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.”

The active ingredient in Kybella is synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, Kybella destroys fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin. Once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, so further treatment is not expected once you reach your desired aesthetic goal.

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Kybella Pre-Treatment Instructions

  • DO take ibuprofen or Motrin, or Advil 600mg about 1 hour before your appointment.
  • The ideal time to schedule this procedure is AT LEAST two weeks before a big event.
  • DO inform your nurse or physician if you have a history of difficulty swallowing, medication allergies, history of anaphylaxis, and any other medical problems.
Kybella Post-Treatment Instructions

  • After the treatment, DO hold ice packs on the areas that are treated with Kybella gently for a few times that day.
  • Treated areas may be red, inflamed, swollen and bruised for the first 2-7 days.
  • DO resume all normal activities including exercise as long as it is comfortable for you.
  • DO take Ibuprofen, Motrin, or Advil if needed for discomfort after the treatment.
  • If bruising occurs, apply topical Arnica gel, drink fresh pineapple juice, and/or take Bromelain supplements to help bruising resolve faster.
  • Bruising can be covered with makeup. Examples: Dermablend (available at CVS Pharmacy) or Colorescience Corrector Palette.

Remember to schedule your next appointment in 6-8 weeks. Kybella requires 2-6 sessions for optimal treatment.

We want you to have an outstanding result. If you have any questions or unexpected concerns, please call the office for assistance.

Side Effects


Because this medication is given at the site of your condition, most of the side effects occur close to where the medication is injected. Redness, bruising, infection, and pain at the injection site may occur.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Dr. Hansen is available to discuss side effects. Please call our Breckenridge location at 970-453-4244.

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