Kybella Treatment for Double Chins


Commonly referred to as a double chin, submental fullness can be stubborn and refuse to leave, regardless of changes in diet and exercise. It can be stubborn and refuse to leave regardless of changes in diet and exercise. Kybella is an injectable treatment option that avoids surgery and has proven to be successful for patients.

Billed as the “first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment to reduce fat under the chin”, Kybella works by physically destroying fat cells in the neck area of patients who want to reduce submental fullness.

How does Kybella work?

Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body,  produced in the intestines, that helps with the breakdown and absorption of dietary fats. Deoxycholic acid is also known as cholanic acid and has been applied for use in human medicine since its discovery, including for the prevention and treatment of gallstones. Kybella injections introduce a synthetic form of this acid to the fat below the skin, which is eventually destroyed.

Compared to invasive surgery, Kybella is a relatively short cosmetic dermatology procedure. In fact, the entire procedure can be done in less than an hour for patients who are good candidates. During the procedure, a small dotted grid is applied to the skin to mark the injection spots on the targeted under-chin area. Once the treatment area has been properly prepared, Kybella is injected by one of our highly trained providers. Results typically show in about four to six weeks. 

What are some common side effects of Kybella?

The most common side effects of Kybella include temporary swelling, pain, bruising, numbness, redness of the skin, and areas of hardness.

Looking to pursue Kybella treatment?

If you are interested in learning more about Kybella or other fat reduction procedures such as CoolSculpting, you can consult with one of our board-certified dermatologists to determine if you are a good candidate. To start, you can learn more about Coolsculpting vs Kybella for treating double chins to understand the difference. You should disclose any current medications, past bleeding problems, and prior treatments on the face, neck, or chin. Female patients should disclose their status and plans regarding pregnancy and breast-feeding.

Vujevich Dermatology Associates offers medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology from some of the most highly trained physicians and clinicians in the greater Pittsburgh area. You can reach our team at 412-429-2570 or visit our contact page to see our locations in Mt. Lebanon, Washington, and Pleasant Hills. You can also follow us on Facebook.

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