One thing almost everyone can agree on is that we all—men and women—could do with a little less “submental fullness.” That’s just a fancy way to say “fullness under the chin” or double chin. The causes of a double chin may include heredity, excess weight, or aging. And having a double chin, according to the KYBELLA website, may be as or even more bothersome to a majority of Americans than are lines and wrinkles around and under the eyes.

KYBELLA is fundamentally different than other products classified as “injectibles,” products that seek to fill in wrinkles and fine lines, for example. The active ingredient in KYBELLA is synthetic deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule that aids in the breakdown and absorption of fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, KYBELLA destroys fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in submental fullness. More specifically, “Kybella dissolves the membranes lining fat cells, causing them to spill their contents, which are gradually but efficiently expunged by the body’s immune cells.” Once destroyed, these cells can no longer accumulate or store fat, so further treatment is not usually necessary once you reach your desired aesthetic goal.

Before KYBELLA, liposuction was the only reliable, effective method of submental fat removal. Liposuction a serious, surgical procedure accompanied by a host of potential side effects.

Only a KYBELLA-trained healthcare specialist can administer treatment. Each treatment requires multiple small injections under the chin. The injection process takes only 15 to 20 minutes. The exact number of injections will depend on the amount of fat you have under your chin and your desired profile.

KYBELLA treatment sessions are administered at least one month apart, and you should not receive more than six treatments. Once fat cells are destroyed, they do not (under most circumstances) regenerate.  Your KYBELLA results are permanent. (In clinical studies, 59% of patients received six treatments to reach their desired results).