Kybella is an injectable double chin treatment made from deoxycholic acid, a chemical produced in the body to aid with fat absorption. The ideal patient has a mild to moderate double chin and does not carry risk factors for poor wound healing (such as steroid use, diabetes, poor skin quality or smoking).
Dr. Preminger numbs the skin with ice and lidocaine, and then injects the substance directly into the submental fat below the chin, where it liquidates fat cells that are reabsorbed by the body.
The average treatment takes 15-30 minutes, with noticeable results within two to six sessions, each spaced a month apart. Some patients have said their chin “felt weird for a couple days – like jelly” and was a tad swollen, but there was no bruising or downtime. The end result has been described as “life-changing,” and the effects are permanent as long as the patient commits to a healthy lifestyle.