If you’re bothered by the fullness beneath your chin, you’re not alone.
According to a 2015 survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS):
67 % of people are bothered by what healthcare providers call “submental fullness.”

Kybella Before & AftersKybella is an FDA-approved medicine that is injected under the chin, or submental area, as a way to dissolve fat without the need for invasive surgery. This is a great procedure for patients with double chins who don’t have a lot of excess skin. The injection process is quick and easy and can be repeated about every four weeks until the desired look is attained. The treatment is great for both men and women alike.

What causes submental fullness?

Submental fullness due to fat beneath the chin can impact a broad range of both male and female adults. Some possible causes are:

KYBELLA® is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment to improve the appearance of moderate to severe fat beneath the chin* by physically destroying fat cells

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How does KYBELLA® work?

When injected into the area beneath your chin, KYBELLA® destroys fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat

The active ingredient in KYBELLA® is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. Deoxycholic acid comes from a cholesterol byproduct produced in the body that has been synthesized to dissolve the fat.
Fat cleared from the treatment area is processed through your body’s natural metabolism.

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KYBELLA® patients reported improvement in the visual and emotional impact of submental fat when asked how happy, bothered, self-conscious, embarrassed, old, and overweight they felt with respect to the amount of their submental fat after they received treatment.

How many treatment sessions will I need?

Your healthcare provider will help you determine how many treatment sessions you need based on the amount and distribution of your submental fat and your personal treatment goals. On average 2-3 treatments are needed, each spaced out about four weeks apart.


It’s important to know that Kybella is specifically good for excess fat under the skin. It does nothing for excess skin or muscle and is only approved for use under the chin. The ideal patients are those in their 20s up to their early 40s. People older than that are likely to struggle with lax skin and would not benefit from reduced fullness in that area of the face. The product works more like injectable liposuction rather than a facelift. The patient approval rate is extremely high.

The treatment begins with a consultation to ensure the patient is properly indicated for the treatment. Afterwards, the physician uses a tool provided by the Kybella company used to create an injection grid that helps ensure proper spacing in the injection process. During this process, key areas in the neck are identified and avoided for safety.

This grid also helps the physician measure the amount of fluid needed to complete the procedure. Before the Kybella is injected, a local anesthetic can be injected to help minimize any pain.

What can I expect after my treatment session?

  1. For most patients, downtime occurred most commonly after the first treatment session
  2. You should be able to resume your daily activities, but are likely to have swelling, so
    keep your social plans and work commitments in mind when scheduling your treatment
  3. Prior to your treatment session, your healthcare provider may apply ice/cold packs or
    topical and/or injectable local anesthesia to the treatment area to make you more comfortable
  4. After treatment, apply ice or a cold pack to the treatment area for 10 to 15 minutes,
    as needed

KYBELLA® may be right for you if:
You’re bothered by fat under the chin, also known as submental fullness
You don’t want surgery
You feel the condition makes you look older or heavier than you actually are
You eat well and exercise, but submental fullness does not go away

KYBELLA® (deoxycholic acid) injection

Is an in-office treatment – injection process takes 15 to 20 minutes
Is tailored to help you achieve your treatment goals
Destroys fat cells when injected into the fat beneath your chin

To learn more about Kybella or to schedule your consultation, please contact our offices today, serving patients in Marietta, Atlanta, Woodstock, and throughout Georgia.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Q. Is Kybella Approved by the FDA?

A. Yes, Kybella is an FDA-approved prescription medicine used to treat the fat below your chin (submental fat).

Q. What Is Kybella Made of?

A. Kybella is made of synthetic deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body. Deoxycholic acid helps to break down dietary fats.

Q. How Long Does Kybella Treatment Take?

A. Kybella treatment usually takes only 15 to 20 minutes to perform.

Q. Does Kybella Have Any Side Effects?

A. As with every treatment, there are a few side effects that are ignorable and temporary. These include minor bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness, redness, and muscle weakness in the injection site.

Q. I Am 18 Years Old. Can I Choose This Treatment?

A. Yes, Kybella is suitable for individuals 18 years of age or older.

Q. How Many Kybella Treatments Will I Need?

A. The number of treatments needed will be determined based on the amount of fat accumulated under the chin.

Q. Who Is Not a Suitable Candidate for Kybella?

A. Women who are pregnant, want to be pregnant, or are breastfeeding shouldn’t opt for Kybella. It is also not suitable for people who have trouble swallowing or have a medical condition in or near the neck area.

Good candidates have not had any facial treatments done recently. The treatment area must be free from any infections as well. Your plastic surgeon will be able to shed more light on whether you are a suitable candidate for the procedure or not during a consultation at Marietta Plastic Surgery.

Q. Will My Doctor Make Changes in My Medications Before the Treatment?

A. Before the Kybella treatment, you will be asked to stop taking blood thinners. Your doctor may request a few temporary medication changes in order to avoid complications.


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