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What to expect: Kybella treatment for double chin in Portland, OR

Kybella treatment for double chin in Portland, OR

A quick internet search will reveal dozens of instructions for facial exercises, proclaimed to get rid of your double chin. Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence to support those claims. Exercises may firm up muscles, but they won’t eliminate the stubborn fat pocket that characterizes a double chin. What does work? The answer is Kybella, a simple injectable treatment, available right here in Portland, OR at Thrive.

Kybella was the first injectable medication to earn FDA approval for double chin treatment, and at this time, it remains the only one. It effectively destroys fat cells for reliable and long-lasting chin contouring, without going under the knife. What can you expect if you choose Kybella? We’ll describe the procedure in detail, but here’s a hint – it is fast, gentle, and has minimal downtime.


The first step is to be sure that Kybella is right for you. This can only be determined via an examination and consultation with an experienced Kybella injector. During this initial appointment, we will determine if you are a good candidate. Be sure to tell your clinician if you’ve had surgery in that area, or if you have a history of excess bleeding or problems swallowing. Most adults who want to reduce excess submental fat (the medical term for a double chin) are potential Kybella candidates.

Beyond attending a consultation, there is very little preparation needed. We will ask you to avoid medications such as ibuprofen or aspirin prior to the procedure, because they can increase bleeding.


Kybella treatment involves a series of treatment sessions, with additional improvement after each one. The number of appointments will vary, depending on the amount of fat to be removed, and other factors. Some patients achieve desired results with just two treatments, while others may need up to six.

The actual procedure is fast and efficient, usually completed in about 15 to 20 minutes. What to expect on treatment day:

  • First the skin is prepared by cleaning and application of a topical anesthetic.
  • Kybella is injected into the fat pad at several points. The precise location and dosage are carefully mapped in advance, so it takes just minutes to administer the medication.
  • We will apply a soothing cool pack immediately after treatment.
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Side effects and downtime

Side effects and downtime - Double Chin Treatment Portland ORAlthough Kybella destroys fat cells very quickly, it takes a few weeks for your body to break down and metabolize them. The process causes an inflammatory response, which may result in temporary bruising, swelling, and discomfort.

Swelling is the most noticeable side effect, it may increase for a couple of days after treatment and then begin subsiding. This is an effect of the reaction between the medication and fat. Larger amounts of fat cause a greater degree of swelling. Therefore, the first treatment may cause noticeable swelling for a couple of days. Post-treatment swelling, and other side effects generally become milder with each treatment in the series, because there is less fat present.


Our Kybella patients are generally delighted with their treatment results. However, we do warn them to have realistic expectations about the timeframe. Because Kybella is an injectable, many people anticipate instant improvement similar to dermal fillers, but this product works in a different way.

Initially, swelling will make your chin seem larger than it was before treatment. In many cases, this is only noticeable to the patients, and it begins to subside within two or three days. It may take a few weeks for the last of the inflammation to dissipate after the first Kybella session. After that, you may see some reduction in the size of your chin. Because sessions are scheduled about six weeks apart, there might not be much improvement before it is time for the next treatment.

Each subsequent Kybella session will follow a similar pattern, but each time the swelling will be less, and the subsequent improvement will be greater. The number of treatments needed will vary, though usually not more than six. The beautifully sculpted results of Kybella should fully develop within two or three months of the last session.

To find out if you are a good candidate to Kybella, please contact Thrive at (503) 928-6505 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Maddox.

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A graduate from Northern Arizona University and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Adam Maddox is a very established professional in the field of integrative anti-aging and aesthetic medicine with a special interest in Botox, Restylane and Testosterone Replacement therapy for men to name a few.

As a board-certified physician, he has a passion to help people with their health especially as they get older. Dr. Maddox believes in maintaining a strong sense of empathy in order to better serve his patients whilst ensuring his care is personalized. In addition to practicing medicine, Dr. Maddox uses his time to train other medical professionals on various effective medical techniques used in the anti-ageing medical sphere such as injectable techniques. He is also the founder and medical director of Thrive Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Center in Portland, OR.

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