By Jake Bova • January 24, 2017

Lets Watch: Kybella with Stephanie

Excess fat beneath your chin, known as the dreaded double chin, frequently contributes to issues with self-confidence. It can also be an undesirable aesthetic feature of aging. The Federal Drug Administration recently approved a procedure by injection called Kybella as an option for people who want to get rid of a pesky double chin. Learn more about the procedure to determine if it is the right fat removal option for you.

How Does it Work?
Also known as keoxycholic acid, it is a substance that aids the body in absorbing fat. The procedure requires a licensed professional to inject the acid into the chin. It disrupts the fat cell membranes in the chin, allowing the body to metabolize it. It is currently not approved for fat removal anywhere else on the body. A trained professional must do the procedure because the improper placement of the needle can injure nerves, causing an off-balance smile.

The Kybella Procedure
The first thing a trained professional does is to numb the area of the chin where the injections will be placed with a cream or local anesthetic to minimize discomfort. It is relatively painless and each session averages about 15 minutes to complete. Each session can include up to 50 injections. The injections contain a small dose of Kybella and are typically placed one centimeter from each other. Most people can return to their daily routine within one to two days after the kybella swelling goes down.


Most patients will need to return for additional treatments to achieve the desired results. The number of sessions depends on how much fat needs to be removed, but results are visible after two to four treatments for most patients. You will need to wait a minimum of one month between sessions, meaning your ideal results will be visible after four to six months of treatments.

Kybella prices range from one practice to another, but an average price for a single vial for one treatment is about $400. You’ll also need to pay for each subsequent vial for future sessions. It may seem overwhelming to look at Kybella prices, but the results are long lasting and won’t require coming back for a repeat procedure a few months down the road.

What are Kybella Side Effects?
The side effects of the procedure are minimal and can include redness, slight kybella swelling, numbness, and pain. They usually go away within a few days. You can use ice packs and over-the-counter painkillers to help ease the discomfort of the kybella side effects.

If your double chin is weighing you down, don’t hesitate to consider the procedure. A couple sessions can revolutionize your appearance and rebuild your confidence.