KYBELLA™ (deoxycholic acid) injection is a prescription injectable medicine indicated to improve the appearance of moderate to severe submental fat (fat below the chin) popularly referred as the “double chin.” Kybella™ is identical to the deoxycholic acid that is naturally created in the body which helps the body absorb fats. Kybella™ is a cytolytic (cell disruption) drug which, when injected properly into submental fat tissue, destroys fat cells.

Kybella™ was approved by the FDA in April 2015 making it the one and only injectable drug that contours and improves the appearance of submental fullness. Kybella™ is administered as a series of injections into the fatty tissue in the “double chin” area. Patients that are good candidates for this procedure generally require anywhere from 2 to 6 treatment visits, with each treatment visit scheduled approximately 4-6 weeks apart. Each treatment is composed of multiple injections requiring anywhere from 1 to 3 vials per treatment session.

Dr. Sarmela Sunder is one of the few handpicked Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeons who has undergone extensive training and attended the Speakers Bureau Meeting in Chicago in order for her to offer this treatment to her patients before most practices nationwide. Submental fat is a coveted treatment in her Encino and Agoura Hills CA practices. A well-defined jaw line, balanced chin and healthy looking neck is a sure sign of youth. Dr. Sunder gives personalized recommendations to all of her patients who are seeking to rejuvenate themselves while delivering natural looking and long-lasting results.

At the time of your complimentary consultation at either the Encino or Agoura Hills, CA locations, Dr. Sarmela Sunder will determine upon examination, if Kybella™ is right for you.

What should I expect at the time of my treatments?
You should expect to be in the office for about an hour. Dr. Sarmela Sunder will go over the treatment plan, locally anesthetize the area for optimum comfort and proceed with the series of Kybella™ injections.

Is Kybella™ uncomfortable?
Patients that have received Kybella™ injections reported mild discomfort. Please discuss your options with Dr. Sarmela Sunder so that your experience is a pleasant as possible.

What are the possible side effect associated with Kybella?
Like any other injections, the most commonly reported side effects are bruising, swelling, soreness, induration and erythema at the injection sites.

What is the average recommended treatment?
While not all patients are created equal, the average patient who is prescribed Kybella™ injection for moderate submental fullness will require approximately 2-3 office visits and are treated with 2-3 vials per session.

What is the average cost for Kybella™ injections?
The average cost for Kybella™ injections is $800 per vial. Depending on the amount of fat that a patient has, the cost of a typical full treatment can range from $1600-$4800.

What happens at a Kybella consultation?

At the initial consultation, I review with the patient what the goals are for the desired end results. I also map out a series of injections on the patient so we can try and determine how many sessions of injections that the patient will need. Then we also review the patient’s dietary history and any dietary restrictions that they may have or physical limitations that they may have to see how this product works as a part of their overall lifestyle.

Who’s a good candidate for Kybella?

Kybella is ideal for individuals with moderate to severe fullness of the submental region of the neck. It is really ideal for patients who have some good skin turgor or some thickness to the skin. These are individuals with good quality skin that can bounce back. It’s not as ideal for people to have excess skin of the neck in addition to fat. People with pre-existing excess skin of the neck may find that Kybella may exacerbate the appearance of loose skin, once the fat is dissolved.

Ask Dr. Sarmela Sunder if Kybella™ injections is right for you by scheduling your complimentary consultation.

What are some common side effects of Kybella?

The most common side effects of Kybella are minimal bruising. There could be some injection site redness. There may be some numbness anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. In addition, there may be down tenderness at the injection site and some discomfort at the injection site. The most common side effect that we’ve seen is swelling of the treatment area. The swelling can last anywhere from a few days to a full week just depending on the amount of injected that’s the one side effect that I really counsel our patients about because it can lead to some more downtime than a typical injectable.