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What is Kybella?
Kybella is an FDA-approved, non-invasive cosmetic injection that can reduce fat in the submental area, sometimes referred to as submental fullness or double chin. It targets the cell wall of the fat cells, resulting in the breakdown of the fatty tissue. It uses a formula made with synthetic deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule, which destroys fat cells and reduces the fullness under the chin. As the body naturally cleans up the destroyed fat cells, the treated area loses its bulk, leaving the skin more smooth and improving the facial profile. Kybella can also be used off-label to treat small areas of body fat for contouring such as upper arms or residual belly fat. The ability to non-surgically remove fat/adipose tissue makes Kybella a popular choice for body and facial contouring.
What is Deoxycholic Acid?
Interestingly enough, the body naturally produces deoxycholic acid – it’s a secondary bile acid used to assist in breaking down and emulsifying fats in the intestines during digestion! It’s no wonder that it can provide effective fat removal as a key component of Kybella’s formula in contouring procedures.
With its fat-destroying capabilities, contouring is a fantastic use for Kybella. By strategically removing fat in certain areas, patients can enjoy a more youthful profile and figure. Kybella’s deoxycholic acid formula offers a powerful way to directly remove unwanted fat cells to help restore natural body and facial contours. Contouring with Kybella can be done on the face or various parts of the body if indicated, as “off-label” treatments.
Kybella excels at the reduction of double chin. Double chin can form as fat begins to grow beneath the chin (called submental fat). When injected with Kybella’s deoxycholic acid formula, fat cell walls in the submental fat begin to break down, destroying the underlying fat tissue. As the fat cells degrade and the body recovers, the skin in this area looks more softened and smooth, and the chin is restored to its beautiful, natural definition.
Kybella injections take several weeks to produce results, as the breakdown of fat and healing of the injection site tissues takes some time. Results generally begin to develop around 3-6 weeks. With a proper treatment regimen, Kybella results can last up to several years to near-permanent! This is because fat cells that are destroyed or inhibited cannot store further fat.
Several treatments may be required over a series of weeks to months to maximize the outcome.
To start, you and Dr. Brandish will develop an individualized treatment plan to determine if Kybella is the best tool for the desired result. She is an expert injector with an artistic eye and years of experience using injectables to contour the face and turn back the clock.
Once Kybella is identified as the right treatment, the treatment area is cleansed and prepped for injection. Ice is applied before injection to minimize any discomfort. Kybella is mixed with a small amount of lidocaine to numb the area of injection during the procedure and injected using a very small needle to make the procedure as comfortable as possible.
After the procedure, it is recommended to continue icing the area for the rest of the day to minimize downtime.
Kybella will cause inflammation due to the breakdown of fat cells and swelling of the treated area will most likely occur. Swelling can be significant but it will subside within several days.
All precautions are taken at Brandish Clinic to help make optimal treatments much easier with minimal downtime.
As with any medical procedure, it’s important to understand that recovery times may vary patient-to-patient, and this is also the reality with cosmetic procedures like Kybella injections.
According to Kybella studies, the most common side effects are swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and mild firmness around the treatment area. There are rare side effects that can involve surrounding nerves but these are extremely rare, and clinical studies have shown that they generally dissipate on their own in time.
Kybella is an injectable, non-surgical, safe, and easy way to remove unwanted excess fat from certain areas of the face and body. It has become the treatment of choice for small pockets of fat in contouring as opposed to more invasive liposuction procedures. It’s FDA-approved to treat submental fat or fullness beneath the chin, but it can be used off-label to contour other regions of the face and body. It uses a naturally occurring compound, deoxycholic acid-based formula, to target fat cells and break them down. As the body cleans up the broken down fat cells, the treated areas are softened with a more youthful and defined profile. The treatment with Kybella is very effective due to its ability to break down the fat cell walls therefore inhibiting the tissue from future fat storage. This leads to long-lasting treatment that can persist for years to come.
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