Aging, heredity and weight gain can all play a role in the development of submental fullness, better known to most people as a double chin. Regardless of their weight or lifestyle habits, a double chin can plague the appearance of men and women alike, even if they are otherwise healthy and active. Submental fullness may cause you to look older or heavier than you are, and can leave you feeling self-conscious with the appearance of your profile— especially in our photo-obsessed culture.

Kybella is the first and only FDA-cleared injectable treatment for adults that dissolves fat cells beneath the chin to enhance the appearance of your profile and diminish your submental fat permanently. As a result, you’ll achieve a more sleek and youthful facial contour without the need for neck surgery or downtime. If you’ve tried diet and weight loss methods but are still struggling to slim down the underside of your chin, Kybella offers patients a quick, nonsurgical solution to banishing their stubborn submental fat for good.


Submental fullness is a common aesthetic concern that affects both women and men as they get older. In the past, the only way to permanently get rid of your double chin was through surgical procedures that required anesthesia, incisions and lengthy recovery periods. As a far less invasive option than liposuction or a neck lift, Kybella is the first-of-its-kind injectable treatment that melts away fat cells to offer long-lasting improvements to your appearance.

The active ingredient in Kybella is known as deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally-occurring molecule found in the digestive system. The role of deoxycholic acid in the body is to aid in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When the synthetic form of this molecule is injected directly into the area of fat beneath the chin, the medication works to break down and destroy fat cells to remove this pocket of fat altogether and restore definition to the jawline.

The fat cells treated by Kybella are gradually flushed out by the body over the weeks following your treatment. Every adult has a predetermined number of fat cells in their body that becomes fixed during their adolescence. Since Kybella works to dissolve the fat cells in the chin region, once they are gone, they will never regenerate. So long as you maintain a healthy weight after your procedure, you will be able to enjoy your slimmer facial contours indefinitely.


Kybella is an ideal option for adult men and women of all ages who are bothered by the appearance of a double chin. The treatment tends to work best for individuals who still have good skin elasticity present to ensure the skin conforms smoothly to the slimmer contour. While Kybella offers some tightening effects, it cannot reverse severe skin laxity. You may consider Kybella if any of the following applies to you:

You are troubled or self-conscious by excess fat under the chin
Your submental fat makes you look heavier or older than you are
You maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly, but still, have submental fat
You wish to avoid invasive surgery

While Kybella is an ideal solution for most adults with submental fullness, the treatment is not right for everyone. Women who are currently pregnant or breastfeeding or patients with an active infection in the treatment area should not receive Kybella injections.