Kybella is a non-surgical, non-invasive techniquefor dealing with excess fat depositsunder the chin. It’s well tolerated and effective treatment.
What is Kybella?
Kybella was approved as a treatment for excess fat under the chin, also known as “submental fat” in 2015. It is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, a mild acid that dissolves fat, gradually reducing the pocket that causes the appearance of a “double chin.” It’s generally well tolerated. It provides a non-surgical alternative to invasive procedures like liposuction.
What to Expect
Each treatment will take between 15-20 minutes. For best results, it’s recommended that the treatment consist of up to six injections, about a month apart. Preparation for the appointment is extremely simple. You’ll need to wash your face well to minimize the risk of infection. Avoid ibuprofen and acetaminophen to avoid post-treatment bruising. Your doctor will treat the area with a sterilizing wipe and administer a topical numbing agent or icepack before injecting the Kybella. Injections are administered in clusters of 20-30 at a session.
Down Time and Side Effects
Following the treatment, you may notice some pain, swelling, bruising, redness, or numbness. Any of these symptoms should subside in one to two weeks. The recovery process is normally very easy. Most patients notice little to no side effects, and return to normal activities immediately. Be sure to talk to your doctor about any facial surgeries you’ve had, medications you may be taking, and medical conditions. Pregnant or nursing mothers should not have Kybella, because the effect of the treatment on the fetus is not yet known, and it is not known if it has any effect on breast milk. Serious side effects include facial weakness, uneven smile, trouble swallowing or nerve injury in the jaw. These side effects are rare.
Am I A Candidate?
The best candidates for Kybella are over 18 and have moderate to substantial submental fat accumulation. They are fit and otherwise healthy, but have not had success in reducing the fat in the submental area. Contact Dr. Rast today for your initial consultation, and discover whether Kybella is a good option for you.