Non-invasive cosmetic enhancements have become a popular trend due to the rise of the “filtered” face era. A recent study revealed that nearly half of Americans are bothered by the appearance of their submental fat or double chin.
Many surgical options can reduce this excess fat beneath the chin. Among the popular ones is the Kybella injection, a minimally invasive procedure for unwanted double chin.
But how long does it last?
This is a common question that many patients ask. Keep reading to learn more about Kybella.
What is KYBELLA?
Kybella is the only FDA-approved non-surgical treatment for moderate to severe submental fat (aka “double chin”). The treatment improves the appearance and profile of your face.
It is difficult to lose fat in the lower half of your face with diet and exercise, as you probably know. Kybella helps address this issue by tightening and firming the skin around the chin. Once you’ve achieved your desired results, it’s unlikely that you’ll need further treatment sessions.
How Do Kybella Injections Work?
Kybella is composed of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids with the digestion and absorption of dietary cholesterol.
Once Kybella is injected, it destroys fat cells to prevent them from storing or accumulating more fat. This causes a noticeable decrease in the fat underneath the chin and reveals a more defined chin profile.
What To Expect From Your Kybella Treatment Sessions?
Kybella isn’t for everyone, the treatment is only for patients who are healthy and have no history of autoimmune diseases. Your trusted aesthetician must also assess the chin first to determine if Kybella is the appropriate treatment for you.
After the area has been numbed, your cosmetic provider will apply Kybella to the treatment sites. Your body weight will determine the amount of Kybella you need.
Putting ice in the area will help decrease swelling and pain after the treatment. As a whole, each Kybella treatment session will last around 15 to 20 minutes.
Side effects of Kybella include swelling and fullness within the first few days after treatment. It is highly advised to schedule your Kybella treatment strategically to reduce swelling before attending social events.
Patients will see immediate results, but that will only last for 3 to 4 days. Over the next four weeks, collagen will begin to grow and will make more visible results.
In addition, patients need to massage the injection site 5 times daily for five consecutive days after the injections. The results will not look natural if the area isn’t massaged.
The treatment plan works subtly and gradually over time, but produces beautiful natural-looking results!
The patient’s individual needs and desired results will determine how many treatments are necessary. Patients usually require between 2-6 treatments to achieve full correction.
How Long Does Kybella Last?
Kybella treatments destroy unwanted chin fat cells permanently so they’ll never return. This means that you can enjoy your new sculpted chin that can last for many years.
Will I Experience Downtime?
Kybella does not require the same recovery time as other surgical procedures. In a matter of minutes, you can be in and out of the provider’s office.
Although the injection sites may be swollen and bruised for a few days, they will eventually heal within one week. You can take any over-the-counter pain medication to relieve any discomfort.
Is Kybella Right for Me?
Nearly everyone loves Kybella, however, the treatment isn’t right for everyone.
Discuss your medical history with the physician so they can assess your health. They also need to find out if you have had any enhancements to your neck, face, or chin in the past or if you intend to do so in the future. You are not eligible for Kybella if you are pregnant or a breastfeeding mom.
To determine the best treatment for you, consult a professional cosmetic specialist or medical aesthetician.
Schedule a free consultation with Prescott Medical Aesthetics to see if Kybella is the right method for you to get rid of that bothersome double chin once and for all!
We are a team of medical aestheticians dedicated to providing you the highest-quality medical care for all your skincare and cosmetic procedures, including Kybella. We perform minimally invasive procedures with little to no pain and less downtime.
Do you have any questions about the Kybella injections? Ask us in the comments section below!