KYBELLA® dissolves fat internally by utilizing its active ingredient: synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a natural molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fats. It is created naturally within the body in the digestive tract. KYBELLA® is a synthesized version of this same element. Precisely injected into targeted locations, it disrupts the walls of fat cells, causing them to spill their lipid content. The destroyed fat cells and residual deoxycholic acid are harmlessly cleared by the circulatory and lymphatic systems over time.
Because KYBELLA® is an injectable, non-surgical treatment, downtime is extremely minimal, and you can return to normal activities right after treatment. However, patients will experience some bruising, swelling, numbness, tenderness, redness, or firmness, in the injection site for a few weeks after the procedure, but it is temporary.