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Many men and women look in the mirror and wish they could wave a magic wand to make that little pocket of fat underneath their chin disappear. A double chin, known as submental fat in cosmetic dermatology, is a pesky little imperfection that may be the result of weight gain, weight loss, natural factors of aging, or simply bad luck in the genetic lottery. It can make you unhappy with your profile and jawline, and until a few years ago, surgery was usually required to remove a double chin. At the Comprehensive Dermatology Center of Pasadena, we’re proud to offer our patients a new alternative to surgical double chin removal called Kybella®

Kybella® is an injectable cytolytic drug used to break down and destroy fat cells in the chin area. Kybella® appointments are relatively quick, there is little to no downtime after your treatment, and your treatment plan won’t require you to schedule your life around an invasive surgery.

At the Comprehensive Dermatology Center of Pasadena, we begin each Kybella® treatment plan with a thorough, complimentary consultation. If you’re ready to learn more about this exciting, safe cosmetic injectable treatment, please contact our Kybella® experts at (626) 793-7790, or send us a message through our website.

What Is Kybella®?

Kybella® was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2015 and is produced by Allergan, one of the leading cosmetic injectable companies also famous for popular brands such as Juvéderm® and BOTOX®. For many people who have a double chin, liposuction or surgery may not be an option, or it may seem like too big of an inconvenience for such a minor facial imperfection. That’s where Kybella® comes in. In just 2-6 treatments, our team of cosmetic dermatology experts can use Kybella® to dramatically reshape your jawline and improve the appearance of your profile by destroying the excess fat cells in your chin and jawline areas.

How Does Kybella® Work®?

At the Comprehensive Dermatology Center of Pasadena, part of our treatment philosophy is to bring the latest cosmetic technology and science to our patients, which is one of the reasons why we love Kybella®. The science behind Kybella® is fascinating, and it uses one of your body’s own natural processes to destroy and permanently get rid of that annoying pocket of fat cells from under your chin.

One of the key ingredients that give Kybella® the power to deliver incredible results is called deoxycholic acid, which is a salt found naturally in the human body that helps you digest fat. Our injectable experts use it in targeted areas to break down and destroy fat cell membranes under your chin. As the fat cells break down and dissolve, they’re naturally removed from your body through the lymphatic and circulatory systems, and because Kybella® uses materials already found in your body, it’s safely metabolized and removed from your body naturally too.

Kybella® is the first and currently the only drug of its kind to remove fat non-surgically from the chin.

What Are the Benefits of Kybella®?

In a survey conducted by the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, 67% of respondents said they were bothered by excess fat underneath their chin. Kybella® is for anyone who has ever been unhappy with or embarrassed by submental fullness (or fat) under the chin. Kybella® can help those with the appearance of a double chin look younger and thinner, even if they’ve tried excessive dieting and exercise to no avail.

Before Kybella®, if you wanted to target the area under your chin for fat removal, you only had a few options: exercise, lipolysis, liposuction, or surgery. A double chin is genetic for some, and no amount of dieting or exercising may ever help you completely remove fat cells to achieve the look you want. Lipolysis and liposuction both are both more invasive than Kybella® and require lengthier recoveries. And, because of medications or certain health conditions, surgery isn’t an option for some. Because Kybella® treatments are quick and safe for most people, it provides a great alternative to more invasive double chin removal procedures.

What is a Kybella® Treatment Like?

At the Comprehensive Dermatology Center of Pasadena, your comfort and safety is the centerpiece of every treatment we perform. We’ll ask questions about your medical history during your consultation to make sure there are no health risks for you with Kybella®. Please let us know if you’re taking any antiplatelets or anticoagulants.

When you arrive for your treatment, there isn’t much prep work because Kybella® is a non-surgical procedure. Make sure your face is clean before your appointment and avoid ibuprofen or acetaminophen as these may increase the severity of any bruising that’s visible after your injections.

We’ll take some pictures before your treatment, plot out the areas we want to target on your chin for injections, and we’ll apply a mild topical numbing cream to make sure you’re comfortable. Most patients report very little discomfort other than some slight pressure at the injection sites.

Most patients will require between 2-6 treatments spaced about a month apart to completely remove fat cells and reshape the chin. We’ll space your appointments apart in your treatment plan to maximize the time the deoxycholic acid in Kybella® has to work its fat cell destroying magic.

We’ll cover the risk of any potential side effects during your consultation, but the most common occurrence for patients following treatment is a little redness, swelling, and bruising under the chin, which usually subsides in about a week or two. Some people’s chins may feel a little hard to the touch for a few days following an injection. Most people experience very little downtime after a Kybella® appointment, and many are able to return to work or normal, low-intensity day-to-day activities.

Want to Know More About Kybella®? Ready to Schedule Your Consultation?

At the Comprehensive Dermatology Center of Pasadena, we begin each Kybella® treatment plan with a thorough consultation to make sure you’re a healthy candidate for the treatment. Nearly all of our Kybella® patients will have 2-6 treatments depending on your overall treatment goals and the amount of subcutaneous fat beneath your chin. We’ll develop a unique treatment plan for you and gather all the information we need to make sure your experience at our cosmetic dermatology practice is perfect.

If you’d like to know more about how Kybella® can help you achieve the sleek, contoured jawline you’ve always wanted, we encourage you to call us and ask for some of our patient education materials. If you’re ready to learn more, or if you’d like to schedule your complimentary Kybella® consultation, please contact us today.

Contact the Comprehensive Dermatology Center of Pasadena by calling (626) 793-7790 or contact us whenever it’s convenient for you by sending us a message through our website.


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