Actual Contempo Aesthetics patient status 7-weeks post first Kybella® treatment with 3 syringes of Kybella®. Performed by Dr. Rachel Reyes-Bergano.
KYBELLA® is the first and only FDA-approved injectable drug that contours and improves the appearance of submental fullness.
Dr. Rachel was among the first physicians in Pasadena to be trained to inject Kybella, in late 2015. Since then, she has treated hundreds of satisfied clients who are amazed with their results.
The number of injections and the number of treatments should be tailored to the individual patient’s submental fat distribution and treatment goals. Once the aesthetic response is achieved with KYBELLA®, retreatment is not expected.
What is submental fullness?
Submental fullness, sometimes referred to as “double chin,” is a common, yet under-treated facial aesthetic condition. It can detract from an otherwise balanced and harmonious facial appearance leading to an older and heavier look.
Submental fullness can impact a broad range of adults, including both women and men, and can be caused by aging, genetics and weight gain.
According to a 2015 survey by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), over 2/3 of consumers are bothered by submental fullness – nearly as many as those bothered by lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
What is KYBELLA® (deoxycholic acid) injection?
KYBELLA® (deoxycholic acid) injection is the first and only FDA-approved injectable drug that contours and improves the appearance of submental fullness due to submental fat.
KYBELLA® is indicated for improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe convexity or fullness associated with submental fat in adults.
The safe and effective use of KYBELLA® for the treatment of subcutaneous fat outside the submental region has not been established and must be discussed with Dr. Rachel for safety and efficacy.
How does KYBELLA® work?
KYBELLA® is a non-human and non-animal formulation of deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.
When injected into subcutaneous fat, KYBELLA® causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. After the aesthetic response is achieved, retreatment with KYBELLA® is not expected.
What are the side effects with KYBELLA®?
The safety profile of KYBELLA® is well-characterized.
KYBELLA® has been the focus of a global clinical development program involving over 20 clinical studies with more than 2,600 patients worldwide, of which over 1,600 have been treated with KYBELLA®.
The most common adverse reactions were edema/swelling, hematoma/bruising, pain, numbness, erythema and induration.
KYBELLA® is manufactured through a highly-controlled, FDA-regulated process and approved facility to ensure patient safety.
How much KYBELLA® will I need (Submental / Chin Area)?
An in-person consulation with Dr. Rachel is always necessary in order to determine a recommended amount of KYBELLA®, however the chart below can be used as a general range for the submental area:
Submental KYBELLA® Ranges:
BMI <19 = 2 syringes per session*
BMI 19 to 25 = 3 to 5 syringes per session*
BMI 25 to 30 = 4 to 6 syringes per session*
BMI >30 = 8 to 10 syringes per session*
*Average patient requires 2 to 4 sessions to reach desired results. To calculate your BMI, please click here.
Off-Label Applications for KYBELLA®
Dr. Rachel is a skilled physician injector, who places patient safety first, and who seeks the best treatment options for patient results and satisfaction. She has studied the effects and applications of KYBELLA® and has counseled numerous patients about the possible results of KYBELLA® in other areas where fat presents in pockets similarly to below the chin. She has treated these patients in areas including flanks, abdomen, and for "bra fat."