Kybella (deoxycholic acid) is a non-human, non-animal formulation of deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a bile acid and is a naturally occuring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. The deoxycholic acid in Kybella is identical to endogenous deoxycholic acid (it is the same as what is found naturally in the body).
Kybella injection is approved for the injection of moderate to severe convexity or fullness associated with submental (neck) fat in adults. It is FDA-approved for this purpose. It is not known if Kybella is safe and effective outside of the submental area.
Kybella is a cytolytic agent, that is, it dissolves fat by destroying fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells can no longer store or accumulate fat. This process creates an inflammatory reaction which also affects the skin. It causes the skin to contract, closing the space where the dissolved fat was. This gives the contour improvement seen with this treatment.
The treatment is a 15-20 minute, in-office session. Multiple injections are given in the area where the fat is stored. Most patients require 2-3 treatment sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart to see the desired results.
As many as 4-6 treatments may be necessary in some patients and is based on a number of factors. The final results are usually seen approximately 6 weeks after the last treatment. Once the aesthetic goal is reached, repeat treatment is usually not necessary.
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