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Fat Treatment-Kybella

What is Kybella?
According to a 2015 survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, 67% of people (both men and women) said they are bothered by the fat beneath their chin, known as a "double chin". Oftentimes, "double chins" will not go away with diet and exercise and they can make you appear older or heavier than you actually are. Clear dermatology is proud to offer an in-office, non-surgical solution to this common problem. Kybella is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment to improve the appearance of moderate to severe fat beneath the chin by physically destroying fat cells.


What Is Kybella Made Of?
Kybella is a solution containing deoxycholate, Deoxycholate is a natural chemical made by your body. It works in the intestine and helps to break down fats in your diet.

How Does Kybella Work?
Just as Kybella breaks down dietary fats, it also can break down unwanted fat under the skin. A small amount of Kybella is injected with a tiny needle into the area of concern (currently FDA approved for the fat under the chin). Within a few minutes, the local fat is destroyed just where the injection was done. Over the next few weeks and months the injured fat cells are removed permanently by normal body metabolism.

What Are the Common Side Effects?
Some common side effects of Kybella are swelling and inflammation of the treated area. Patients may also experience an aching or numb feeling, which is common for a few days to weeks after the treatment.

How Long Will Kybella Results Last?
It is felt that results may very well be permanent, however long term studies have not been completed. It is generally true that once a fat cell is destroyed, it is not replaced.

Where Is Kybella Usually Injected?
Current FDA approval for Kybella injection is only for the double chin area. Studies are ongoing to determine other areas of the body that might benefit from fat reduction.