Say Goodbye to That Double Chin

Kybella is an effective and targeted treatment for eliminating a double chin. Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery offers this non-invasive treatment to address the presence of a double chin and say goodbye to submental fullness that simply doesn’t want to respond to your healthy eating and regular exercise. With Kybella, we can help men and women enjoy a more attractively contoured neckline and sharper delineation between their features. This non-surgical treatment is one of our patients’ favorite options, thanks to its ability to create exciting results with minimal downtime. If you’d like to learn more about Kybella and the other treatments we offer, our team is standing by and ready to help. Reach out to Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery in Bethesda, Maryland and speak with a member of our team to set up your consultation today.

What are the Benefits of KYBELLA®?

Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter is a board-certified specialist in facial plastic surgery with a keenly developed eye for facial symmetry. She has trained extensively in aesthetic solutions that restore, refine, and rejuvenate a person’s appearance, including Kybella.

Kybella is an injectable medication made from deoxycholic acid, which occurs naturally in your body and which assists in breaking down fat cells. This treatment can eliminate the fat that creates a double chin, tightening your skin for a smoother, firmer aesthetic.

At Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery, you’ll have a consultation with and receive treatment directly from Dr. Porter. Her expertise in facial anatomy and injectables contributes to a more comfortable experience and effective outcome.

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Crafting Your Treatment Plan

During your consultation, Dr. Porter will examine your head and neck to see if the reason for your double chin is excess fat, skin laxity, or both. Having an understanding of the underlying cause of your frustration will allow her to recommend the best approach to your care.

If you are a good fit for Kybella in Maryland, Dr. Porter will discuss this option with you, answer any questions you may have about the process and likely outcomes, and help you schedule your treatment. Most patients are able to have the procedure on the same day as their consultation.

Exploring Alternative Treatments

As part of your initial consultation with Dr. Porter, you’ll be able to explore the advantages that Kybella offers compared to other approaches to submental fullness. We offer a number of treatment modalities, meaning there are a number of alternative methods by which we can address submental fullness. We’ll help you explore these alternative treatments and the benefits they offer. Some of these alternatives may include:


Like Kybella, liposuction targets specific trouble spots to eliminate unwanted body fat. Unlike Kybella, liposuction is a surgical procedure, which means that patients can expect some degree of downtime and recovery. In addition, liposuction generally doesn’t improve mild skin laxity in the same way that Kybella can.

Skin Tightening

Here at Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery, our specialists perform a wide range of skin-tightening procedures that can address sagging facial features. While firmer skin is an important aesthetic benefit, skin tightening alone may not remove a double chin as these treatments don’t affect the submental fat.

If your goal is to remove fat from beneath your chin and to achieve a tightly contoured, natural appearance, you may be a good candidate for Kybella to be performed in combination with your skin tightening treatment.

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Your Kybella Treatment

Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery has invested in the latest aesthetic technology to make treatment as comfortable and effective as possible for our patients. 

We combine injections with a medical chiller from Zimmer Aesthetics in a technique we call Kool Kybella:

  • Dr. Porter will place a template over the area she will be treating.
  • She will numb the site using the medical chiller.
  • Once you are fully desensitized, she will perform a series of Kybella injections according to your customized treatment plan.
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After Your Kybella Injections

Our patients frequently comment on how much more comfortable the experience was than they expected, thanks to this approach. We will also provide you with ice to apply to the area on and off for the next 24 hours and will recommend that you sleep with your head elevated.

Depending on the amount of fat that Dr. Porter treats, your neck may appear swollen and bruised for somewhere between two days and one week. You may also have some numbness, which may take several weeks to resolve.

Before your treatment, we’ll give you a very clear idea of what you can expect in terms of your recovery period once the injections are complete. Our goal is to ensure that you have total peace of mind as you look forward to your results.

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Your Kybella Results

Dr. Porter typically conducts a series of two to four treatments with Kybella, spaced six to eight weeks apart. If you have significant skin laxity, she may recommend a combination of Kybella and skin tightening, which can be performed at a separate sitting. By the end of your final Kybella session, you can expect a firmer, more youthfully contoured appearance.

Kybella FAQ

How long does it take to recover from Kybella?

Can I have my injections on the same day as my consultation?

When can I return to my normal activities after Kybella injections?

Are the results immediate?

How many treatments will I need?

When will my final results become apparent?

How will I look after my final treatment?

How long does it take to recover from Kybella?

Because Kybella does not involve any incisions, the downtime after the procedure is minimal. Patients can expect to experience some swelling or bruising at the site of the injections. This is normal and usually subsides within a week (though most patients find the swelling reduces significantly within a few days). Numbness is also a potential issue, though it usually subsides several weeks after the injection.

Overall, most patients will look and feel themselves about a week after the procedure, with results continuing to improve treatment after treatment. There is a rare chance for more serious side effects, including hair loss, open sores, drainage from the area, or serious bruising.

Can I have my injections on the same day as my consultation?

Because the downtime is so limited, many patients choose to have their first Kybella injection on the same day as their initial consultation. This helps them get started on the path to a sleeker, more contoured neck right away. Dr. Porter will be able to advise you if Kybella is the right treatment for your condition.

When can I return to my normal activities after Kybella injections?

While patients might experience some of the above symptoms after their shots, they can still head back to work or school afterward. However, they should refrain from physical activity until the swelling goes down. To alleviate any swelling or discomfort, Dr. Porter recommends using ice therapy on the area for about the next 24 hours, as this limits blood flow and prevents inflammation. Additionally, patients will need to sleep with their heads elevated for the first night to prevent additional swelling.

Are the results immediate?

Results from Kybella will not be immediate, as the body needs time to process the deoxycholic acid in the injection. Deoxycholic acid occurs naturally in the body, as it’s produced by the intestines and stomach to help in the breakdown of food. When it’s injected under the chin in the form of Kybella, deoxycholic acid works to break down the fat cells of the neck.

How many treatments will I need?

Generally, Dr. Porter will recommend a series of two to four treatments for her patients, though this may vary depending on the extent of chin fat as well as how well the patient is tolerating the procedure. Some patients begin to see results much faster, so they may not need extra treatments. All treatments are spaced six to eight weeks apart to give the body time to melt away fat.

When will my final results become apparent?

Your final results will be apparent about four to six weeks after the final treatment. To boost the appearance of these results, patients can also choose to combine Kybella injections with other skin tightening treatments. This way, if the fat of the neck has stretched out the skin, it won’t hang loose and flabby after the fat cells have been destroyed.

How will I look after my final treatment?

After all their treatments are complete, patients will find that they now have a sleek, contoured, and more youthful-looking appearance. Eliminating the standard double chin makes a person look slimmer and also helps better define their jawline to visually elongate their neck.

Get rid of a double chin without surgery. Schedule a consultation with Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery online or by calling our Bethesda, Maryland offices at (301) 618-0733.

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