What is Kybella?

Kybella (deoxycholic acid) injection is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment that contours and improves the appearance of submental fullness, sometimes referred to as the “double chin.”

We will design a treatment plan tailored to help you improve your chin profile. During the treatments, we will administer Kybella into the fat under your chin using multiple injections. Many patients experience visible results in 2 to 4 treatment sessions. Up to 6 treatment sessions may be administered about 6-8 weeks apart.

How does KYBELLA Work?

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Kybella is a prescription medicine used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin. The active ingredient in the injectable treatment, Kybella, is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected in the fat beneath the chin, Kybella causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat again.


Are you bothered by submental fullness, or double chin? Do you wish your jaw line was more defined? This is a very common yet undertreated facial aesthetic condition. It can impact a broad range of adults, including both men and women, and can be influenced by several factors such as aging, genetics, and weight gain, and is often resistant to diet and exercise alone.

If you are bothered by submental fullness, you are not alone. According to a 2015 survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), 67% of people said they’re bothered by under-the-chin fullness. The study also showed that people are just as bothered by under-the-chin fullness as they are by lines and wrinkles around and under the eyes.

We would love to schedule a consultation visit to determine if you are a good candidate for Kybella. Call our office to schedule your visit today.

*KYBELLA Treatment

During your Kybella consultation, we will design a treatment plan tailored to help you achieve your goal chin profile. During the treatment sessions, we will administer Kybella into the fat under your chin using multiple small injections. Multiple treatment are administered at a six to eight week interval. During the clinical trials, patients were treated with up to six treatments, but many patients showed significant improvement after two to four treatments.


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After the series of treatments has been completed, you can expect less submental fat and a more defined jaw line profile. Once the desired aesthetic response is achieved with Kybella, retreatment is not necessary.

Kybella has been the focus of a global clinical development program involving over 20 clinical studies with more than 2,600 patient worldwide! In these studies, 68% of patient experienced improvement with Kybella.

After 6 treatments, 72% experienced at least a grade 1 improvement and 15% experienced a grade 2 improvement! 79% of patients treated with Kybella reported satisfaction with the appearance of their face and chin. Patients also reported improvement in self-perception including feeling happier and younger based on their chin profile, as well as feeling less embarrassed, less self-conscious, less overweight, and less bothered by submental fullness.


The safety profile of Kybella is well characterized. The most common side effects of Kybella include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area. Kybella can cause more serious side effects including trouble swallowing and nerve injury that could cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness. Though these side effects are rare, it is important that you understand the risks of Kybella treatment. We will go over these risks and side effects with you during our consultation visit.

Schedule a consultation

If you would like more information about Kybella or to schedule an appointment, feel free to fill out our convenient contact form or call us directly at San Francisco: 415.202.1540 or Corte Madera: 415.924.2055.

*Individual results may vary on a case by case basis.