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2015, Kybella has quickly become a popular choice for patients seeking a non-invasive option for reducing the appearance of a double chin. Its effectiveness and safety have been well-documented in clinical trials, making it a trusted option in the realm of cosmetic treatments. This treatment is particularly suited for those who prefer to avoid surgery yet desire significant aesthetic improvements in their chin profile.

How Do Kybella Injections Work?

Kybella injections utilize deoxycholic acid to specifically target and dissolve fat cells under the chin. Once injected, this active ingredient works by breaking down the cell membrane of fat cells, effectively causing their destruction. The body then naturally eliminates these cells through its metabolic processes, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fat volume beneath the chin.

The procedure involves multiple small injections into the fat tissue, with each session typically lasting about 15 to 20 minutes. The number of treatments required can vary depending on the amount of fat present and the desired aesthetic goal but generally ranges from two to six sessions, spaced at least one month apart.

This targeted approach not only ensures the reduction of fat but also minimizes impact on surrounding tissues, making Kybella a precise and effective treatment for enhancing jawline definition. Over time, as the body processes and removes the destroyed fat cells, you will begin to see a gradual improvement in the contour of your chin area, achieving a more toned and defined appearance.

Benefits of Kybella Injections

Kybella injections provide numerous benefits for individuals seeking a non-surgical solution to reduce under-chin fat, here’s a look at some of the most significant.

  • Non-Invasive: No incisions are required, which means no scars and typically less downtime compared to surgical options.
  • Permanent Results: Once the fat cells are destroyed, they do not regenerate. This ensures that results are long-lasting, with proper weight management and lifestyle.
  • Quick and Convenient: Treatments are brief (often just 15-20 minutes) and can be performed in a clinician’s office, ideal for those with busy schedules.
  • Natural-Looking Outcomes: The results appear gradually, providing a subtle improvement that enhances facial contours without the drastic changes associated with surgery.
  • No General Anesthesia: Kybella is administered with only local anesthesia or topical numbing agents, which reduces the risks associated with general anesthesia.

Carrington is Your Local Leader in Kybella Injections

Carrington Medical stands at the forefront of providing Kybella injections, offering expert care in a supportive environment. Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals with treatments tailored to your needs. For a personalized consultation and to learn how Kybella can enhance your appearance, reach out to Carrington Medical today.

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