7 Things to Know Before You Try Kybella


7 Things to Know Before You Try Kybella

7 Things to Know Before You Try Kybella

If you have more tissue beneath your chin than you’d like, and it just won’t budge even with regular exercise and a healthy diet, there’s a cosmetic injectable that can help. It’s called Kybella, and it’s designed to melt away stubborn fat tissue beneath the chin. This minimally invasive treatment is highly effective, but before you try it, you should know a few things to determine whether the procedure is right for you.

Let’s take a look at how Kybella works, the timeframe for results, who the treatment is designed for, and the benefits and drawbacks of this unique, fat-melting injectable.

1. How Does Kybella Work?

Kybella’s active ingredient is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring bile salt that your body already produces. Bile salt is what allows your body to break down the dietary fat you eat.

Although Kybella features a synthetic form of bile salt, the acid functions similarly when injected into areas that contain excess fat tissue.

After injection, Kybella destroys the fat cell walls in the treatment area. Once those walls are destroyed, the cells can no longer hang onto fat, so your body breaks down the fat tissue and disposes of it as waste.

2. How Long Does It Take to See Results From Kybella?

You should notice results from a Kybella treatment about four to six weeks after your appointment. That said, most patients require multiple treatments to achieve the final result they’re looking for.

If you don’t have a considerable amount of fat tissue to eliminate, you may decide you like your results after one or two treatments. However, most people get four to six treatments over a period of several months.

To determine the number of treatments that will deliver the results you’re after, you’ll need to consult with a licensed practitioner regarding your treatment goals.

3. Who Can Benefit From Kybella Treatments?

Just about anyone who’d like to get rid of submental fat can benefit from treatment with Kybella! However, only a licensed practitioner can determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure.

A pre-treatment consultation is required before you can schedule your initial session.

4. Does Kybella Have Side Effects?

As with all cosmetic skin care procedures, Kybella does have potential side effects. The most common ones include:

  • Soreness at the injections site

  • Minor swelling in the treatment area after injections

  • Minor bruising after the treatment

Rare side effects include numbness in the treatment area or firmness where the injections were administered. Your practitioner will review all of the potential side effects of Kybella injections with you during your pre-treatment consultation.

5. Can Kybella Get Rid of Fat Tissue in Other Areas of the Body?

Yes! However, this is an off-label use of the product. Kybella is only FDA approved for use on submental fat (the double chin area), but many providers use it to melt away stubborn fat on other parts of the body too.

Since Kybella is very effective at destroying fat cell walls, it can also be used on the tummy, arms, and basically, any area where you’d like to get rid of stubborn fat.

Again, you and your practitioner will discuss your treatment goals during your initial consultation to determine if the injectable is appropriate for your needs.

6. Is Getting Kybella Painful?

As with any cosmetic injectable, you’ll probably notice a bit of discomfort during the actual procedure. The feeling is similar to that of Botox injections, although the sensations will vary from person to person. While the injections themselves might feel a bit uncomfortable, Kybella is a minimally invasive procedure done in an outpatient setting. So, most people only deal with minimal side effects.

7. Are There Alternatives To Kybella?

Kybella is a popular treatment for a reason: it’s effective and minimally invasive. However, there are a couple of alternatives to consider and talk to your practitioner about. These include:

  • Coolsculpting: Also known as cryolipolysis, coolsculpting freezes and kills fat cells. This is another outpatient procedure that is effective for many patients.

  • Neck contouring plastic surgery: Options like liposuction, face lifts, or a combination of both can remove extra fat around the jaw and chin. However, these are much more intensive and have many more risky side effects.

  • Non-surgical facelift: At Medical Tattoo Centers of America, we also provide non-surgical facelift services through the AGNES system. This option uses small injectables to give great results.

During a consultation with one of our providers, you can determine which option is right for you.

Is Kybella Right for You? Schedule a Free Consultation Today!

If you’re looking to melt away stubborn fat beneath your chin or anywhere else on your body, our team at Medical Tattoo Centers of America can help! Our licensed medical providers can help you determine whether Kybella injections are right for you and create an individualized treatment plan based on your needs.

We also specialize in several other skin care treatments and can create a combination approach to address signs of facial aging and other skin conditions.

To learn more or get started, feel free to request a complimentary consultation or call our Twin Cities clinic today at 612-770-0000.

Have questions or concerns? Send us a message, and we’ll get in touch promptly. We look forward to hearing from you!

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