Kybella Key West, FL - Dr. George Peterson

Because there are few options for correcting submental fat, a double chin (submental fullness) is an under-treated aesthetic concern. This reality is unfortunate, but true, because facial wrinkles and lines cause more significant concerns among cosmetic consumers.

A double chin makes an individual look older and heavier, no matter their weight or age. To compound this problem, patients struggle with this area because it does not respond well to diet and exercise. Kybella® is the first FDA-approved, injectable double chin treatment able to reduce the presence of submental fat.

You can learn more about Key West Kybella treatments for a double chin by contacting Dr. George Peterson to schedule a consultation.

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Kybella is intended to treat moderate to severe fat accumulation. It’s the only FDA-approved injectable treatment for this purpose. While Kybella is usually used for fat that’s accumulated in the chin area, it’s also used to treat fat that’s accumulated around the bra area, knees, abdomen and more.

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The Value of Kybella in Key West

Kybella began revolutionizing aesthetic medicine in 2015, as the first non-surgical treatment of its kind. Until then, surgical liposuction or turtlenecks were the only corrections for submental fat. Now, this FDA-approved cosmetic procedure allows our Key West patients to eliminate unwanted bulges in the neck area to achieve a slender, elegant neckline without surgery or downtime. Many in the industry have hailed Kybella as the most innovative aesthetic treatment since Botox.

What Kybella Does

Kybella injections can eliminate moderate to severe convexity related to submental fat. Currently, there is no usage to reduce subcutaneous fat other than in the chin and jawline area, as indicated in completed Kybella clinical trials.

However, additional research is ongoing, and Kybella clinical trials for abdominal fat are underway.

Kybella Clinical Trials

Two double-blind clinical trials confirmed the safety and efficacy of Kybella as a double chin treatment for fat removal. Both included over 1,000 random adults with moderate to severe double chins given either a placebo or Kybella for up to six treatment sessions. Results indicated that 82% of the participants in both groups who received Kybella had at least grade-one level improvement.

How does kybella work?

Kybella produces amazing results through the active ingredient synthetic deoxycholic acid. This is a naturally occurring molecule in the body. It helps your body break down and absorb fat by destroying the cell membranes of fat cells. When using Kybella, it’s the fat cells that are targeted. After it’s dissolved, the fat is cleared by your body’s own lymphatic and circulatory systems. The fat cells are reduced gradually over the span of several weeks. As for the Kybella (deoxycholic acid), it follows the same path; it gets metabolized and broken down by your body, and then removed as waste.

Your Key West Kybella Consultation

A critical component of any productive cosmetic treatment is thorough preparation. Before any Kybella injections, a comprehensive assessment and medical history are necessary to ensure safety and an optimal outcome.

The Key West Kybella Procedure

Kybella is a safe, minimally invasive procedure performed in a stress-free environment at Dr. Peterson’s office in Key West. Before your injections, our team will administer any anesthetic necessary for your complete comfort. With the use of a special grid, your injector will draw boundaries for the multiple injection sites. She will then employ a temporary grid marked on your chin to guide her for the injections that may vary in number from 14 to 50. We can complete the entire treatment within a half-hour.

Best candidates for kybella

Kybella is suitable for men and women ages 19 to 65+ seeking treatment of excess fat in the chin (submentum) area, often called a “double chin.” Kybella is also a great alternative to Coolsculpting or liposuction treatments in other areas where fat pockets reside, such as the bra bulges, knees or abdomen.

Kybella Benefits

Our Key West Kybella patients report overwhelmingly positive results. They are delighted with the convenience of Kybella with little to no downtime. But most importantly, they love the dramatic improvement, which increases confidence and self-esteem. Individuals who are self-conscious about a double chin can finally be free from this cosmetic concern and feel more attractive and confident.

How is Kybella unique?

Deoxycholic acid has been used for many years for the purpose of reducing fat. Kybella was first approved by the FDA in 2015 for safe treatment of submental fat. The FDA approval provides a safety rating that previous and current non-brand name deoxycholic acid products cannot. Since then, Kybella’s maker, Kythera has been purchased by Allergan, which dropped the Kythera name but kept Kybella.

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Kybella vs. Neck Liposuction

Patients weighing the option of Kybella or liposuction should consider these facts before making an informed decision.

Liposuction is an invasive surgery and involves all the associated risks, including infection, scars or complications with anesthesia. It also requires extensive recovery, incisions and sutures, and more downtime.

Kybella is a non-surgical, less harsh treatment that avoids all the risks and potential complications of surgery. There is no general anesthesia, scarring, or other associated surgical risks like infection or bleeding. Although liposuction does have some advantages as the most sought-after cosmetic surgery, you owe it to yourself to do your homework and learn which procedure would be better to help erase your stubborn double chin.

Getting Started

Searching for a double chin treatment near me? Learn how Kybella can help you look your best with a slender, elegant neck contour to frame your facial beauty, by calling Dr. Peterson today to schedule a consultation!


Kybella consists of deoxycholic acid, which works in your digestive system to break down and absorb dietary fat. Injecting Kybella into subcutaneous fat destroys the fat cells, so they will never return.

A qualified injector will inject Kybella into subcutaneous fat using an area-adjusted dosage. One Kybella treatment may include up to 50 micro-injections relying on the body’s natural process to breakdown. Multiple injection sessions may be necessary to achieve the desired results.

Patients who are at least 18 and in good overall health who need help to address a moderate to severe double chin are ideal candidates. For best results, your submental fat should be genetic, rather than weight-related. Kybella injections are also good for anyone with a busy lifestyle who wants to avoid surgery and its associated risks.

Yes, Kybella delivers long-term results as fat cells are targeted, destroyed and removed. With just a few treatments of Kybella, those who are experiencing fat accumulation without being overweight can see a dramatic improvement to their appearance.

Yes, Kybella is FDA approved and safe for use as indicated when injected by a skilled, licensed nurse, nurse practitioner or doctor provider.

Kybella treatment is virtually painless, nothing more than a few tiny pinpricks. It’s a series of small injections with a very thin needle to the desired treatment area.

Many claim to feel no sensation or pain at all since numbing agents are used during Kybella injections. Post-treatment, you may feel a slight tingle or short-lived burning sensation in the treated area. Many people continue to participate in their normal activities.

Absolutely. Men love Kybella because of how easy the treatments are. Kybella treatments take only a few minutes, and then you can return to your day’s activities.

For chin (submentum) fullness, also called “double chin”, the treatment takes no longer than 30 minutes. Treatment to areas of the body such as the bra bulges or knees typically take 30-45 minutes.

Kybella is administered by bottle called a “vial”.  Each vial typically treats an area the approximate size of two business cards. Administering Kybella to a full chin area will require one to four vials per treatment, depending on the level of fullness. Larger pockets of fat may require additional treatments spaced not less than one month apart. Up to 6 treatments may be required for maximum correction, with these spaced not less than one month apart. Multiple injections across multiple treatments are generally recommended to those seeking an ideal correction.

Kybella treatments may require several vials depending on the level of fullness experienced by the client in the desired treatment area(s). Vials are priced accordingly, and package discounts are available.

Most of our Key West Kybella patients tell us injections are highly tolerable with only mild discomfort. We may apply an anesthetic cream before the treatment, and over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen is adequate to relieve any post-injection pain.

Dr. Peterson will explain in detail every aspect of Kybella, including the side effects. They include:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Discomfort
  • Redness
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Hardness at the treatment site

You should call us immediately if you experience any complications after Kybella treatments.