Kybella® is a non-surgical injectable for reducing moderate to severe fat on the upper neck, otherwise known as a “double chin.” This is a common yet undertreated facial aesthetic condition that impacts a broad range of adults, including both women and men.

A double chin occurs because of several factors, such as aging, genetics and weight gain. The area is often resistant to diet and exercise. Having a double chin can detract from an otherwise balanced and harmonious facial appearance – leading to an older and heavier look.

The Kybella® injection, approved by the FDA, contains a naturally occurring molecule that melts the fat. It is identical to the deoxycholic acid that is produced in the body to helps the body absorb fats. Kybella® is a cytolytic drug, which when injected into tissue physically destroys the cell membrane. When properly injected into submental fat, the drug destroys fat cells occurring below the chin – with notable results that our patients appreciate.

Before your treatment:

  • Aspirin, Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Green Tea, Omega 3 fatty acids, St. Johns Wart, Gingko Biloba may cause additional bleeding during your procedure and should be avoided.
  • Stop over-the-counter (OTC) ibuprofen, naproxen, Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, Naprosyn, Voltaren, Indocin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory prescription medications if approved by your physician (i.e. Meloxicam, Sulindac, Feldene, Lodine, Relafen or diclofenac). These pain relievers also cause bleeding. OTC Tylenol is approved to take as directed.
  • Inform your provider if you have an allergy to Lidocaine
  • Inform your provider if you have had any of the following conditions in your chin or neck area: scars, injuries or trauma, past surgeries, radiation, thyroid conditions, enlarged lymph nodes, or goiter.
  • Men please shave beard area the day of procedure

What to expect during your treatment:

  • You will be in a seated, slightly reclined position.
  • Your skin will be prepped with an antimicrobial solution. Temporary skin markings will be placed.
  • You can hold ice on the treatment area prior to and intermittent throughout the injection process
  • Kybella® is administered with several small injection sites
  • Kybella® begins to work immediately. It is normal to feel mild-moderate discomfort, fullness/heaviness, aching in your jaw, and immediate swelling. Avoid touching, rubbing, and massaging the treatment area.

Before & After Results

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What to expect after your treatment:

  • Swelling is normal and expected as your body’s natural inflammatory response and clean-up crew” are at work as Kybella® begins to destroy unwanted fat cells. If your treatment area was on your face/neck, expect moderate to severe swelling. After day 3 the swelling will begin to improve. Each day, swelling will continue to lessen up to 2-3 weeks after. Apply ice packs for 5-15 minutes periodically through the next 48-72 hours.
  • Bruising is normal and expected. If your treatment was performed on the body expect moderate bruising. This will resolve just as a typical bruise would.
  • Pain and tenderness is normal. Over-the-counter Tylenol will help alleviate any discomfort. Avoid aspirin, Advil, ibuprofen, Motrin or Aleve, as they could increase bruising.
  • Other side effects that will gradually resolve include: numbness and hardness (averages 4-6 weeks)
  • Results with Kybella® most often begin to appear at 4-6 weeks after treatment.
  • Full results expected at 12 weeks after treatment