Serving Patients in Palo Alto, San Jose, and the San Francisco Bay Area
What is Kybella?
Kybella (deoxycholic acid) injection is the first and only FDA-approved nonsurgical treatment that contours and improves the appearance of moderate to severe fat in the upper neck, sometimes referred to as “double chin”. The injection contains a naturally occurring molecule which eats away at fat. When injected properly, all other cells are left healthy and intact.
Am I a Candidate?
Submental fullness, also referred to as “double chin”, is a common yet undertreated facial aesthetic condition which impacts both men and women and can be influenced by many factors such as aging, genetics and weight gain, and it is often resistant to diet and exercise alone.
If you’re bothered by submental fullness, you’re not alone. According to a 2014 survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery:
- 68% of people said they’re bothered by under-the-chin fullness, or double chin
- People are just as bothered by under-the-chin fullness as they are by lines and wrinkles around and under their eyes
Dr. Jill Hessler has been hand selected by the company to be one of the first plastic surgeons to train on Kybella in the Bay Area and be a speaker and educator for Kybella in Northern California and throughout the country.
What to Expect
Upon your consultation with Dr. Hessler, she will design a customized treatment plan to help you improve your chin profile. Many patients experience visible contouring of their chin profile in two to four treatment sessions spaced at least one month apart. Up to 6 treatments may be necessary to achieve optimal results.
Swelling, bruising, numbness and mild discomfort can be expected following your treatment. These issues generally resolve within 72 hours. You will be asked to avoid exercising during this time and to take it easy in general. This is just a precautionary measure to reduce overall bruising and swelling. You can resume regular daily activities after your Kybella treatment.
Kybella now allows bay area patients to lose the double chin without surgery. While submental lipouction is still a great plastic surgery option in our Palo Alto office, Kybella is the first FDA approved non-surgical treatment to remove specific fat deposits and improve neck contour. After being treated with Kybella, patients have reported improvement in self-perception, including feeling happier and younger based on their chin profile, as well as feeling less embarrassed, less self-conscious, less overweight and less bothered by submental fullness.
Before and After Photos