Kybella is an injectable composed of deoxycholic acid, a substance that the body produces naturally to break up fat cells in the gut after eating a meal. It is used to eliminate the excess fat cells under the chin/neck (submental) area by destroying the existing fat cells and eliminating their ability to store excess fat. Our double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Robert Chiu, recommends Kybella to his Pittsburgh, PA patients who are seeking a nonsurgical treatment alternative to neck liposuction. Kybella is noninvasive and offers long-lasting results. These injections can be a successful way to present a slimmer neck and more contoured chin area. Dr. Chiu invites anyone who might be interested in learning more about this treatment to schedule a consultation at Today's Cosmetic Surgery.
The best candidates for Kybella:
- Have moderate to severe fat beneath the chin, which gives the appearance of a double chin
- Desire a nonsurgical approach for fat reduction
- Desire long-term results
- Desire natural-looking results
"I’ve had nothing but great experiences at Today’s Cosmetic Surgey. Dr. Chiu and Sara are professional, compassionate, and experts at what they do. I have been getting Juvederm injections in my lips there for almost 2 years. My lips ALWAYS look amazing, natural, and just the right amount of full. I was very nervous when I went in for my first time because there are so many horror stories of lip injections. However, my lips have exceeded my expectations every time and Dr. Chiu is truly an artist. I would recommend him to anyone!"- C.P. / Google / Nov 19, 2017
"I Am Super Happy with This Practice. - I have seen Dr. Chiu for several years and have had both botox and fillers. I had been contemplating a lower lift for some time but held off; first because of the expense and also I thought it might look like I had surgery. I finally talked myself into the surgery and it was well worth the expense. I'm extremely happy with the results; I know he took at least ten years off of my face and neck without any visible signs. I have total confidence in Dr. Chiu and was very glad a friend recommended him. Sara is very accomodating and makes you feel so welcome."- V / RealSelf / May 17, 2019
"We (twins) got lip fillers from Dr. Chiu and we are extyhappy with how they turned out! They look very natural and smooth just how we wanted. He takes great pride in his work and we would definitely recommend him to anyone we know!!"- S.A. / Google / Feb 01, 2019
"BLUF: Dr. Chiu is a brilliant surgeon. If you want natural-looking results, he is your doctor! When I was considering rhinoplasty seriously a couple of years ago it took me a while to find a surgeon I could trust and had the right credentials. I went to three surgeons, including Dr. Chiu, and found him to be the best fit. Dr. Chiu is incredibly realistic when it comes to bringing harmony to the face and took the time to explain what would work the best not only aesthetically but also for my overall health. For rhinoplasty, you want to look good but still be able to breathe normally. Rhinoplasty is his speciality and after having this procedure done by Dr. Chiu I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking this procedure. He considered my total facial structure in his renderings to give me an idea what my new nose would look like. Our goal was to take the focus away from my nose; I no longer wanted that feature to be where everyone’s eyes were drawn. Dr. Chiu does his surgeries at Upper St. Clair hospital and only has the best surgical staff working with him. I was well taken care of and was in surgery for approximately four hours. Following surgery, I was released to go home to recover. I was expecting some discomfort the first night; however, my discomfort was not from any pain but from having to sleep upright. I prescribed some pain medication but I never needed it. I suffered from ZERO bruising! Most post-op photos show significant bruising from rhinoplasty, but I did not have a single one. I was swollen, puffy, and a tad stiff for a while following the procedure but experiencing no pain. I was able to return to work less than 7 days following the procedure and very few people were able to tell I had something done due to lack of bruising. It took about one year for the results of the surgery to settle in, and Dr. Chiu did emphasize that would indeed be the case. It has been 13 months at the time of this post, and I couldn’t be happier with my new nose! It fits the rest of my face, I have full functionality (no issues breathing), and you cannot see the small incision at all. Dr. Chiu is incredibly thorough and highly skilled. What I respect most about him and his practice, though, is that he gives you realistic expectations and explains the why/how to his methods. If you are seeking natural and harmonizing results for your looks, Dr. Chiu should absolutely be at the top of your list! I also want to point out that Sara is wonderful! She makes sure you have every piece of information you could possibly need from scheduling, financing, and answers all questions promptly. I am so glad to have chosen to trust Dr. Chiu and Sara with my face! I will be a lifelong customer as I continue through life and the aging process."- E.C. / Google / Mar 21, 2021
"I had been unhappy with my aging face and neck for about 10 years. I consulted with a few plastic surgeons in Pittsburgh and finally decided on Dr. Chiu. I am thrilled with my lower face lift. I look far better than I ever imagined and totally natural. Sara works in the office and is also a sweet, kind professional. She assisted me with all my skin care questions after surgery.This is an important decision but do yourself a favor and consult with Dr. Chiu. You will never be sorry."- L.L. / Yelp / Mar 12, 2021
What to Expect
A number of small injections will be made in the fat under the chin during this outpatient procedure. A local numbing agent is typically administered prior to a Kybella treatment. The treatment typically takes around 15 – 20 minutes. Since 2 – 6 treatments are usually needed, they will usually be spaced out about 4-6 weeks apart.
After Kybella, there is minimal downtime, but patients might experience mild pain, swelling, bruising, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the injection site. These side effects could last 2 – 3 days. Some patients may notice a reduction of fat after just a single treatment, but most patients will notice improvements after 2 or 3 treatments.
Plan Your Procedure
Get a slimmer, sleeker profile
Diet and exercise aren’t always enough to combat a double chin. Sometimes liposuction surgery isn’t a viable option. However, Kybella can get rid you of that double chin with no surgery and minimal downtime. To find out if you’re a candidate for this remarkable treatment, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.