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Get Rid Of Your Double Chin With Kybella®

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Get a trim, healthy profile with Kybella®, available from Virginia Advanced Surgical Arts.

What Is Kybella®?

Over time, many men and women develop what is known as “submental fullness,” otherwise known as a double chin.

This is not necessarily the result of weight gain and can often be the outcome of lost skin elasticity, a natural part of the aging process. Regardless, submental fullness can rob you of your sleek, youthful profile. Thankfully, Kybella® offers a non-surgical solution.

Kybella® is an injectable medication specifically designed to reduce submental fullness, allowing you to lose the double chin and gain a trim facial appearance. It is the only injectable of its kind that is FDA-approved to treat “double chins” in patients 18 years and older.

How Does Kybella® Injectables Work?

Kybella® is made with synthetic deoxycholic acid as its primary ingredient. This substance mimics naturally occurring deoxycholic acid which your body produces to help break down and absorb fat.

When Kybella® is administered in the fat just below your chin, it eliminates fat cells, which in turn reduces the prominence and visibility of the double chin.

Not only can Kybella® produce significant aesthetic results, but because it destroys fat cells, the results tend to be long-lasting. Most patients do not require follow-up treatments once they achieve their desired cosmetic goal.

One reason patients choose Kybella® is that it presents a non-surgical solution to submental fullness. This treatment requires a simple injection under your chin and takes only a few sessions to achieve your desired outcome.

How Do You Know If Kybella® Is Right For You?

The facial cosmetic surgeons perform a brief physical assessment, talk with you about your cosmetic goals, and verify that you are a good candidate for a safe and successful treatment.

The best candidates for Kybella:

Feel frustrated, embarrassed, or otherwise bothered by submental fullness

Believe that their double chin causes them to look older or heavier than they are

Practice sound nutrition and regular exercise, but still struggle with submental fullnes

Wish to avoid having any kind of invasive surgery

Are 18 years or older

Have realistic expectations about Kybella

Meanwhile, if you have any kind of an infection or skin problem in the treatment area, it is best to abstain from Kybella® until the infection has been treated.

How Is Kybella® Administered?

Your Kybella® treatments should only be administered by a trained specialist who can ensure your safety, your comfort, and your clinical outcome.

For your Kybella® treatment, we will make tiny injections filling in the area around your chin. In total, this appointment should last no more than 20 minutes. The specific number of injections you require depends on your aesthetic goals and the distribution of your submental fullness.

There can be some minor discomfort from the injections, but topical anesthesia may be used to minimize any pain you experience.

What To Expect After Kybella® Treatment?

Many patients want to know what they should expect following Kybella® treatment, specifically in terms of a recovery period. Because this is a non-surgical intervention and sedation is not required, the recovery time is fairly minimal.

With that said, you can anticipate that your chin and the surrounding area will experience some mild swelling, bruising, and tenderness following each Kybella® session. These effects may persist for up to one month.

Because of the swelling, it may take some time to fully experience your results. Most patients start seeing significant results by the 12-week mark.

How Many Kybella® Treatments Will I Need?

The specific number of sessions required can vary from one patient to the next, depending on their specific needs and aesthetic goals. The majority of patients will need at least two Kybella® sessions before they see results and a maximum of six.

Allowing one full month to elapse between each session will give your body time to recover from the first treatment before you return for a follow-up.

We will help you determine how many Kybella® sessions you can anticipate during your consultation.

What Are The Possible Side Effects Of Kybella®?

Following your Kybella treatment, you can expect some swelling, bruising, hardness, or tenderness. These are normal side effects and are not a cause for concern.

Serious risks for patients include nerve injury to the jaw, difficulty swallowing, and necrosis around the treatment site. Let your doctor know if you experience these symptoms

While it is important to be aware of these potential side effects, there are also many ways to minimize the risk. This includes choosing a qualified and experienced provider to perform the injection and ensuring you have a full consultation before treatment.

Reduce Your Double Chin With Kybella®

Nobody wants to have their facial appearance compromised by submental fullness. Thankfully, you can lose the double chin without the need to have plastic surgery. Visit Virginia Advanced Surgical Arts for a personalized med spa treatment to help you meet your aesthetic goals.

Schedule a consultation today to find out more about Kybella® and other treatment options. To make your appointment, contact Virginia Advanced Surgical Arts’ McLean office at (703) 388-2805, Reston office at (571) 595-3223, or Leesburg office at (703) 723-5366.

Meet Doctor

Craig Vigliante, MD, DMD

Dr. Vigliante became interested in oral surgery after having double jaw surgery for his open bite. Since then, he’s dedicated himself to showing his patients the highest level of care possible. He’s certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and holds medical and dental licenses in Virginia. 

What Our Patients Say


“I felt welcomed and valued from the second I walked in the door to the moment I left. Every person I interacted with- from the front desk staff, to the surgical assistants, and even the doctor himself- was kind, informative, and helpful. I had my wisdom teeth removed on Friday and was back to work with only a mild and easily manageable headache on Monday. They gave clear instructions on how to prevent infection and dry socket, and even called to check up on me the day of and week after my procedure! I strongly recommend this office to anyone who is searching for the services they offer.

Jacquelyn Candito


“Everyone was super nice, friendly, and courteous. The office is clean and modern. Everyone was professional and seemed pretty organized. I got to watch Netflix laying down while I waited as well. The staff was nice enough to even switch it to a show I recommended!! Also, there are snacks and drinks available for your drivers waiting on you. As someone who is wary of going to the dentist, it was a great experience and I’d recommend this place! Cute valentines day decorations when I was there too!”

Amy Vu

Experienced Cosmetic Surgeons Serving the DC Metro Area


Dr. Vigliante, Dr. Gocke and Dr. McAdams are board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons thoroughly qualified to perform complex restorative surgical procedures, no matter the circumstance, for patients in Northern Virginia and Maryland. Their experience and training have given them an unmatched skill set balanced between art and science. You can be confident in choosing Virginia Advanced Surgical Arts for your oral surgery needs.