Kybella Injections: A Safe and Effective Way to Get Rid of Your Double Chin
Do you have a double chin that you’d love to eliminate? Enter Kybella – a revolutionary new injectable treatment designed to reduce the appearance of fat under the chin. Kybella is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment that is used to combat your double chin. Here, we’re discussing what Kybella is and how ChinUp! Aesthetics can help you say goodbye to your double chin for good!
What is Kybella?
Kybella is a non-surgical injectable treatment that targets moderate to severe submental fullness, commonly known as “double chin.” It is a prescription medicine that uses synthetic deoxycholic acid as its active ingredient to eliminate fat cells in the submental area. Kybella can also be used to treat turkey neck and fat near your armpits.
How Does Kybella Work?
Kybella works by breaking down and destroying fat cells through an injection of synthetic deoxycholic acid. This acid disrupts the fat tissue, causing the body to naturally absorb and eliminate excess fat cells. This process results in a more defined and sculpted jawline over time.
What to Expect from Kybella Treatment
If you’re considering Kybella as a non-surgical alternative to invasive treatments for submental fullness or double chin, you might be wondering what to expect during and after the procedure. Here’s a breakdown of what the treatment involves and what you can expect from the process:
Before the Treatment
Before treatment, a ChinUp! Aesthetics provider will evaluate your medical history and review any prescription drugs, herbal supplements, or over-the-counter medicines you’re taking. It is crucial to disclose all medical conditions and medications you’re taking, including any blood thinners or anticoagulant medicine, as these could increase your risk of bleeding or bruising during the injection process.
During the Treatment
Your ChinUp! Aesthetics provider will numb the treatment area with a local anesthetic before injecting Kybella into specific areas of fat tissue using a fine needle. After the injection, you may feel a mild burning sensation, swelling, or bruising in the treated area.
After the Treatment
You can return to your regular activities immediately following the treatment, but it is advisable to avoid strenuous exercise or activities that may increase blood flow or pressure in the treated area for at least 24 hours after the injection. Swelling and bruising are common side effects after the treatment and may last for several days to a week. Ice packs and over-the-counter pain relievers can help alleviate any discomfort or swelling.
Who’s a Good Candidate for Kybella Treatment and Who’s Not?
While Kybella is an effective treatment for many patients, it may not be suitable for everyone. Here are some factors that make someone a good or bad candidate for Kybella treatment:
- Healthy individuals with excess fat in the submental region that is resistant to diet and exercise.
- Individuals with realistic expectations for the outcome of the treatment.
- Patients willing to undergo a series of injections to achieve the desired results.
- Patients who do not have too much excess skin or severe convexity in the neck area, as Kybella is not a treatment for excess skin.
- Patients who are not pregnant or breastfeeding, as there is little research on the effects of Kybella in these conditions.
Those who may not be a good candidate for Kybella include:
- Patients with skin ulceration or infection in the treatment area.
- Patients with nerve injury or medical conditions that affect the neck, jaw, or face.
- Patients who have had previous cosmetic or surgical procedures in the neck/jaw area.
- Patients taking anticoagulant medication or blood thinners, as the risk of bleeding or bruising during the injection process is increased in these conditions.
- Patients who are allergic to any of the ingredients in Kybella or who have had adverse reactions to cytolytic drugs.
How Many Kybella Treatment Sessions Will You Need?
While the number of treatment sessions required varies from patient to patient, the average number of treatments needed is typically two to six sessions.
Factors that can affect the number of Kybella treatment sessions required include age, weight, overall health, and the severity of the patient’s submental fullness. Patients who have a significant amount of excess fat around the chin area may require more treatment sessions to achieve optimal results. In some cases, patients may need up to six sessions to see the full effects of the treatment.
How Long Do Results Last?
In most cases, patients will start to see the effects of the Kybella treatment within a few weeks of the first session. Generally, patients who undergo the full course of Kybella treatment can expect to see a reduction in their double chin that can last for several years.
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However, there are some factors that may affect the longevity of the Kybella treatment results. For example, if patients gain weight after their treatment, the remaining fat cells in the chin area may enlarge, leading to the reappearance of the double chin. Also, as patients age, natural changes in the skin’s elasticity may affect the chin area’s appearance. Therefore, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and weight management is essential for the long-term success of the Kybella treatment.
What About the Cost?
The cost of Kybella treatment can vary widely depending on the individual patient’s needs and the number of treatment sessions required to achieve the desired results. On average, patients can expect to spend anywhere from $1200 to $1800 per treatment session. However, it is essential to note that this cost can be affected by several factors.
One of the primary factors that can affect the cost of Kybella treatment is the geographic location of the treatment center. Areas with a higher cost of living or higher demand for cosmetic treatments may have higher treatment costs. Therefore, patients should expect to pay more for Kybella treatment in large cities or in areas where there is a high demand for cosmetic procedures.
Another factor that can affect Kybella treatment’s cost is the experience and skill level of the practitioner performing the treatment. More experienced practitioners may charge higher fees for their services. However, patients should consider the practitioner’s experience level when choosing a provider, as this can have a significant impact on the treatment’s safety and effectiveness.
Is Kybella Safe? Potential Side Effects
While Kybella is safe, effective, and FDA-approved, it is still essential to understand that there are potential side effects associated with the treatment. These side effects can range from mild to severe, and it is crucial to discuss the risks with a healthcare professional before undergoing treatment.
Some of the most common side effects of Kybella treatment include bruising, swelling, pain, itching, redness, and numbness in the treated area. These side effects typically occur immediately after treatment and can last for several days or weeks.
Factors that may increase the risk of experiencing side effects include having a history of medical conditions related to the neck or chin area, being on blood thinners, or taking certain herbal supplements. Patients should disclose any medical conditions or medications they are currently taking to their healthcare provider before undergoing treatment with Kybella.
How to Prepare for Kybella Treatment
Preparing for Kybella treatment is crucial to ensure a safe and successful procedure. Here are some steps patients should take to prepare for their Kybella treatment:
Avoid taking blood-thinning medications: Certain medications and supplements thin the blood, which increases the risk of bleeding during and after treatment. Patients should avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) a few days before and after the treatment. Patients should also avoid taking herbal supplements that thin the blood, such as fish oil and ginkgo biloba.
Apply ice to the treatment area: Applying ice to the treatment area a few minutes before the procedure can help reduce discomfort during the Kybella treatment.
Avoid alcohol consumption: Patients should avoid consuming alcohol a few days before and after the treatment as alcohol can increase swelling and bruising.
Plan for recovery time: Although Kybella is a non-surgical treatment, patients may still experience some swelling and bruising after the procedure. Patients should plan for some downtime after the treatment to rest and allow their body to heal.
Downtime and Aftercare
During the initial 24-48 hours after the treatment, patients may experience swelling and tenderness in the treated area. This is a normal reaction and can be managed by applying an ice pack wrapped in a towel to the treated area for 10-15 minutes at a time. Avoid placing the ice pack directly on the skin to prevent ice burn.
Patients should avoid massaging, rubbing, or manipulating the treated area for the first few days after the treatment to prevent irritation and potential complications. It is also essential to avoid exposure to extreme heat or sun exposure in the treated area.
It is crucial to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your ChinUp! Aesthetics provider to ensure optimal results.
While Kybella is a popular and effective treatment for submental fat reduction, there are alternative treatments available for those who are not suitable candidates for Kybella.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat from under the skin through a small incision. It is a highly invasive treatment that requires anesthesia and a significant recovery period. Unlike Kybella, which gradually dissolves fat cells over several weeks, liposuction immediately removes fat cells. While liposuction can provide effective and lasting results, it is not suitable for everyone and comes with some risk of complications, such as infection, nerve injury, and skin ulceration. It is also a more expensive option than Kybella.
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive treatment that uses a device to freeze and kill fat cells. The dead fat cells are then naturally eliminated from the body over time. Like Kybella, CoolSculpting is a non-surgical option for submental fat reduction. However, it may take multiple treatment sessions to achieve significant results, and the recovery process can also take several weeks. CoolSculpting is generally safe, although some patients may experience side effects such as swelling, numbness, or bruising.
Injectable Fat Dissolvers
Injectable fat dissolvers are a group of products that are injected into the skin to break down and eliminate fat cells. Aqualyx is one common product in this category. While these products can be effective, they work differently than Kybella and may not provide the same level of precision or control over the fat reduction process. These treatments may also require multiple sessions and can be expensive.
Kybella is a safe and effective non-surgical treatment option for those seeking to eliminate excess fat under the chin and achieve a more contoured, defined chin and jawline. As with any cosmetic procedure, it is essential to choose a reputable provider with experience in administering the treatment. At ChinUp! Aesthetics, we are committed to delivering exceptional results while providing comfortable, personalized care for each of our clients.
ChinUp! Aesthetics understands the importance of personalizing each treatment plan to ensure that our clients achieve their desired outcomes while maintaining their health and safety. Our experienced healthcare providers will work closely with you to create a customized treatment plan that addresses your concerns and produces natural-looking results.Call us today to schedule your consultation and learn more about how Kybella can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.