In the era of digital life awareness, everyone tries their best to enhance their looks for their online profiles.

Social media presence has made people very conscious of themselves to the extent that people go through various procedures to look good for the cameras.

The most common problem we may face with our physical selves is our weight; there are various ways to tackle it.  Some utilize different procedures for various body parts to achieve their desired effect.

One body part that can be challenging to reduce fat is a double chin. Chin fat can be stubborn and difficult to target with diet and exercise. Double-chin (medically known as submental fat) alters the way one wants to look and how desirable we want to look. 

For the longest time, the most desired remedy for a double chin has been liposuction; which is an invasive,  surgical procedure. Approved by the FDA in 2015, Kythera Biopharmaceuticals’ drug (which has since been acquired by Allergan) hit the market as an alternative to liposuction or surgery, using a synthetic version of deoxycholic. 

Kybella is the only FDA-approved injectable treatment that destroys fat cells in the treatment area under the chin to improve your profile. The active ingredient, deoxycholic acid, dissolves fat, permitting dermatologists and plastic surgeons to resculpt the chin area without surgery.

The drug’s active ingredient is a synthetic stomach acid — “a copy of a salt found in human bile that aids in the permanent destruction and digestion of fat cells,” explains Michael Kassardjian, a dermatologic surgeon in Torrance, CA.

How Does It Work?

Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of fat in food. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, Kybella destroys fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin. Once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, so further treatment is not expected once you reach your desired aesthetic goal.

The kYBELLA Procedure.

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. 

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

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.

The cell debris turns into waste, washed away by the lymph system and blood,  and is metabolized, exiting the body.

Who can undergo kybella treatment?

Kybella treatment is not for everyone.  If nursing or pregnant, definitely abstain.  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. Meaning, Kybella is sole for treating double chin caused by fat accumulation under the chin

Also, Kybella may not be ideal if you have had prior neck surgery, a facelift, a neck lift 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.

Always consult your aesthetic practitioner about the best procedure for you specifically and come up with an individual plan

The up side and down side of Kybella Treatment

  • It’s a well-tolerated alternative to surgical procedures such as liposuction.
  • Kybella is a non-surgical injection technique used to reduce excess fat beneath the chin.
  • Each treatment takes about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • It uses a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid.

Now to the downside which is mainly the side effect after the treatment has been administered.

The side effects of Kybella can vary. Most patients experience mild symptoms since the whole process is nonsurgical.

Common side effects include numbness, headache, swelling, itching, and nausea. These common side effects go away with time and do not need immediate medical attention. 

You can reduce the discomfort with over-the-counter pain relievers. Expect swelling and bruising directly after the injections too. The area can look worse after the injections than before.

Once in a while, some patients experience numbness in the area,  and sometimes firmness where the injections were administered. These side effects go away after about three weeks.

Other adverse reactions associated with the use of Kybella include injection site hemorrhage, injection site discoloration, hypertension, slow/ fast heartbeat, fainting or neck pain which may require medical attention. 

Serious side effects which are very rare may include facial muscle weakness, an uneven smile, trouble swallowing, or nerve injury in the jaw.

The process can be relatively slow, with results taking weeks or more often, months. This can be discouraging, especially to people who are self-conscious about their chins, to begin with. The good news is that once your months-long process is completed, those fat cells are not coming back


Each Kybella treatment costs between $1,200 to $1,800 on average, determined by the number of treatments needed, healthcare provider’s fees, as well as your geographic location. Kybella is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by medical insurance.

How Long Does Kybella Last

It takes about 4 to 6 weeks after a treatment session to see the desired results. Often, more than one and up to four treatments are required,  depending on the volume of fat to be removed. Some have all neck fat removed in one treatment.

Additional treatments needed to eliminate double chin are done eight to ten weeks apart.  And then, once you’re done, the results are permanent.

Kybella Treatment Near Me

If you live or are traveling in the Denver area and would like to up your selfie game, you may want to schedule an appointment for a free consultation where we will discuss your goals and answer all of your questions about Kybella treatment performed at Body Massage Wellness Spa.   Please contact us and get started with a consultation.



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