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What is Kybella?

Kybella is an injectable form of deoxycholic acid, which is used to eliminate submental fat tissue under the chin (known commonly as a double chin). Deoxycholic acid is produced by the body to help it absorb fats. When injected as Kybella, fats are broken down and the neck will achieve a less fatty appearance. It may require as many as seven treatments, at least a month apart; up to 50 injections may be used for each treatment. Kybella may destroy other cell -- including skin cells -- if not administered correctly, so it must be done by a healthcare professional. Side effects may include bleeding, hardness, or bruising at the injection site; also headache, nausea, or itching. Serious side effects include difficulty swallowing, lopsided smile, pain in the face or neck, or face muscle tightness or weakness; if any of these occur, call your doctor right away. Kybella is not approved for any part of the body other than the neck area. Kybella is not intended for pediatric patients. 

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