FDA-approved KYBELLA® is the only injectable treatment to remove adult double chin fat cells. Kybella works by dissolving the fat pocket under the chin.
Our founder, Linda Behla, and our staff were first to be trained in the country. And she was among the first ten practitioners in the Bay Area to use Kybella for treating a “double chin”.
What is KYBELLA®?
Kybella is a prescription medicine containing deoxycholic acid, a molecule that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.
When injected into the area below the chin, the fat cells are destroyed, rendering them incapable of future storage or accumulation of fat.
Once the desired results have been achieved, there’s no need for continued treatments. Each session takes around half an hour and may not be scheduled more frequently than one per month. Most patients reach their reduction goal after two to four treatment sessions. Although KYBELLA® is not intended as a skin tightening treatment, 80% of patients also noted a tightening of the skin.
Am I a good candidate?
If you have submental fat or a “double chin” or fullness beneath the chin that you would like to reduce, and you would like to avoid surgery such as liposuction, then you are likely a candidate for Kybella. Please make a complimentary consultation with one our expert practitioners to learn more and find out if Kybella is the best option for improving your chin profile. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not get this treatment.
How do I prepare for treatment?
Avoid taking ibuprofen, aspirin or any other blood thinners in the days prior to your procedure as they can increase bruising after the procedure. We suggest you schedule your treatments well before any major events since this is a months-long process. Let us know if you have any known allergies or problems swallowing.
What happens during the treatment?
We start by applying a numbing gel to the chin area, which takes about twenty minutes to come to full effect. Though there are multiple injections, the process itself only takes about five minutes as we mark the area beforehand and each injection is very quick. We will provide you with an ice pack for immediately after the treatment, and post-procedure care instructions
What can I expect after the treatment?
You will have some swelling, bruising, or numbness under your chin. Swelling typically peaks at 24 hours post-treatment and can last from a few days to three weeks. The swelling is caused by the active medication breaking down the fat cells and is actually a sign that the treatment is working. There may also be bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area, all of which should be temporary. Avoid strenuous activity for the first few days after your injections. Ice packs can be used right after the treatment to minimize any pain. Subsequent treatments typically result in less swelling but recovery time is similar. Most patients see a noticeable reduction in fat after the second treatment.
How long will it last?
Studies show that Kybella results are long-lasting since the fat cells are removed permanently and will not come back.
Can this treatment be used as part of a combo therapy?
As with most of our treatments, Kybella can be combined with filler injections or laser treatments depending upon your overall needs and goals, though not always at the same time.
The Science Behind Kybella
Kybella contains a synthetic version of deoxycholic acid, a compound found in the human body. In its natural role in the digestive tract, deoxycholic acid helps break down fat we consume by destroying the membranes of fat cells. Kybella takes this fat-destroying compound and applies it to work on the subcutaneous fat cells under the chin. Fat cells are killed and are naturally eliminated by your body over the course of several weeks, while surrounding tissues remain unaffected. The injected Kybella is metabolized and ultimately eliminated as well.
The safety and effectiveness of Kybella for treatment of submental fat were established in two clinical trials that enrolled 1,022 adult participants with moderate or severe submental fat, according to the FDA. Participants were randomly assigned to receive Kybella or a placebo for up to six treatments, and the results showed that reductions in submental fat were observed much more frequently in participants who received Kybella.