Kybella (deoxycholic acid) injection is an FDA approved cosmetic treatment indicated for the improvement of the appearance of moderate to severe fullness associated with submental fat, also known as “double chin” or “turkey neck” in adults.
Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring substance in our digestive tract that aids in the breakdown and absorption of the fats we eat. Kybella is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid and contains no human or animal products, making it very safe. When Kybella is injected into the areas of fat accumulation under the chin, it results in the breakdown of fat cells.
This treatment provides an improvement in the contour of the neck and results in a more youthful appearance. Kybella injections take about 20 minutes, and treatments are performed at least 1 month apart. Typically 2-4 treatments are necessary to achieve the desired outcome, and there is minimal downtime.