KYBELLA® Injections


Dr. Sani was among the first doctors in the nation to become certified in KYBELLA®.

Many of us in the Sunnyvale and San Jose are have stubborn fat below our chin (also known as submental fat, or “double chin”) that just won’t go away, even with proper with diet and exercise. Luckily, there are products that can help reduce this stubborn fat so your neck and chin have a much smoother contour. One such product is the innovative injectable called KYBELLA®.

What is KYBELLA®?

KYBELLA® is a prescription medicine used in adults 18 or older to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin. When injected into the fat under your chin, KYBELLA® works swiftly and efficiently to target and destroy fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat anymore. This is due to the deoxycholic acid in KYBELLA® (which is the main active ingredient). The deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. Once you have been treated, the fat cleared from the treatment area is processed through your body’s natural metabolism.

Is KYBELLA® Effective?

  • KYBELLA® is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment to improve the appearance of moderate to severe fat beneath the chin by physically destroying fat cells.
  • As part of a clinical development program, KYBELLA® has been evaluated in more than 20 clinical studies. More than 1,600 people worldwide have been treated with KYBELLA®.
  • KYBELLA® patients reported improvement in the visual and emotional impact of submental fat when asked how happy, bothered, self-conscious, embarrassed, old and overweight they felt with respect to the amount of their submental fat after they received treatment.

How Many KYBELLA® Treatments Will I Need?

Dr. Sani and the rest of the team at Health and Beauty Physicians will help you determine how many treatment sessions you need based on the amount and distribution of your submental fat, while also considering your personal treatment goals. Up to six treatments may be administered, which are spaced no less than one month apart.

KYBELLA® is administered during a visit to our office. The injection process takes approximately 15-20 minutes.* Dr. Sani will give you a series of injections into the fat under your chin at each treatment session.

*Time varies from patient to patient

What can I Expect After My Treatment Session?

For most patients downtime occurred most commonly after the first treatment session. You should be able to resume your normal daily activities, but are likely to have swelling, so keep your social plans and work commitments in mind when scheduling your treatment.

Prior to your treatment session, Dr. Sani may apply ice/cold packs or topical and/or injectable local anesthesia to the treatment area to make you more comfortable and limit pain. Dr. Sani may also suggest you take an over-the-counter pain reliever before your appointment. After treatment, apply ice or a cold pack to the treatment area for 10-15 minutes to reduce swelling and discomfort.

Side effects with KYBELLA® are rare, but they can arise. Dr. Sani is a caring surgeon who listens to your needs and concerns, so if you have concerns about side effects, do not hesitate to ask. KYBELLA® can cause nerve injury in the jaw that can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness (experienced by 4 out of 100 people in clinical studies) and trouble swallowing (experienced by 2 out 100 people in clinical studies).

The most common side effects include:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Redness
  • Area of hardness

How Do I Know if KYBELLA® is Right for Me?

KYBELLA® may be right for you if:

  • You’re bothered by fat under the chin.
  • You don’t want surgery.
  • You feel the condition makes you look older or heavier than you actually are.
  • You eat well and exercise, but submental fullness does not go away.

If the above describes your situation, we invite you to contact Dr. Sani and the Health and Beauty Physicians at (408) 636-7101 and ask about KYBELLA®. We look forward to speaking with you!

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