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Of all the areas of the body to be plagued by unwanted fat, under the chin is one of the most difficult areas to resolve. Fat deposits that accumulate under the chin are stubbornly resistant to lifestyle changes like diet and exercise, and tend to persist even when pounds are shed from other areas of the body. These fat pockets beneath the chin form with age, as the collagen and elastin that previously held the fat of the face in place begins to diminish, allowing fatty tissue to slip down and collect to form a double chin and sometimes jowls.

A double chin can be embarrassing and make it difficult to feel confident in your own skin. It affects the way the entire face is perceived, and, unlike unwanted fat in other areas of the body, is all but impossible to conceal with even the most modest and flattering clothing. In pictures, it draws attention away from all other features and can leave you feeling self-conscious and embarrassed about your appearance. The San Francisco Kybella procedure is the revolutionary fat elimination technology that specifically targets the unwanted fat stores that create a double chin.

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What to Expect from Your Treatment

The removal of fat targeted by Kybella in Bay Area patients occurs as the weeks pass. Because this treatment method relies on the body's own waste elimination processes to reduce the amount of excess fat, you can expect the full results of the procedure to become apparent over the course of the 4 to 6 weeks following treatment. Some pain, swelling, and redness may be present immediately following the injection, but this dissipates fairly quickly. You can talk to Dr. Sheena Kong about potential side effects, and other concerns or questions in a private, one-on-one consultation.

Is There Pain With a Kybella Treatment?

Many patients may have mild anesthetic injected prior to Kybella injections. As you will be getting several injections of Kybella to help resolve the excess fat creating a double chin, it is important to us that you feel comfortable. Patients report a mild stinging sensation which lasts for about fifteen minutes. Our patients report the treatment is generally quite easy to tolerate.

How Long Will Kybella Treatments Last?

As Kybella leads to the destruction of fat cells beneath the chin, these cells can no longer store fat. Not all fat cells are affected, so it is important that you have a healthy diet and exercise program to maintain your weight, but generally speaking, even with minor weight gain, fat will not accumulate in that area in the future, so the results are truly lasting.

How Many Kybella Treatments Will I Need?

Every patient varies, and it depends upon the amount of fat under your chin and what you envision for yourself. Many patients have up to six total treatments, each of which takes place at least a month apart. Many people report visible results with two to four treatments, while others need the full six treatments to achieve the desired reduction in submental fat.

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Am I a Candidate For Kybella Treatments?

If you are tired of seeing an unsightly double chin when you look in the mirror or at photos or yourself, you are probably a candidate for our Bay Area Kybella treatments. One of the major advantages of this treatment is that it does not involve surgery. Dr. Sheena Kong will evaluate your condition, your medical history, any medications you take prior to treatment. People who have an infection in the area, or are pregnant, or plan to have surgery, or suffer from certain medical conditions should not have Kybella treatments.

Is Kybella Safe?

Kybella injections are an FDA-approved treatment for fat below the chin. Approved in 2015, the FDA advises patients that this product should only be injected by a licensed healthcare provider. Dr. Sheena Kong is a board-certified physician of internal medicine with an abundance of clinical experience. You can trust her skills, knowledge, and attention to detail. Beyond her medical skills, her warm personality makes every appointment a pleasure.

Bay Area Kybella Treatment: Dr. Sheena Kong

Dr. Sheena Kong is unique in her approach to nonsurgical cosmetic interventions in that her medical background extends well beyond aesthetic procedures alone. Before she became interested in helping her patients achieve their aesthetic goals, she practiced internal medicine. Though the focus of her practice has shifted, her background guides her approach in patient care and treatment, always with the goal of extending long-term results and wellness, not just the immediate, visible results.

When you visit Dr. Sheena Kong's San Francisco medical spa, you will never worry about whether she is fully informed about your aesthetic goals, concerns and questions, because she treats every patient individually, never passing them off to a nurse or assistant, from the initial consultation to any follow-up appointments down the line. Contact us for anymore information and set up a consultation for arguably the best kybella San Francisco has to offer.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our office is open starting on June 15, 2020. We consider the well-being of our patients and staff as our highest priority and it is always best to take sensible precautions during a time like this.

Please note the following in regards to all patient appointments:

We are asking patients who experience any of the following symptoms to self-quarantine and cancel their appointments: fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, coughing, and/or chest pain.

(This also includes those that have been in contact with COVID-19 positive individuals such as traveling to and from any high risk areas such as New York/New Jersey to self-quarantine and cancel appointments.)

  • All patients will have temperatures taken and are requested to wear a mask throughout their appointments.
  • We are limiting the number of appointments to reinforce social distancing.
  • Only the patients who are receiving a treatment are allowed in the office (pets, children, family and friends are asked to stay at home).
  • For procedures that patients cannot wear a mask, we request patients to obtain a COVID-19 test 3-5 days prior to their scheduled appointments (see below for testing information).
  • These treatments include:
  • Facial laser treatments
  • Facial filler injections
  • Lip injections
  • Thread lifts
  • Ultherapy
  • Thermage

This also includes procedures that are delivered with closer proximity to patients over a long period of time:

  • Smartlipo
  • Inside Out Neck Lift
  • Coolsculpting
  • Thermage on the body
  • Cellfina

(Positive Covid-19 results or lack of tests will result in appointment cancellation.)

For Botox, Hair PRP, Kybella and Coolmini treatments, a COVID-19 test is not required prior to the appointment as long as patients keep masks on during the entire appointment.

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COVID-19 Testing Information:

For COVID-19 testing, you can do either the nasal swab or the saliva test, of which the latter may be more comfortable.

You can order your saliva test at the following link 2 weeks before your appointment for it to arrive in time; Vault health will prepare the paperwork for your reimbursement. Your first test should be covered by your insurance under the CARES Act:


Once the test arrives, please schedule your consultation about one week prior to your appointment. With the guidance of a Vault Health nurse, collect saliva for the test and then overnight your completed kit via FedEx (provided by Vault Health). Your results will be available about 2-3 days afterwards. You will then email Dr. Kong at info@sheenakong.com the results once you receive them.

Lastly, in addition to our already extensive level of cleaning and sterilization, we have supplemented these efforts with additional deep cleaning and sanitizing of surfaces. I appreciate your efforts in keeping our practice a safer place!

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Kindest Regards,
Dr. Sheena Kong