What is fat dissolving and How does it Work?

Kybella is a cutting-edge, modern treatment that is fast becoming one of the most popular options for those seeking non-surgical solutions to an aesthetic issue that is causing them concern.

Kybella is a cutting-edge, modern treatment that is fast becoming one of the most popular options for those seeking non-surgical solutions to an aesthetic issue that is causing them concern.


The results delivered by Kybella are permanent, it is a safe treatment and the process itself is straightforward and has no lengthy recovery period.

However, while Kybella is rapidly growing in popularity, many are still naturally not sure quite what it is, how it works or why they should choose it.

In this post, we will answer those key questions.

What is Kybella?

Kybella is a fat-dissolving treatment with a very specific purpose. Kybella is solely used in the treatment of double chin fat – submental fat to use the medical term.

The treatment works via a series of precisely placed injections across the under chin area.

Kybella injections include synthetic deoxycholic acid. The human body naturally produces deoxycholic acid and uses it to break down fat, specifically dietary fat.

The injections therefore stimulate fat reduction in the area where they are injected.

They do this by breaking down the fat cells, before then expelling them via the lymphatic system over the course of 6-8 weeks.

Unlike some other fat-loss treatments, Kybella is not used for multiple areas of the body. It has been developed specifically for treating double chin fat, delivering stunning results where this condition is a cause for concern.

How does Kybella work?

When injected, the synthetic deoxycholic acid-based solution starts to destroy fat cells immediately. These cells then cannot store fat any more.

Unlike many other non-surgical treatments, this therefore means Kybella produces permanent results as the fat is gone for good.

While your practitioner will ensure the treatment is as pain-free as possible, this procedure requires great care from both the injector and the patient. It is normal to experience swelling and redness post-treatment, and you will be given aftercare instructions which are important to follow.

Kybella injections can only be administered by specially trained experts. In the UK, VIVA Skin Clinics is one of a small number of clinics who do offer fat-dissolving injections.

During each treatment, a number of injections will be made with a very fine needle after the skin has been numbed with an anaesthetic cream.

It is also usual to have more than one treatment session, this so that results can be monitored and the desired final result arrived at.

It is important that these appointments are adequately spaced in order to give the lymphatic system enough time to flush out the blitzed fat cells. Issuing Kybella treatments too closely could lead to the potential risk of overcorrection.

Why is Kybella so popular?

Kybella is not the only option for treating a double chin. Alternative options such as body sculpting and fat freezing exist.

However, Kybella & fat-dissolving injections like Celluform & AQUALYX do have many advantages.

Two crucial reasons for choosing Kybella are that it delivers the desired results and it is also a completely safe treatment, with full FDA approval and other regulatory approval.

We could discuss the results in great length, but it is far better to look at images of those who have undergone this form of injection, with images from before and after a full cycle of treatment.

The official Kybella site has superb examples of patients before and after treatment.

These are fair photos, by this we mean untouched photos and images taken under the same lighting conditions for both the before and after shots. They are a true reflection of what Kybella can achieve.

Please browse the gallery.

Kybella is also proven to work as shown by the testimonials and independent reviews from those who have undergone this treatment.

On the Real Patient Ratings site, 92% of those who have rated Kybella say they would recommend it and more than three quarters give this treatment the full five stars. This is a statistically significant group too, taken from hundreds of reviews.Â

Who is Kybella suitable for?

Broadly speaking, Kybella is a treatment for anyone who is concerned about unwanted fat under the chin – perhaps a visible double chin or feeling the pocket of fat beneath the chin doesn’t shift even with regular exercise and a healthy diet.

Our bodies have a tendency to hang on to fat deposits in certain areas. The area will vary from person to person but submental fat is common.

However hard we exercise, however good our diet, this fat can remain. While the body likes to hang on to deposits, we, as the owners of said bodies, are less keen.

Kybella is for those who simply want this one issue addressed. They want their double chin gone.

The treatment can only be used for adults over the age of 18, and your full medical history would be taken into account. We screen all patients for Body Dysmorphia to safeguard against harmful mental effects.

However, in the vast majority of cases, a person will be suitable for Kybella.

It is worth noting that Kybella is not a treatment for obesity or overall weight loss. It is a treatment that improves the appearance of the chin region.

Kybella vs Other Treatments

Kybella has emerged as the go-to choice for treating a double chin because it has advantages over other options.

Unlike full surgery, it is not invasive, it does not involve cutting of the skin, stitching or lengthy recovery.

Indeed, it is hard to see why anyone would opt for surgery over a non-surgical option that produces such great results.

The aim is for you to still look like yourself, only better – that bit more youthful, with a concern assuaged.

Kybella is quick to administer with treatments typically taking just 15 to 20 minutes. It is also a relatively affordable treatment.

While there is no guaranteed downtime as with surgical solutions to tackling submental fat, patients may experience some discomfort in the days following treatment. It’s normal to experience swelling, redness and tenderness in the treated area.

It is worth noting that while YouTube videos exist on alternative exercises and creams that may address a double chin, these have no scientific backing.

 No amount of strange chin exercises will address submental fat.

We cannot target areas of fat with exercise. Our jogging and gym sessions all contribute to comprehensive weight loss across the body instead of specific areas. While it is true you can train specific muscle groups, this does not encourage further weight loss in that area.

Tackling an issue such as a double chin in a prompt manner requires some form of intervention or treatment. It is our belief that fat-dissolving injections offer a strong potential solution.

Recovery from Kybella Injections

Kybella is a treatment that does not lead to major side effects. It is common to experience swelling and some localised pain from the injections, as well as redness and tenderness in the treated area. Any immediate discomfort is minimised due to anaesthetic cream being applied prior to injections.

As with any treatment, there is also a much smaller risk of more severe complication, in the case of Kybella this can include some trouble swallowing after treatment, ulcers and bruising.

At a detailed consultation, your practitioner would discuss the recovery process in full and also be available post-treatment to answer any concerns or queries.

With full results achieved after a number of treatments, your progress will of course be monitored and any concerns quickly addressed.

Next Steps

If you have submental fat you would like to see gone, then the next step would be to arrange an obligation-free consultation.

In Tunbridge Wells & London, VIVA Skin Clinics is an approved expert in the use of fat-dissolving injections and we would be delighted to answer any queries you may have or book you in for an initial conversation.

You can read more about our seven-stage patient journey here.

About VIVA Skin Clinics

VIVA Skin Clinics is one of the UK’s leading luxury aesthetics practices. Independent in more ways than one, our ethos is simple: we work to boost confidence and subtly enhance natural beauty with a select number of treatments and our signature techniques.

Our bespoke treatment menu has been created to improve emotional wellbeing by combatting the stressful effects of a busy lifestyle.

From subtle enhancements to personalised treatment programs, our medical doctors and aesthetic artists are dedicated to helping you to channel your most confident self and feel happier, healthier and more comfortable with the skin you’re in.

Our quality is demonstrated by independent, verified reviews. On TrustPilot 97% of reviews are rated excellent, the full five stars.

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Please do take the time to read past reviews, and compare us to any other UK clinic offering fat-dissolving injections or other cosmetic treatments.

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