What Are Kybella Treatments Really Like?

You may have heard or read about Kybella—the only injectable available that has been designed especially for excess fat under the chin. Because of its popularity, Kybella is one of the most sought-after treatments around, especially at Pure Touch Skin Center. You probably even know someone who’s had it done. The results are significant, and those who get the procedure are very satisfied. But what exactly is Kybella, and what is the procedure like?

First, A Little About Kybella

Kybella has been called a “wonder drug” for double chins. FDA-approved in 2015, Kybella’s active ingredient is deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that helps with the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. Kybella was purchased by Allergan and soared to popularity after patients saw the incredible results it provided. Even celebrity Khloe Kardashian sings its praises.

So, It Definitely Works…Right?

Yes! Kybella is revolutionary in that it actually targets double chin fat and eliminates it. However, it’s important for those who are considering Kybella treatments to understand that the results, although significant, can take a little while to reach—anywhere between 2 to 4 treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart.

What Are Kybella Treatments Like?

A typical Kybella treatment looks like this:

You will have a little “before” photo shoot—a series of 3D images. Once you’re settled in for your actual treatment, you’ll be given numbing cream underneath your chin, followed by a temporary tattoo dot grid. (This will help your specialist know where to inject the Kybella.)

You can expect roughly 30 injections over the course of about five minutes. You’ll feel them, but most patients find it very tolerable, as the numbing cream is there. You may also feel a burning sensation—this is the actual chemical—but you will also be given ice packs to help with this, and there will be breaks between injections.

Afterward, you will most likely be wrapped with a compression bandage, and your chin will feel sore (nothing unbearable). Before the Kybella makes your double chin leave, you’ll experience some swelling—but don’t freak out. This is normal. You may feel like your double chin is actually growing, but trust us…it’s not. It’s all part of the process. And once your chin has completely “gone down”, those fat cells are gone permanently. So in the long run, those weeks of recovery are very worthwhile.

The swelling will peak about 24 hours after your first Kybella treatment, and will last anywhere from two days to a few weeks. This may sound like a long time, but the results are very worth it! Many patients choose to work from home during this time if they can, but it’s not necessary. Over the recovery time, you may also experience bruising, burning, or numbness. These are also normal, and this means the Kybella is working.

In Conclusion

Kybella treatments are the first non-invasive injectables that allow you to permanently get rid of double chin fat. It can change your profile and greatly improve the shape and contour of your jawline. Before Kybella, the only way to treat a double chin was to actually get liposuction there, so you can understand the relief and popularity of Kybella. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact us at Pure Touch Skin Center. We are happy to answer any questions you may have!