Deoxycholic acid is naturally produced in the body and helps to emulsify and kill the fat cells. Kybella is a formulation of synthetic deoxycholic acid that when injected into the fat it destroys the fat cells and causes inflammation in the area resulting in reduction of fat cells. Treatment of the fat below the chin (double chin) was approved by FDA in 2015.
The treatment takes a few minutes with a very small needle. Downtime is only from redness and swelling that is mostly resolved after 5 days and is limited to the treated area. Depending on the amount of fat present, most patients will require more than one treatment to see meaningful results.
Ideal candidates for Kybella treatment are patients whose main issue is fat under the chin without much skin laxity. During your consultation Dr. Hakimi will examine you and decide if you are a good candidate for the treatment. Removing the fat could make the laxity more noticeable which may or may not be an issue for individuals.