Whether you’re new to the aesthetics and beauty industry or you’ve been a long-time enthusiast, Kybella may just be what you’re looking for. How so? Kybella was released by Allergan Co. in 2015, and with it came a new way of eliminating unseemly fat pockets. So, what does this mean for you?

What Is Kybella?

Before we jump into Kybella’s various uses, let’s first understand what it is. Kybella is the first and only cosmetic injectable that’s FDA-approved for use in moderate-to-severe submental fat. The product’s active ingredient is deoxycholic acid, a molecule naturally found in the body. However, what makes this acid unique is its ability to break down and absorb dietary fat. This, in turn, destroys the fat cells rendering them empty and useless.

What Is Submental Fat?

The word submental is, essentially, the prefix sub and the word mental. The word mental has its roots in Latin and translates to “the mind.” Therefore, we understand submental to be the fascial space of the chin, jaw, and neck—everything below the brain.

What Are The Uses of Kybella?

Kybella was designed for use only in submental fat. However, some doctors also use the product in off-label ways. What does that mean? Simply put, when a physician uses a product, effectively, or not, in a location or with a technique that the FDA does not approve of, then, such use is “off-label.”

For example, Kybella has been approved for the elimination of fat pockets in the chin, jaw, and neck. However, many physicians have personally tested its use in the love handle and breast region. These uses are off-label.

Are Off-Label Uses Bad?

It’s difficult to deem the use of any product “bad.” However, seeing as the product was not tested and approved for use in these ways, it may not be as effective and results can definitely not be guaranteed. Therefore, it is important to discuss with your doctor the possible side effects of such off-label uses and make sure to do your own research.

Am I A Good Candidate?

If submental fat bothers you, ask your doctor about Kybella. Visit the official Kybella website and read up on the product’s side effects, uses, testimonials, and more.

Always remember, while Kybella is approved for adults, it’s efficacy is unknown in patients younger than 18 years of age. To that end, it’s best to refrain from receiving cosmetic treatments if you’re under the age of 18, excluding extenuating circumstances, as your body is still in the developmental stages.

Does Kybella Have Side Effects?

Naturally, the question of side effects is an important one. Yet, side effects can vary. Even more, results may vary. Still, many physicians consider Kybella a safe treatment.

Common side effects include swelling, bruising, redness, pain, and numbness at the injection site. Additionally, some report experiencing a hard lump at the injection site.

While Kybella can cause some more serious side effects, such as difficulty swallowing, nerve injury, or facial muscle weakness, instances of these are extremely rare. To which end, any cosmetic product you choose will have a range of side effects. So, speak with your doctor to understand the full list of possible side effects.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

After your first treatment of Kybella, you should see visible results. What’s more, since Kybella destroys fat cells, as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle, follow-up treatments in the same area won’t be necessary.

Still, considering the extent of your goals and how much fat is in the area, your doctor should arrange a treatment regimen tailor-made for you.

How Long Do Results Last?

As previously mentioned, Kybella destroys fat cells. So, once you achieve the results you desire, you won’t need any more treatments! Given you maintain a healthy lifestyle and take care of your skin.


The information provided herein has been reviewed for accuracy, but cannot be guaranteed to be free of infallalacy. A consultation with a doctor is always needed before receiving treatment of any cosmetic product.

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Published: 20181203
Revised: 20190705

Post Author: Dr. Mirza

With over 15 years of experiences as a licensed physician, Dr. Muhammad Mirza is very knowledgeable in cosmetics. Having specialized in neurology, our doctor knows exactly how to contour cosmetic products to your needs perfectly. Dr. Mirza takes his knowledge and shares it on his website, in his offices, and across various other platforms.