What is Kybella? By Michael A. Devlin, MD on August 28, 2015

One of the most common stubborn areas of fat that is difficult to get rid of is in the chin area.

Since weight loss is not very effective in diminishing a “double chin,” liposuction has been the most common procedure to treat this condition but, it is a surgical procedure that requires anesthesia. 

Kybella offers a non surgical alternative for treating chin fat with almost no downtown for recovery. With a series of injections, Kybella breaks down fat cells which are then reabsorbed into the body.

Kybella (deoxycholic acid), is a treatment for adults with moderate-to-severe fat below the chin, known as submental fat. This is one of the most troublesome areas of excess fat. As additional fat forms underneath the chin as a result of obesity, aging, and genetics, this submental fat gives the appearance of a double chin. With nearly 70% of patients listing submental fat as an aesthetic concern, a slimmer more contoured chin is in high demand.

Devlin Cosmetic Surgery is pleased to add this exciting injectable to our  Arkansas patient's. This injectable that is specifically designed to melt away the fat on your chin. Just like the deoxycholic acid created by your own body, Kybella absorbs fat; however, upon injection into the submental fat zone on the lower part of the jawline and chin, it dissolves the fat cells. Kybella is not designed for other parts of your body; it is specifically designed and only approved to eliminate chin fat.

What is Kybella?

  • It is a deoxycholic acid, which is a natural molecule in the body that helps breakdown and absorb fat.
  • It is a non surgical treatment that takes approximately 15-20 in the office to perform.
  • It destroys fat cells underneath your chin.  Once aesthetic goal is achieved, re-treatment is not expected.
  • It is only approved for the chin area and at this time shoudl not be used in other areas.

Who is a good candidate for Kybella?

  • Men and women who are bothered by under chin fullness or “double chin”.
  • Men and Women who are not ready for a more invasive surgical treatment.

How is Kybella administered?

Kybella involves a series of injections underneath the chin.  Dr. Michael Devlin will individualize your treatment plan based on your goals and personally performs all the injections, unlike other day spas. Most patients will see improvement in the profile of their chin after 2-4 treatments, but up to 6 treatments may be needed for some patients. 

What are the potential side effects?

Swelling, bruising, pain, numbness and areas of hardness are the most common side effects.


If you would like to learn more about how Kybella could help you contact our office today. 

Dr. Michael Devlin believes that informed patients make the best decisions regarding their procedures. He listens carefully and provides clear and concise information so that his patients are fully informed about their options. Dr. Michael Devlin is committed to providing a personable and professional service while building lifelong relationships with his patients. His warmth and concern for his patients is clearly evident throughout his career.


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  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (Fellow)
  • American Society of Cosmetic Breast Surgery
  • American Medical Association
  • Arkansas Medical Society
  • Pulaski County Medical Society

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