Kybella (Neck Lift) Therapy
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Non-surgical Neck Lift

Kybella (deoxycholic acid) destroys fat cells when injected under the chin, resulting in an improved neckline and profile.

Submental fullness due to submental fat, sometimes referred to as a "double chin," is a common yet undertreated facial aesthetic condition. It can detract from an otherwise balanced and attractive facial appearance—leading to an older and heavier look. Submental fullness can impact a broad range of adults and is often resistant to diet and exercise alone. Previously, only liposuction or a surgical neck lift would effectively treat submental fullness. But Kybella (deoxycholic acid), when properly injected into fatty tissues, destroys fat cells. Thus, Kybella is the first and only FDA-approved injectable drug that contours and improves the appearance of submental fullness due to submental fat, resulting in a non-surgical "neck lift."


Kybella injection is a minimally invasive office procedure that is great option for patients who are less inclined toward surgical rejuvenation of the neck or liposuction.  Typically two to four treatments separated by at least four to six weeks are necessary to result in significant improvement.  Risks are minimal, but mild to moderate neck swelling and redness result and usually subside over two weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is an Ideal candidate for Kybella treatment?

Persons with excess fat underneath their chin that gives the appearance of a "double chin" (submental fullness) are excellent candidates. Kybella is less effective for patients with excess skin laxity and minimal fat under the chin.

How long do Kybella results last?

Results are present often after one treatment, but usually at least two treatments are required for a significant improvement. The destruction of fat cells is permanent. Thus, the results are also permanent, but can be altered if there is significant weight change.

What should I expect with when undergoing Kybella treatment?

Once the decision is made to move forward with Kybella treatment, the procedure is straightforward and relatively quick. The injections take place in the office with you in an exam chair. Prior to the treatment, your neck will be cleansed, and you may have an ice pack or topical anesthetic applied. The areas on your neck to be treated will be marked and additional local anesthetic may be injected.   Kybella will then be injected into your neck over a period of minutes at multiple sites.  The procedure is relatively painless, but you may feel the initiation of inflammation from the drug destroying fat cells within a few minutes of the procedure starting.  Patients often describe a mild to moderate warm feeling and mild sensitivity to the neck.  The neck will remain swollen with mild to moderate redness for approximately two weeks.  Neck sensitivity usually subsides within a few days to a week. Once the swelling has subsided, treatment effect may be noted after four to six weeks, but more than one treatment is typically required for a significant effect.

What are the risks or complications of Kybella treatment?

Risks are minimal, but as with any injectable procedure there is the risk of mild bleeding and bruising, excessive swelling or reaction to the drug, or suboptimal result.  In initial studies, there were very rare incidences of lower lip weakness and mild swallowing difficulty following injection but all of these symptoms were temporary and resolved.

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