Kybella is a non-invasive and non-surgical cosmetic procedure developed thanks to modern advancements and innovations. Its goal is to eliminate the appearance of a double chin as well as other body features. Kybella is a procedure that can remove troublesome double chins and unwanted fat in specific regions such as the arms, knees, and abdomen. Dermatologists highly recommend this treatment.
Kybella® is the one and only injectable treatment the FDA has approved to treat submental puffiness (double chin) without surgery. The injection, a manufactured derivative of the deoxycholic acid produced by your digestive system, includes a naturally present molecule that ingests fat cells and removes them from the body. Only the fat cells that you want to get rid of will be killed off when the injection is done correctly, leaving the surrounding cells unharmed and healthy. A result is that old fat cells are flushed out of the body naturally by the body itself. Additionally, bra bulges, the stomach, and inner thighs can be treated with Kybella, as can other localized regions of fat. As an added benefit, Kybella® treatment is simple and quick to recover from.
Even though the FDA has authorized Kybella, that does not mean it comes risk-free.
Is Kybella Treatment Painful?
A few of the patients who have been treated with Kybella have expressed that the injections were significantly more unpleasant and uncomfortable than receiving Botox or one of the other fillers and that they felt stinging or burning sensations for a brief period of time after the procedure. In most cases, the discomfort caused by the injections can be minimized by the application of numbing cream prior to the procedure. A local anesthetic may also be given just before injections. After the process, the affected area is often treated with ice.
Will There Be a Recovery Period After the Procedure?
It is not uncommon to experience bruising and swelling. Give yourself at least four weeks before attending any function or going on any trip. During the course of the next week, you might have some mild to moderate swelling. You may have extreme swelling similar to that of a bullfrog; however, it may take one month for the swelling to subside if this occurs. Patients who have a good chunk of submental fat tend to have this significant swelling more frequently. The severity of this reaction lessens with each subsequent injection.
You might also experience some bruising close to the injection sites, but this is something that can be concealed with makeup and should go away in a week or two at the most. On the other hand, the treated part of your body may continue to feel pain for up to two weeks. Please inquire with your medical practitioner about the over-the-counter painkillers they recommend.
It is very typical for you to have a tingling sensation in the area. This feeling is caused by the fat cells melting and being absorbed by your body as they are being processed.
Techniques to Reduce Post-treatment Swelling and Side Effects
Have a discussion with your medical professional about the best strategies to reduce the swelling caused by Kybella. Included in this list are:
- Make use of ice or cold packs following treatment
- using warm compresses in the days following your treatment
- using or wearing a chin strap after treatment for further compression
- before your appointment, take an over-the-counter antihistamine
- taking OTC pain relievers to lessen discomfort and swelling post-treatment
- rubbing and massaging the affected region as firmly as tolerated
If you experience swelling after the Kybella therapy, you won’t be able to have any additional injections until the symptoms have subsided.
Usually, during the suggested one-month interval between treatments, the swelling will go away on its own. However, let your clinician know if you have inflammation just before your upcoming appointment.
Common and Uncommon Side Effects
It would be better if you also discussed all of the potential hazards connected with Kybella, including the possibility of infection, with your physician. Infection is a significant adverse effect that needs to be treated right away, despite the fact that it is not a common side effect.
If other symptoms are present as well, such as open wounds that are seeping pus, swelling may indicate an infection. It is not necessary that you have an infection just because you have swelling, but you must regularly monitor your condition to determine whether or not any of your symptoms have changed.
Kybella’s most common side effects include the following:
- slight bruising
- hard skin around the injection site
- mild pain
Notify your physician immediately if you suffer any of the following more serious adverse effects:
- a crooked or uneven smile
- a hard time chewing and swallowing
- facial muscle fatigue and weakness
- epidermal tissue damage (necrosis)
- hair loss in the area around the injection site
- severe bruising
- wounds that are either leaking or not draining openly
Contact your doctor if your swelling worsens or if you notice any new or severe side effects.
Multiple Procedure Sessions
In most cases, a number of treatment sessions are required, with the maximum number of treatments allowed for Kybella being six. Your healthcare practitioner may suggest that you receive one injection once a month for a total of six injections.
It is optimal that you wait at least one month in between treatments with Kybella. Depending on the quantity of chin fat present and desired effects, certain individuals could require fewer treatments than others.
Make Sure You Give Yourself Enough Time Between Injections
It is essential to leave some time in between each Kybella injection. This provides the active component time to work on the submental fat under the chin and offers your body time to recover in between sessions. If you get an excessive number of injections in a short amount of time, your chance of side effects, including swelling, could possibly increase.
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