Kybella is currently the only injectable non-invasive treatment option on the market for double chins. Until very recent history, liposuction of the face was the only way to get rid of stubborn fat deposits near the chin and neck. Now, Kybella promises an effective means to eliminate excess fat and create a slimmer facial profile.
While Kybella is relatively new, the results have been promising. Clinical trials show Kybella is 82.4% effective. This and the fact Kybella comes with minimal side effects and no downtime (aside from localized swelling) mean it is becoming one of the most popular injectables on the market.
Considering Kybella treatment? Below, we will give you a breakdown of what to expect to help you make an informed decision.
How Does It Work?
Kybella is made from deoxycholic acid. This is a molecule that occurs naturally in the body and helps break down and reabsorb fat. When injected directly into the treatment area, Kybella destroys unwanted fat over time. Once fat cells are removed from the body, they are permanently eliminated.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Kybella?
Kybella is designed for people who have fat deposits under their chin that do not respond to diet and exercise. Sometimes, where fat congregates on the body is a result of genetics. Having unwanted fat in the neck area can be very frustrating – especially if you feel you are doing all the right things on your end to slim down your face.
Most healthy adults can undergo Kybella, but certain medical conditions may make you a poor candidate for treatment. This is why it is important to be honest about your health history with your practitioner to ensure you can receive treatment safely.
Kybella may not be safe for you if you:
- Take medications that interfere with blood clotting
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Have had medical conditions that affect the neck area
- Experience difficulty swallowing
What Happens During Kybella Treatment?
Kybella treatments are quick and easy. Little preparation is needed ahead of time, although your practitioner may ask you to avoid certain over-the-counter medications that can interfere with blood clotting. Follow any instructions closely to avoid complications.
Treatment typically takes less than 30 minutes. Your practitioner will numb the treatment area and then administer about 50 injections just below the chin. While Kybella can cause a mild burning sensation, it is usually not painful. Most people require two to four treatment sessions to see results.
There is no downtime following Kybella treatment and you can resume normal activities immediately. Post treatment care is usually minimal. You may have to avoid salty foods – which can increase swelling – and take Tylenol as needed if you experience soreness.
Does Kybella Have Side Effects?
Kybella usually has minimal side effects, if any. Issues like swelling, pain, and numbness may occur shortly after treatment, but usually subside on their own within a few days.
Contact your practitioner if you notice signs of infection in the treatment area such as discharge or intense pain. Infection is rare and can usually be cleared up with antibiotics.
In very rare cases, patients experience more serious side effects such as nerve injury in the jaw or open sores near the injection site. However, complications are extremely rare and can be avoided by working with an experienced practitioner.
When Will I See Results?
Kybella does not work instantly as it takes time to break down fat cells. It can take up to six weeks after your final treatment to notice results. However, results can be quite dramatic when they do manifest.
Are The Changes Permanent?
Yes and no.
Fat cells removed during Kybella treatments are permanently destroyed. However, your skin and facial structure can still change over time as the result of factors such as weight gain and aging. While your double chin will likely always be less prominent, you may notice small amounts of fat recongregating in the neck area.
Luckily, most patients can safely undergo followup treatments as needed over the years to maintain results. Maintaining a healthy weight and practicing good skin care can both help your results last longer.
The Bottom Line
Kybella injections may be relatively new, but they have already helped thousands of people reach their aesthetic goals. Treatment is non-invasive, comes with no downtime, and carries a very low risk of side effects. Those hoping to avoid surgical procedures like liposuction may benefit from Kybella treatments.
It can be highly frustrating to reach your goal weight and still be left with a double chin. It is a simple way to fix this issue and leave you looking and feeling your best.
Think it is right for you? At BLUSH Beverly Hills, we have a talented team of medical professionals with decades worth of experience, including experience with Kybella injections. If you’re interested in talking over the procedure, reach out here and someone will be in touch shortly.