Kybella®: Redefining Your Profile with Non-Surgical Double Chin Reduction

Kybella®: Redefining Your Profile with Non-Surgical Double Chin Reduction

While many individuals desire a more streamlined appearance when they see their reflection, some may have excess fat that leads to a double chin, also known as submental fullness. Various factors can contribute to developing a double chin with Kybella , including genetics, weight, anatomy, and airway positioning. If you are dissatisfied with your double chin, you are not alone, as the study suggests that up to 68 percent of people share this concern.

Plastic surgeons have a variety of procedures to remove and reduce a double chin. These procedures include but are not limited to liposuction, which removes fat from under the skin and sculpts the chin and neck contour. Face-lift surgery allows surgeons and doctors to remove fat and loose, saggy skin. Neck-lift, which removes extra skin or tightens neck muscles. Finally, the Kybella treatment is a non-surgical injectable treatment to reduce the appearance of a double chin.

What is Kybella?

Kybella® is an injectable treatment used to reduce the appearance of submental fullness, commonly known as a “double chin.” It is a non-surgical procedure that involves injecting a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body, into the fat beneath the chin. Kybella® helps to break down and absorb the fat cells, resulting in a more defined jawline and improved facial profile. 

Patients who received treatment with KYBELLA® reported experiencing higher self-perception improvement than those who received a placebo. This improvement included feeling happier and appearing younger based on their chin profile. Additionally, patients reported feeling less embarrassed, self-conscious, overweight, and bothered by the fullness under their chin.

Before receiving KYBELLA®, it is important to inform your healthcare provider about any medical conditions you may have. This includes any past or future surgeries on your face, neck, or chin and any cosmetic treatments in those areas. You should also disclose any medical conditions in or near the neck area, difficulties with swallowing, or bleeding problems. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, it is unknown if KYBELLA® could harm your unborn baby. Similarly, if you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed, it is uncertain if KYBELLA® passes into breast milk.

How is Kybella® administered?

It is important to note that treatment with KYBELLA® should only be performed by a healthcare specialist who has received proper treatment training. You can expect multiple small injections under your chin during each session. The entire injection process typically takes around 15 to 20 minutes. 

The number of KYBELLA® treatments required can vary from patient to patient due to the uniqueness of each individual’s chin profile. Your healthcare specialist will assess factors such as the amount and distribution of submental fat and your personal treatment goals to determine the appropriate number of sessions for you. Each treatment session is typically scheduled at least a month apart, and it is generally recommended not to exceed six treatments. In clinical studies, it was found that 59% of patients received a maximum of 6 treatments.

What are the possible side effects of Kybella®?

Following KYBELLA® treatment, it is common to experience swelling, bruising, or numbness under the chin. It is important to notify your healthcare professional if you notice any issues such as an uneven smile, weakness in facial muscles, difficulty swallowing, or problems at the injection site like bruising, hair loss, open sores (ulcers), or tissue cell death (necrosis). 

The most common side effects of KYBELLA® include but are not limited to swelling, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment. 

Before receiving KYBELLA®, it is important to inform your healthcare provider about any medical conditions you may have. This includes disclosing if you have undergone or plan to undergo surgery on your face, neck, or chin, have received cosmetic treatments in those areas, have any medical conditions in or near the neck area, experience difficulty swallowing, have bleeding problems, are pregnant or planning to become pregnant (as the effects of KYBELLA® on unborn babies are unknown), are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed (as it is unclear if KYBELLA® passes into breast milk), and if you are taking any medications, particularly blood thinners. Sharing this information will help ensure your safety and the effectiveness of the treatment.

How long does Kybella® last?

Typically, it can take anywhere from one to seven months to achieve your desired results with KYBELLA®. During your initial consultation, we will discuss your cosmetic goals and assess your current aesthetic condition. Based on this evaluation, we will guide the number of treatment sessions required to reach your desired outcome. As a general estimate, if your submental fullness is caused by factors like poor posture or sagging skin, you may need approximately one or two treatment sessions.

A notable benefit of Kybella injections is that the fat reduction achieved through the treatment is typically permanent. While individual physiological factors may vary, most adults cease generating new fat cells after age 25. The deoxycholic acid in Kybella eliminates a significant portion of the fat cells in the treated areas. As time passes, the lymphatic system naturally eliminates these destroyed fat cells, permanently removing them.

About LUMA Medical Aesthetics

Our team of skilled and knowledgeable medical professionals combines cutting-edge medical technology with our expertise to help you achieve your desired body. We offer a wide range of services and strive to provide a convenient and comprehensive experience that boosts your self-confidence and leaves you feeling your best. 

Our experienced team upholds the highest standards in medical enhancements and aims to surpass our patients’ expectations. During a thorough consultation, we will carefully explain your options and provide suggestions to ensure you feel comfortable with your enhancement plan. 

Everyone possesses natural beauty and uniqueness, but we also understand that many individuals have insecurities that can hinder their lives. Our goal is to enhance your natural beauty and provide you with the confidence you deserve and desire.


Reducing a double chin can have several benefits, both physical and psychological. Here are some of the key benefits:

Improved Facial Appearance: An improved facial appearance is one of the primary benefits of reducing a double chin. A double chin can make the fact appear heavier or older than it is. By reducing the excess fat or skin under the skin, the jawline becomes more defined, resulting in a more youthful and sculpted facial profile.

Increased Self-Confidence: Many individuals with a double chin may feel self-conscious about their appearance. By reducing or eliminating a double chin, individuals often experience a boost in self-confidence. Feeling more comfortable and satisfied with their facial appearance can positively impact various aspects of life, including personal relationships and professional interactions.

Enhanced Facial Contours: A double chin can disrupt the face’s natural contours, making it appear less defined. Reducing a double chin can help restore these contours, creating a more balanced and harmonious facial structure. This can contribute to an overall more attractive and aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Clothing and Style Options: A double chin can limit clothing and style choices, as certain necklines or hairstyles may draw attention to the area. By reducing a double chin, individuals may feel more confident trying different clothing styles, necklines, and hairstyles, expanding their options and allowing for greater self-expression.

Health Benefits: A double chin may sometimes be associated with excess weight or obesity. Individuals may also be improving their overall health by taking steps to reduce a double chin. A healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and a balanced diet, can contribute to weight loss and overall well-being.

It’s important to note that various methods are available for double chin reduction, including lifestyle changes, exercises, cosmetic procedures, and medical treatments. Consulting with a healthcare professional or a qualified specialist can help determine the most suitable approach based on individual circumstances and goals.

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