Kybella – How to get rid of the "double chin"

Are you bothered by your double chin, or the appearance of fullness under your chin? Do you exercise on a regular basis and eat healthy, yet still struggle with the fat underneath your chin? Do you feel this condition makes you look or feel heavier than you are?  

If you answered yes to any of these questions – there is good news for you. The newest innovation in non-surgical treatment of submental fullness is here!  Kybella™ is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment that improves the appearance of moderate to severe fat beneath the chin.

How does it work? Kybella™ is a solution made of the active ingredient deoxycholic acid, a molecule that naturally occurs in the body, one that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.  Fat cleared from the treatment area is absorbed through your body’s natural metabolism.

How is Kybella administered?  The treatment is performed during an office visit and usually takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. An ice or a cold pack is applied to the area prior to treatment to decrease pain and discomfort. Your healthcare provider will mark the area to be treated and then perform a series of injections into the fat under your chin at each treatment session.

How many treatment sessions will I need and how far apart? Your healthcare provider will help you decide the number of treatments needed. They may number between 1 and 6, as this depends upon the amount of submental fat you have, its distribution as well as your desired treatment goals. Treatments are usually performed every 1-2 months until satisfactory results are achieved for you.

What can I expect after my treatment session?  Are there side effects? You will likely experience the most down time after the first session that include swelling, redness, numbness and bruising. You should be able to immediately return to your normal daily activities, but you should keep side effects in mind when planning social or work activities, as they can last several days.

What are the advantages of Kybella™ treatment?

  • Almost 80% of people treated with Kybella™ had improved satisfaction with the appearance of the area beneath their chin compared with placebo.

  • Improvement in self-confidence: Kybella™ patients reported improvement in the visual and emotional impact of reduction of submental fat when asked how happy, bothered, self-conscious, old, embarrassed or overweight they felt after treatment.

  • Less downtime: This is not a surgical procedure so patients’ can return to work and daily activities right away!


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