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A Brief History of Kybella

Kybella was introduced in 2015 by the FDA as a safe, non-invasive solution for reducing undesirable submental fat. Prior to Kybella, clients’ only choice was to receive liposuction or plastic surgery to trim the region under the chin. Now with one strategic session of injections, a tighter, more youthful and attractive aesthetic can be achieved – and all without lengthy downtimes or discomfort.

How does Kybella work?

Kybella relies on the power of deoxycholic acid molecules. These compounds are found organically in the body, where they work to dissolve and emulsify fat cells, releasing them as waste. Once the Kybella formula is injected, it goes to work on slimming and contouring your double chin.

How does Kybella differ from liposuction?

The main benefit of receiving treatment with Kybella rather than liposuction, is that with lipo you accept the risks of surgery, as well as undergoing anesthesia and longer recovery times. While lipo is performed in a single visit to the office, Kybella may require several sessions to achieve the desired result.

Who is a good candidate for Kybella?

Kybella is appropriate for clients over 18 who are in good health, physically as well as psychologically. Patients should have reasonable expectations for improvement based on their consultation with Dr. Shermak.

Who is not a good candidate for Kybella?

If you are suffering from loose, sagging skin in addition to a double chin, Kybella may not be the best solution, as liposuction can better address both issues at once. Non-surgical skin-tightening is also an option in this case.

Kybella should not be used by those who are nursing or are pregnant, or by those who have experienced difficulty swallowing in the past. If you have previously received plastic surgery around the neck and chin area, or are currently taking blood thinners, be sure to let the doctor know.

How long do my results last?

Kybella is considered a permanent solution to unwanted submental fat, and therefore once your ideal aesthetic has been achieved, you will not need to keep undergoing treatment in order to maintain your results. Kybella will reduce the fat cells for good.

What is the procedure like?

One treatment with Kybella may involve up to 50 mini injections to reshape the area under the chin. The total treatment time is typically under 30 minutes. You may be required to return for additional follow-up as the fat is slowly flushed from the body.

Dr. Shermak will ensure you are comfortable at all times during your visit. She may use a topical anesthetic to numb the area, or an ice pack. After the procedure, you may take over-the-counter painkillers if needed. Clients can return to work or other activities right after their Kybella injections.

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We are officially open, thanks to Governor Hogan!

We welcome new patients and are looking forward to performing elective surgical procedures, starting the week of May 11.

This is a new day, with new safety protocols. Our goal is to keep everyone safe and respect the continued risk COVID-19 presents. For this reason, we will be instituting the following protocols:

  • We will have Sandy stationed at our entryway with sterilizer and a COVID-19 survey for our new patients to fill out. Sandy will also check your temperature and collect your paperwork at the door – our medical intake form can be filled out prior to your coming to the office, or you can fill it out after you arrive.
  • Please bring a mask for any in-office visits. If you are coming for surgery, please bring a paper mask if you have one. For any other visits, cloth masks or paper masks are fine.
  • We need any patient waiting to be seen to wait in your car until we can safely accommodate you in an exam room. We need to respect social distancing and are spacing our patients out to assure safety.
  • We can only allow the patient to come in to the office for examination. Friends or family will need to wait outside the office.
  • For those assisting our postoperative patients on the day of surgery: we ask that you kindly wait in your car and we will call you in to discuss postoperative instructions.
  • I am continuing to schedule Virtual Consultations which is exciting and new! Check out my Resources section or header at drshermak.com to get started!

I look forward to seeing you soon!


As of July 1st, the staff members at The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland will no longer routinely be wearing masks following the state guidelines per Governor Hogan.

All of our staff members are vaccinated.

If any patient would prefer that the medical staff member caring for them wear a mask, please let us know and we will gladly do so.

We treat patients with compormised immune systems and we need to be respectful of their needs.

We are asking patients who are not fully vaccinated to please wear masks while in our office so that we may continue to safely accomodate our patients with weakened immune systems.

Thank you!

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