Excess fat can accumulate in your submental space, the area beneath your chin, for various reasons and cause a dreaded “double chin.” It can affect anyone regardless of weight, age or sex. You may be genetically predisposed to have excess fat in this area, even if you are at a healthy weight. While weight gain can contribute to a more prominent double chin, losing weight may not be enough to eliminate this fullness. It’s also impossible to spot-reduce fat from this area with diet and exercise.

For those bothered by a double chin, KYBELLA offers a non-surgical treatment to eliminate submental fullness and create a more slim, defined profile.


KYBELLA is the only FDA-approved prescription medication for reducing moderate to severe submental fullness. This injectable product can effectively treat a double chin caused by excess fat, producing a more slender profile beneath the chin.

How Does KYBELLA® Work?

KYBELLA is made of synthetic deoxycholic acid, the natural form of which helps your body absorb fat. When injected into the target area, the deoxycholic acid in KYBELLA breaks down and destroys the fat cells. Then, your body’s lymphatic system will gradually remove the fat cells in the same way it naturally eliminates other dead cells.



What to Expect During KYBELLA® Treatment

During your treatment, our expert provider will carefully inject the KYBELLA solution into the area beneath your chin using a fine needle.

How Long Does KYBELLA® Treatment Take?

Each KYBELLA treatment will take just 15 to 20 minutes.

Is KYBELLA® Painful?

KYBELLA injections are not considered painful, but you may experience some discomfort similar to getting a shot. If you’d like, we can apply a numbing cream to the area before your treatment to make you more comfortable.

Step-by-Step Process

The number of KYBELLA sessions you need will depend on the amount of fat you’re targeting. Patients with mild to moderate submental fat typically require a series of two to four KYBELLA sessions to achieve ideal results. Patients with very thick submental fat tissue may need up to six sessions.

KYBELLA treatments should be administered at least one month apart.

KYBELLA® Recovery and Results

Will I Need Downtime After KYBELLA®?

The majority of people don’t need to take any downtime from their usual routine after KYBELLA injections. While there is no recovery period required, we recommend taking it easy and avoiding the following:

  • Extreme heat (such as hot tubs, hot showers, saunas, etc.) and intense exercise for 24 hours
  • Excessive alcohol or sodium consumption for three days, as this can cause excess swelling

When Will I See Results After KYBELLA®?

Your results will become noticeable within four to six weeks after your KYBELLA treatment as your body gradually eliminates the fat cells. Most patients see results after their first session, with continued improvement four to six weeks after each session.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Is a Good Candidate for KYBELLA®?

Candidates for KYBELLA are at least 18 years old and bothered by excess fat beneath their chin. They should be in good general health and not have any infections or skin irritation in the submental area.

Who Should Not Get KYBELLA®? 

If you have had or will undergo any type of facial surgery or are pregnant or breastfeeding, KYBELLA may not be a suitable treatment for you. At your consultation, we will review your medical and health history and other relevant factors to determine whether or not you qualify for KYBELLA.

How Long Does KYBELLA® Last?

KYBELLA provides a permanent reduction of fat beneath the chin. Your submental fat cells eliminated with this injectable will be gone from your body for good.

By the time we’re in our 30s, most people’s bodies don’t grow new fat cells. Weight fluctuations can cause the existing fat cells in any area to increase in size, but the number of fat cells generally remains the same. It is the growth of the existing fat cells that makes one area look fuller than another. This means it will be difficult to regain fullness beneath your chin after KYBELLA since you will have significantly fewer fat cells in that area.

How Much Does KYBELLA® Cost in St. Louis?

The cost of your KYBELLA treatment will be primarily based on the amount of submental fat you have, which will determine how many KYBELLA injections you need for ideal results.

During your consultation at the Lifestyle Center, we will assess your goals to determine your KYBELLA treatment cost.

Are There Any Side Effects With KYBELLA®?

As with all injectable cosmetic treatments, KYBELLA has some risks of side effects. However, most of these are mild, resolve on their own shortly after treatment, and do not lead to serious issues.

Some of the most common KYBELLA side effects include the following in the treated area:

  • Numbness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Discomfort
Can KYBELLA® Treat Sagging Skin?

Once the fat beneath your chin is eliminated with KYBELLA, your skin may shrink slightly to account for the reduced fullness in the area. However, KYBELLA is not designed to address loose skin, which may appear more lax after KYBELLA if you already had reduced skin elasticity in the area.

To treat sagging, a thread lift can tighten your jawline to smooth drooping jowls and lift the chin. Agnes radiofrequency microneedling is another option to correct sagging skin, and it has the additional benefits of treating acne, eye bags, scars and enlarged pores.

Can Exercise Get Rid of a Double Chin?

Despite some claims, there’s no scientific proof that exercises can target a double chin. They may slightly improve the appearance of this area by toning the muscles, but most people won’t see a dramatic improvement the way they would from KYBELLA treatment.

Can I Combine KYBELLA® Treatment With Other Cosmetic Procedures?

Yes! If you’d like to eliminate your double chin and address other cosmetic issues, we can advise you on the best combination treatments for your goals. Common procedures combined with KYBELLA include injectable QWO cellulite treatment and laser treatments like HALO and Aerolase Neo to rejuvenate skin tone and texture.

How Can I Get KYBELLA® in St. Louis?

If you’re bothered by fullness beneath your chin and would like a more svelte, contoured profile, KYBELLA may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Call (314) 863-5556 to schedule your complimentary consultation with us and learn more about how KYBELLA can eliminate your double chin for good.

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