Kybella is a minimally invasive injectable treatment option to sculpt away excess neck and chin fat with no surgery needed. The treatment makes use of deoxycholic acid, which is a molecule that is responsible for breaking down dietary fat in the body. The procedure is so simple that it can be done during your lunch break.
How Does It Work?
The molecule disrupts the fat cell membrane by destroying it. Once the membrane is destroyed, the fat cell releases the contents, which are naturally metabolized by the body. Since the treatment targets fat cells specifically, it does not affect your nerves or muscles in any way.
Until Kybella was introduced, the FDA advised consumers against injections that were meant to dissolve fat. This is because those injections had not undergone clinical trials and thus weren’t proven to be safe. Not only is Kybella approved to be safe, its benefits last for more than a decade.
Can Anybody Get The Treatment?
Kybella is not approved for patients under the age of 18, and your physician is required to screen you carefully to make sure that your double chin is indeed fat and not the result of another medical condition like an enlarged thyroid or cervical lymphadenopathy.
What Happens to Excess Skin Once the Fat Is Melted?
It is only natural for you to be left with a minor degree of extra skin tissue once the targeted fat cells have been disrupted and metabolized. Your doctor will examine the area to see if you have elastic skin or suffer from any condition that might leave you with an undesirable outcome after Kybella fat reduction.
What Is the Recovery Time Like?
Right after you get the injection, you will feel a bit hot in the chin area; this is a sign that the fat is beginning to melt. For a couple of days afterwards, you might feel like there is fluid in there. There might be some slight bruising and swelling at the injection site, but it is nothing to worry about and will subside in a few hours.
Can You Use Kybella on Other Areas?
The Kybella treatment is only for use in treating submental fat and not fat in other areas of your body. Do not expect it to work on muffin tops, love handles, or other regions. It is very effective with small collection of fat cells. More study is needed before the treatment is approved for other regions of the body.
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Although the Kybella injection procedure sounds very simple, it has to be performed by a surgeon who is experienced and trained in its use in order to avoid any sort of complications.
Dr. Raymond Lee is your ideal choice for Kybella treatment. Dr. Lee is double-board-certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology. To learn more about Kybella’s effects and the procedure itself, contact our office and schedule an appointment for a consultation. During your consultation, Dr. Lee will answer any questions you may have.