Kybella® is an exciting new injectable treatment gaining popularity for eliminating submental fullness, commonly known as a “double chin.” At DrSkin Med Spa, we understand that submental fat can be frustratingly resistant to diet and exercise. That’s why we’re proud to offer Kybella® to our patients looking for refined facial contours.
In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk through everything you need to know about Kybella® treatment from our experienced medical providers. You’ll learn about the science behind Kybella®, what to expect during the procedure and recovery, ideal candidates, and how Kybella® compares to alternative treatments like liposuction and CoolSculpting. We’ll also provide answers to frequently asked questions to support you in making an informed decision about Kybella®.
The Science Behind Kybella®
Kybella®, also known by its chemical name deoxycholic acid, is the first FDA approved injectable treatment that specifically targets submental fat. Here’s an overview of how Kybella® works:
Mechanism of Action Kybella® destroys fat cells through a process called adipocytolysis. When injected into the treatment area, Kybella® causes lysis (rupturing) of the adipocyte cell membrane. This disrupts the cell functionally and ultimately leads to the death of the fat cell.
Targeted Fat Reduction
One of the benefits of Kybella® is that it precisely focuses on fat cells in the injection area underneath the chin and along the jawline. Kybella® does not affect surrounding tissues like skin or muscle, allowing for targeted reduction of stubborn submental fat.
Multiple clinical studies have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of Kybella® treatment. Mild side effects like swelling, bruising, numbness and pain at the injection site typically resolve within several days.
The Kybella® Treatment Process
If you decide Kybella® is right for you, here is a step-by-step overview of what to expect:
Initial Consultation The first step is meeting with one of our Kybella® specialists for a consultation. We’ll examine your submental area and discuss your aesthetic goals. If you’re a candidate for Kybella®, we’ll develop a customized treatment plan.
Preparing for Treatment Prior to your appointment, we’ll provide instructions to prep your skin to minimize swelling and bruising. We may recommend:
- Avoiding blood thinners like NSAIDs, aspirin, and alcohol for 1 week pre-treatment
- Use of arnica supplements and topical arnica gel
- Gentle massages to the treatment area
The Kybella® Procedure During your appointment, we’ll cleanse and numb the treatment area. Kybella® will then be injected into the fat tissue using a grid-like technique to cover the full submental region. Some facts about the injections:
- Patients feel minimal discomfort due to numbing medication
- Each session takes 15-20 minutes
- Typically 3-6 sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart are required
Recovery and Aftercare Following treatment you can resume normal activities, though some swelling and tenderness may persist for 2-4 days. We advise patients:
- Use cool compresses to relieve swelling
- Take OTC pain medication as needed
- Massage the treatment area for 5 minutes twice daily
- Avoid strenuous exercise for 1 week
Gradual improvements in contour should be noticeable within 1-2 months as the body metabolizes and eliminates the treated fat cells. Optimal results are seen around 3 months post-final session.
Areas Where Kybella® Can Be Used
Kybella® was approved by the FDA specifically for improving submental fullness. However, some providers like DrSkin Med Spa offer Kybella® off-label for reducing fat pockets in other discrete areas like:
- Bra fat
- Inner thighs
Though not yet FDA approved for these regions, Kybella® has demonstrated promising results for body contouring in small clinical studies. Schedule a consultation to see if you may benefit from Kybella® treatment beyond just the chin.
Choosing a Qualified Kybella® Provider
Since Kybella® requires specialized training and precision injection technique, it’s important to do your research when choosing a provider. Here are some tips:
- Verify they are experienced medical professionals like our team of nurses and nurse practitioners
- Ask how many Kybella® treatments they have performed
- Review before and after photos to evaluate their aesthetic eye
- Make sure the clinic emphasizes safety, comfort, and natural looking results
Kybella® Compared to Alternatives
How does Kybella® stack up against other submental fat reduction options? Here’s a quick comparison:
Kybella® vs Liposuction
Both permanently destroy fat cells in the treatment area. However, liposuction is surgical and requires anesthesia while Kybella® is nonsurgical with little to no downtime. Kybella® often achieves a smoother, more natural look compared to liposuction.
Kybella® vs CoolSculpting
These two non-surgical options use different mechanisms to eliminate fat cells. CoolSculpting freezes fat, triggering the body to discard dead cells. Kybella® chemically dissolves fat cell membranes. Kybella® may produce more gradual but longer-lasting results. Schedule a consultation today to determine if Kybella® or CoolSculpting better fits your goals.
Cost and Financing Options
The exact cost of Kybella® varies based on the number of vials used per session and number of sessions needed. At our Gilbert Arizona offices, pricing starts at $600 per session. Options like financing can help make treatment more budget-friendly, if needed. We accept Credit Cards to help you get the Kybella® results you want, when you want them.
Still have questions about Kybella®? Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
What’s the ideal Kybella® candidate?
Kybella® works best for healthy men and women bothered by submental fullness that diet and exercise won’t improve. You should have good elasticity in the skin of your neck and chin.
How long is a Kybella® session?
Most sessions take about 15-20 minutes. You can return to normal activities immediately afterwards.
Is Kybella® a permanent solution?
Yes, once destroyed the treated fat cells are gone for good. However, it’s important to maintain a stable weight.
What are the main side effects?
Mild to moderate swelling, bruising, numbness, and discomfort that resolve within a week. Serious side effects are very rare.
How many sessions do you need?
Most patients need 2-4 sessions, with at least 4 weeks between each. Your provider will advise on the optimal number for your individual case.
Who is not a good candidate?
Those with bleeding issues, infection in the treatment area, or significant skin laxity with excessive sagging skin.
How soon can I see results?
Some improvement is noticeable after the initial session, with optimal results seen around 3 months after the final treatment.
Kybella® offers an effective nonsurgical solution to reduce submental fullness and sculpt a more refined, youthful looking jawline. This innovative injectable treatment can eliminate stubborn fat that diet and exercise alone can’t fix.
We hope this guide has provided helpful information about Kybella® to support you in making a decision that’s right for your aesthetic goals. Schedule a private consultation at our Gilbert, Arizona office to learn more. Our team of experienced Kybella® injectors will customize an effective treatment plan to help you achieve a naturally beautiful, contoured chin and neck profile you’ll love.