How does Kybella work?
The active ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath your chin, Kybella causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.
You may need two to three total visits, spaced a month apart. Each treatment takes about 15 minutes.
Some people may get up to 50 injections in a single treatment, with several treatments no less than a month apart, the FDA says. Many people saw results in two to four treatments.
How is Kybella administered?
Kybella chin reduction is injected subcutaneously using an area-adjusted dose. One treatment can consist of up to 50 tiny injections. Because the procedure relies on the natural process of fat breakdown, several treatments may be needed once a month.
Who is a candidate?
Anyone over 18, in good health with moderate-to-severe submental fat can achieve the benefits of this aesthetic treatment.
Is it painful?
Pain is always relative, but most patients report only mild discomfort at the beginning of the procedure that subsides as the treatment progresses. Most people find an over-the-counter pain reliever is adequate to relieve any discomfort post-procedure. During subsequent treatment sessions, the level of discomfort lessens with the majority of patients.
How long does the procedure take?
The appointment is 45 minutes to an hour in length. However, the actual procedure is very quick.
When will I see results?
Most patients see noticeable results after 2-3 treatment sessions. The number of treatments required will depend on the amount of fat being eradicated.
How long does it last?
Once your aesthetic goal has been reached, there is no need for further treatment. When Kybella kills those fat cells, they are gone for good!
Is there any downtime?
Kybella recovery is usually quick and uneventful. At most, patients report some minor bruising and swelling that resolves within several days. Mild discomfort may be experienced at the injection sites but is easily treated with OTC pain relievers. Some patients jump right back into their routine while others prefer to lay low for a couple of days after the procedure.
Who shouldn’t get this treatment?
Check with your physician if you are taking blood thinners before considering Kybella for double chin treatment. Caution should also be used if you’ve had prior surgery in the treatment area. If you have an active infection at the injection site, you must wait until it clears. Anyone who is pregnant or nursing is ineligible for the procedure. Those with a history of dysphagia (trouble swallowing) are not suitable candidates for Kybella.
What are the potential complications?
Because of the location close to certain anatomic structures, there is a risk of tissue or nerve damage caused by the injections. This could cause facial muscle weakness or an off-balance smile. When the treatment is performed by a licensed professional, however, these risks are minimal.
Bella Skin and Body Treatment Center is excited to offer Kybella treatment for those suffering from double chins. Kybella is a recently FDA approved non-invasive injectible treatment that contours the chin area. Kybella is great news for those who want to reduce their double chins without needing a long recovery time.