Many people have a “double chin,” or a small amount of excess fat below the chin which is perceived as an unflattering appearance. This often includes people at an otherwise healthy weight, as a double chin can be genetic. For these patients, Kybella injections can promote a sleeker profile without requiring surgery. Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable that effectively reduces fat below the chin. Dr. Damstetter offers this option at Reserve Dermatology in Glenview, Illinois.

What is Kybella?

Kybella is a unique injectable designed to reduce the appearance of a “double chin,” known as submental fullness by physicians. The product uses deoxycholic acid to break down excess fat cells in the area where it is injected. This permanently reduces fat below the chin for a more pleasing jawline contour.


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Uses for Kybella

Kybella is intended to reduce the appearance of a double chin by destroying excess fat cells in the chin and neck area. It is approved for patients who are 18 years old or older who see excess fat below the chin despite otherwise being at a healthy and stable weight. Patients who are overweight may not be ideal candidates for Kybella but would have this and other treatments discussed during consultation. During a consultation, Dr. Damstetter can evaluate your chin, jawline and neck area to help determine whether you are a good candidate for Kybella.

Are Kybella injections painful?

Kybella injections are given with a very tiny needle into the fat layer. Due to a burning sensation when injected, a topical anesthetic is usually applied. Ice is used post-injection to soothe discomfort.

Can Kybella help turkey neck?

Kybella is approved for injection under the chin to dissolve excess fat and provide modest tightening of loose skin.

Does Kybella tighten skin?

Studies have demonstrated new collagen formation and an overall tightening effect after Kybella injection. This may take up to 3 months for full effect.

Does Kybella work on arms?

Kybella can be used off-label to contour areas with excess fat including arms.

Is one Kybella treatment enough?

Multiple Kybella injections are usually necessary to achieve desired outcomes.

Does Kybella really work?

Kybella has been FDA approved for the reduction in fat under the chin (submental fat). Many well-designed studies that included skin biopsies after treatment have proven that fat is reduced with deoxycholic acid (Kybella).

Can fat come back after Kybella?

The fat destroyed by Kybella will not return. With weight gain, you will gain increased fat stores proportionally throughout your body according to your current figure and chin appearance.

Can Kybella be used for belly fat?

No, currently Kybella is only FDA approved for injection under the chin.

Liz Damstetter, MD

Board-Certified Dermatologist

Meet the Doctor

The Kybella Procedure

Before you receive your Kybella injections, Dr. Damstetter will review your medical history and determine whether the procedure is safe and suitable for you. Certain conditions, like swallowing or bleeding disorders, may disqualify you from treatment with Kybella.

After thoroughly cleansing the skin, Dr. Damstetter will mark the injection sites and may apply a topical numbing agent to keep you comfortable through the procedure. The Kybella injections can then be completed using a small needle. On average, about 20-30 small injections are made below the chin during a Kybella procedure.

Kybella treatment will typically require multiple sessions before you reach your best possible results. The product will gradually destroy the fat cells over time after each injection session, and you can receive up to six sessions total. Most patients will begin to see results within about 2-4 treatments. During your initial consultation, Dr. Damstetter will explain your treatment plan in detail.

After your Kybella injections, you can expect some soreness or sensitivity, swelling, bruising, redness, or numbness. The recovery process is otherwise straightforward, and you can return to your normal activities beginning the day after the procedure.

Kybella Results

Your Kybella results will gradually emerge after you receive your injections and will continue to improve with each subsequent session. The deoxycholic acid will work to destroy the fat cells, which are then naturally and safely metabolized by the body. Once destroyed, fat cells will not return. This means that the new contour of your chin and neck area will have excellent longevity.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about Kybella, schedule an appointment with Dr. Liz Damstetter at Reserve Dermatology. Call our Glenview, Illinois office or contact us online.

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