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What to Expect After Kybella®

Fat under the chin can be among the most difficult spots to target. Even people of average weight can have a double chin, and diet and exercise often fail to shrink it. Kybella® removes your double chin by eliminating unwanted fat cells. 

What is Kybella®?

Kybella® is an injectable treatment that targets submental fat. Over several treatments, Kybella® effectively shrinks your double chin to provide a slimmer, more sculpted neck, jaw, and chin. While many assume that a non-surgical treatment must be temporary, Kybella® results can last a lifetime. 

*individual results may vary.

How Does Kybella® Work?

Kybella® works by breaking apart fat cells in your submental area. The fat is broken down by deoxycholic acid, a compound found naturally in your digestive system. It targets fat without affecting the skin or other tissues, breaking fat cells apart so the body can use or eliminate them. When injected into your double chin, Kybella® starts working on fat cells. Your lymphatic system recognizes these damaged cells and filters them away over time. 

What to Expect After Kybella®

When you finish your Kybella® treatment, you may notice some sensitivity or redness in the injection area. Bruising can also occur, and most people will experience swelling. The swelling will become most noticeable 24-48 hours after treatment and will begin to resolve from that point. Each person’s experience differs, so that you may have more or less swelling. 

In the weeks following your Kybella® treatment, you may notice that some parts of the treatment area feel firm or uneven. This happens as a normal part of the fat breakdown process and will disappear as your body removes the targeted fat. Your Manhattan Aesthetics provider will tell you what to expect during treatment. 

Most people need a series of Kybella® treatments to achieve their desired results. You can expect to wait about one month between treatments. Depending on the amount of submental fat you want to treat and your response, you may need between two and six treatments to achieve your desired results. Results continue to improve after each treatment and for several months following your last treatment. 


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How Long Does Kybella® Last?

Kybella® breaks apart fat cells, triggering their permanent removal from the body. Since the adult body does not make new fat cells, the treated ones will not grow back. However, you still have fat cells in the submental area, which can expand and store more fat if you experience weight changes. You may also notice some sagging and additional fullness as your skin ages. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Kybella®?

Most healthy adults with submental fat can receive Kybella®. Good candidates for Kybella® have reasonable expectations. You should not have Kybella® if you have certain health problems affecting your throat, react negatively to similar treatments, or are pregnant. 

Some people who get Kybella® may benefit from skin tightening with Sofwave™. This collagen-stimulating treatment can help skin bounce back after the removal of underlying fat. Your provider will recommend additional treatments if they feel that you can benefit. 


*Individual results may vary.


The first step is to come in for an in-person consultation with our expert providers at Manhattan Aesthetics serving Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, New York, and New Jersey. Please fill out the form on this page or call our office during normal business hours at 212-960-8172.

*Individual results may vary.