If you have a double chin, it can be hard to ignore. A double chin can make you look older and heavier and be challenging to get rid of, even with diet and exercise. Fortunately, there’s a new injectable called Kybella that can help.
Kybella is a new treatment that hit the market a few years ago. It’s an injectable that promises to remove fat cells permanently, which sounds pretty impressive. But does it work? Let’s take a look.
What is Kybella?
Kybella is a new, non-invasive treatment that effectively reduces submental fat. Submental fat is sometimes called a “double chin,” a common cosmetic concern for many people.
Kybella is injected into the fat cells under the chin, causing them to break down and be eliminated by the body. Kybella treatments are usually given in a series of injections over several weeks or months.
What to Do and Expect from Treatment
Kybella treatments are quick and easy, taking only 15-20 minutes per session. No anesthesia is required, although you may want to ice the area before treatment to numb it slightly. You may experience some redness, swelling, bruising, or discomfort after treatment, but this should resolve within a few days.
Before the Treatment
- Choose a reputable provider.
When it comes to injectables, you want to ensure that you’re in good hands. Do your research and choose a provider who is board certified and has experience with Kybella.
- Be honest about your expectations.
Before you even book a consultation, you must have realistic expectations about what Kybella can do for you. This will help you communicate your goals clearly to your provider and set expectations for your results.
- Consider your budget.
Kybella is an investment, and it’s essential to factor in the cost of treatment when making your decision. Talk to your provider about payment options, and ask about any specials or discounts available.
- Ask about side effects.
As with any injectable treatment, there is always a risk of side effects with Kybella. Be sure to ask your provider what you can expect regarding side effects and how long they may last.
- Get answers to all of your questions.
Before you book a treatment, ensure all your questions have been answered to your satisfaction. This includes questions about the procedure, recovery process, expected results, and more.
During the Treatment
Kybella treatments are typically performed in 3-5 sessions, spaced 4-6 weeks apart. During each session, several small injections are made into the treatment area. Most patients report minimal discomfort during the injections, and any discomfort experienced generally resolves within a few minutes.
After the Treatment
- Apply ice to the treated area. Applying ice immediately after the injection can help reduce swelling and bruising. Ice should be applied for 10-15 minutes at a time, with at least 30 minutes between applications.
- Avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours after the treatment. Strenuous activity can increase swelling and bruising. It is best to avoid activities such as working out, running, or playing sports for at least 24 hours after getting Kybella injections.
- Sleep with your head elevated. Sleeping with your head elevated on pillows can help reduce swelling in the treated area. Elevate your head when you sleep for the first night after the treatment.
- Wear loose clothing. Wearing loose clothing can help reduce friction and irritation on the treated area. Avoid wearing tight clothing such as turtlenecks, collared shirts, or belts over the treated area for at least 24 hours after getting Kybella injections.
- Apply sunscreen when outdoors. The sun can aggravate swelling and bruising in the treated area, thus, applying sunscreen with an SPF of 30 when you’re outdoors is essential.
Most patients require 2-4 treatments spaced 6-8 weeks apart to achieve their desired results. These are the things that might affect you after your Kybella treatment:
- Swelling is one of the first side effects you will feel after Kybella treatment and usually lasts 2-3 days. To help reduce swelling, consistently apply a cold compress for at least 10 minutes to the treated area. You should also avoid strenuous activity and alcohol 24 hours after your treatment.
- Bruising is also common after Kybella injections and can last up to 7 days.
- Numbness is another common side effect of Kybella and usually resolves within two weeks. To help reduce numbness, apply a topical numbing cream to the treated area 30 minutes before your treatment.
Most people need 2-4 treatments spaced 6-8 weeks apart to achieve their desired results. Results are usually visible within 4-6 weeks after each treatment and continue to improve for up to 12 weeks. Once you achieve your desired results, additional treatments are not typically necessary as long as you maintain your weight.
Is Kybella Worth It?
Kybella is an expensive treatment; each session can cost upwards of $1,000. And since most people need more than one session to see results, the total cost can start to add up. So is it worth it?
That depends on how you feel about your appearance. If you’re unhappy with your double chin and diet and exercise haven’t worked to get rid of it, then Kybella may be a good option for you. The results are permanent, so you won’t have to return for treatments.
On the other hand, if you’re not bothered by a little extra fat here and there, you may want to save money and stick to healthier lifestyle choices like eating right and exercising regularly.
If you are worried about the signs of aging on your face, then Kybella may be right for you. Kybella is an injectable treatment that can help to reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin.
It is safe for most people, but it is always essential to consult with a qualified healthcare professional before starting any new treatment. With regular treatments, you can expect to see a noticeable improvement in the appearance of your skin.
At Joslin Medical Spa, we offer Kybella treatments to our clients with the latest and most effective options. We believe everyone deserves to look and feel their best, and our team of skilled professionals is dedicated to helping our clients reach their aesthetic goals.