What is Kybella?
Kybella is a type of deoxycholic acid injection. It is frequently used to improve the appearance of the “double chin”, or submental fat .
What is the procedure for Kybella?
Kybella uses multiple injection sites and will be administered into the fat under your chin.
What are the risks of Kybella?
Kybella has a well characterized safety profile, with common side effects including:
- areas of hardness to the treated areas.
If you are concerned about serious side effects, they can be discussed with you at the time of your consultation/treatment. Generally, serious side effects are not common.
What is the recovery process for Kybella?
Patients may have swelling in the treatment area for as long as 3 weeks, with the most swelling happening within the first 2-3 days after your injections. While you will likely experience only mild discomfort after receiving Kybella, you may decide to avoid social activities and work if you are concerned with your post treatment appearance (swelling and possible bruising). The treated area can feel like gelatin or jelly, however this is something the patient will feel but cannot be seen. Numbness and tenderness are common and typically resolve within the first few weeks to months post treatment. Over the next 8-12 weeks post treatment, dead fat cells are carried away and eliminated by the body. After this period, patients will be reassessed to determine if additional treatments are needed. Most patients need 2-3 treatments for optimal results.
What are the advantages of Kybella over Chin Liposuction?
Kybella is a non-surgical treatment. As such, there is no need for anesthesia and can be done in office. Generally Kybella has little little to no downtime as well.