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How Does Kybella Work

So, how does Kybella work? Kybella is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected under your chin, Kybella destroys fat cells, and once those cells are destroyed they can no longer store or accumulate fat.

Approved use and important safety information about Kybella

Kybella is a prescription medicine used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin, submental fat, also called double chin. It is not known if Kybella is safe and effective for use outside of the submental area or in children less than 18 years of age. You should not receive Kybella if you have an infection in the treatment area.

Before receiving Kybella, tell your health care provider about all of your medical conditions including if you have had or plan to have surgery on your face, neck, or chin, have had cosmetic treatments on your face, neck, or chin, have had or have medical conditions in or near the neck area, have had or have trouble swallowing, have bleeding problems, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if Kybella will harm your unborn baby), are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed (it is not known if Kybella passes into your breast milk). Talk to your pediatrician about the best way to feed your baby if you receive Kybella.

Tell Dr. Green about all the medicines you take including prescription and over the counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your health care provider if you take a medicine that prevents the clotting of your blood, anti-platelet or anti-coagulant medicine.

Kybella can cause serious side effects including nerve injury in the jaw which can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness or trouble swallowing. The most common side effects of Kybella include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area. These are not all of the possible side effects of Kybella. Call your health care provider for medical advice about side effects.

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