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How Does the Kybella Treatment for Double Chins Work?

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Kybella is the new, non-invasive, FDA-approved way to melt submental (under the chin) fat.  People are excited about it, but as with anything new there are naysayers.

And chief among those naysayers is a plastic surgeon who started a debate about the treatment last November.  Plastic surgeons insist that liposuction is the best way to rid your body (including your double chin) of unwanted fat.

But that’s not the whole story about liposuction and the plastic surgeon in question did not tell the whole story about Kybella, either.

This post answers question raised by the controversy around this injectable and explains how Kybella treatment for double chins works.

Reduced Dosages

Kybella is new.  Because of that, not all practitioners are well-versed in dosages or managing the expectations of those undergoing the treatment.

It’s clear that many people wish Kybella were a magical silver bullet, but it requires more than one session to eliminate the double chin.  Much relies on proper dosage, administration and the recipient’s understanding of the kind of results in the offing.

Some doctors reduce dosages to prevent swelling (which is a natural part of the healing process) and the downtime associated with it.  The pity is that they’re not providing the service they’ve promised.

But more importantly, they’re not preparing recipients for what happens following Kybella treatments. To maintain their customer base, they’re essentially giving in to the “silver bullet” mythology and doing their patients a great disservice.

How It Works

The Kybella injectable formulation contains a substance which closely mimics a salt found in the stomach.  This salt helps the body digest dietary fat.

When injected into the chin, Kybella serves the same purpose – melting fat.  Fat cells are eliminated, removing any opportunity for them to re-establish.

And the bonus is that Kybella’s formulation also encourages your skin to retract and tighten, in the absence of the eliminated fat.


With a skilled, licensed practitioner, Kybella results are astonishing.  That said, this non-invasive treatment usually takes between 3 and 5 sessions to render ideal results.

But here’s a key advantage – with Kybella, there are no post-operative side effects because it’s not an operation.  Liposuction is.

The risks patients undergoing liposuction run are everything from infection to indentations (which are permanent).  You’ll also have to wear a head bandage as you heal.  And the fat?  It can return.

Let’s Talk About Kybella

A lot of the controversy around Kybella has been generated within the medical community.  Private cosmetic medicine is a competitive business, but Kybella is about providing a less risky way to rid yourself of submental fat than with a surgical procedure.

Naturally, plastic surgeons would much rather you visit them for liposuction than come to Ethos Spa, Skin & Laser for Kybella treatment for double chins.

If you’re on the fence about Kybella, we hope this post has informed you.  We also encourage you to come talk to us about Kybella and whether you’re a candidate for it.

At Ethos, we’re dedicated to helping you look and feel your best.

Dr. Hardik Soni

MD, Founder/Lead Physician

About Dr. Hardik Soni

Dr. Hardik Soni is the founder and Medical Director of Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness. His primary focus is on minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures including botulinum injection (Botox and Dysport), dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse), laser hair removal, chemical peels, and laser skin rejuvenation. Dr. Soni believes in a more conservative approach and his first goal is education. Clients are able to determine the ideal treatments after discussion with Dr. Soni regarding the expected outcomes, cost, as well as risks.

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