(This post was updated by Dr. M. Tahsini on 04/14/2023)
Should I get Kybella?
Kybella injections are a non-surgical method of reducing fat under the chin and jawline, making it a suitable option for those seeking an alternative to facial liposuction. Keep reading to learn more about Kybella and determine if it’s a viable alternative to chin liposuction.
Deoxycholic Acid; A Fat Removing Agent
Kybella injections use a man-made version of Deoxycholic acid, a natural acid produced by the human body to absorb fat. Before receiving Kybella injections, a preliminary consultation with a certified medical expert is recommended to discuss your goals for the procedure and determine if you are a suitable candidate. If you are not a proper candidate, alternative methods for eliminating facial fat can be explored.
How Does a Kybella Injection Work?
During a Kybella injection procedure, the injector begins by marking the areas targeted for fat removal. Then, the fat-removing agent is injected into each marked area. To minimize discomfort, a numbing agent is often used.
Over the next few weeks, the Deoxycholic acid in the Kybella injections works to absorb fat cells at the injection site. These fat cells are then metabolized by the body and eliminated as waste.
Does Kybella Work?
In a 2016 review of global clinical studies on Kybella injections, the effectiveness of the treatment was examined. Out of the 20 trials analyzed, 79% of Kybella injection recipients expressed satisfaction with their results after the procedure. It’s worth noting that many individuals choose to receive additional injections. The number of injections required typically increases with the severity of the case.
Is Kybella Safe?
Kybella injections were approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2015 and are regarded as a safe, effective, and low-risk alternative to surgical fat-removal procedures, such as liposuction.
However, Kybella injections may have mild side effects, such as pain, swelling, bruising, redness, and numbing at the injection site. Most report these symptoms to subside within one to two weeks following the procedure.
More severe side effects have been reported in rare cases, such as facial muscle weakness, an uneven smile, difficulty swallowing or drinking, and nerve damage. If you experience severe symptoms after your injections, you must immediately speak with your Kybella injection provider.
Who Needs Kybella Injections?
Kybella injections suit individuals who wish to eliminate neck and chin fat. While it’s ideal for men aged 25-60 and women aged 20-50, anyone above 18 can be eligible for Kybella injections. However, it’s not recommended for pregnant individuals or those with an infection or bleeding disorder. People with excessive scarring or stretching of the chin area may also not be ideal candidates.
How Much Does a Kybella Treatment Cost?
Kybella injections are typically considered an elective procedure, meaning insurance companies usually do not cover costs. This means that patients must pay for Kybella injections out-of-pocket, with prices ranging from $750 to $2,000 per treatment.
Eliminates Double Chin
Kybella injections specifically target fat cells under the chin and jawline, reducing the appearance of a double chin.
Unlike facial liposuction, Kybella injections are a non-surgical alternative that doesn’t require anesthesia or significant downtime for recovery.
Improves Facial Appearance
Kybella injections can enhance facial contours and provide a more youthful appearance by reducing the excess fat pockets that can cause a person to look older or overweight.
Kybella results are permanent, as the destroyed fat cells do not regenerate. This means that patients will not need further treatments once they have achieved their desired results.
Minimal Side Effects
Kybella injections are associated with minimal side effects such as pain, swelling, and bruising. These symptoms typically subside within a few days to a week after treatment. More severe side effects are rare and can be avoided by choosing a highly trained provider.
In conclusion, Kybella injections offer a non-surgical alternative to facial liposuction, targeting and destroying fat cells under the chin and jawline to reduce the appearance of a double chin. This FDA-approved treatment is safe, effective, and provides permanent results, making it an ideal option for those who want to eliminate their double chin without going under the knife.
However, before considering Kybella injections, it is crucial to consult a trusted licensed provider. While Kybella has mild side effects, such as pain, swelling, and bruising, severe side effects can occur, including nerve damage, muscle weakness in the face, an uneven smile, or difficulty swallowing or drinking. Also, not everyone is suitable for Kybella injections, such as pregnant women or people with excessive scarring or stretching of the chin area.
In short, while this treatment’s popularity is rising and may be a suitable option for eliminating chin fat, you must discuss your goals and eligibility with a licensed physician at your trusted clinic.
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