A double chin is a roll of fatty skin beneath your cheeks which makes it look like you have two chins. It is completely harmless and can be caused by genetics, aging, excess weight, etc. Even though double chins are harmless cosmetic issues, they can cause those who have them mental anguish due to the change in appearance it creates in one’s body. Fortunately, there’s a solution to this problem, and that’s through a treatment called kybella.

What is Kybella?

Kybella or deoxycholic acid is an injection based treatment approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reduce moderate to severe fat below the chin or the dreaded double chin. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring acid which kills fat cells.

The Kybella Treatment Process

Multiple tiny injections are administered under your chin with the entire process taking 15 to 20 minutes. The number of injections will vary depending on the goals you wish to achieve and the amount of fat under your chin.

How Long will it Take to see Results?

The time it takes to see the final results all depends on the goals you wish to achieve and the amount of fat under your chin. The healthcare specialist you consult will be able to give you a clearer picture of how many treatments you’ll require.

Each session is conducted with a gap of at least a month between sessions with 6 sessions being the maximum. 59% of Kybella patients have received 6 treatments according to clinical studies.

What Kind of Side Effects Can I Expect?

Minor bruising, swelling, and numbness are relatively common and nothing to worry about. You should tell your doctor if you experience facial muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing or an uneven smile. These can all be rectified by informing your doctor. Informing your doctor is your safest bet if you experience other side effects, not on this list.

Is Kybella Right for Me?

Are you unhappy or embarrassed by the fat under your chin? Do you feel as if your double chin makes you look older and heavier built than you really are? Do you exercise regularly and eat well? If you answered yes to all of these questions then Kybella may be the right choice for you.

Do not receive Kybella if you have an infection or without informing your doctor about any existing medical conditions. If you are pregnant or are planning a pregnancy in the near future, you should postpone undergoing the treatment until a later date to help avoide any potential complications.

For some people, no matter how hard they may exercise or how religiously they stick to their diet, their double chins refuse to go away. For them, their double chins may be connected to their age or genes.

Targeted chin exercises and another thorough look at your diet may be enough to eliminate a double chin, but if it still persists and is causing you mental anguish, then Kybella is an option worth exploring.

Contact Our Office

Interested in learning more about the Kybella treatment? Contact our office to schedule a consultation with skilled plastic surgeon Dr. Jen Chow to learn more. With his guidance, you’ll be on your way to a smoother and well-sculpted jawline that you can feel confident in.