Many patients are embarrassed or self conscious about their “double chin,” or submental fullness as it’s known in the medical field. Double chins often make people look heavier or older than they actually are, and are usually not affected by dieting and/or exercising. Anyone can be subject to this aesthetic concern, including men and women of any age, weight, and ethnicity. Double chins often result from aging, genetics, and other factors.
What is Kybella?
Kybella injections are the first and only FDA-approved non-surgical treatment for double chins and have earned high patient satisfaction rates, currently a 79% Worth-It rating from Real Self. Kybella treatments have undergone extensive and costly testing to ensure its reliability and effectiveness. As the most innovative procedure of its type on the market today, it consists of a non-human, non-animal formulation of deoxycholic acid, which occurs naturally in our body. Deoxycholic acid is responsible for the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. Kybella causes the destruction of fat cells, and once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.
Helendale Dermatology & Medical Spa was the first provider of Kybella injections in Western and Central New York. As a leader in the dermatology and cosmetic industry, Dr. Elizabeth Arthur was invited to be one of only 150 physicians in the US who trained other physicians in the injection technique of Kybella.
What Can I Expect from a Kybella Procedure?
Kybella is a comfortable procedure that takes place during multiple treatment sessions. Anesthesia is applied to the target area beneath the chin and a temporary injection grid is prepared. The number and placement of injections is customized to what the patient wants and what their physician advises; Dr. Arthur recommends at least 2 treatment sessions 4-8 weeks apart, depending on each patient’s individual needs. Patients sit comfortably in the physician’s chair while a small dose of the Kybella formula is injected into the fat tissues. The average dose is 2-3 vials (4-6 mL) per treatment session. After the injections, ice is applied to the area to help reduce swelling. Appointments last about 15 minutes. Most patients see results after two to four treatments, though they can have up to six treatments.
Recommended Pre-Treatment Instructions
- If you’re using Kybella to prepare for a big event, schedule your appointment at least two weeks in advance. You’ll want to allow enough time for results to start showing.
- Make sure you inform your physician before the procedure if you have a history of swallowing problems or anaphylaxis, any medical allergies, or any other medical conditions.
- About one hour before your appointment, take Motrin, ibuprofen, Advil, or other anti-inflammatory drug.
What Happens After Kybella Injections? Aftercare Instructions
What happens after Kybella injections? Continue to ice the area a few times the first day to help reduce swelling. You can wear a scarf to hide the swollen area if necessary. Some patients may also experience bruising, soreness, and temporary numbness, but it clears within 2-7 days. If you do experience bruising, apply Arnica gel to the area to help the area heal faster.
You can resume your normal daily routine including exercise and vigorous activities as long as you’re comfortable. You can take Motrin, ibuprofen, or Advil to help with any discomfort after treatment.
Are There Any Side Effects to Kybella?
The most common side effects appear at the injection site. Besides swelling, bruising, soreness, and temporary numbness, patients haven’t reported any other side effects.
Disclaimer: Remember, each patient is different. Results will vary.