Kybella procedure - woman face photo


For millions of men and women, a double chin is a source of insecurity and dissatisfaction. One of the most common aesthetic complaints, under-the-chin, or submental, fat can be difficult to treat. Submental fat is usually resistant diet and exercise, and often related genetics or the aging process. Up until recently, liposuction was the only reliable fat removal technique. Today, there is an effective minimally invasive surgical treatment for a double chin: Kybella.

At Petaluma Botox in Marin County, CA we specialize in minimally and non-invasive cosmetic procedures. We offer Kybella treatments for those who would like to achieve better definition in the chin area. Our Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist and Registered Nurse, Ariel Kirk, works under Dr. Delgado to develop an aesthetic care plan to contour the jawline.

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How Kybella works

Kybella is a revolutionary minimally-invasive injectable treatment that melts fat cells. Approved by the FDA to treat moderate-to-severe fat beneath the chin, Kybella is a safe and effective alternative to vacuum suction fat removal techniques. The formula contains an agent that is similar to deoxycholic acid, a fat-absorbing substance the body naturally manufactures. When injected, it selectively targets and destroys fat cells. These dead fat cells are then removed from the body via the body’s own waste elimination channels. The result is a more sculpted chin.

Treatment overview

Kybella treatments are fast and efficient. Using a fine gauge needle, Ariel Kirk will administer Kybella into the treatment area, making up to 50 injections in a single session and completes a treatment in less than 30 minutes. For optimal results, multiple treatments are needed and should be scheduled about 6 weeks apart. The precise number of treatments needed will vary from individual to individual.

Although Kybella treatments are considered safe, it is important to have injections done by a qualified healthcare professional. Our team has been trained in Kybella treatments, ensuring any potential risks associated with improper injection is minimized.

Side effects and recovery

Because Kybella treatments not involve incisions or the mechanical removal of fat, no downtime is necessary. Typically patients can resume their everyday activities without missing a beat. Patients may experience some minor swelling, bruising, and tenderness the formula was injected. However, these symptoms are will generally resolve themselves quickly.


Once Kybella is injected, the process of fat elimination begins. Patients usually begin to see noticeable improvement within a few weeks of the treatment. As the body gradually sweeps the dead fat cells away, the contours of the chin area will become more defined. One of the greatest advantages of Kybella treatments is that the results can be long-lasting. Once the fat cells have been eliminated from the body, they are permanently gone. To maintain benefits, patients should follow a healthy lifestyle and avoid weight fluctuations.