Reduce Submental Fat & Say Goodbye to Double Chin with Kybella Injections

  • Up to 25% fat reduction after just 1 session
  • Can be combined with CoolSculpting for better results

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Fast facts: 

About: Kybella is an injectable solution with the active ingredient deoxycholic acid, designed to break down fat cells in unwanted areas of fat accumulation. Kybella injections are minimally invasive with limited risks and side effects and no downtime.

Safety: Kybella was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2015 as a safe and effective method to treat unwanted fat under the chin. Risks and side effects are minimal when administered by a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Cost: The average cost of Kybella is $600 – $3500 per 1 session.

Efficacy: Several studies have concluded that Kybella is an effective treatment to eliminate unwanted fat. A clinical trial found that 82.4% of subjects reported significant improvements in their appearance and fat reduction.

kybella before and after

WHY ARE SO MANY PATIENTS BOTHERED BY THEIR SIDE FACIAL PROFILE?

In a world consumed by social media, many of us are concerned with our overall appearance, especially when it comes to the most visible parts of our bodies, namely, the face. Submental fat, broadly known as the double chin, is a common condition across both men and women in the United States. Submental fat is that extra fatty tissue under the chin, often associated with weight gain and considered unattractive. According to a survey presented at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) meeting, at least 47% of Americans aged between 18 and 65 are bothered by their submandibular fullness. 49% of the respondents believe that a double chin reflects negatively on their appearance and adversely affects their professional and personal life.

This chin fat is a common cause of insecurity, making people feel overweight and saggy, regardless of consistent diet and exercise. In some cases, fat under the chin is genetic, in others, it may be the result of a sedentary lifestyle. If your genes do not predispose you to a double chin, a diet rich in trans-fats and processed foods may just be the cause of your dreaded submandibular fat. Alternatively, crash dieting or aging makes the skin lose its elasticity. Kybella double chin reviews are raving, due to its amazing ability to reduce this fat minimally invasively.

Get rid of double chin | before - midtreatment - after

WHAT IS KYBELLA?

Developed by Allergan Cosmetics (formerly Kythera Biopharmaceuticals’ which also developed Botox & Juvederm dermal fillers), Kybella is an FDA-approved prescription medicine primarily used in adults to reduce and eliminate submental and submandibular fat (the double chin). It is a non-surgical technique used to melt down unwanted fat cells under your chin and around your jawline using a synthetic version of deoxycholic acid. The destroyed fat cells are then processed and naturally metabolized by the body over the course of several weeks. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body, aiding in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat in the digestive system.

The drug was under development for over 9 years with over 20 clinical studies of approximately 2,600 patients before it was put out on the market for doctors to use.

permanent double chin removal

Submandibular fat, more commonly known as the double chin, is a common problem amongst both men and women of all ages. People often resort to invasive procedures such as chin liposuction, submentoplasty, and neck lifts, to get rid of the excess fat on their face and neck. Recent surveys by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) suggest that two-thirds of patients were unhappy with their submental fat cells. In addition, many are looking for a non-surgical alternative to remove their chin fat, as surgical procedures involve an array of potential risks and side effects, and several weeks of downtime.

Because deoxycholic acid, the primary component in Kybella, is naturally found in the body, it takes a more natural approach in that it allows the body to gradually flush out fat cells using its own metabolic system. Kybella is injectable and minimally invasive, leaving patients with only minor side effects such as swelling and redness. There is no downtime associated with the treatment, meaning that Kybella is convenient even for those with a busy schedule.

Recent findings suggest that approximately 45% of Kybella patients are new to aesthetic medicine and have never been to a cosmetic physician’s office. A double chin detracts from your chin profile making you look heavier and overall older-looking. Kybella is minimally invasive, safe, and efficient to eliminate this unflattering fatty pouch, without requiring any kind of plastic surgery.

Kybella Injections

GET RID OF THE DREADED DOUBLE CHIN – HOW DOES KYBELLA WORK?

Kybella has a synthetic form deoxycholic acid as its main ingredient, which permanently destroys the fat cells in the targeted area. Deoxycholic acid is a salt found naturally in the human bile which actively aids in fat digestion by destroying the fat cell membranes in the human digestive tract through cytolysis.

In its synthetic form, after the deoxycholic acid injection is administered in the subcutaneous fat, it destroys fat cells in targeted locations through focal lipolysis. These fat cells are converted into cellular debris which is then filtered out of the body by the immunologic cells in the lymphatic and circulatory systems. The synthetic deoxycholic acid itself is broken down through the body’s natural metabolism and excreted by the kidneys.

In short, Kybella causes lysis (fat cell death) followed by the liquefaction of the adipocytes (fat cells). With 1 – 6 sessions using 1 – 3 vials of Kybella, this will result in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin. Results are typically observed within 4 – 6 weeks after the injection process.

Kybella double chin removal before and after

WHAT AREAS OF THE BODY CAN BE TREATED WITH KYBELLA?

If you have excess fat on other areas of your body and exercise or diet isn’t much of help, Kybella can be of great value. Even though Kybella is most commonly used, and FDA approved for eliminating the severe submental fat underneath the chin, the drug can be easily administered “off-label”  to other areas such as thighs, knees, or Kybella arms. Other areas in which Kybella can be used to eliminate subcutaneous fat include:

  • Jowls
  • Arms (Kybella armpit)
  • Back (“bra bulge”)
  • Knees
  • Abdomen
  • Buttocks (banana rolls)
  • Flanks
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WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR KYBELLA TREATMENT?

The best way to find out whether Kybella is the right option for you is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified cosmetic physician, like Dr. Schwarzburg, who can examine your anatomy and take your goals and medical history into consideration.

Overall, the ideal candidate is a healthy adult male or female who is bothered, unhappy, or self-conscious about their double chin. A patient who practices a healthy lifestyle complete with a healthy diet and regular exercise, but is unable to eliminate the fatty submental tissue is an excellent candidate for this procedure. You may have tried other non-surgical methods, such as CoolSculpting to eliminate unwanted fat, and are left with a small collection of adipose tissue that will no longer fit a CoolSculpting applicator. In this case, Kybella may be a great option to help you get rid of that last little bit of fat once and for all.

WHO SHOULD NOT RECEIVE KYBELLA SHOTS?

Before undergoing a Kybella treatment you should discuss your medical history with your provider, including:

  • Previous surgical procedures in the area to be treated
  • Medical or skin conditions affecting the area of concern
  • Bleeding disorders
  • If you are pregnant or planning on a pregnancy
  • If you are breastfeeding
  • Medications and supplements

Patients with larger collections of fat are not ideal candidates for Kybella, as it would require a significant amount of product, several injections, and several sessions. A double chin is sometimes confused with skin laxity or “turkey neck”, in which case, Kybella might not be the right option for you. If you have large amounts of loose skin, skin tightening or lifting procedure, such as a PDO thread lift, may be a better fit.

PREPARING FOR KYBELLA INJECTIONS

Once you are a confirmed candidate, there are a few things to consider beforehand. You will be advised to discontinue blood thinners, such as aspirin and ibuprofen one week prior to your appointment, and refrain from alcohol consumption 1 – 2 days before your Kybella injections, to prevent excessive bruising. Men with facial hair should shave before coming in, to ensure precise injections for optimal results.

If you have a major event coming up, you should plan your Kybella injections accordingly, as you will be expected to have swelling for up to 2 weeks post-injection.

WHAT DOES THE KYBELLA PROCEDURE ENTAIL?

Kybella Consultation:

Before the actual procedure, you will have a one on one consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg in which you will discuss your medical history, questions, concerns, and your aesthetic goals. Dr. Schwarzburg will examine the anatomy under and around your chin and take your prior discussion into consideration to tailor your treatment to your desired outcome.

It is important to consult with an experienced and knowledgeable medical professional who is able to carry out a careful examination to review and consider your medical history and past cosmetic procedures in order to properly execute your unique treatment plan.

Kybella Procedure:

Before the injection process, Dr. Schwarzburg will first sanitize your chin and submental region with alcohol prior to either applying a topical numbing cream or injecting local anesthesia, such as lidocaine. Next, he will map out the injection sites using a grid applied to the chin and upper neck area. Dr. Schwarzburg will then inject the product into the pre-marked injection sites, which will take a total of 10 – 20 minutes. Once complete, the area will be sanitized and you will be provided with ice packs to reduce ensuing swelling. There is no predetermined number of injections. Dr. Schwarzburg will inject according to your anatomy and the number of vials needed to achieve your desired results.

Kybella may only be administered by a Kybella-trained practitioner to ensure each patient’s safety and efficacy of the treatment.

Through this series of injections, Dr. Schwarzburg will help you shape your jawline over the course of 1 – 6 sessions in a minimally invasive way.

WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF KYBELLA?

Though Kybella is minimally invasive, there are some side effects associated with the procedure similar to those of other injectable treatments.

Minor side effects include slight pain in and around the injection site, localized numbness, itchiness, redness, bruising, and swelling. These common side effects typically last up to 2 weeks.

More serious side effects are rare, but possible and include ulcers, necrosis (cell death), hematomas, and infection. A 2019 study also reported Kybella injections causing hair loss, particularly among men with a beard, however, it is not a common side effect and hasn’t been reported frequently.

In addition, if the injection is not administered by a certified Kybella doctor, or is injected too close to the marginal mandibular nerve, it could lead to nerve injury in the jaw. This can cause stiffening of the facial muscles that in turn may cause slurred speech, trouble swallowing, and an uneven smile.

To avoid any such injuries, we recommend you come straight to Skinly Aesthetics in New York where the procedures are administered by highly trained Kybella doctors with unprecedented expertise in cosmetic injectable techniques to make sure you get your desired aesthetic results with little or no side effects.

IS THERE AFTERCARE FOR KYBELLA TREATMENT?

Kybella requires minimal aftercare, though most patients experience swelling for several days after the procedure. In order to allow your submental area to heal properly without migration of the drug or causing unintended damage, you should avoid pressing, rubbing, or massaging the area for 3 – 5 days post-injection. You should also avoid vigorous exercise and heat and keep your head elevated on a pillow to prevent excess swelling. If additional sessions are needed, they may be administered 4 – 6 weeks after the initial injection. If you experience prolonged swelling or numbness, be sure to contact your provider immediately.

DOS & DON’TS AFTER HAVING KYBELLA INJECTIONS ADMINISTERED

Dos:

  • Take an over-the-counter antihistamine before going for your Kybella injection appointment.
  • Keep your head elevated, put 2 pillows at night to help decrease the swelling, especially during the first night.
  • Cold press the site of injection using an ice pack to minimize numbness and bruising of the injection site.

Don’ts:

  • Don’t consume fish oils, blood thinners & vitamins a week before and in between your Kybella doses.
  • Don’t press, rub or massage the site of injection after you have been administered your Kybella dose as it can spread to other areas and cause unintended damage.
  • Avoid rigorous exercises and long-term exposure to the sun at least for 3-5 days after getting the injections.
  • Don’t get any other injectable treatments for the particular area in between or right before your Kybella appointments. Give your body a chance to heal and settle.

WILL I NEED TIME TO RECOVER? WHAT IS THE DOWNTIME AFTER KYBELLA?

Swelling, bruising, and numbness are common for up to two weeks after a Kybella treatment session. However, there is no necessary social or medical downtime and you will be able to resume normal activities immediately after your injections.

HOW MUCH DOES KYBELLA COST?

The total cost of Kybella depends on the number of vials and sessions needed to achieve each patient’s desired result. The number of vials necessary is dependent on the original amount of fat present. A patient with minimal submental fat may only need 1 vial of Kybella, while another may require 3 vials per session to achieve their desired aesthetic. The Kybella armpit fat cost may vary from the price for ideal Kybella for knees before and after results.

On average, one vial of Kybella can range from $600 – $900, meaning that the total cost to permanently remove fat cells and severe submental fat can add up to $3500. Patients may require 1 – 3 vials of Kybella per session, with up to 6 sessions, for optimal outcomes. In addition, the geographical location and level of expertise and credentials of your provider play an important role in the Kybella price, as a board-certified cosmetic surgeon in a larger city, with years of medical experience, will likely charge more than a registered nurse in a suburban area.

CAN KYBELLA BE COMBINED WITH OTHER TREATMENTS?

After chin fat is dissolved, there are multiple options to tighten the treatment area using other modalities, including Fraxel Dual, Secret RF microneedling, Ultherapy, Botox neck lift, and PDO thread lift.

Depending on the amount of adipose tissue, there may be excess skin left behind which needs to be tightened and lifted. Secret RF fractional microneedling is an advanced procedure that combines the benefits of microneedling with the power of radiofrequency. The potency and efficacy of this method are well documented and recognized. The PDO thread lift is a non-surgical facelift which allows instantaneous lifting results similar to a surgical facelift, repositioning lax skin that sometimes remains after a Kybella treatment. A Nefertiti neck lift is performed through targeted Botox injections in the neck to target the platysma muscle, reducing the chances of stretching out the skin on the neck and preventing “turkey neck”.

Ultherapy is a non-invasive tool that utilizes ultrasound technology to cause microtrauma at the SMAS layer of the skin, gradually causing skin contraction and tightening.  Fraxel Dual is an advanced skin tightening procedure using non-ablative laser technology to gently tighten and rejuvenate the skin. It targets the most superficial layers of the skin and is the final polishing touch to a tightened and contoured neck and jawline.

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat reduction treatment that was often used before Kybella to eliminate larger pouches of subcutaneous fat through cryolipolysis, also known as fat freezing.

HOW DO KYBELLA AND ULTHERAPY WORK TOGETHER?

Ultherapy is a micro-focused ultrasound treatment designed to tighten and lift the skin. Kybella is used to eliminate submental fat which contributes to what is recognized as a double chin and “turkey neck”. While Kybella will dissolve fat cells, it does not have the ability to tighten loose skin. Ultherapy is used to cause controlled damage to the SMAS layer of the skin, tightening the treatment area and reducing the appearance of sagging skin. With the combination of Kybella and Ultherapy, you can eliminate unwanted fat beneath the chin and tighten and lift lax skin, for an overall more rejuvenated and contoured neck and jawline.

HOW DOES KYBELLA COMPARE TO COOLSCULPTING?

Kybella and CoolSculpting are both non-surgical alternatives to more invasive surgical procedures for fat reduction. CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure using cryolipolysis (fat freezing) technology to kill off fat cells which are then metabolized and excreted by the body over time.

Kybella is a non-surgical injectable treatment that breaks down fat cell membranes, turning them into cellular debris, which is then metabolized by the body over the course of several weeks.

Both are nonsurgical and allow the body to naturally secrete the targeted fat cells over a period of time. However, while Kybella is particularly efficient to treat smaller fat pockets, for example, the double chin, CoolSculpting, such as the CoolMini armpit applicator, is more frequently used beforehand to eliminate more substantial collections of adipose tissue in larger regions of the body, such as the abdomen, back, and thighs.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS OF KYBELLA DO I NEED?

The number of Kybella sessions needed to treat the double chin varies, depending on how much fat is present, the patient’s desired result, and how they respond to deoxycholic acid. On average 2 – 4 sessions spaced out by one month each are sufficient for optimal results. Because each patient is unique, the number of sessions varies based on the distribution of your submandibular fat and your aesthetic goals. Clinical studies found that 59% of patients were able to accomplish their desired results within 6 rounds.

HOW MANY VIALS OF KYBELLA ARE NEEDED?

While the number of vials needed generally depends on the amount of fat to be removed, on average, 1 – 3 vials of Kybella are administered per session to obtain optimal results for the double chin. Because fat accumulates differently in every patient, patients with a small amount of submental fat may only need one vial per session, while patients with larger amounts of fat may require up to 3 vials per treatment. Depending on your individual anatomy, you may need anywhere from 1 – 6 sessions to achieve your desired results.

During your consultation, Dr. Schwarzburg will give you an estimate of the number of vials that may be needed to successfully eliminate your double chin.

WHAT DOES A TREATMENT FEEL LIKE?

During the injection process, you may feel some stinging and tingling. However, you will be numbed with lidocaine prior to the injections to minimize slight discomfort and make the overall procedure more tolerable. Soreness after the procedure is normal and can be reduced with over-the-counter pain medication and icing the area.

DOES KYBELLA HURT?

Kybella injections can be uncomfortable, though a numbing agent is typically proved before the procedure to reduce discomfort. Most patients describe the pain as a stinging or burning sensation, which wears off a few minutes after the procedure.

WHEN DOES THE SWELLING FROM KYBELLA GO DOWN?

Swelling after Kybella injections is common and often depends on the amount of excess fat cells treated. On average, patients experience swelling for up to two weeks after the procedure. In some cases, swelling may last longer, particularly after the first session due to the fact that there is a larger amount of fat present.

WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS AFTER KYBELLA INJECTIONS?

Kybella results can be observed 4 – 6 weeks after the injection process. Most patients require more than just one session (up to 6 sessions) for optimal results.

WHAT WILL MY KYBELLA BEFORE AND AFTER RESULTS LOOK LIKE?

Before your Kybella treatment session, you will have small unwanted pouches of fat in your submental region and other areas of your body. After 1 – 6 sessions of Kybella, these unwanted collections of fat will be permanently eliminated, leaving you with a defined jawline without surgical intervention. Your new and improved Kybella body before and after photos will give you a huge confidence boost, whether it be Kybella armpit before and after, Kybella arms before and after, Kybella knees before and after afters, or any other region that may warrant Kybella fat removal.

DOES KYBELLA TIGHTEN SKIN?

Kybella is used to eliminate subcutaneous fat in various regions of the body, particularly under the chin and around the jawline. Deoxycholic acid, the primary component of Kybella, specifically destroys fat cells. However, it will not tighten loose skin or address skin laxity in the treated area. Deoxycholic acid injections may be combined with skin tightening treatments such as Fraxel laser or fractional Secret RF microneedling, or non-surgical facelifts using PDO threads to lift sagging skin in the treated area.

HOW LONG DOES KYBELLA LAST?

The fat cells destroyed after your Kybella treatment are permanently metabolized and eliminated by the body. However, Kybella is not a weight loss solution, meaning that it will not prevent further fat gain weight in the future. For this reason, it is important for patients to have realistic expectations of the procedure, and to maintain a healthy lifestyle complete with regular exercise and a reasonable diet in order to maintain results.

IS KYBELLA PERMANENT?

Kybella permanently eliminates targeted fat cells that are metabolized by the body over the course of several weeks. However, it does not prevent patients from accumulating new fat cells if they don’t stick to a healthy lifestyle.

IS IT COVERED BY INSURANCE?

Because Kybella is classified as a cosmetic procedure, it is not covered by medical insurance.

DOES KYBELLA WORK?

Kybella is FDA approved as a safe and effective treatment to permanently eliminate submandibular fat, and can also be used in various areas of the body.

DOES KYBELLA WORK ON KNEES?

Kybella can be used in various regions of the body. In some cases, fat may be deposited in the legs and above the knees. These small fat pockets can be eliminated in 1 – 3 sessions of Kybella injections.

DOES KYBELLA WORK ON BRA FAT?

Bra fat or “bra bulge” is a problem faced by many women, regardless of their overall weight. Kybella can be used to eliminate this unwanted collection of fat around the bra straps by breaking down the targeted fat cells over the course of 4 – 6 weeks.

CAN KYBELLA TREAT THE JOWLS AND CHEEKS?

A diluted version of Kybella can be used in the jowls and cheeks. It is important to consult with your provider before eliminating facial fat, as wrong placement of the drug may cause permanent damage to healthy cells and facial tissue.

CAN KYBELLA BE USED TO TREAT FAT IN THE ARMS?

In some cases, small pouches of severe fat may develop in the upper arms, leaving patients with unflattering underarm “flab”. This fatty tissue can be eliminated using Kybella injections within 1 – 6 sessions. Kybella for armpit fat is a common region to be treated, with amazing Kybella for armpit fat before and after reviews.

IS KYBELLA SAFE?

Kybella is FDA-approved as a safe and effective method to permanently eliminate submental fat. It can be used in several areas of the body and has limited risks and side effects and zero downtime. It is important to get your Kybella treatment administered by a board-certified cosmetic physician that is able to execute the procedure in a safe and strategic manner.

WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF KYBELLA TREATMENT?

Pros:

  • Minimally invasive and non-surgical treatment
  • Limited risks and side effects
  • Safe and clinically proven to be effective

Cons:

  • Results are not immediate
  • May require several sessions for optimal results
  • Only ideal for smaller pouches of fat

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND

Kybella is a minimally invasive injectable treatment that permanently eliminates subcutaneous fat, particularly in the submandibular and submental regions. It is FDA approved to treat double chin fat, though it may be used “off-label” in other areas of the body. Side effects are minimal, swelling being the most common, and there is no true downtime. Kybella is most effective on patients with smaller pouches of subcutaneous adipose tissue, and must be performed by a trained medical professional, preferably a board certified plastic surgeon with an excellent understanding of the human anatomy.

MELTING A DOUBLE CHIN WITH KYBELLA

Kybella is an innovative solution to eliminating stubborn neck fat non-surgically without the need for invasive liposuction, anesthesia, and weeks of recovery time. This non surgical treatment itself takes no longer than 20 minutes and is ideal to treat the double chin. In some cases it may be used “off-label” to eliminate resistant fat in other areas of the body, such as the Kybella arms, banana rolls, back, and abdomen. Results are typically seen within 4 – 6 weeks post-procedure. It may take several sessions for optimal results, which will leave you with a smooth, more youthful-looking neck and jawline.

HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH MY KYBELLA TREATMENT?

Many people wonder, who is the best Kybella doctor near me? If you are looking for a minimally invasive way to get rid of stubborn chin fat, then Kybella may be an excellent option for you. At Skinly Aesthetics on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Dr. Schwarzburg, who is considered one of the best Kybella doctors in NYC, can provide you with his expert advice on various medical procedures to help you achieve your desired aesthetic, and to help you understand how Kybella injections work to cut down that submental fullness to promise you a permanent end to your chin trouble.

To schedule your consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg, you can contact Skinly at (212) 774-4264, or email the clinic at info@skinlyaesthetics.com.

FAQ

How much does Kybella cost?

Kybella cost ranges $500-800 per 1 vial

Is Kybella safe?

Kybella is FDA approved and completely safe

When will I see results after Kybella?

It takes 4-6 weeks before you start seeing the results

How long do results last?

Once the fat is destroyed, Kybella results are permanent

Does Kybella hurt?

Local anesthetics will be applied to you skin to minimize pain.

What are Kybella side-effects?

Minor bruising and mild to moderate swelling are expected after Kybella

What is Kybella postcare?

Ice packs and NSAIDs to minimize bruising and swelling

How long is Kybella procedure?

It takes 20-30 minutes for the entire procedure