Double chins have long been a fact of life and sometimes bother many people. Kybella is an injectable that dissolves fat cells approved by the FDA-approved for the area under the chin. It’s a synthetic version of deoxycholic acid that works by destroying fat cells after the body is injected, decreasing the appearance of fat that hangs below the chin, sometimes called a double-chin.
How Does The Kybella Treatment Work?
As a bile acid, deoxycholic acid is naturally produced by the body to absorb fat. The injections used in Kybella are in a synthetic form of the injection. Afterwhich, the acid destroys fat cells beneath the chin so it can’t store fat anymore.
However, a trained healthcare professional should administer the Kybella injections since deoxycholic acid can kill other cells in the process as well. Prior to the treatment process, the provider will mark the injection sites and apply numbing cream or an ice pack to ease any discomfort or pain. In most cases, 20 to 30, and up to 50, injections are used under the chin.
Over the following weeks, the acid then works gradually to kill fat cells, which the body metabolizes. The treatment sessions necessary vary for each person, but a patient can receive up to six Kybella treatments at least a month between each session. To reach optimal results, multiple treatments might be needed.
What Benefits Does Kybella Provide?
Below are the following benefits that Kybella provides, which include:
- The treatment can help promote a more youthful appearance.
- The procedure is quick. Practically, there is no downtime before returning to the regular activities after this quick procedure.
- Kybella is minimally invasive since it only consists of tiny injections under the chin.
- Permanent results are intended after the procedure. The body cannot produce new fat cells once cells are destroyed.
The benefits and results of this injectable treatment will vary for each individual and their goals.
What To Expect From The Kybella Procedure?
To get Kybella, a consultation with the cosmetic surgeon is necessary before getting the actual procedure. This ensures the person is a good candidate for the injection and gives the cosmetic surgeon a better idea of what to accomplish with Kybella.
After establishing the treatment goals, the cosmetic surgeon will explain how the treatment works and how the goals will be met. Nonetheless, both the patient and provider can estimate what results to go for. As indicated, the injection of Kybella is only brief and minimally invasive.
The cosmetic surgeon will give an ice pack and numbing cream to make the procedure more comfortable, removing pain and discomfort. After that, the provider will mark and prepare the injection area. Kybella will then be injected under the chin, which will take around 15 to 20 minutes.
Who Is a Good Candidate For Kybella?
The best candidate for Kybella is a patient with a modest amount of submental fullness who prefers a non-surgical approach. Additionally, Kybella is the right choice for many people looking to improve their appearance, including:
- Those who are unhappy or self-conscious about the fat under the chin.
- People who feel like the fat under the chin make them look older and heavier than they are.
- People who are not interested in having surgery.
- The fullness under the chin does not go away despite eating well and exercising.
What Are The Possible Sife Effects Of Kybella?
In general, Kybella is considered to be safe. The procedure does carry a small risk of nerve damage that may result in a lopsided smile or difficulty swallowing. In most cases, this damage is temporary.
The most common side effects of getting a Kybella injection are:
Also, the following side effects may be experienced, though these are much rarer:
- Contouring abnormalities
- Weakness in your facial muscles
- Difficulty swallowing
- Nerve injury in your jaw
In addition, it would be best to talk to a doctor about ways to minimize Kybella swelling. Some of these options include:
- Use ice or cold packs after the treatment
- Apply warm compresses within the first few days after your injections
- Wear a chin strap post-treatment for added compression
- Take an OTC or over-the-counter antihistamine before the appointment
- Use OTC (over-the-counter) pain medications to reduce pain and swelling after the treatment
- Firmly massaging the area as tolerated
What Does The Recovery Look Like?
Kybella is an in-office procedure with minimal recovery time required after the treatment. Patients are not subjected to general anesthesia because this is an injection, not a surgery. Also, there is less risk of complications occurring than cosmetic surgery.
Additionally, this includes a lower risk of infection, and no bandages are required when healing after Kybella treatment. The body should completely heal within two to three days after the injection. However, the consultation will help determine the best treatment option to get rid of that double chin effectively.
How Long Will The Result From Kybella Show?
The treatment requires several treatment sessions for optimal results, so the ideal candidate also needs to be patient. Typically, three to four sessions are necessary for optimal results, but it could take six. As indicated, Kybella sessions need to be spaced out about a month apart.
Usually, it takes a full two months to see the first treatment result, so ensure to often space out the treatments at either one- to two-month intervals depending on how quickly to reach the fat target reduction.
The Bottom Line
The submental fullness or stubborn fat pad under the chin (double chin) has long been an annoyance for many since it affects the person’s appearance. My Aesthetic Studio offers Kybella, a non-invasive option to treat extra fat under the chin, also known as a “double chin.” By permanently destroying fat cells, this injectable solution treats submental fullness or a “double chin,” which improves the chin and neck profile.
In addition, the treatment area size determines the number of injections needed at each treatment, which typically requires 3 to 6 treatments total, each at least four weeks apart. Good candidates are individuals who have excess fat under the chin and good skin elasticity, and the resulting fat loss is permanent. Ultimately, My Aesthetic Studio provides anti-aging and non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments, including injectables, skin resurfacing procedures, minor skin procedures, and medical-grade skincare.