Frequently Asked Questions: Kybella
1. What is Kybella?
Kybella, an injectable medication approved by the FDA, is used to remove fat in the area underneath the chin. RR Aesthetics is pleased to offer this treatment with our expertly trained staff.
2. What areas can be treated with Kybella?
Kybella is approved by the FDA to improve the look and profile of submental fullness caused by submental fat. What’s that you ask? Submental describes the area underneath the chin. The fullness (fat) in this area is historically referred to as a double chin. Treatment of the double chin using Kybella has seen excellent results without the surgical intervention of liposuction.
3. Are there any off-label uses for Kybella?
Off label treatment areas that are being explored for Kybella include; bra roll, small fat pockets on the stomach, and even post axillary fat (that annoying bulge of fat that occurs near the armpit). Post Axillary fat is likely to be the next approved area for kybella so stay tuned for more information in 2017. Since Kybella is so new to the market make sure that your provider is well educated and has the experience with these types of off-label areas.
4. Kybella vs. liposuction for double chin? Which would you recommend and what is the difference?
Kybella is a non-surgical solution to the double chin. It allows you to treat small fat pockets without surgery. With limited down time and almost no pain – Kybella allows you to return to your regular life in no time at all.
Liposuction is an invasive surgical procedure that does have some additional risks since you are going under anesthesia. Recovery time tends to be longer and can leave a small scar in the area.
RR Aesthetics suggests you review all of your options with your doctor to choose the treatment that is right for you and your needs.
5. What is recovery like for Kybella injections?
The recovery from Kybella is relatively painless. There is some initial discomfort immediately after the injections for about 15 minutes. Patients experience tenderness and/or numbness to the area after the treatment. Kybella does cause swelling that we tell our clients to plan for. This swelling is one way you can tell Kybella is working, and is helpful, as it can sometimes lead to some skin tightening along with fat reduction.
RR Aesthetics suggests you set aside three to five days for swelling. After that, the swelling continues to be minimal over the next several weeks and likely only noticeable to you and your immediate family.
6. How long do results from Kybella injections last?
After you have your series of Kybella treatment (3-6 sessions spaced about 6 weeks apart) and have achieved your desired result, you will not need further injections. While Kybella does not remove every fat cell, it does drastically reduce and remove the cells that you are targeting and these cells will not return.
7. What do I do if I gain weight after using Kybella?
We use Kybella to target the fat cells underneath you chin. We know that Kybella does not remove every fat cell but it drastically reduces and removes the cells that you were targeting for your desired results. The fat cells that remain underneath your chin after you achieve your desired results can be affected by weight gain but since you drastically reduced the number of fat cells present you should see very little change in the area if you gain weight.
8. Are Kybella injections painful?
Kybella is an easy procedure with little pain or discomfort. Ice will be used to numb the area prior to injection. Immediately after the injections some patients describe a hot and uncomfortable feeling that subsides within minutes. During this portion we have you remain in the office with ice packs to help ease this feeling of discomfort. Patients say that the first 15 minutes of the treatment is a little uncomfortable but in general it is well tolerated by all of our patients. We are here to assure you that we will make you as comfortable as possible during your treatment here at RR Aesthetics.
9. How long is a Kybella treatment?
We ask first-time patients to plan for one hour in our office so they can ask questions, get specifics about the Kybella treatment, and numb the treatment area using ice before starting. The actual injection portion of the treatment takes less than five minutes and is well-tolerated.
10. How many Kybella treatments do I need to see results?
The number of treatments depends on several factors specific to the individual. We recommend spacing treatments six weeks apart. Depending on the fullness of your double chin, you could need as few as three or as many as six treatments. We suggest scheduling an in-person meeting with one of our expertly trained staff for your custom consultation. Trista Sharidge, RN CANS, and Michele Florez, RN CANS, offer complimentary consultations.