Lawrence A. Schiffman, D.O., FAOCD - Board Certified Dermatologist

Lawrence A. Schiffman, D.O., FAOCD - Board Certified Dermatologist


A Brief Guide to Kybella Injections

Published April 22nd, 2020 by Thepracticeagency

You’ve been working out and eating healthy, and seeing great results. Everywhere, that is, except for your chin.

Sometimes, the dreaded double chin just won’t go away, no matter how much we focus on diet and exercise.

Is there anything that can be done?

Yes, an effective and impressive new drug, Kybella, entered the market with FDA approval in 2015 and has been growing in popularity with cosmetic patients and doctors ever since. This game-changing drug works to dissolve fat, getting rid of stubborn fat from unwanted places, such as the chin.

Read on to learn how Kybella injections can help you reach your cosmetic goals safely and effectively.

What Is Kybella?

Kybella (deoxycholic acid) is a non-surgical injectable treatment. It is designed to permanently destroy unwanted fat cells when injected into the region of the body where the fat cells are.

The main ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid, an acid that is found naturally in the human body. It has the ability to absorb and break down fat cells, making it an incredibly useful tool for cosmetic medicine.

Kybella is one of the many popular treatments in the field of cosmetic medicine. From anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, and other non-invasive procedures, injectable use has increased by 39% in the past five years in the US. They are part of a growing field of cosmetic medicine that is safe, effective, and requires little to no recovery time.

What Are Kybella Injections?

Kybella injections are a cosmetic procedure for destroying unwanted fat cells. They are administered by a trained doctor or medical professional into the specific areas of the body that the patient wants to target for fat loss. Although it is most commonly used for the area of fat under the chin, it is also used on the bra line area, or the jowls or jawline. When used in the chin, Kybella creates an improved and more defined facial profile.

Often, fat pockets can be genetic, making them very hard to get rid of by diet or exercise. Kybella is a fantastic option for removing this kind of fat.

During the procedure, Kybella is injected by a Kybella-trained medical professional in small doses. Depending on the desired results and the area being injected, multiple injections may be needed. For best results, be very clear with your doctor about your desired aesthetic, so that you will be happy with the outcome. The number of treatments needed will be decided by your doctor after the initial consultation.

Because it is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure with little downtime, Kybella is a great alternative to liposuction.

Injections usually take less than thirty minutes, and patients may need multiple injections, each up to one month apart.

What Should I Know Beforehand?

First, speak to a qualified doctor about your needs and what sort of results you are looking for. A doctor can address your needs, your medical history, and your budget to determine if this drug is right for you.

It is important to be honest with your doctor about your medical history before having Kybella. Let your doctor know if you are pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, if you are on blood-thinning medicine, if you’re breastfeeding, or if you’ve ever had trouble swallowing. Also mention any previous cosmetic procedures, surgeries, or medical issues you’ve had concerning the area of injection.

You should also mention any medication you are currently taking, both prescription and over the counter.

Are There Any Side Effects?

For most patients, Kybella is well tolerated, but there can be side effects. This is true for any drug or treatment. Your doctor should always talk these through with you before beginning any treatments.

Common side effects from Kybella can include swelling, redness, pain, and bruising, but are generally short-lasting.

Kybella should not be used by anyone under 18 or anyone with an infection in the injection area. If you have any concerns about side effects or pre-existing conditions, talk to your doctor before beginning this treatment.

How Long Does It Take to See Results?

After your treatment, you’re no doubt eager to see the results. Kybella patients generally see the most dramatic results at 4-6 weeks post treatment. However, as you may require multiple treatment sessions, one month apart, and the final results will not be visible until you complete your final treatment.

How long will your results last? One of the great things about Kybella is that it works by destroying fat cells. Once the fat cells are gone, they can no longer store fat. This means, for most people, the results will be permanent, with no additional treatments needed.

What Do I Need to Do After My Procedure?

After your Kybella injections, there are a few steps you should take to ensure your body gets the best possible results from the procedure.

While there is no downtime, and patients can return to their normal routine and daily activities, you should still take care to avoid pressing or rubbing on the injection site afterward. Also avoid heavy makeup on the area that day and try to also avoid alcohol for a few days. It can act as a blood thinner, making the injection site more likely to bruise.

If you’re worried about swelling after the procedure, you may want to bring a scarf to your appointment, to wear as a cover.

After your treatment, if you notice anything unusual, such as difficulty swallowing, contact your doctor right away.

There are many advantages to having Kybella, so we hope you enjoy your new look! Kybella offers patients a more youthful and refreshed looking appearance, which is great for self-esteem and body confidence.

Learn More

If you’re ready to book your Kybella injections, contact us with any questions or book an appointment online with a trained professional who is qualified to treat patients with Kybella. We are here to help and look forward to your consultation.

Feel better, younger, and more confident with Kybella- get started today!

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