KYBELLA: A Non-surgical Way to Eliminate a Double Chin*

For patients frustrated with double chins that do not respond to diet or exercise, Dr. James E. Murphy offers KYBELLA® injections at his Reno, NV, office. This innovative injectable features a biocompatible material that breaks down submental fat (fat below the chin) to help patients achieve a more youthful and attractive appearance. Contact us today to learn more about KYBELLA.


KYBELLA is a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved non-surgical treatment that is appropriate for both adult men and women who are seeking to eliminate a double chin. However, KYBELLA is only designed to remove fat tissue, not loose skin. In order to determine if you are a good candidate for KYBELLA, James E. Murphy, M.D. will examine your face and discuss your goals. If you currently have an infection in the treatment area, this will need to be addressed first before undergoing treatment with KYBELLA.

KYBELLA Results*

* Note: Results are not guaranteed and can vary per individual. Some images are of models, not actual patients. *


KYBELLA offers a non-invasive way to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat under the chin. Rather than undergoing more extensive procedures, you can achieve outstanding results after only a few brief appointments. The active ingredient in KYBELLA is deoxycholic acid. This substance is naturally produced by the human body to support the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. Once injected beneath the chin, the deoxycholic acid will cause fat cells to be destroyed, so they can no longer store or accumulate fat, making the need for re-treatment highly unlikely.

Undergoing Treatment with KYBELLA

KYBELLA injections are typically split into several sessions that are scheduled at least one month apart. Each session lasts around 15 minutes. The exact number of injections you receive will be personalized based on your unique goals and features. When you arrive at our practice for a treatment session, we will begin by cleaning and sterilizing the area around your chin. Next, your technician will apply small, temporary marks at each specific injection site. This helps to increase precision and minimize the possibility of any complications.

KYBELLA offers a non-invasive way to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat under the chin.

Most patients do not require a local anesthetic during treatment, but you may be asked to hold an ice pack against your chin briefly to numb the skin there. Once sufficiently prepared, most patients receive about 12 to 20 very small injections of KYBELLA during each session, though James E. Murphy, M.D. can determine the ideal amount based on your treatment goals. You can then immediately return to your normal routine without bandages or downtime, although it will take several days to recover completely. In most cases, the results of your treatment will become apparent within two to four sessions.


Like all treatments, KYBELLA does carry some potential side effects. You may notice swelling, bruising, temporary numbness, redness, or small areas of firmness around the treatment site after leaving your session. However, these effects should fade within a few days. If they last longer or seem unusually severe, contact our practice immediately.

* Note: Results are not guaranteed and can vary per individual. Some images are of models, not actual patients. *

Pro-Nox™: Innovative Pain Relief

Woman undergoing nitrous oxide sedation

The Pro-Nox system from CAREstream is an innovative device that puts you in control of your comfort. This system allows you to self-administer pain medication throughout your procedure as you need it. The fast-acting nitrous oxide mixture only lasts five minutes, meaning you can drive yourself home once you are finished with treatment. The system is incredibly safe and has been used for decades around the world.

We offer Pro-Nox for a range of treatments, including dermal fillers, BOTOX® Cosmetic, laser treatments, Potenza™, tattoo removal, and any surgical procedures in the office.

Schedule a Consultation to Learn More

To discuss the benefits of KYBELLA and other injectable treatments we offer, request a consultation with Dr. Murphy today.

Dr. James Murphy

Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa

Dr. James Murphy is a highly trained, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who has been in practice 25 years. He serves patients throughout Reno and Lake Tahoe and is affiliated with several prestigious organizations, including: 

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons 
  • American College of Surgeons 
  • American Medical Association 
  • Reno Surgical Society

Schedule your consultation today by contacting us online or call (775) 322-3446. Se habla español. If you would like to text us during business hours, we can respond via text to you. You can also send pictures to us with questions.

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