Kybella, a new injectable by Allergan, permanently reduces fat deposits in the submental area (the area of the upper neck, just below the chin). Stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise can accumulate on any area of the body, but in the submental area, excess fat can create the appearance of what is commonly called a “double chin.” While surgical neck liposuction is best for patients who need larger amounts of fat removed from other areas of the neck, Kybella is a great solution for anyone who only needs treatment in the upper neck. During the initial consultation, the plastic surgeon will discuss the best options based on the patient’s needs and concerns.
"I LOVE what the microneedling has done for my skin - the tone and texture is unbelievable. Thanks for introducing me to Circadia, too - Love all the products you recommended. Amazing......."- LC / Office Visit / Mar 19, 2014
"Extremely happy with the outcome of my nose surgery. I had sleep apnea....I was a true mouth breather. My nasal passages were thin slits! Dr Bridges gave me new cartilage and removed what I didn't need inside my nose. Nothing short of a miracle for me!"- D.B. / Google / Jan 28, 2021
"Dr. Bridges helped fix my highly deviated septum from multiple nose injuries and at the same time helped sculpt my nose into something more appropriate for my features. I recommend him to everyone I know looking at getting nasal surgery done. I've had several friends who have seen him through my recommendation and have also had wonderful results that they are extremely happy with. He's a a fantastic doctor and I'd go as far to say an artist in his craft!"- P. / Healthgrades / Jun 22, 2020
"Gave Me the Nose That Was Meant for my Face. - I went to Dr Bridges for help with a severely deviated septum as well as in the hopes of altering my nose for aesthetic preferences. I sobbed when I took the bandages off, his work is absolutely stunning. He turned the thing I was most self-conscious about to my favorite part of my body. He gave me medication that made my recovery SO easy, I did not bruise at all despite him having to break my nose in order to fix previous breaks. I can breathe SO easy now and my profile looks like what it was always supposed to."- K. / RealSelf / Jun 22, 2020
"I had 2 previous rhinoplasties with a different surgeon. Dr. Matt Bridges fixed the problems from the previous surgeries and gave me EXACTLY the nose I wanted."- C.R. / Google / Feb 02, 2020
Deoxycholic acid, the active ingredient in Kybella, works by destroying the dietary fat in the submental area. It will take 2 – 6 treatment sessions for patients to get their best results, but 79% of patients in clinical trials were satisfied from the final results of their Kybella treatments and they reported feeling that they looked younger, happier, and more confident.
During/After the Procedure
The plastic surgeon will clean the area to be treated and then carefully make multiple injections under the chin with the Kybella. Patients generally begin to see results after 2 – 4 treatment sessions, but if needed, patients can have up to 6 Kybella treatments with no more than a 4 week break between sessions. Many patients report minor, temporary side effects after their treatment, including pain, redness, numbness, swelling, and bruising.
Since Kybella is a new treatment, it is more expensive than most injectables, but is still less than surgical neck liposuction by a good plastic surgeon. Patients usually receive 2 – 6 treatment sessions, which adds up to $1,000 to $2,000 total. Kybella also saves patients the recovery time needed after surgical neck liposuction.
Plan Your Procedure
Currently, Kybella is only approved to be injected into the submental area for fat reduction. While research is being done to see if Kybella is safe on other parts of the face and body, a reputable plastic surgeon will only use Kybella in the area of the neck below the chin.
Candidates for Kybella treatments must be at least 18 years old and not pregnant or breastfeeding. In the initial consultation before the procedure, patients should tell their doctor about their medical history, as well as any current medications or medical concerns.
The active ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring substance that is able to break down to small enough particles that the fat is naturally processed out of the body. Once the fat has been eliminated from the body, the fat cells are permanently removed.