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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 

Who is a Candidate For Kybella?

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

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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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.

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. 

What is the Cost?

Like any cosmetic procedure, the price of Kybella will vary depending on different factors, such as the goals and unique aesthetic concerns of each individual, and the number of sessions required. On average, the cost of Kybella is generally between $1000 and $2400.

Kybella FAQ

Is it painful?

How long do results last?

What is the difference between liposuction and Kybella?

Are there side effects?

Who should not receive Kybella?

Is it painful?

Most patients who have Kybella injections describe the sensation as a mild burning sensation that is not particularly painful. To ensure you are comfortable during your treatment, we will numb the area with a local anesthetic.

How long do results last?

Once destroyed by a Kybella treatment, the fat cells will not return. However, other fat cells can still expand if you gain weight. Be sure you maintain a healthy, stable weight, allowing you to enjoy a more contoured, defined jawline for the long term.

What is the difference between liposuction and Kybella?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat by breaking up the fat tissue and then sucking the fat cells out with a cannula. Kybella is an injectable treatment that destroys fat cells, allowing the body to naturally flush the cells out without using incisions or suction.

Are there side effects?

While Kybella is generally a safe procedure, it does have some common side effects, which typically fade within a couple of weeks to about a month. These side effects include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • swelling
  • numbness
  • redness
  • mild bruising
  • itching
  • mild pain
  • skin hardening around the injection area

Who should not receive Kybella?

Because it is such a safe treatment, most patients are candidates for Kybella. However, there are some cases in which Kybella is not the best treatment. Patients who should not receive Kybella include the following:

  • Have an infection in the treatment area.
  • Have a serious medical concern
  • The amount of fat under the chin is severe
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have an allergy to the ingredients in the formula

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