David O. Smith MD, F.A.C.S  |  6545 France Ave. S, #505  |  Edina, MN 55435  |   Call Today: 952.922.0895

Kybella™ Treatment
in Edina MN


Many men and women struggle to lose their excess fat beneath the chin despite eating healthy and exercising regularly. Kybella is a non-surgical injectable solution for treating submental fat and reducing the appearance of a double chin. Dr. Smith performs Kybella submental fat reduction treatments at his plastic surgery practice in Edina. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Smith administers each Kybella injection himself to ensure his patients’ safety and beautiful outcomes.  

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Kybella Consultation With Dr. Smith

During your Kybella consultation, Dr. Smith will take a careful look at your unique condition and listen to your expectations in order to develop a personalized Kybella treatment plan. Depending on the amount of submental fat you are looking to minimize, Dr. Smith may recommend up to 4-6 treatment sessions for optimal results (*). A specially created template is used to mark the specific injection locations along the underside of your chin. Dr. Smith will then carefully inject Kybella at each of the points and into the layer of submental fat beneath the skin.

How does Kybella work?

Kybella is one of those ideas that seems so simple and straightforward. Kybella is made basically of deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid occurs naturally in humans. Its job is to aid in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. You can see where this is going. Deoxycholic acid doesn’t differentiate between fat that you eat or fat that has accumulated under your chin. When Kybella is injected into the fat beneath your chin, it breaks down the fat cells, just as it does with ingested fat. Once these fat cells are destroyed, not only does your profile return to a much slimmer, tighter appearance, but the ability to store future fat in the area is diminished because the fat cells are gone. This means that your double chin is gone for good, as long as you don’t put on a bunch of weight down the road.
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What is Kybella Injectable Solution?

Kybella is formulated with deoxycholic acid, which is FDA approved for treating submental fat. Once injected, Kybella works to kill the targeted fat cells so they can be naturally minimized from your body(*). Kybella can help to achieve a beautifully sculpted chin and jawline without the need for surgery. You should start seeing results from your Kybella treatment in just one month.

Who is a good candidate for Kybella?

Double chins can form due to fat deposits weighing down the skin, or they can form from excess, sagging skin. If fat deposits are the cause of your double chin, Kybella is perfect for you. 

However, if your double chin is more a factor of sagging, loose skin, you’d be better off having Dr. Smith perform a neck lift to remove the excess skin and tighten the underlying support tissue. 

During your consultation, Dr. Smith can judge if Kybella would work for you or if your issue is more due to sagging skin.


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How long will my results from Kybella last?

When the deoxycholic acid in Kybella destroys the fat cells that have accumulated under your chin, once the body disposes of them, they are gone for good. This is a permanent reduction. Your profile will then tighten and become more sculpted because the weight of the fat is no longer weighing down the skin. By eliminating the fat cells, Kybella also lessens the ability of the body to store fat under the chin moving forward. Bottom line? As long as you maintain a healthy weight, you’ll enjoy your new profile and lack of a double chin for the rest of your life.

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How many Kybella treatments will I need?

The maximum number of Kybella treatments approved by the FDA is six. Whether you need all six is your call. Some patients see the results they seek in two to four Kybella injection sessions. In clinical studies to gain FDA approval, 59 percent of patients opted to have all six treatments. Treatments need to be spaced at least four weeks apart.

How much does Kybella cost?

As mentioned above, in its approval the FDA cleared a maximum of six Kybella treatments. That doesn’t mean you have to have all six. Some patients like what they see after just two or three sessions. How much you use will be unique to you. That said, Kybella is priced by how much is used. You’ll have a different cost if you use all six sessions versus someone who has only three sessions. When you come in and Dr. Smith sees if Kybella is right for you, he will discuss what your potential costs will be per session. 

Are there side effects with Kybella?

Unlike dermal fillers or Botox, there is a recovery period of sorts with Kybella. There is some pain associated with the 15-20 tiny injections involved in a session. That can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. 

Most patients will have swelling. The amount of swelling is related to the amount of fat the patient has under their chin, as the swelling is due to the deoxycholic acid reacting with the fat cells. This swelling usually peaks after one day and goes away within 48 hours. But in some patients, the swelling lingers for up to three weeks. The first injection session involves the most swelling. 

The injected areas will develop some numbness that can last for up to two months. There can also be some tenderness to the touch in the area. 

The fat under your chin will go through a change. First, it will become more like gel after three or four days. Then it hardens. You can feel this, but others cannot see it. The solidified fat then breaks into bits and the body’s immune system goes about disposing of it over the next couple of months. 

When will I see my results with Kybella?

It takes some time for Kybella to attack and get rid of the fat. Results are not immediate. Most patients see their results at around four weeks. These results are permanent, as the fat is gone for good. 

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The number of treatments required to achieve your desired outcome will be discussed with Dr. Smith during your consultation. We get great results with privacy and cost-effectiveness. Call 952.922.0895 between 8 am and 8 pm to schedule a free, next-morning consultation with Dr. Smith, or you may leave your contact information on the form to your right. Enjoy the good life! Click here to view our Before & After Gallery.