Kybella®

Treating Double Chins in San Francisco

Kybella® is one of the newest cosmetic treatments to come to the San Francisco area, which is big news for anyone who struggles with excess fat that accumulates beneath their chin. The technical term for the result of these unwanted pockets of fat is "submental fullness," but patients tired of seeing what most people refer to as a double chin are likely less interested in what to call it, and more interested in how to get rid of it.

While neck liposuction can remove some small amounts of fat to create a more defined jawline, not everyone wants to undergo surgery to get the contours they desire for their chin. Kybella® is a medication introduced by a simple injection, and it begins working quickly, making it ideal for patients looking to improve their appearance with minimal subsequent down time or a recovery period.

What is Kybella®?

Kybella® is a prescription injection made up of deoxycholic acid, a clear fluid that ruptures fat cell membranes. Deoxycholic acid is naturally present in the body and plays a role in managing fats. When used in Kybella®, it selectively targets the problem behind submental fullness, disrupting the cells and releasing the fat to be naturally absorbed and eliminated from the body. Unlike fat cells that shrink due to diet or exercise, but can grow again if given the opportunity, fat cells successfully treated with Kybella® are no longer a concern.

The FDA approved Kybella® in April 2015, allowing it for use in adults who want to reduce moderate to severe fat sitting below their chin. This is typically fat that can resist healthy diets and consistent exercise, clinging to the neck area despite a patient’s best efforts to lose it.

How is Kybella® Administered?

Your doctor will inject Kybella® into key areas where submental fullness is evident. Every patient's anatomy is unique, so there is no set number of injections that provides universal results. In general, you can expect multiple injections distributed beneath your chin in a single, 15- to 30-minute session. The number of injections usually decreases with each subsequent treatment.

To achieve your desired results, you may need to have two or four sessions total, each separated by about two months. This is the time frame in which many patients begin to notice a change to their chin profile, though the doctor may recommend six sessions in certain cases.

How Does Kybella® Differ from Ultherapy®?

Ultherapy® is another popular method for reducing the appearance of fullness beneath the chin and elsewhere, though it doesn't attack any fat cells, but tightens loose and sagging skin by using sound waves (microfocused ultrasound) to trigger healing processes in deep tissues. Kybella® directly impacts the fat itself to get rid of bulges, and is currently approved only for fat that causes submental fullness.

Note that Kybella® is not a skin-tightening treatment. Talk to the team at Lieberman & Parikh Facial Plastic Surgery to discover the details of fat removal treatments, skin tightening procedures, how they interact, and what the best combination could be for you.

  • Learn more about Kybella® in San Francisco, available at Lieberman & Parikh Facial Plastic Surgery. Call 650-327-3232 to find out what can be done about your double chin.