The active ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid, which is naturally found in the body and plays a large role in fat management. When used in Kybella, this acid works safely to literally melt away fat cells by breaking down the membranes. The body’s natural processes then eliminate them completely from the treated area.
It’s important to note that this process is different than traditional weight loss, where fat cell shrink, thus reducing volume, but they are never fully eliminated. Kybella, however, completely destroys those fat cells making it a permanent option for eliminating submental fullness. Without major changes in diet and lifestyle, the submental fat will not return.
Most patients will require 2-3 sessions spaced approximately 4-6 weeks apart, though patients with more advanced fullness may require up to 6 treatment sessions. Your injector will determine the number of treatments needed at your initial consultation.