Kybella® Injections - “Double Chin” Treatment

What is Kybella®? How does it work to reduce a double chin?

Kybella® contains a naturally occurring molecule that aids in the breakdown of fat called deoxycholic acid. Specifically targeted for reducing submental fullness — AKA a “double chin” — Kybella® is a non-surgical, injectable treatment that destroys fat cells and essentially dissolves excess fat permanently.

Who is the ideal candidate for Kybella® injections?

Kybella® is ideal for men and women seeking a non-surgical and relatively painless treatment to reduce a double chin. Ideally, you should be in your 20’s, 30’s, and possibly early 40’s. If you are older, Kybella® may not be the best choice for you. In that case, to get the best result you may want to consider a neck lift or neck liposuction.

Is the Kybella® treatment experience painful?

Most candidates experience relatively little pain. The actual treatment experience will take about 10 minutes or less, and is similar to the application of Botox® injections. During your treatment session you will receive a series of small, shallow injections under your chin. Immediately after treatment injections you may experience a very mild stinging or burning sensation but you will be given an icing pack to relieve any discomfort.

Kybella® injections can be quickly administered during a short visit to our San Francisco office. After your treatment session you will be able to return to work immediately with no ill effects.

Does Kybella® have any side effects?

Kybella® has been specifically approved as a safe treatment for excess fat under the chin. Overall, most people only experience very mild side effects including mild numbness and temporary swelling for 3-4 days after treatment.

How many treatments do I need to eliminate my “double chin”?

Depending on your desired result, your Kybella® specialist will recommend a treatment plan and approximate number of sessions. Typically most people undertake 3-4 treatment sessions spaced about a month apart, however you will notice significant results within 2-4 treatments. Because Kybella® removes the fat cells under the chin, the results of treatment will last for years, if not permanently.

Why might it sometimes be necessary to “revise” a previous Kybella® treatment?

Sometimes, depending on the skills and expertise of your Kybella® provider, a treatment may not go as planned and your expectations may not be met. If this occurs, you may want to seek a new series of injections from a more qualified provider.

Read more about Kybella® revision treatments here.