Aging, weight gain and genetics all play a role in submental fullness, the condition commonly known as a “double chin.” Though it is not a serious medical issue, excess fat beneath the chin can be a cosmetic concern that makes you feel self-conscious about your profile and your overall appearance. Kybella is the first and only injectable that is FDA-approved to melt away a double chin by destroying submental fat cells. If you’ve tried diet and exercise but still struggle with unwanted chin and neck fat, Kybella may offer a nonsurgical solution to banishing this unsightly bulge for good.

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Frequently Asked Questions


How Does Kybella Work?

The active ingredient in Kybella is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule that helps the body break down and absorb dietary fat. When injected into the area beneath the chin, Kybella mimics the body’s natural fat absorption process and destroys the fat cells causing a double chin. Once they are destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin and an improved chin profile. No anesthesia or surgery is required.

What Concerns Can Be Treated With Kybella?

Kybella is a first-of-its-kind injectable treatment to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin. This is currently the only treatment area where Kybella is known to be safe and effective. For other areas where stubborn fat is a concern, a body contouring procedure such as liposuction may be more appropriate.

How Is Kybella Different From Other Injectables?

There are several types of cosmetic injectable, each of which is formulated differently and designed to achieve different goals. Dermal fillers, such as Juvéderm and Radiesse, are injected to restore lost volume, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, enhance facial contours or plump the lips. Anti-wrinkle injections, like Botox and Dysport, soften lines by temporarily stopping facial muscles from contracting. Kybella is a unique injectable that is specifically designed to reduce the number of fat cells in the treatment area.

Is Kybella Safe?

Kybella was approved by the FDA in 2015 for the improvement of moderate to severe submental fullness. It is a safe and effective alternative to surgical procedures for fat reduction, such as liposuction. All risks and potential complications will be reviewed before your procedure.

What Happens During Kybella Treatment?

Before beginning treatment, your injection specialist will discuss your aesthetic goals and examine the area around your chin and neck to determine if Kybella is right for you. This will allow your specialist to precisely tailor your treatment to the amount and location of fat that must be addressed to achieve your desired outcome. You will receive multiple small injections under your chin with a fine needle. You may feel a stinging sensation while the injections are administered, but most patients find it to be tolerable. The injection process typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete.

Is There Downtime After Treatment?

You will likely have some swelling, bruising or numbness under your chin after a Kybella treatment. The intensity and longevity of these reactions vary from patient to patient. Though they can cause some discomfort and inconvenience, they are a normal response to the deoxycholic acid working on your fat cells. Swelling usually peaks two to three days after Kybella injections and subsides within a few weeks after the treatment. Follow your specialist’s aftercare instructions to minimize swelling as much as possible.

How Many Kybella Treatments Will I Need?

Since every person’s chin profile is unique, the number of treatments required to achieve a good result ranges. Many patients see visible results with two to four Kybella treatments. You may receive up to six Kybella treatments spaced at least one month apart. We create a customized treatment plan based on the distribution of your submental fat and your personal cosmetic goals.

What Results Can I Expect?

A double chin can make you look older and heavier than you really are, and fat in this area often proves stubbornly resistant to diet and exercise. Kybella injections offer significant aesthetic improvement in this problem zone by eliminating submental fat cells and creating a more streamlined contour along the jawline. Results are typically noticeable four to six weeks after treatment and continue to improve as additional treatments are administered.

How Long Will My Results Last?

Kybella permanently eliminates treated fat cells. Once destroyed, the treated cells are no longer able to accumulate or store fat. Further treatment should not be necessary. A balanced diet, adequate daily hydration and a regular exercise routine are recommended to maximize your results.

Who Is Kybella For?

Getting rid of unwanted chin and neck fat is notoriously difficult. Many people struggle to eradicate fat in their submental area even with a dedicated diet and exercise regime. When these natural methods fail, surgery can be an effective option, but not everyone is interested in or a candidate for fat reduction techniques that involve anesthesia, incisions and significant recovery time. Kybella is a newer, less invasive option that can improve your profile in just a few treatments. If you’re ready to restore confidence in your appearance, call U Laser Medspa at 858-281-4560 to schedule a consultation and find out whether Kybella is right for you.