Your Guide to KYBELLA®: What Can You Expect? AT DERMACARE SAN DIEGO

Published: March 15, 2023
Category: Blog

Have you ever tried to take a picture of yourself, only to delete it immediately once you saw an unflattering view of your chin? You may not even be overweight, but the appearance of a double chin can follow you and make you feel self-conscious.

Luckily, there is a procedure named KYBELLA® that can help you reduce fat in the chin area. It is designed to define your jawline and chin and has the potential to help you feel much better about the pictures that you take and the skin you are in.


We’ve heard of many injectable treatments, with BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers typically being the most popular. However, KYBELLA® is one injectable that may not get enough credit. What exactly is this technique? Is KYBELLA® a filler, or does it just help trigger the natural work of the body? What exactly does this treatment do to help you look more youthful?

While KYBELLA® is not considered a filler or a neuromodulator, it is still an injectable treatment. It aims to reduce the double chin appearance. KYBELLA® contains a digestive acid referred to as deoxycholic acid that naturally occurs in the body. When our medical providers inject the solution into the chin area, it begins to destroy the fat, ultimately resulting in a more defined and restored appearance.

Who Is a Good KYBELLA® Candidate?

To determine whether you are a good KYBELLA® candidate or not, you must book a consultation with a Dermacare San Diego specialist. After your consultation, they will determine if you would benefit from KYBELLA® and if you are an ideal candidate for the treatment.

Ideal KYBELLA® candidates are women and men over the age of 21 with submental fat that they wish to eliminate. Candidates should also be free of any pre-existing medical conditions, and they should not be allergic to the formula’s ingredients.

How Many Sessions of KYBELLA® Do You Need?

The number of KYBELLA® treatments that you get will depend on the results that you wish to obtain. Patients can receive up to six sessions, spreading them at least two months apart. Our experienced medical providers will determine exactly how many KYBELLA® treatments you will need during your consultation.

How Is KYBELLA® Administered?

KYBELLA® should be administered by a trained specialist, such as one of the professionals at Dermacare Laser & Skin Care Clinics. During your treatment, injections will be made underneath the chin to distribute the product. The number of injections will depend on how much submental fat you have in the treatment area, which will be discussed during your consultation. You may feel slight discomfort during your injectable treatment, but a topical ointment may be applied if desired. The KYBELLA® treatment typically takes 15 to 20 minutes to perform, after which you are free to go.

What Should You Know About KYBELLA® After-Effects?

Many people often wonder, “How long does the KYBELLA® swelling last?” or “Can you go on with your business for the day, or do you need to take some downtime?” Knowing what to expect after treatment is just as important as knowing how the treatment works and is performed. You may experience swelling for about two to three days after your KYBELLA® treatment, though using an ice pack on and off for 24 to 48 hours can help to keep the swelling down.

The swelling reaction is natural after this procedure. After all, KYBELLA® breaks down fat formation, which can lead to inflammation. It’s your body’s natural response to anything it perceives as “injury,” even if it’s just unnecessary fat that gets eliminated. Avoiding alcohol, salty foods, and exercise for the first three days after the procedure is recommended as these could potentially make the inflammation worse and prolong your recovery time.

How Long Does KYBELLA® Last?

One of the main advantages of KYBELLA® is that it offers long-lasting results. This is mostly because deoxycholic acid, the main ingredient in KYBELLA®, will keep interacting with the fat cells in your body. This treatment permanently destroys the treated fat, but it does not prevent you from forming new fat over time. Following a healthy lifestyle, which includes diet and exercise, can help to prevent new fat from forming in your chin.

Most patients begin to see a significant reduction in their chin fat in just one to three weeks. The final result of your KYBELLA® treatment should become visible within two to three months of your last visit to Dermacare San Diego.

Should You Get a KYBELLA® Treatment?

Stubborn chin fat may be very difficult to take care of with exercise and diet alone, which makes cosmetic procedures so convenient. With KYBELLA® injections, you can look forward to removing excess chin fat and sculpting your jawline into one that you can be proud to show off at any angle.


For more details regarding the KYBELLA® procedure, you may contact us at Dermacare Laser & Skin Care Clinics. We have clinics in both San Diego and Carlsbad. If you are in San Diego, you may call us at 858-943-2443. If you are in Carlsbad, you can use the number 760-472-5088. Feel free to also fill out our online contact form.