Mar 25, 2020
Facial Aesthetics

Kybella: Q&A on the Popular Injectable Double Chin Treatment


ave you ever felt bothered or unhappy by the fat under your chin? Even though you eat well and exercise, the fat, also known as submental fullness, refuses to go away. Maybe you feel the condition makes you appear older or heavier than you really are. If you one of these people who feel self-conscious about their extra chin fat, Kybella may be the answer for you. 

Kybella is a prescription medicine that is injected into the chins of adults with moderate to severe fat under the chin. The medicine is designed to eliminate this excess fat. Patients receive a maximum of six treatments during which Kybella is injected into the target area. If you haven’t heard of this procedure before, you probably have a million questions going off in your head! But don’t worry, your expert dentist from Robinson PA is here to answer all of your questions. 

What is Kybella Made Of?

Rosslyn Farms Dental Kybella

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Kybella’s primary active ingredient is synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule inside the body that partakes in the breakdown and absorption of fat by the intestines. When Kybella is injected into the fat beneath your skin, it is able to destroy the fat cells thanks to the synthetic deoxycholic acid inside it. 

How is Kybella Administered? Will it Hurt? 

Kybella Pain

A Kybella-trained health care specialist will make multiple small injections under your chin. The amount of injections they give depends on the amount of fat under the chin as well as your desired profile. The process will take around 15 to 20 minutes. 

Your health care specialist will apply a numbing cream to the area to ease any discomfort you may feel during the procedure. However, depending on your pain tolerance, it might sting a little. The area may be a little sore or sensitive after the procedure. If you are worried about pain, you can see whether your specialist can apply a local anesthetic to the area. The specialist will usually apply ice to the area after they are finished. 

What is Submental Fullness?

Submental fullness, sometimes referred to as a “double chin,” is considered to be extra fullness found beneath a chin. Some people have had it all their lives, while others may have just recently developed it. Submental fullness can be caused by weight gain, genetics, and aging. For people who feel self-conscious about their submental fullness, but don’t want to get surgery, Kybella may be the answer for them. 

Will My Chin Be Sore After the Procedure?

You should anticipate swelling around the area for a couple of days. The swelling is caused by the Deoxycholic Acid working to break down and dissolve the fat cells under your chin. It usually peaks at around 20 to 28 hours following the procedure. It should then subside after 48 hours and clear up around the third day. The length of swelling does depend on the amount of dosage administered, however. 

How Can I Decrease the Risk of Bruising From the Treatment?

Treating Kybella

There are a variety of steps you can take to lower bruising at the treatment site. You should not be taking any blood-thinners, such as aspirin before or after the procedure. You should also avoid drinking any alcoholic beverages within 24 hours of going into the procedure. After you leave the office, try to ice the area as much as possible. 

When Will I See Results?

Kybella Before and After

Image courtesy of Kybella

Don’t expect to walk out of the room with a brand new chin. Even though it would be nice if the effects of the Kybella acted immediately, they don’t. Results typically take around four to six weeks after treatment to appear. But the wait will definitely be worth it. 

How Many Kybella Sessions Will I Need?

In general, two to three sessions are needed in order to achieve the desired results. But at most, it can be up to six treatments. The number of sessions needed will vary from patient to patient. 

What are the Possible Side Effects of Kybella?

Some patients may experience some side effects from Kybella, including:

  • Redness
  • Mild Pain
  • Bruising
  • Numbness
  • Tingling or Burning Sensation
  • Itching
  • Swelling

These reactions typically occur at the site of the injection. Other reactions may include headache, mouth or throat pain, high blood pressure, or difficulty swallowing. If you are worried about other potential side effects, contact your doctor. 

It is imperative that you alert your Kybella administrator of any medications or supplements that you are currently taking. Kybella may interact with these drugs. 

Is Kybella Permanent?

Kybella is permanent. Unless you gain additional weight over time, you should not need any further treatments. 

So there you have it! Everything you ever wanted to know about Kybella is right here. Do you think you are ready to achieve the smile of your dreams? Contact your local dentist in Robinson PA at Rosslyn Farms Dental for a consultation today!

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