kybella-logoOne of the most common concerns for both men and women is sagging tissue under the jaw known as submental fat, or the “double chin.” Excess submental fat can be the result of weight changes, genetics, or the normal aging process. This troublesome area is often stubborn, and unresponsive to diet and exercise.

The only successful improvement for a prominent double chin was liposuction. Today, however, a treatment is available at Clevens Face and Body Specialists: Kybella. This innovative injectable provides a dramatic reduction in submental fatty tissue, sculpting the chin in a quick office visit, with no downtime.

Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS is one of the first surgeons in Central Florida to be trained in the safe and effective use of Kybella, the exciting treatment for the double chin.

Kybella in Melbourne, before and after

*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary

Kybella: The Double Chin Fix

Kybella is the first and only injectable approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reduce submental fullness. Kybella is made of “deoxycholic acid”, a natural substance that helps your body absorb unwanted fat. When injected into the excess tissue of a double chin, Kybella breaks down the fat. As the fat cells are dissolved, they are safely absorbed and reduced from the body. The benefits from Kybella can provide a sculpted, youthful-looking chin for years to come.

The Kybella Procedure at Clevens Face and Body Specialists

Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS and his team provide the Kybella treatment in the comfort of our private treatment rooms. Each session takes about 15-20 minutes. Dr. Clevens helps you determine the target area and the desired amount of correction. Next, a series of tiny Kybella injections are placed under the chin directly into the fatty tissue. While Kybella treatment is not considered painful, Dr. Clevens may choose to use a topical or local anesthetic for your added comfort. There is no downtime after your Kybella treatment session, so you can immediately return to work or school. Best of all, there are no restriction on activities or exercise.

The number of Kybella sessions will depend on the severity of submental fat. Most patients require between two and four treatments spaced about a month apart. For added benefits, Dr. Clevens may recommend additional treatments, such as Botox or dermal fillers to complement Kybella’s results. Kybella can also be used to further improve the results from a Facelift or Necklift.

The Ideal Candidate for Kybella

Anyone over the age of 18 who is unhappy with the appearance of a double chin may benefit from Kybella. Successful patients will be in good health and understand the Kybella treatment plan. Patients of any ethnicity or skin type can see significant results from Kybella. While the injections are safe, some patients may be asked to postpone their Kybella treatment if they have an active infection, are pregnant, or have a bleeding disorder.

The Benefits of Kybella


Kybella provides dramatic sculpting results for the double chin. Most patients will begin to notice the benefits of Kybella after two sessions. As the fatty tissue dissolves, the contours of the chin will steadily improve, becoming smooth and taut. Once fat cells are reduced from the body, they do not reform, therefore there will be no need for any maintenance treatments. The dramatic results from Kybella are long-lasting.

Approved by the FDA in 2015, Kybella is a safe and effective treatment for the reduction of submental fat. There are few side effects to the treatment, but redness, bruising, and minor swelling can be expected. It is vital, however, that patients choose a provider who is well trained and experienced, to avoid more serious complications. Dr. Clevens is the first Facial Plastic Surgeon in Central Florida to be trained in the proper and safe use of Kybella.

Your Personalized Kybella Consultation in Central Florida

For more information about Kybella, contact Clevens Face and Body Specialists at 321.727.3223 to arrange a private consultation at any of the four offices in Melbourne and Merritt Island.

Kybella FAQs:

What is Kybella?

Kybella is an innovative injectable, designed to reduce submental fatty tissue, also known as a “double chin.”

How do Kybella injections work?

Kybella is made from the naturally occurring substance deoxycholic acid, a chemical used by the body to rid unwanted fat. As the deoxycholic acid destroys the fat cells, the unwanted fat can then be safely reduced by the body.

Will I be a good candidate for Kybella?

Successful candidates will have unwanted fullness of the submental region due to unwanted fat accumulation, commonly known as a “double chin.” Kybella candidates will be in overall good health and have a full understanding of the treatment plan.

How many Kybella treatments are required?

Depending on the severity of submental fat, between two and four Kybella treatments may be required for optimal results. Most patients begin to see results after only two treatments.

Are there any risks associated with Kybella?

Kybella has been approved by the FDA to safely reduce excess fat below the chin. While side effects are rare, there is a small chance for excessive bleeding, bruising, temporary numbness, and difficulty swallowing to occur.

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