Kybella is one of the most anticipated treatments to become available at La Jolla Plastic Surgery for San Diego County residents because double chins are such a common cosmetic concern. This area of fat (technically known as the submental area) is typically very stubborn, which is why even thin people can have a double chin. In the past, a surgical liposuction procedure was the only solution, but people can now choose injectable Kybella for nonsurgical submental fat reduction.
Kybella is made using a synthetic version of deoxycholic acid, which occurs naturally in the body and helps break down and absorb dietary fat. When it's injected in the area just below the chin, it destroys fat cells. Once the fat cells die, they are naturally flushed away by the body, leaving a smooth, trim contour. As a groundbreaking procedure, most patients have several questions about Kybella, so we encourage you to schedule a consultation with triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo to learn more.
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"Dr. Chaffoo is a great surgeon and is kind, gentle, experienced and has a great bedside manner. His staff (Nancy and Tracy) are equally as attentive and thorough. I felt safe and confident. I had my breast implants removed and a lift and a fat transfer to balance them. He did a great job. I am very happy with the results. I would recommend him to anyone."- S.E. / Yelp / Jul 25, 2017
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"Very Natural Breast Augmentation, Wonderful Experience - Dr. Chaffoo is the utmost professional. I had a great experience with him from the start to finish of my surgery process, and continue to have a good experience. He is very attentive and caring, and I ended up with fabulous results from my surgery. I also appreciate that Dr. Chaffoo has me come in once per year for a check up, which gives me added peace of mind."- K. / RealSelf / Jul 11, 2017
"Great new experience - I went to La Jolla Plastic Surgery for Coolsculpting. It was a new experience for me but Dr. Chaffoo and his assistant Robert walked me through it and made sure I was comfortable through it all. I have already recommended them to several friends and I'm sure I'll be back soon. Thanks!"- S. / RealSelf / Jun 22, 2017
The active ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid which helps break down fat cells. When Kybella is injected below the chin, it will destroy the fat cells, and these cells will not be able to collect or store fat once destroyed. However, if the patient gains weight after a Kybella treatment, the remaining fat cells will expand for diminished results.
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- Recovery Time
- Average Procedure Time
- 15-20 Minutes
- Procedure Recovery Location
According to a 2015 survey by the American Society for Dermatologic Society (ASDS), 67% of people said they were bothered by submental fullness. Kybella is a nonsurgical, FDA-approved treatment that is used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat cells.
The most common side effects include swelling, bruising, pain, redness, and areas of hardness around the treated area.
The plan of treatment will be discussed during consultation. During consultation, you and your provider will discuss the number of Kybella treatments (2 – 4 treatments are recommended for optimal results), goals and expectations, and post-treatment care.
- Non-surgical, 15 – 20 minute in-office procedure
- Customized plan of treatment to help you achieve your treatment goals
- Safe and effective
- Minimal downtime
- Often requires 2 – 4 treatments for optimal results