Double chins are an infamous, almost iconic aesthetic feature that many people feel ruins their facial contour and harmony. The worst part is that while they aren’t always directly tied to excess fat or sagging skin, they are often associated with them. This makes many people who have a double chin feel self-conscious about their appearance.

Luckily, there is a way to rid yourself of unwanted fat beneath the skin. It has become highly regarded in the aesthetic community and is the go-to recommendation for many people looking to define their facial contour, and its name is Kybella.

What Is Kybella?

Kybella is a minimally invasive injectable treatment that uses deoxycholic acid to dissolve fat beneath the chin and provide a more contoured facial appearance to patients. The entire process can be completed without the need for incisions or harmful suction and has become popular because of the dramatic results it can provide.

In 2015, a survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery found that 67% of people were bothered to some degree by excess fat under their chin or neck. In clinical trials, 82.4% of the participants reported a significantly improved satisfaction in their appearance. This was the same trial that ultimately concluded Kybella to be safe and effective for their eventual FDA approval in 2015.


Why Do We Need Kybella?

Fat deposits can be extremely stubborn. Even in areas like the abdomen or legs, where muscle groups are easy to work out and engage, excess stored fat can end up giving anyone a hard time. Despite hours of working out and strict adherence to diet, sometimes, we need a little help addressing those areas that are resistant to natural contouring.

The double chin is a perennial concern for many people who care about their appearance. It is often one of the first signs of weight gain or aging to develop. And unfortunately, until Kybella was approved, the only way to address a double chin medically was through liposuction, a much more invasive procedure with a longer recovery time and price tag.

But now that Kybella is available, people finally have a noninvasive option to fix the contour of their chin and jawline without having to worry about making a vacation request or missing out on their usual routines. We need Kybella because there is simply no other alternative for people who are tired of their double chins.

What Does Kybella Treat?

Kybella is approved to treat one condition: double chins. This area is commonly referred to as the “submental area” in medical and aesthetic literature. While other injectable treatments might seem more valuable since they have a wide range of conditions they can address, Kybella was explicitly developed with only submental fat in mind, making it highly efficient at what it does.

Kybella destroys fat cells entirely, making it so that the fat can never return to that exact area since our bodies cannot produce additional fat cells throughout the body. If the procedure is effective, this also ensures that patients rarely need follow-up treatments after their first full regimen is complete.

Am I a Candidate for Kybella?

If you are looking to remove fat from underneath your chin to achieve a better contour throughout the bottom of your face, then you are likely going to be a candidate for Kybella treatment. This injectable is ideal for any skin type or tone, and very few conditions would disqualify you as a safe candidate. In the rare event that a preexisting condition prevents you from having Kybella performed, our team at Appearance Care Center in San Francisco will help you find a suitable alternative.

We recommend that all of our patients do ample amounts of research before their procedure to avoid having expectations that are outside the scope of what Kybella can achieve. If your expectations are not realistic, you are setting yourself up to be disappointed in what would otherwise be considered a successful procedure.

How Should I Prepare for Kybella?

Kybella is minimally invasive, meaning the preparation for the procedure is exceptionally minimal. You should avoid harsh sunlight and sunburns, tobacco, drugs and excessive alcohol use since each of these can damage your healing process and, ultimately, the quality of your results.

During your initial consultation, one of our medical professionals will go through your medical history, conditions and aesthetic goals. You should make sure everything is disclosed during this time to ensure that the procedure is as safe as possible. Let us know if you are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant or if you have problems with swallowing or bleeding.

What Should I Expect from a Kybella Procedure?

Kybella is not a complicated process — it can be fully explained in a few easy steps:

  1. Your face will be thoroughly cleaned to help prevent infection
  2. Your healthcare provider will use a marker to pinpoint injection sites
  3. A topical numbing agent may be applied to ease discomfort
  4. Between 30 and 50 small injections are made beneath the chin
  5. Your face is cleaned once more and you are sent home

Over the course of a few weeks, the acid that was injected will slowly kill the fat cells beneath the chin. You may need to have multiple treatments in order to achieve optimal results. Typically, the injections are spaced out about a month apart to allow proper healing and get a clear idea of where the results stand.

What Should I Expect During Kybella Recovery?

The recovery is extremely light. You may have a day or two of soreness, redness or swelling immediately following the procedure, but most patients can return to work the same day with side effects so minimal they do not affect their day-to-day routines. In some cases, swelling or redness may persist for up to five or seven days. This is normal and is entirely dependent on your body’s unique reaction to the procedure.

What Kind of Results Can I Expect from Kybella?

More than 82% of people reported significantly improved satisfaction with their appearance in a clinical trial of Kybella. Since it initially launched on the market, Kybella has garnered a reputation among providers and patients for being reliable and effective at what it claims to achieve.

You can expect to see a significant reduction in the amount of fat beneath your chin area, leading to a much more aesthetically pleasing facial contour. The results that you achieve are permanent — the body cannot produce more fat cells.

Can I Combine Kybella with Other Procedures?

Kybella can be combined with many different treatments since it is minimally invasive. Let your medical professional know during your consultation that you are interested in combining multiple procedures into your regimen. We will work with you to find the best combination of procedures best suited to achieve your desired appearance.

Effective Kybella Treatment in San Francisco, CA

If you are ready to learn more about how Kybella can improve your appearance, or if you would like to schedule an appointment to move forward with your injections, give our office a call at (415) 567-7200. You can also fill out our online contact form to be contacted at a later time. We are looking forward to being your partner throughout your entire aesthetic journey!

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