When it comes to treating severe submental fat, also commonly referred to as a double chin, you should know there are several effective treatments. One type of treatment includes actually losing weight. Even a five to 10 pound loss of weight can make the face appear much skinnier. For many people, though, losing this weight may come as a struggle. If you have submental fat that you would like to have treated, then Kybella is an option you should consider. Kybella is a non-surgical treatment, making it all the more painless.


The Kybella treatment is administered via injection, and works by interrupting the processes taking place in fat cell membranes; this ultimately leads to the cell dying. During the death process of the cells, fat is released straight into the bloodstream, and then metabolizes naturally.

When choosing a doctor for Kybella treatment, it is imperative that you pay close attention to the credentials they provide. Only a few select physicians are credentialed to provide them. You risk numerous side effects if the injections are not administered by a licensed cosmetic professional.

You must be 18-years-old to receive this type of treatment for a double chin, and the source of the issue must derive from fat itself — not a swollen lymph node or enlarged thyroid gland. If you have an excessive amount of skin under the chin, you likely won’t be a good candidate. And if you have had prior treatments for submental fat, make sure to tell your physician.

Knowing What to Expect When Receiving Kybella Injections

There is no denying the effectiveness of Kybella injections. There are many candidates who will see amazing results, but it’s important to be aware of the procedure itself. There are some Kybella patients who have required 50+ injections to achieve their preferences. However, most people require only three to five treatment sessions, with fewer injections. The treatment sessions are spaced out at least four weeks apart, and cumulative results can be expected.

What Are the Side Effects?

There are side effects that can occur when receiving Kybella injections, and their likelihood to occur greatly increase when you receive them from a physician who doesn’t observe strict protocol. Side effects may include numbness, swelling, and bruising. As with any type of injection, if you suffer from side effects and have any questions or concerns, they should be immediately addressed by your cosmetic physician.

After completing your treatment sessions with Kybella injections, there will be little likelihood of needing additional ones in the future. Your physician will have you attend a follow up appointment at least once, which may take place via video conference. Each treatment session tends to take about 15 to 20 minutes, with each vial used costing around $600. A total of three to four vials are usually needed.