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How Long Does Kybella® Swelling Last?

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How Long Does Kybella® Swelling Last?

As we age, fat accumulates in certain places where it’s hard to get rid of. Fat under the chin, also called submental fat, often refuses to budge even with a healthy lifestyle. You may not be able to get rid of that submental fat with exercise, but you can with Kybella®. This FDA-approved injectable removes submental fat to give you a slimmer, more sculpted neckline. 

What is Kybella®?

Until recently, providers like Dr. Tenley Lawton had limited options for getting rid of a double chin. Kybella® offers the first injectable treatment for submental fat. With a few injections, Kybella® can start breaking down this accumulated fat and slimming your neck. 

How Does Kybella® Work?

Instead of removing fat, Kybella® breaks up the fat cells so your body’s lymphatic system will carry them away. Kybella® uses deoxycholic acid, a chemical that breaks apart fats. Our digestive system uses the same molecule to help break up and digest fat from our food. 

When injected into the double chin area, Kybella® targets fat cells and causes them to break down. It does not affect the surrounding tissue. The body will gradually carry away the damaged cells, revealing a more sculpted chin and jaw as well as a more slender neck. 

How Long Does Kybella® Swelling Last?

Swelling is the most frequent side effect of Kybella®, and most people can expect to have some swelling after each treatment. This swelling can last up to a month. Dr. Lawton will space your treatments at least a month apart to allow the swelling to resolve completely. You may need between two and six sessions, with most people achieving maximum results after four sessions. 


The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.

Kybella® or Liposuction?

Liposuction is a well-known and effective fat removal technique. Before Kybella® became available, liposuction stood as the best way to remove submental fat. Dr. Lawton can offer both treatments to meet your needs and lifestyle. You may prefer Kybella® if:

  • You don’t have time for several days of recovery
  • You can wait a few months to see your final results
  • You want to avoid surgery

You may prefer liposuction if:

  • You want to get your treatment over with in one procedure
  • You feel comfortable with having surgery
  • You can take a few days off from most activities to recover

What Results Will I See Kybella®?

By the end of your treatment sessions, your neck and chin will look slim and sculpted. Your results will continue to develop for up to six months. Once the body has removed the damaged fat cells, they will not return. As long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle, you can expect your results to last a long time. 


*Individual Results May Vary


Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.

Take the Next Step

Would you like to learn more about Kybella? You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Tenley Lawton by filling out the form on this page or calling Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 640-0999.

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