For a slimmer neck and an enhanced profile, Dr. Susan Stuart offers an innovative non-surgical treatment that can target a stubborn "double chin." Dr. Stuart is among the first dermatologists in La Jolla to offer KYBELLA, the "double chin shot" that's the only injectable treatment approved by the FDA to reduce submental fat (fat below the chin).

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You can learn more about KYBELLA, the exciting double chin injection, by requesting a complimentary consultation at La Jolla Dermatology or calling (858) 997-0096 to schedule your appointment.


Dr. Stuart

Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Susan Stuart specializes in cosmetic skin treatments and procedures.

  • Real Patients, Real Results

    Before and After KYBELLA pictures

    This 39-year-old women is shown before and after undergoing 3 treatment sessions with KYBELLA injections.

    Your results may vary. Photos courtesy of KYTHERA®

    How Does KYBELLA Work?

    KYBELLA is one of the most anticipated treatments to become available at our San Diego County practice in recent years because double chins are such a common cosmetic concern. This area of fat is typically very stubborn, which is why even thin people can have a double chin. In the past, a surgical liposuction procedure was the only solution, but people can now choose injectable KYBELLA instead.

    KYBELLA is made using a synthetic version of deoxycholic acid, which occurs naturally in the body and helps break down and absorb dietary fat. When it's injected in the area just below the chin, it destroys fat cells. Once the fat cells die, they are naturally flushed away by the body, leaving a smooth, trim contour.

    What to Expect During Your Procedure

    Each KYBELLA treatment session includes a series of injections. When you arrive for treatment, a nurse thoroughly cleans the treatment area, and Dr. Stuart then carefully marks the location of each injection. She customizes your procedure based on her physical evaluation. Most treatment sessions include between 20 and 30 injections, although up to 50 are possible.

    A local anesthetic numbs the area and ensures your comfort while Dr. Stuart performs the quick injections. The entire session lasts about 15 to 20 minutes.

    After Your Treatment

    While experiences vary, most patient require no recovery time after KYBELLA treatments, although some swelling and bruising is normal. You may return to work or other normal daily activities. A turtleneck or scarf can easily hide any signs of the treatment.

    The results emerge gradually, and most patients see a reduction in their double chins after 2 to 4 treatment sessions.1 Up to 6 sessions may be needed to get the results you want.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    As a groundbreaking procedure, most patients have a number of questions about KYBELLA. We address the most common ones below:

    How much does KYBELLA cost?

    La Jolla Dermatology strives to keep treatments affordable for our patients. The cost of a series of KYBELLA injections will vary depending on each patient's needs, but it is comparable to the cost of neck liposuction. The benefits include not having to undergo an invasive procedure and getting results that are long lasting.

    What are the side effects?

    Swelling, bruising, and redness are the most common side effects. You might also experience some temporary discomfort, numbness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area.

    How many treatments are needed?

    That depends on the extent of submental fat and your desired results. Many patients see an improved contour of their chin profile after 2 to 4 treatment sessions.1 Up to 6 treatments can be administered.

    1 Dayan, Steven H. MD; Humphrey, Shannon MD; Jones, Derek H. MD; Lizzul, Paul F. MD, PhD, MPH, MBA; Gross, Todd M. PhD; Stauffer, Karen PhD, CMPP; Beddingfield, Frederick C. III MD, PhD, Overview of ATX-101 (Deoxycholic Acid Injection): A Nonsurgical Approach for Reduction of Submental Fat, Dermatologic Surgery: November 2016 - Volume 42 - Issue - p S263-S270 doi: 10.1097/DSS.0000000000000870