Are Kybella Results in Salt Lake City Permanent?

kybella results in salt lake city

By now, Kybella® treatments have become so popular that this non-surgical procedure is practically a household name. Since it targets the double chin, an area of the body notoriously difficult to target with diet or exercise, it is easy to see why people love it. One of the most common questions we are asked about Kybella® here at our Salt Lake City office is whether or not the results are permanent. Let’s take a look at how this treatment works and what improvements can be reasonably expected.

Why Double Chins are So Frustrating

Many people have an area of their body that they are not happy with. Unlike the arms, legs, and stomach, which can be targeted by exercise, there are few options for those who would like to eliminate a double chin. What makes it extra frustrating is the fact that you can be fit everywhere else on your body but still have submental fullness. This is because both genetics and age play a role in this issue. While some people are lucky enough to get rid of theirs through diet and exercise, many people end up feeling like they will be stuck with that extra chin forever.

How Does Kybella® Work?

Kybella® treatments consist of multiple injections into the target area. For this treatment, the target is always submental fullness, the more technical term for a double chin. The main ingredient in these injections is a synthetic version of a substance known as deoxycholic acid.

Deoxycholic acid is naturally produced by the body. It lives in the intestines and is very important when it comes to breaking down dietary fat. The manufacturer of Kybella® has found a way to make a safe, synthetic version of this acid. When the synthetic deoxycholic acid comes in contact with the fat molecules underneath the chin, it begins to break down their membranes. This causes critical damage to the structural integrity of the cell. The fat is released and flushed out, leaving your jawline slimmer and your confidence boosted.

Are the Results Permanent?

Simply put, yes, the results from Kybella® can be permanent. Once you have reached your goals with this treatment, further follow-up sessions should not be required. Fat cells are not repaired by the body, meaning they will never have the ability to store fat again. The only reason results would not be permanent is if the person gained a significant amount of weight after treatment. Fat cells are annoyingly capable of growing, so the ones remaining in the area of the chin can bring back the look of a double chin.

How Many Sessions are Required?

In order to get you all the way to your aesthetic goals, it is very likely that a series of treatments will be recommended. Some people may need only two or three, while others will need six. Please note that six is the maximum number of sessions that any one person can have done. There will be a four to six-week wait in between your appointments. This time period is important because it allows the body to rid itself of the fat that has been released.

Who is Eligible for Kybella®?

This treatment is designed for people in and around Salt Lake City who are bothered by fullness underneath their chin. It is only intended for adults aged 18 or older. Currently, submental fullness is the only area of the body that Kybella® has FDA-approval to treat. Good candidates for this treatment option are people who are concerned about how their chin looks to the point that it negatively impacts their life. At the same time, good candidates are people who would prefer not to undergo surgical treatment.

Why Choose Kybella®?

The fact that this treatment offers up potentially permanent results is only one of the many benefits. Other things to think about when considering this treatment include:

  • Sessions take as little as 20 minutes
  • The treatment can be customized depending on the amount of submental fullness you have
  • It is non-surgical and leaves no scars
  • There is no downtime after your treatment
  • Results develop over time and in a natural-looking manner
  • It is the only FDA-approved injectable for submental fullness currently available

Is Kybella® Safe?

Another common question people have here in Salt Lake City is whether or not it is safe to kill fat cells underneath the chin. The answer is yes. Over 20 clinical studies have been conducted, with more than 1,600 people participating, to ensure that this is a safe and effective option for dealing with a double chin. Kybella® is also made by Allergan, the same manufacturer who makes both Botox and Juvederm. This is important because it means that it is made by a highly researched, respected, and safe company.

Get In Touch with Us for More Information

Learn more about Kybella® and how it offers permanent results by making an appointment with Nuance Aesthetics. At our convenient location in Salt Lake City, our caring and devoted team of professionals will be pleased to explain this option to you in greater detail and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!


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Jackson Rhudy, MD

Owner/Medical Director

Dr. Jackson Rhudy is a board-certified physician who has been practicing in Salt Lake since 1974. After an initial career in emergency medicine, he developed an interest in the new technologies emerging in the field of aesthetics utilizing non-surgical techniques such as lasers, Botox, and injectable fillers. He sought training from leading experts in the aesthetic field at multiple locations in the US and Europe and in 2000 he founded an aesthetic practice called Light Touch Laser Skin Care Center. It rapidly became a leading aesthetic practice in the Salt Lake City area. In 2010, he sold the practice and focused on his other endeavor, Optimum Clinical Research– a private research site that performs clinical trials on new pharmaceutical drugs. But continuing demand from former aesthetic patients led to the formation of a new aesthetic practice in July 2015. Reuniting with a former colleague, Jill Miller, they started Nuance Aesthetics—a practice devoted to providing excellence in the field of non-surgical aesthetics by offering experience and expertise with the utmost integrity. Dr. Rhudy maintains his board certification in emergency medicine and is the only physician in Salt Lake City who is board certified in laser surgery.

When Dr Rhudy isn’t in the office, he loves riding his bike up City Creek. He has always had a passion for learning and growing in the medical field which is why he spends a lot of free time researching the latest treatments and technology that keeps Nuance ahead of the curve. 

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