Kybella  Downingtown, PA


One of the most flattering things of a person’s profile is having a chiseled, defined chin. If you have excess fat under your chin or a double chin, then you may feel a bit self-conscious about your profile and overall appearance. But, unless you want to undergo surgery, you may think that you are stuck with your double chin. One thing that you may not realize is that you have another option to choose from including an injection called Kybella.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Kybella results appear about four to six weeks after treatment.


Once the fat walls are destroyed, they don't return. So once you get rid of all the fat cells in your double chin with Kybella injections, they disappear forever and your new chin remains.


The FDA approved Kybella for treatment of the double chin, or "submental fullness," as they call it, in 2015. It's only approved for use on the chin. For other areas, practitioners may consider off label use of Kybella or apply other body sculpting treatments, such as truSculpt iD.

Kybella is a nonsurgical treatment and doesn't require general anesthesia, which is always a safety bonus.


A small needle injects Kybella under the chin during a treatment. A local anesthetic, numbing cream, or ice reduces the discomfort while the injections are being performed.

You may feel sore for a day or so after your treatment but over-the-counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen lessens the soreness, if needed, until it goes away.


As mentioned, after Kybella treatment, you experience some soreness. You can reduce the discomfort with over-the-counter pain relievers. Expect swelling and bruising directly after the injections too. You can expect the area to look worse after the injections than before, but don't worry because this won't last for long.

The bruising and swelling tends to last one to three days but can go on for a few weeks before it is completely back to normal. An over-the-counter anti-inflammatory can help.

It's rare, but some patients experience numbness in the area and sometimes firmness where the injections were administered. Both of these side effects, go away after about three weeks.

Patients don't tend to complain about these effects and only find them somewhat irritating.


It takes about four to six weeks after a treatment session to see the Kybella before-and-after results you desire. Often, more than one and up to four treatments are required. It depends on the individual. Some people get rid of all neck fat in one treatment.

Additional treatments needed to eliminate that double chin are done 8-10 weeks apart. And then, once you're done, they'll last. No need for any bothersome touch-ups. Your chin is good to go for selfies and as you go about your life!


There is always liposuction, where fat is liquefied and removed but it requires general anesthesia.

On the other hand, energy based remodeling devices work on the chin in addition to other areas of the body, like thighs and those pesky love handles. It's another noninvasive treatment and uses radio-frequency energy to heat and then reduce the fat cells.

If you have time and determination, diet and exercise are options to lose fat, but you can't spot-reduce fat like you can with these nonsurgical options like Kybella and truSculpt.

The full treatment to get rid of your double chin typically takes two to four sessions of Kybella treatments, but it depends on how much fat you need to dissolve. Each session uses about 2 vials of Kybella.


The cost of Kybella treatment varies depending on how many sessions you need and varies by practitioner.


Expect each session to last about 20 minutes. The injections themselves just take a few minutes but your chin is numbed a bit with the local anesthesia, cream, or ice.


Unlike a plastic surgery treatment that requires you to go under the knife, with nonsurgical procedures you're in and out of the office in no time, and this holds true for Kybella as well. You come in for 20 minutes, and you go home or back to work.

The area of treatment may be swollen or bruised and the discomfort may linger several days as well, but not enough to keep you home, especially if your practitioner's suggestions for over-the-counter pain relief. The Kybella and your body's systems work hard during this time to destroy fat-cell walls on the inside.


Kybella treatment is not for everyone. If nursing or pregnant, do not use Kybella. If fat is not the culprit of your double chin, for example, if loose neck skin or a small jaw/chin bone caused it, then Kybella is not for you.

Also, it may not be ideal if you had prior neck surgery, a facelift, a necklift or liposuction on your neck. Kybella may still work in these cases, but your aesthetic-practitioner professional will let you know if you're a candidate.

It's a good idea to consult with your aesthetic practitioner about the best procedure for you specifically and come up with an individual plan.


When you first arrive at the practitioner's office, he or she will clean the area to be treated and then mark it to indicate where to place the injections. Right before the treatment, you receive a local anesthetic, either by injection or as a topical application.

Now you're ready! The practitioner uses tiny needles to inject kybella in the area previously marked. She or he customizes the amount of injections based on your body.

After the injections, the practitioner ices the area to reduce swelling and pain before sending you off. The whole session lasts about 15 to 20 minutes.