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Even though you eat properly, and exercise, some of you may develop submental fat below your chin that doesn’t seem to go away no matter what you do. It may not even be related to obesity but does add a lot of years to your age. Until now liposuction was the only treatment available for treating the double chin but since it is a surgical procedure it obviously has its own set of cons. After a remarkable success in clinical trials, Kybella was recently approved for treating double chin.

What is Kybella

Kybella is US FDA approved injectable used for getting rid of the double chin. It is a synthetic substance that works like the body’s indigenous fat destroying substances. It is a prescription medication suitable for anyone above the age 18 and is very effective in reduction of moderate to severe fat and improving your jawline.

How Does Kybella Work

Deoxycholic acid is an enzyme naturally present in the body and aids in the breakdown and absorption of fat. The chief constituent of Kybella is synthetic deoxycholic acid which is designed to ‘eat fat’ without destroying other surrounding cells.

Before administering an injection the doctor will thoroughly inspect you to make sure that it is indeed submental fat and not something else. A topical numbing agent is applied to minimize stinging or discomfort from the injections. Kybella is administered in injections of 0.2 ml into the subcutaneous layer into the fat tissue.In each session the patient will receive a maximum of 50 injections ie 10 ml. The physician will first numb the area with lidocaine and administer the injections 1 cm apart from each other. The procedure hardly takes 15-20 minutes. The deoxycholic acid in Kybella disrupts the membrane of the cells that have accumulated fat. The fatty contents which are released get metabolised by the body.

There might be some bruising for a few days and at the end you will notice visible reduction of under the chin fat giving you a younger look. Should you have any difficulty swallowing or the swelling doesn’t seem to go down, you should inform your physician immediately.

How many sessions are required for the double chin to completely disappear

Most of the patients show dramatic improvement in a maximum of four sessions. Each session is four to six weeks apart. The doctor will tell you how many sessions are required for your case. In any case, it is never more than 6 sessions. Even if you gain weight in the future the double chin won’t come back if you have undergone treatment with Kybella. Hence, once the treatment is complete, no further repetition is required and the aesthetics of your face are restored.