What does Kybella treat? & How does it work?

  • Kybella is used to permanently remove submental fullness beneath the jawline, otherwise described as “double-chin” or “waddle.” Kybella also helps to improve the contour of one’s jawline making it more defined.
  • Submental fullness can be caused by weight gain, genetics, and aging. Even with diet and exercise, people may never be able to optimally reduce fullness beneath the chin.
  • Kybella (deoxycholic acid) works by being injected into the fat beneath the chin, permanently destroying fat cells. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that helps break down fat. Your body’s natural metabolism then processes the fat cleared from the treatment area. As a result, there’s a noticeable difference in reduction in fullness beneath the chin. Treatments are individually tailored.

What can you expect during treatment?

Prior to treatment ‘before’ photos will be obtained. A grid will be stickered to the treatment area to allow for consistent delivery of product. The injection time may take approximately 15-20 minutes. To help alleviate discomfort, numbing cream and ice packs will be applied prior and post injecting. At the finishing of the treatment, you will experience a warm sensation and swelling beneath the chin. This is a normal response as the fat cells are being destroyed.

What are the possible side effects? And what can I expect post treatment?

Discomfort may last for 1-2 days. Swelling beneath the chin may last for 3-5 days. Tightening of the skin beneath the chin will take place over the next 4-6 weeks. Other possible side effects may include bruising, redness, and numbness. Side effects are usually temporary and resolve on their own.

Am I a candidate for Kybella?

Ideal candidates are those with moderate to severe submental fullness/fat below the chin. People with moderate/severe skin laxity are not ideal candidates for Kybella, as it only works to destroy fat cells, and not lift or tighten the skin.  Kybella is less invasive than surgery, making it a great alternative for patients.

How soon after treatment will I notice results?

Results will be noticeable over the course of 1-6 weeks. Timing will allow for the decrease in swelling, and ultimately smoothing of the skin.

Are multiple treatments necessary?

Multiple treatments are usually necessary, to allow for exact and complete removal of submental fullness. A complimentary consultation can be scheduled with one of our Nurse Practitioner/Registered Nurses, allowing for a thorough analysis of your needs in determining: How many vials are needed per treatment? How many treatments total? As a result, the fat beneath the chin will be permanently destroyed.