What is Kybella? All About the Double Chin Treatment

Glowing and smooth skin of a Lady | Kybella in Beauty Boost Med Spa at Newport Beach, CA

If you are bothered by excess fat under the chin, you are in good company. A survey from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) in 2015 found that 67% of Americans feel the same way. Luckily, there is a simple non-surgical treatment that can break down those fat cells for good: Kybella. 

What is Kybella?

KYBELLA® is the only FDA-approved injectable treatment that destroys fat cells under the chin. It is a well-tolerated alternative to surgical procedures such as liposuction. In addition to reducing excess volume in the chin and neck area, Kybella can be used off-label to diminish pockets of fat throughout the body.

Kybella uses a synthetic form of deoxylcholic acid, which is a naturally-occurring molecule that helps break down fat in the body. Wherever Kybella is injected, it reduces body fat.

Benefits Of A Double Chin Treatment

Kybella is FDA-approved for the chin, but it can also be used in other areas where a patient wishes to get rid of excess fat. Patients often use Kybella to successfully reduce small areas of fat in the jowls, under the armpits (bra fat), in the back, on the stomach and love handles, and above the knee.

Unlike other fat removal procedures, Kybella is done as a simple injection procedure rather than as surgery. This means the cost and risk of complications are significantly lower than with many surgical procedures intended to have similar effects. Since Kybella uses a substance naturally found in the body, the risk of an adverse reaction is very low. 

A clinical trial of 500 patients found that 82.4% of people who had Kybella injected reported significantly improved satisfaction with their appearance.

Double Chin Treatment Process

Kybella treatments do not take long, only about 15 to 20 minutes each. However, the number of treatment sessions needed to achieve results varies from patient to patient. Most patients need a series of 3-5 treatments to achieve the results they desire.

Kybella clears fat away over time by adding to the natural fat removal process of your body. Patients usually report seeing a noticeable difference after three months and maximum results after six months. Unlike dermal fillers and many other injectable treatments, Kybella results are permanent.

Kybella treatments should spread out so that they are each six weeks apart. You may experience swelling for a few days after treatment, although the reaction typically becomes less severe with subsequent treatment sessions. Be sure to consider important social gatherings and work commitments before you schedule your treatment.


Kybella is very safe and effective. Like other injectable cosmetic treatments, it should only be injected by a highly trained medical professional.

You may be a good candidate for Kybella if you are an adult with moderate to severe fat in the treatment area. That being said, Kybella is generally not recommended for people who have had or are planning to have facial surgery, have trouble swallowing, are pregnant or nursing, or have a medical condition near the planned injection site. It’s always wise to talk with a medical professional before seeking out any cosmetic procedures.

Kybella in Orange County

At Beauty Boost Med Spa in Newport Beach, you can have Kybella injected by highly trained nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Each treatment begins with an initial consultation in which our provider examines your face, asks detailed questions about the changes you desire, and advises accordingly. Our services are safe, discreet, and professional. 

Reach out to us today if you have any questions about Kybella or other nonsurgical cosmetic procedures.


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