Anyone can see puffy, fatty tissue develop underneath the chin; drawing unwanted attention and adding years onto the appearance. The “double chin” can be a product of weight fluctuations, the aging process, or simply genetics. Also known as submental fat; the “double chin” is one of the most undertreated areas of the face.

Submental fat is seen in both men and women, of all body types and weights. Diet and exercise do little to improve the contours of the chin. The soft, protruding fat below the jaw and along the upper neck can prove impossible to eliminate without assistance. Until recently, moderately invasive liposuction provided the best chance for improvement.

FDA Approved Fat Elimination:

Boca Raton Plastic Surgery Center now offers patients one-of-a-kind Kybella, designed to eliminate moderate to severe submental fatty tissue, while contouring the chin and lower jaw. Each Kybella treatment can be tailored to the unique needs of an individual patient. Kybella provides significant restoration of the chin, with very little risk for infection or other complications.

Kybella is the first and only injectable approved by the FDA to diminished submental fatty tissue. The injectable is made up of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring substance, used by the body to absorb unwanted fat cells. Once injected into the tissue below the chin, Kybella destroys the membrane of nearby fat cells; in a process referred to as lysis. The body can then absorb and metabolize these unwanted fat cells; leaving a youthful, pleasing contour to the chin. The results from Kybella are dramatic and long lasting, as the destroyed fat cells will not return.

Who is the best candidate for Kybella?
Almost anyone unhappy with the appearance of excess submental fatty tissue may make an excellent candidate for the Kybella procedure. The ideal patient will be over 18, in generally good health, and fully understand the Kybella treatment process. Successful results can be seen in both men and women, of all skin types of ethnicities.
You are not a good candidate for Kybella if you:

  • Are pregnant
  • Have an active infection
  • Suffer from a bleeding disorder
  • Show submental fullness from anything other than fatty tissue


The Kybella Procedure:
Once it has been determined that that Kybella is right for you, the target area will be determined, and the extent of correction established. Kybella is then applied through a series of up to 50 tiny injections underneath the chin. The session will take only a few minutes. While Kybella is not considered painful, a topical anesthetic can be applied for added comfort.

Optimal Kybella results will require a series of three to six separate sessions. Each treatment should be spaced between four and six weeks apart. The exact number of Kybella sessions will depend on the patient’s aesthetic desires and the extent of correction required.

Patients may note localized redness, swelling, and warmth after a Kybella treatment. These will diminish over the first day, although some bruising may occur, which will take a few days to fade. Patients are able to return immediately to work, school, or any other routine daily activities.

Results and Recovery from Kybella:
The results from Kybella will become noticeable after two to three sessions. Although more than one Kybella treatment will be necessary, once the initial series of sessions has been completed, no further follow-ups are needed. The fat cells, once destroyed, will not return. That allows the youthful facial contours achieved with Kybella to be enjoyed permanently.

Is Kybella safe?
Kybella has recently been approved by the FDA for the treatment of fatty tissue under the chin. After years of research, the injectable is proven to be safe and efficient in submental fat elimination. However, a provider should be educated and experienced the application of Kybella. As with any cosmetic procedure, there is always the risk for more serious complications to occur, such as infection, bleeding, and nerve damage.