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How Does KYBELLA Work?

Comprised of deoxycholic acid, a substance that naturally occurs in the body, KYBELLA works to break down fat cells which can then be removed through normal metabolic processes. The fat cells are destroyed gradually, producing a noticeably slimmer and more contoured effect on the treated area. Because the targeted fat is eliminated over the following weeks and months, results often appear to have been achieved naturally. 

What Are the Benefits of KYBELLA?

When diet and exercise fail to adequately address excess fatty tissue on the chin, KYBELLA may be able to help. The non-surgical cosmetic injectable offers a range of benefits, including:

  • Brief treatment time

  • Minimal downtime

  • Long-lasting results

  • No surgery or incisions

  • Gradual, natural-looking fat reduction

What Is KYBELLA Treatment Like?

Your care, comfort, and safety are our highest priorities. KYBELLA is carefully and precisely delivered into targeted locations in the area of concern. With the use of an ultrafine needle to enhance your experience, and most patients report that there is little to no discomfort. The procedure typically takes about 20 minutes, and you can return home immediately after treatment.

What Is Recovery From KYBELLA Like?

You may wish to take a day or two off from work to rest. After that, you should be able to return to your normal routine without restrictions. KYBELLA is designed to gradually break down fatty tissue, and you should begin to see results after two to three weeks. Full benefits should be visible after a couple of months. One treatment often will be enough to achieve the desired outcome; however, each patient is different and experiences vary among individuals.

*Your results may vary

Does KYBELLA Cause Any Side Effects?

KYBELLA treatment may result in bruising, swelling, tenderness, or numbness in the submental region (under the chin and around the neck); however, these effects should resolve on their own. Ice packs and medication can help decrease swelling and manage discomfort in the meantime.


KYBELLA is considered a very safe, predictable, and effective cosmetic treatment when administered under the supervision of a board-certified facial plastic surgeon. KYBELLA has been researched in over 20 clinical studies and remains the only FDA-approved injectable to destroy fat cells under the chin. Your injector will always confirm whether you are a good candidate for KYBELLA before treatment by asking about your medical history and any medications you’re currently taking. In general, KYBELLA may not be the best option for patients who have an infection near the area of injection or who are taking blood thinners. Rest assured that our team will assess whether KYBELLA can safely fulfill your treatment goals during your consultation.

How Long Do KYBELLA Results Last?

Once the fat targeted by KYBELLA treatment is gradually shed, the results can be very long-lasting. Since we do not regrow fat cells, there may be no need for future retreatment if you maintain a stable weight and adhere to a healthy lifestyle.

Are There Alternative Options to KYBELLA?

In certain cases, the appearance of a full chin and neckline is not a result of excess fatty deposits. Some individuals lack a visible distinction between their chin and neck, resulting in the look of a double chin that is simply caused by an undefined facial profile. For these situations, a chin implant may be an ideal solution to fulfill your cosmetic goals. Chin implantation is designed to improve the appearance of a recessed chin through careful and natural-looking augmentation. Depending on your unique needs, this can diminish fullness in the neckline by creating a more attractive contour where the neck meets the chin for a more pronounced chin and jawline.

For other patients, a neck lift may be a more appropriate option to obtain an enhanced neck appearance. Along with excess fat, the loose skin tissue can also contribute to the look of an excessively full neck. Consequently, those with a buildup of excess neck skin will not see improvement with KYBELLA, as the treatment is not designed to tighten or smooth lax skin tissue. For a double chin appearance caused by sagging neck skin, a neck lift can often provide the desired results more effectively by pulling the skin taut for a flattering look on the underside of the chin and a more youthful aesthetic overall.

Both a chin implant and a neck lift are surgical procedures that can provide extremely enduring results. While the natural aging process and its associated cosmetic changes will continue, these treatments are designed to be long-lasting enhancement solutions.

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