Last updated date: 16-Jun-2023

Medically Reviewed By

Written by

Dr. Anas Walid Shehada

Originally Written in English



    If you've ever looked in the mirror and couldn't see anything but your double chin, KYBELLA® may be able to help. KYBELLA® is the only FDA-approved injectable treatment that eliminates fat cells under the chin without requiring surgery to improve the appearance of a moderate to severe double chin.


    What is Kybella®?


    KYBELLA is an FDA-approved injectable therapy intended to enhance the look and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), popularly known as the "double chin" in adults.

    KYBELLA® employs synthetic deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring chemical in the body, to aid in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat, therefore permanently eliminating fat cells in the treated area.


    How do I know if I’m a Candidate for Kybella®?

    Candidate for Kybella

    Ultimately, your provider can determine if you are a viable candidate with a simple consultation. KYBELLA® might be right for you if:

    • You’re bothered the appearance of your double chin
    • Your double chin is making you look heavier than you actually are
    • You eat well and exercise, but it doesn’t help the appearance of your double chin
    • You don’t want to get surgery


    What should I Tell My Doctor Before Treatment?

    Before Treatment

    Tell your physician if you have had (or intend to have) surgery or cosmetic procedures on your face, neck, or chin before getting therapy. You should also tell them if you have had or have had medical conditions in or near the neck area, if you have difficulty swallowing, if you have bleeding problems, if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is unknown if KYBELLA® will harm your unborn baby), if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed (it is unknown if KYBELLA® passes into your breast milk), or if you are taking any medications (especially blood thinners).

    Multiple injections in the submental region are used to treat the condition; however, your provider will numb the area first. Although you may not feel much pain during treatment, many people do have some discomfort afterward.


    Who Should Not Receive Kybella®?

    Kybella treatment

    Do not receive KYBELLA® if you have an infection in the treatment area.

    Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions before taking KYBELLA®, particularly if you have had or plan to have surgery on your face, neck, or chin, had cosmetic procedures on your face, neck, or chin, have had or have medical conditions in or near the neck area, have had or have trouble swallowing, have bleeding issues, are pregnant or intend to become pregnant (it is unknown if taking KYBELLA® will harm your unborn child), are breastfeeding (it is not known if KYBELLA® passes into your breast milk)., or have any other conditions. 

    All of the medications you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements, should be disclosed to your healthcare professional. Tell your healthcare practitioner in particular if you use a medication (antiplatelet or anticoagulant medicine) that keeps your blood from clotting.


    How Kybella Works?

    Kybella Works

    The deoxycholic acid used in Kybella, an injectable therapy, is a synthetic version of the substance your gall bladder naturally generates. Deoxycholic acid aids in the body's absorption of dietary fat by breaking it down. Board-certified dermatologists administer Kybella injections into the fat in your jowls and under your chin to permanently reduce fat cells and give you a slimmer face with the least amount of discomfort possible.

    We advise having three to four treatments spaced eight to twelve weeks apart for the double-chin regions. Patients may also receive 1-2 submental Coolsculpting treatments followed by 1-2 Kybella treatments. Only one or two treatments are typically required to reduce jowls.

    To permanently remove those fat cells, KYBELLA® is injected several times into the fat beneath the chin. Only a healthcare professional who has received KYBELLA® training may provide treatment. That region of the double chin cannot retain fat once it has been eliminated. The volume and distribution of the fat beneath your chin as well as your individual treatment objectives will determine the precise number of injections and procedures. In clinical studies, KYBELLA® was administered six times to 59% of patients.

    We advise having three to four treatments spaced eight to twelve weeks apart for the double-chin regions. As an alternative, we frequently provide 1-2 submental Coolsculpting sessions followed by 1-2 Kybella sessions to patients. Only one or two treatments are often required to decrease jowls. Without factoring in your doctor's visit, any pre- or post-care, the injections take 15 to 20 minutes to complete.


    What are the Possible Side Effects of Kybella®?

    Side Effects of Kybella

    KYBELLA® can cause serious side effects, including

    • Nerve injury in the jaw (which can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness)
    • Trouble swallowing
    • problems with the injection site, such as a hematoma or bruising, hair loss, open sores (ulcers), damage, and tissue cell death (necrosis) near the injection site if KYBELLA® is accidently injected into an artery or vein. Call your doctor if any of the following occur: you start to have facial muscle weakness, your grin becomes uneven, you have trouble swallowing, or any of your existing symptoms worsen; develop bleeding or open sores in the treated area

    Swelling, discomfort, numbness, redness, and patches of hardness in the treatment area are the most typical adverse effects of KYBELLA®.


    How Much Does Kybella Cost?

    Kybella Cost

    You might experience self-consciousness if you have a "double chin" or a layer of fat below your chin. Whether your double chin is caused by the natural course of aging, genetics, or weight increase, Kybella may be an excellent solution. It is a non-surgical, FDA-approved injectable technique that helps shrink jowls and extra fat under your chin. Continue reading if you're curious about how much Kybella may cost you.

    The cost of Kybella varies from patient to patient since each treatment regimen is different. However, the typical cost of a Kybella treatment ranges from 1,000$ to 2,400$. The overall expense will be significantly influenced by the number of treatments you'll require.

    In some instances, we could advise employing Coolsculpting first to reduce the amount of submental fat. There is shorter recovery time with Coolsculpting since it does not produce post-procedure edema like Kybella does. The first and second treatments could also cost less. After results are seen, Kybella can be used to refine the area and reduce jowls following the Coolsculpting treatment.

    It's critical to realize that Kybella is not covered by insurance because it is a cosmetic procedure rather than a prescription medication. The good news is that we can talk about a treatment strategy that calls for a number of treatments to gradually get your desired effects. You do not need to sign up for a costly upfront bundle because payment is made each treatment.


    Kybella FAQ

    Kybella FAQ

       1. What is KYBELLA®?

    The first and only injectable medication that has received FDA approval is KYBELLA® (deoxycholic acid injection), which is intended to treat moderate to severe submental fat, popularly known as double chin, in adults. If KYBELLA® is safe and effective in children less than 18 years of age is unknown. The safety and efficacy of KYBELLA® when applied externally to the submental region are unknown.

       2. How does KYBELLA® work?

    Deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat, is the active component in KYBELLA®. The fat cells in your body are destroyed when KYBELLA® is injected into the fat beneath your chin. These cells cannot store or accumulate fat once they have been destroyed.

       3. Is KYBELLA® right for me?

    The choice of KYBELLA® for you will be made in consultation with your doctor. Ask your doctor about KYBELLA® if you are bothered by submental fullness or a double chin.

       4. How many people have been treated with KYBELLA®?

    Over 20 clinical trials with more than 2,600 patients worldwide have been conducted with the primary goal of developing KYBELLA®. Of these, over 1,600 patients have received treatment with KYBELLA®.

       5. Will I experience any side effects?

    The KYBELLA® safety profile is widely understood. Swelling, bruising, discomfort, numbness, redness, and hard spots surrounding the treatment region are the most frequent adverse effects. Serious adverse effects of KYBELLA® include difficulty eating and jaw nerve damage, which can result in an unlevel smile or facial muscle paralysis. Not all of KYBELLA potential ®'s negative effects are included here. In order to get medical advice concerning side effects, contact your healthcare practitioner.

       6. How many treatments will I need?

    Based on your desired chin profile, you and your doctor will individually tailor your KYBELLA® treatment plan, including the number of sessions you require. In between two and four treatment sessions, many patients see noticeable results. Your HCP will inject KYBELLA® several times into the fat beneath your chin during these sessions. The number of treatment sessions is up to 6, but they must be at least a month apart.

       7. How long will the results last? 

    By injecting it into the fat beneath your chin, KYBELLA® kills fat cells. These cells cannot store or acquire fat once they have been destroyed. Retrenchment with KYBELLA® is not anticipated once the desired aesthetic response has been achieved.

       8. Is Kybella Permanent?

    Your fat cells won't be able to store or amass fat once Kybella obliterates them. As a consequence, once you get the results you want, you shouldn't need any further therapy. The only side effects of Kybella are a small amount of post-operative bruising and swelling and minor discomfort.



    Adults who have moderate to severe submental fat, popularly known as a "double chin," might benefit from using KYBELLA®, a prescription medication.