If you are looking to reduce fat through non-surgical means, Kybella may be a great option for you. But what exactly is it, who should have it done, how much does it cost, and what are the side effects? Learn everything you need to know about Kybella right here in this comprehensive guide.
What is Kybella?
Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable that helps you lose stubborn fat in a targeted area. It is most often used to reduce the appearance of fat beneath the chin, otherwise known as submental fat or a double chin. This injection depletes the fat cells in injected areas, causing them to be reabsorbed by the body naturally over time.
Who should consider it?
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says Kybella is best for people who are genetically inclined to have a double chin and don’t want surgery. It can also be useful for those who are candidates for liposuction or bariatric surgery but would prefer non-surgical alternatives.
It should not be administered to patients who are pregnant or nursing or have undergone facial surgery in the past. At Orenda Medspa, we can also go over additional contraindications with you.
How Does Kybella Work?
Kybella works by reducing fat in a specific area of your body. It contains two primary ingredients: deoxycholic acid and sodium deoxycholate. These are synthetic chemicals that work naturally in your body. When injected into stubborn fat tissue, these chemicals bind with your fat cells and decrease their size over time. This allows other essential fats and fluids to flow through areas where stubborn fat used to be, leading to better-looking skin on your face or elsewhere on your body. Best of all? Once you’ve lost fat using Kybella, it will stay gone!
What are the Benefits?
While it’s not technically weight loss, Kybella destroys fat cells in your neck and other stubborn areas, helping patients achieve a contoured, chiseled appearance.
Side Effects of Kybella Treatments
Most people who undergo Kybella treatment do not experience any side effects. However, it’s important to know that common side effects include swelling and bruising of the area being treated, which can last for several days after treatment. Also, keep in mind that results will vary for each person. For a more detailed list of potential side effects, reference the Kybella website.
How Much Does It Cost?
Prices vary widely by geographic location and by practitioner but Kybella generally costs over $1200 per treatment. The actual treatment takes less than half an hour and is done in a doctor’s office or medical spa (like ours!) Keep in mind, most patients have between 2 to 6 treatments for the maximum results.
What Does Recovery Entail?
Depending on your body, recovery time after Kybella treatment can take anywhere from two days to a couple of weeks. In some cases, patients may experience swelling or soreness that lasts for a few days after injection. The treatment area should be iced regularly for the first few days following the procedure. Rigorous exercise should also be avoided during this time.
What to Expect With A Kybella Treatment
The first step in receiving Kybella is a consultation with your provider, but what should that appointment entail? During your first meeting, you’ll discuss all of your goals for receiving Kybella. Your injector will then perform a thorough assessment of your chin and neck. This will provide them with a sense of whether you are an appropriate candidate for Kybella treatment and help determine what dose of Kybella will be most effective for you. During the actual procedure, you may need local anesthesia depending on where on your body you are having injections administered.
How Many Treatments Are Needed to See Results?
Most patients will need more than one treatment to see results. On average, patients see results after the first 2 to 4 treatments but you can safely be administered up to 6. There are some factors that could determine how many treatments you’ll need—such as how much fat you have and how fast your body can metabolize it—but studies haven’t yet found these factors to be concrete predictors of who will require more than one treatment or not.
Final Thoughts on Kybella
Kybella is a great option for people looking for a nonsurgical way to remove fat, especially in sensitive areas such as under the chin. If you’re interested in learning more about Kybella and scheduling a consultation, get in touch with us today!