Kybella® in San Francisco, CA

Kybella™ could be a great non-surgical solution for you if you have a double chin – also referred to as “submental fullness.” Kybella was recently approved by the FDA in 2015 after 20+ clinical studies have shown that it is safe and effective. Kybella’s results are permanent, and it requires no downtime.Kybella_Injection_Logo_PMS_Update_Reg

Kybella is made up of deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath your chin, it causes the destruction of the fat cells so that those cells cannot accumulate fat again. This injectable treatment is a great way for both men and women to tighten the chin and jawline for a more youthful appearance without the need for surgery.

The results of Kybella are gradual as the tightening effect takes place over a period of about six weeks, after which you may need subsequent treatments. Most patients have two or three treatments at six-week intervals.


At Dermatology Medical Group of San Francisco, all consultations and treatments are done by our physicians. They have researched Kybella extensively and have been well-trained on how to successfully administer the injection for the most optimal results.

We are very particular about the treatments we offer, studying each to determine if a particular product or technique is worthy of our patients. It is important that we can stand by every treatment and recommend it with confidence for our patients. Then, we make sure that we receive the training required to provide excellent results. This includes follow-up training, as needed.

A thorough examination and detailed medical history will determine if you are a good candidate for the Kybella procedure. Certain medicines should not be combined with Kybella, so it is extremely important that we obtain your medication history at the time of your examination.

If you have sagging jowls, Ultherapy might be a better option for you than Kybella. We will inform you of various treatment options during your consultation and will make recommendations so that you can feel confident about your decision.

The Kybella Treatment

Kybella is a prescription treatment administered using a fine needle, so it is not painful. We apply ice to the treatment area, and the injections themselves take less than a half-hour.

At each treatment, we introduce small amounts of the product under your chin. The entire process takes about 20 minutes. The number of injections per treatment will depend on how much excess fat you have beneath your chin and your goals for enhancing your profile.

Since your chin profile is unique, the number of sessions you need will vary. We will create a customized treatment plan based on how much submental fat you have and your specific goals. Most of our patients have two or three appointments, spaced six weeks apart.

You’ll see the benefits of your first Kybella appointment six weeks later. If the area is not tight enough at that time, you can schedule another session. In another six weeks, you can determine if you need a third treatment to achieve your ideal results.

Recovering From Kybella Injections

While most patients experience some slight bruising and swelling during the first week, there are no restrictions on your activities after Kybella. You can return to work or elsewhere immediately after your appointment, and you can use makeup, a scarf, or a turtleneck to cover any discoloration.

You might also feel tender at the injection sites for a week or two. If the pain is bothersome, over-the-counter medication should provide sufficient relief.

While the results of Kybella are permanent, weight gain or the effects of aging over time can cause a recurrence of a double chin. If this happens, you can have subsequent Kybella treatments in the future.

Do you think Kybella might be right for you? Call us today for an appointment.

Kybella Benefits

Kybella treatments have muliple benefits, including:

  • The treatment is minimally invasive, consisting of a series of small injections beneath the chin.
  • The benefits are long-lasting.
  • The procedure is quick and convenient, with no downtime required before returning to your regular activities.
  • You will look younger and more attractive by finally eliminating your double chin.

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Kybella FAQs

What is submental fullness?

Submental fullness is the technical term for a a double chin. It can be due to weight fluctuation, age-related hormonal changes, or genetics.

How long will my results last?

After you complete a series of treatments, your Kybella benefits are long-lasting if you commit to maintaining a healthy body weight. Destroyed fat cells cannot return.

Is Kybella safe?

The injectable treatment has been the focus of global clinical programs involving more than 20 rigorous tests and 1,600 patients. It earned FDA approval in 2015.

How much does Kybella cost?

Your total cost will include the price of the product and your injector’s skill and expertise. Look for a licensed, trained physician who has experience with Kybella treatments. It is crucial to find an experienced specialist to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.