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What Is Kybella & What Can it Do For Me?

Annoyed by how your double chin stands out in your selfies? Fat pockets under the chin, medically known as “submental fat” are the result of aging and genes. Kybella was designed to dissolve fat cells under the chin for a more defined jaw and neckline. The non-invasive, non-surgical procedure has gained immense popularity since getting FDA approval in 2015.

The active ingredient in Kybella melts fat cells. Kybella contains synthetic deoxycholic acid, a bile acid produced in the liver that breaks down the dietary fat you consume. It works similarly when injected into subcutaneous fat beneath your chin: destroys fat cells permanently! The cellular debris is ejected by your body as waste.

Offers Long-Lasting Results

On average, patients need three treatment sessions every 1 to 3 months apart. The exact number will depend on your chin profile. Some patients may require two while others may have to come in four times. Generally, results are noticeable after two sessions and maximum results are evident after six months.

Kybella gets rid of fat cells permanently, but cannot guarantee that your double chin will never return. In other words, if you continue gaining weight after treatment, fat cells can emerge and change your chin profile. We advise a change in lifestyle and diet to maintain results from your Kybella treatment.

An Effective Alternative to Liposuction

The cost of a single treatment depends on the number of vials you need, which in turn, is determined by the amount of submental fat that must be eliminated. Although Kybella is generally less expensive than liposuction, it can sometimes exceed the costs of the surgical fat removal and body contouring procedure. However, people are willing to pay extra to avoid going under the knife.

Works Particularly Well for Younger Patients

Anyone 18 years and above can consider Kybella to remove moderate to severe submental fat. That said, younger patients benefit most from the treatment as they are less likely to have sagging skin. Patients with very lax skin in the chin and neck area may not experience the best results from Kybella. If your skin has a good amount of elasticity, you will see results from Kybella.

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Comfortable Treatment with Minimal Downtime

The treatment areas are disinfected with an antiseptic. It will take about 20 to 30 minutes for the antiseptic to take effect. Then, you receive injections in targeted areas under your chin. The number of injections will depend on the extent of submental fat, and this part of the procedure is over within five minutes.

If you’ve had Botox or dermal fillers previously, you can expect pretty much the same experience during your Kybella treatment. A few patients report more discomfort during Kybella, but the majority have a comfortable treatment experience.

Place an ice pack in the treated area for 20 minutes. Remove the ice pack for 20 minutes. Repeat the pattern for 24 hours post-treatment.

Preparing for Your Kybella Treatment

You can take a few steps to prevent or minimize swelling and bruising after your procedure:
• Avoid drinking wine a week before your treatment. Wine can make your blood vessels temporarily relax and expand, increasing your susceptibility to bruising.
• Do not take aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications as they inhibit platelet function and make you bruise easily. Also, avoid St. John’s Wort, garlic and Vitamin E supplements seven days before your appointment.
• Consider taking arnica to reduce post-treatment bruising. Do not take arnica if you have high blood pressure or a fast heart rate.

What to Expect After Your Kybella Treatment

Swelling is a common side-effect, showing 24 hours after treatment and taking up to three weeks to subside completely. Bruising, redness, tenderness, and numbness are common and go away in a few days.

To limit bruising, resist caffeine, alcohol, and cigarettes for 24 to 48 hours post-treatment. Avoid high-impact exercise and sun exposure for 3 to 5 days after the procedure.

The results of Kybella set in gradually. Your double chin will have vanished two to four weeks after your session!

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Come experience beautifully natural results for yourself. Visit us at our convenient Park Ridge location for all your aesthetic needs. We can’t wait to meet you!