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Submental fat is the fat found under the chin that contributes to the appearance of a double chin. This type of fat often does not respond to diet or exercise, requiring alternate forms of treatment. Previously, liposuction was the only way to target this area. Now, there is Kybella, a non-surgical way to target and eliminate submental fat.

Benefits of Kybella

  • A more contoured and defined jawline
  • A slimmed-down chin
  • A quick non-surgical treatment 
  • Little downtown 
  • Minimal pain 
  • Lasting results 

What Does Kybella Do?

Kybella has been approved by the FDA since 2015 as a double chin reduction solution. Fat beneath the chin can make one look older or heavier than they are. What makes this type of fat even more challenging is that it can be genetic. This makes it nearly impossible to get rid of, even with vigorous exercise and dieting.

Kybella is in an injectable treatment that uses synthetic deoxycholic acid. This is a natural molecule found within our bodies that absorbs fat. When Kybella is injected into the chin and jawline, it can eliminate the excess fat, making way for a sculpted neck and jawline.

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After Your Treatment

Once the treatment is complete, our specialists will wrap the areas treated with a compression garment in order to reduce swelling. Swelling can take up to two weeks to fully subside. You may experience some tenderness in the area, bruising, and redness around the injection sites. Most patients require 2 to 4 Kybella treatments spaced six weeks apart for optimal results.

When Will I See Results?

Most patients can see results after 2 to 3 sessions of Kybella. Our specialists can determine how many treatments you may require during the consultation process. One of the benefits of Kybella is that it is long-lasting and does not require any maintenance appointments. 

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How Kybella is Performed

Before the injection process begins, a numbing cream will be applied to the area. This helps minimize any discomfort you may experience during your treatment. Your specialist may also make some marks across the chin and neck as a guide for the injections. 

Most patients receive 10 to 50 injections of Kybella during their treatment. This is performed in 10-20 minutes. Once Kybella has been injected, it destroys the fat cells, ensuring fat can no longer be stored in the area again.

During the treatment, most patients can feel the pressure of the injections. Because of the numbing cream used beforehand, there is no pain. Others report feeling a tingling or burning sensation due to the chemical but find the experience to be very tolerable and worth the results.

Who is a Candidate?

Patients who are interested in Kybella can contact Dr. Espinoza’s office for more information. Before receiving Kybella, patients should have a realistic expectation for the outcome. This includes understanding that Kybella is not a weight loss procedure. Ideal candidates for Kybella treatments include those who:

  • Have moderate submental fat
  • Experience a double chin
  • Are over 18
  • Have good skin quality
  • Have minimal skin laxity
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