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Kybella is the first and only FDA-approved prescription nonsurgical treatment that is used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of fat below the chin (submental fat) and works by destroying fat cells.

Submental fullness is a common yet undertreated condition among adults, and is often resistant to diet and exercise alone. It is prevalent in both women and men, and can be caused by a variety of factors, such as aging, genetics, weight gain, etc. According to a study in 2014 by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), 68% of consumers were bothered by submental fullness (excess fat under the chin). Up until recently, there was an unmet need in facial aesthetics for patients that desired a non-surgical treatment of this area. With recent FDA-approval, we are thrilled to be one of the first offices in the area to offer Kybella treatments.

The active ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid. This is a molecule that naturally occurs in the body, and aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. Kybella is injected directly into the fat under your chin and destroys those fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. Unfortunately, not every fat cell can be destroyed in a single treatment, which is why more than one treatment is often needed.

Many patients experience visible contouring of their chin profile after 2-4 treatment sessions spaced out at least one month apart. In severe cases, up to 6 treatments may be administered. Once the desired aesthetic response is achieved, re-treatment with Kybella is not expected and the results will remain permanent.

Kybella may be right for you if…

  • You are bothered by submental fullness (a double chin)
  • You desire a non-surgical treatment
  • You eat well and exercise but still have submental fullness
  • You feel that this condition makes you feel older or heavier than you really are
  • You are between the ages of 18-65

To determine if you are a candidate for this procedure, we will assess the area of concern and help you come up with a customized treatment plan that will help you improve the appearance of your chin and profile. Please call our office at (805) 898-0700 for additional information or to book your appointment.


Pacific Plastic Surgery
1722 State St., Ste. #102
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: 805-214-6923
Fax: 805-898-0600

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