KYBELLA® is a revolutionary injectable treatment that can reduce fat below the chin without the need for incisions, surgery, and/or extended downtime. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for individuals 18 years of age and older, this alternative to liposuction of the neck can be an excellent option for women and men troubled by submental fullness that remains immune to a healthy diet and regular exercise—an aesthetic concern commonly referred to as a “double chin.” Through a series of non-surgical KYBELLA® injections, board-certified plastic surgeons Craig Rowin, MD and Ram Kalus, MD can help you achieve a slimmer, more toned under-chin profile with natural-looking, long-lasting results.

What Are the Benefits of KYBELLA®?

KYBELLA® offers numerous advantages to individuals seeking fat removal in the upper neck region. Some primary benefits of this innovative treatment include:

  • A relatively quick, non-surgical procedure
  • Improved definition beneath the chin and along the jawline
  • Minimal recovery and downtime
  • Long-lasting results (as long as one’s weight remains stable)

In addition, KYBELLA® can be easily combined with dermal fillers and various other surgical or non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures for a more comprehensive cosmetic enhancement.

How Are KYBELLA® Injections Administered?

The KYBELLA® procedure is performed in-office and can typically be completed in 30 minutes or less. During treatment, small amounts of the KYBELLA® solution will be carefully injected into targeted areas underneath the chin using an ultra-thin needle. Once administered, the unique formula—which is composed of a deoxycholic acid-based mixture—works to break down and destroy localized fat cells, which then exit the body over time through natural metabolic processes. Depending on each patient’s particular needs and goals, a series of two to six KYBELLA® sessions scheduled at least one month apart is generally needed to achieve an optimal outcome, but follow-up injections thereafter are usually not required.

KYBELLA® vs. CoolSculpting®

In addition to KYBELLA® and other non-surgical services, we offer a treatment called CoolSculpting®, which removes fat by carefully applying extremely cold temperatures to the skin to break down subcutaneous fat cells. While both procedures can effectively get rid of submental fat, we typically recommend KYBELLA® for reducing and removing fat cells under the chin. CoolSculpting® is usually better suited for treating areas with moderate to large amounts of fat accumulation, such as the stomach, upper back, and thighs. 

Is There Recovery After KYBELLA®?

The recovery process for this treatment is not considered intensive. Immediately after treatment, a minimal degree of bruising and/or swelling throughout the submental region is normal, but these symptoms are temporary and should resolve relatively quickly. Most patients are able to return to normal activities within 24–48 hours, if not later the same day. While it may take a few weeks for final results to appear, the improved under-chin contour achieved with KYBELLA® can be long-lasting when an overall healthy lifestyle is maintained.

How Long Does KYBELLA® Last?

After the completion of initial sessions, the results of KYBELLA® can be permanent. However, note that while KYBELLA® removes submental fat that is already present, new fat cells can form under the chin in the event of weight gain. Patients who maintain a stable weight after the procedure usually do not have to undergo retreatment.

How Much Does KYBELLA® Cost?

The exact price of KYBELLA® varies among patients, depending on the number of sessions and extent of work needed. During your consultation, our team can provide a personalized price quote for your treatment. Our office accepts a variety of payment methods and is a proud partner with CareCredit®, a third-party lending company that offers little- to no-interest payment plans to qualified patients. If you have any questions or concerns about financing, please do not hesitate to contact us.

For more information about non-surgical double chin reduction with KYBELLA®, or if you are interested in scheduling a consultation at our practice, please contact Plastic Surgery of the Carolinas today.

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