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What is Kybella™ in Peabody | Boston, MA

The FDA has approved KYBELLA™ (deoxycholic acid) injection, which contours and improves the appearance of moderate to severe submental fullness due to submental fat accumulation.

KYBELLA™ is a formulation of a naturally occurring substance (deoxycholic acid) that targets and destroys fat cells in the area where it’s injected. Once those cells are destroyed, they can no longer store or accumulate fat. Once the aesthetic response is achieved with KYBELLA™, re-treatment is not expected to be required.

Who is the best candidate for Kybella treatment?

KYBELLA® is the right choice

    • If you are unhappy, self-conscious, and embarrassed by the double chin or submental fullness


    • When you look older or heavier than you actually are


    • For those who do not want to have surgery or Liposuction


  • People who are eating well and exercise, but submental fullness does not go away
Submental fullness, also known as “double chin,” can affect young, adult women and men of all ages and weights, and is influenced by multiple factors, such as aging, weight gain, and genetics.

What are the side effects of Kybella injection?

The most common side effects are typically local to the treatment area and most commonly include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, tingling, hardness, and redness. KYBELLA™ can rarely cause serious side effects, including trouble swallowing and nerve injury in the jaw that can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness.

Why should you choose ShanthalaMD?

Dr. Shanthala is proud to be one of the first 1500 physicians who got trained to perform Kybella injections in the country.

Kybella is a prescription medication, although kybella is safe injection, it does have rare side effects, it is essential to have extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, obtaining a detailed medical history, and proper examination of the patient. Dr. Shanthala will individually tailor the kybella injections for you.
Talk to Dr. Shanthala to determine if KYBELLA™ might be right for you or to learn more about KYBELLA™ visit www.mykybella.com.

At 41, I’m feeling more confident in my appearance than I did before Kybella™. Now, when I look in the mirror, I’m happy with how I look and feel. I don’t feel like I’m trying to hide something anymore.

Amy, age 41

What is submental fullness?

Submental fullness sometimes referred to as “double chin,” is a common yet undertreated facial aesthetic condition that can impact a broad range of both young and older adults, including both men and women.

How does Kybella™ work?

The active ingredient in Kybella™ is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.

When injected into the fat beneath your chin, Kybella™ causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.

How is Kybella™ administered?

Kybella™ is typically given in a 15 to 20-minute in-office treatment session.

Dr. Shanthala will give you a series of injections into the fat under your chin at each treatment session.

Dr. Shanthala will customize your Kybella™ treatment based on the amount of submental fullness you have and your treatment goals. Together you will decide the treatment plan that is right for you.

How many treatments will I need?

Many patients treated with Kybella™ experience visible contouring of their chin profile in 2 to 4 treatments. Some people require up to 6 treatments in order to achieve results. Once your chin profile has improved, you may not need to be treated with Kybella™ again.

Who should not get kybella?

The following patients should not receive kybella.

  1. Infection at the site
  2. Enlarged lymph nodes
  3. Dysphagia
  4. Enlarged Thyroid
  5. History of bleeding disease
  6. Pregnant or Breastfeeding

Is there any downtime after Kybella injection?

For most patients, downtime was minimal and occurred most commonly after the first treatment session. When scheduling your treatments, keep your social plans and work commitments in mind. Swelling after the injection may last up to 3 to 5 days. Using a scarf around the neck might be helpful.

What is the Cost of Kybella?

The Kybella injection is performed by a Board Certified Physician at ShanthalaMD. The cost includes the skill, expertise and the reputation of the physician. The cost varies from person to person based on the size of the submental fullness. We offer Brilliant Distinctions to save you money.

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If you’re looking to reduce submental fullness or double chin with Kybella™ performed by a physician in and around Peabody and Boston, request a consultation online, or contact us at (978) 854-5035 to schedule your appointment.

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