Kybella® is the first (and only) FDA-approved injectable for enhancing the appearance of a moderate to severe double chin. Plastic surgeons inject this dermal filler – which is made up of deoxycholic acid – under the patient’s chin in order to destroy unwanted fat cells and result in a toned, youthful lower facial appearance.

Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Balinger offers Kybella® injections to men and women in Houston, Conroe, and surrounding Texas communities. The surgeon understands that your best self is connected to your self-confidence.

Working with a team of experienced clinicians, Dr. Christopher goes out of his way to make sure that each patient is comfortable, safe, and happy with their procedure outcome. He uses state of the art equipment and advanced methods to achieve the best result while minimizing the risk of side effects.

Ideal Candidates for Kybella®

Kybella® is a synthetic version of deoxycholic acid that helps break down excess fat under the chin. This nonsurgical treatment can permanently eliminate submental fullness and drastically enhance your facial profile. You may be a good candidate for Kybella® if:

  • You are in good general health
  • You are above 18 years of age
  • You have accumulated fat deposits under the chin
  • You have good skin elasticity
  • You do not have any bleeding problems or difficulties swallowing
  • You are not pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You have unrealistic expectations about the outcome of this procedure

When you visit Dr. Balinger for your first Kybella® in Houston TX consultation, the surgeon will listen to you and examine your chin before letting you know whether this dermal filler is for you. Since Kybella® is a highly individualized treatment, Dr. Christopher recommends that you have this treatment out of your own choice, not because someone else asked you to.

How Does Kybella® Work?

Deoxycholic acid – the key ingredient in Kybella® injections, aids in the destruction and absorption of fat cells. If you have excess fat in the submental area (under the chin), you do not have to try chin exercises that rarely work. An injection will be placed under your skin to kickstart the process of fat burning and absorption. Kybella® is a non surgical treatment and does not require incisions. There is also no recovery time after this treatment.

Preparation and Procedure

Dr. Balinger asks that patients stop taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as Advil, ibuprofen, Motrin, aspirin, Aleve, etc) about five days before their Houston TX Kybella® injections. This is important to reduce the risk of small bruises at the treatment site.

You should also stop drinking and smoking at least a week before your treatment. Prior to injections, your specialist will mark the targeted areas and apply a temporary grid to maintain equal spacing between the injection sites. Ice packs may be used to enhance patient comfort during this treatment.

Injections will then be administered in line with the patient’s unique needs. If you need subsequent injections, the surgeon will create a schedule that works for the best outcome.

What to Expect After Kybella® Injections

Keybella® injections are only meant to get rid of unwanted fat, not muscle. This procedure is also not designed to address loose skin in the chin area. Patients experience some swelling over the first few weeks following a Kybella® injection. If you have any special occasions or major life events coming in, Dr. Balinger may recommend that you postpone your Kybealla® treatment until after these. You will be asked to avoid strenuous exercises and alcohol immediately after your Kybella® injections. Common side effects include bruising, numbness, pain, and redness. You will most likely need several injections – spaced out 4 to 6 weeks – in order to have a significant amount of fat removed. Dr. Balinger will assess your individual needs to establish the number of sessions you need to achieve the desired goals. It is possible to combine your Kybella® treatment with other facial aesthetic procedures to suit your unique needs.

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Plan your Kybella® in Houston TX

The cost of Kybella® injections will vary based on the number of injections you need. During your visit to Dr. Balinger’s office, the surgeon will provide a cost estimate based on a personalized treatment plan developed for you. Health insurers typically do not cover the cost of Kybella® because it is considered to be an elective cosmetic procedure. However, the surgeon offers financing options for his patients in Houston, Conroe, and surrounding TX areas.

Meet the Surgeon

Christopher Balinger, MD, brings keen professionalism to the operating table. With each patient, the surgeon creates a highly customized plan to achieve the desired procedure outcome while working to eliminate or minimize the risk of complications and severe side effects. Dr. Balinger is uniquely skilled to administer Kybella® treatment and a host of other minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. He works with a team of highly qualified support staff who are committed to the safety and well being of their patients. If you are looking for the best plastic surgeon in Houston for Kybella® injections, get in touch with Dr. Balinger’s office today.


What is a Kybella®?

Kybella® is an injectable treatment that reduces submental fullness that contributes to the appearance of a double chin. The upper area of the neck is difficult to tone down with diet and exercise. Liposuction is an option, but not everyone needs invasive surgery for the extra fat. Kybella® contains an enzyme that destroys fat cells over time to gradually reduce submental fullness.

How much does Kybella® cost?

After your consultation with Dr. Balinger, we review the cost for the series of Kybella® injections. We offer free initial consultations at our offices in Houston and Conroe, as well as financing options for our patients.

What are the benefits of Kybella®?

  • Specifically formulated to reduce submental fullness of a double chin
  • No surgery required
  • Does not produce scars
  • No downtime or extensive recovery
  • Results in as little as four months

How is Kybella® performed?

Kybella® needs to be administered at several points in the fat layer that starts under your chin and extends to the top of your throat. Because of his experience with Kybella® treatments, Dr. Balinger can determine the best injection sites to maximize the benefits of your Kybella® injections. You will need a series of injections to eliminate the fat. In clinical studies, participants saw a noticeable reduction in submental fullness after three treatments. Expect the fat reduction process to take up to 16 weeks.

What is recovery like after Kybella®?

No downtime is needed after your Kybella® injections. You may have some mild tenderness and swelling at each injection site for the first few days. You can gently apply cold compresses on the area, but should avoid applying any pressure.

How long will Kybella® results like?

The enzyme in Kybella® destroys fat cells in your double chin, so the results are considered long-lasting. Dr. Balinger advises his Kybella® patients that manging their weight and eating properly are key to maintaining the results. Any changes to your weight may cause the remaining fat cells to enlarge which may causes fullness in the same area.

Now you can reduce your double chin without surgery or downtime thanks to Kybella®, a minimally invasive injection treatment that eliminates fat that contributes to your double chin. Dr. Christopher Balinger offers Kybella® for men and women in Houston, Conroe, and the nearby communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a free Kybella® consultation at our office in Houston or our office in Conroe.

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