Kybella is an injectable treatment that can reduce or eliminate submental fullness, better known as a double chin. Kybella is completely non-surgical and is thus the first effective alternative to surgical liposuction. Kybella is the only FDA approved treatment for submental fullness, and it has become an extremely popular option for people who struggle with stubborn double chins.

Who is a Good Candidate for Kybella?

Adults who struggle with a double chin may be excellent candidates for Kybella treatment. This treatment can melt away extra fat to reveal a much-improved chin contour that requires no incisions at all. People who want to eliminate or greatly reduce their double chin without having to resort to surgery are often good candidates for Kybella treatment. This type of treatment is done over a period of at least 2 months, so good Kybella candidates are people who are willing to make that time investment to get the results that they're looking for.

The Benefits of Kybella

One of the most notable benefits of Kybella is that it's entirely non-surgical. This means patients won't have to undergo general or local anesthesia, they won't have to deal with incisions and sutures, and they won't have the lengthy recovery time often associated with surgery. Another big benefit of Kybella is that the fat cells are permanently destroyed. The treatment aggravates the fat cells, resulting in a release of the fat within. This fat will move into the body to be removed in normal metabolic activity. The fat cells can't regenerate because they are damaged beyond repair. This means that patients won't ever have to deal with fat in the treated area again. Even in patients who eventually gain weight, the double chin can't return to its former state because those particular fat cells are gone. However, new fat growth in the surrounding areas could still create an unattractive look so patients are urged to maintain their weight through a healthy diet and regular exercise. Kybella treatment is completely safe because the product is made of deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is found in the human body naturally, which means the Kybella is well accepted and that there are no reactions to worry about.

Kybella Treatment

Kybella treatment usually takes only about half an hour in total. A topical anesthesia is applied to the area under the chin to help the patient feel numb during the injections. The treatment area will then be gently outlined, providing a clear guide for the injections. Very thin needles are then used to deliver the Kybella product with the least amount of patient discomfort possible. Patients can return to their normal routine as soon as the Kybella treatment is complete.

Recovery after Kybella

After Kybella treatment, some minor side effects are not unusual. These side effects may include mild swelling, bruising, and redness in the treatment area. It's common to feel at least some level of numbness for a few hours after treatment, but this goes away as the topical anesthetic wears off. Most people are comfortable resuming all their normal activities after their Kybella treatment.

What to Expect: Kybella Results

To get the optimal results, the majority of patients need to have between 2 and 4 treatments in total. Patients with very pronounced double chins may need as much as 6 Kybella treatments. It takes time to get the best results, as treatments are scheduled 1-2 months apart. The team at Rau Plastic Surgery will work with each patient to make sure that they know what to expect from Kybella treatments.

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