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  • By The Center For Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
  • July 3, 2023
  • Kybella® is an FDA-approved nonsurgical cosmetic treatment to reduce submental fat, also known as the "double chin." It is a safe and effective treatment that involves a series of injections to the targeted area. But have you ever wondered how Kybella works to break down fat cells? 



    What Is Kybella?


    Kybella is an injectable treatment containing deoxycholic acid. This naturally occurring molecule in your body helps break down dietary fat. When injected into the submental area, it breaks down fat cells, which are then metabolized and eliminated by the body.



    How Does Kybella Work?


    Kybella works by targeting and destroying fat cells in the submental area. When injected, deoxycholic acid breaks down the fat cells' membranes. The contents of the fat cells are then released into the body and metabolized through the liver once the membranes are destroyed. Over time, your body naturally eliminates the damaged fat cells, resulting in a slimmer and more defined jawline.



    What to Expect During the Treatment


    The injection process is relatively simple and can be done in-office by a trained healthcare professional. Before the treatment, a numbing cream may be applied to the submental area to minimize discomfort. 


    During the procedure, a grid pattern is marked on the skin to ensure precise injections. A series of small injections are then administered into the targeted area, typically in a single treatment session.



    What Happens After the Treatment?


    After treatment, patients may experience some redness, swelling, or bruising in the treated area. However, they typically resolve within a few days. The fat cells that have been spoiled are then metabolized and eliminated by the body over several weeks to months, with results typically visible after a few weeks.



    How Many Treatments Do You Require?


    The number of treatments required can vary from patient to patient, depending on the amount of submental fat they have and their desired outcome. However, most patients receive multiple treatments for optimal results. 


    Typically, patients receive two to four treatment sessions. They are often spaced four to six weeks apart. During a consultation, a healthcare professional can help determine the number of treatments needed based on your specific needs.



    Is Kybella Right for You?


    Kybella is a safe and effective treatment for individuals looking to reduce submental fat and achieve a slimmer, more defined jawline. It is important to be in good overall health and have realistic expectations for the treatment.


    In addition, this treatment may not be suitable for individuals with certain medical conditions. These include:


    • Bleeding disorders

    • Infections in the submental area


    A consultation with a healthcare professional can help determine if it is the right treatment for you.





    Kybella is an effective and safe treatment for reducing submental fat and achieving a more defined jawline. By targeting and destroying fat cells in the submental area, Kybella provides a nonsurgical and noninvasive solution to improve the appearance of your face. With a series of injections and some patience, you can expect a noticeable difference in your jawline and a boost in your self-confidence.


    For more on Kybella, visit the Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry at our offices in Destin, Panama City Beach, or Navarre, Florida. Call 850-810-0300, 850-810-0600, or 850-409-6400 to book an appointment today.

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