Kybella: How It Works and What to Expect

woman focusing on her neckKybella is a prescription injection designed to eliminate stored fat beneath the chin. As the only FDA-approved injectable treatment to eliminate fat cells under the chin, Kybella is a valuable and unique cosmetic treatment.

We’re happy to offer Kybella at Ultimate Image Cosmetic Medical Center in Clearwater, Florida. Here, we’ll reveal how Kybella works to eradicate submental fat for a defined, youthful appearance. 

How Does Kybella Work?

Synthetic deoxycholic acid, a molecule that’s naturally found in the human body, is the active ingredient in Kybella injections. This molecule helps the body break down and absorb dietary fat.

When deoxycholic acid is injected below your chin during a Kybella treatment, it eliminates fat cells in the area. When fat beneath the chin is broken down and absorbed, you’ll enjoy a slimmer, more defined jawline. 

Once Kybella destroys the fat cells in your under-chin area, it’s impossible for fat to be stored there again. So after using Kybella to achieve your desired appearance, you won’t have to worry about future fat accumulation under your chin. 

What to Expect during a Kybella Treatment

If you’re interested in a Kybella treatment, a cosmetic specialist will conduct an examination of the potential treatment area. Kybella can only be administered by a Kybella-trained specialist, which we’re proud to have on staff at Ultimate Image Cosmetic Medical Center. Based on the amount of fat stored underneath the chin and your cosmetic goals, your specialist will develop an individual treatment plan. 

Kybella treatment involves multiple small injections into the under chin area. The number of injections in your Kybella treatment will depend on the amount of stored fat in the area. It only takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes to administer Kybella injections.

As a non-invasive procedure, Kybella treatment requires minimal downtime. Typically, patients can return to their regular activities very quickly after the injections are administered. Side effects are usually minor and subside within a week or two. 

Potential side effects from a Kybella treatment include:

  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Hard sections of skin in the treatment area

Will I Need Multiple Kybella Treatment Sessions?

The number of Kybella treatment sessions that you’ll need depends entirely on your unique body and aesthetic goals. If your specialist determines that multiple treatment sessions will be needed, the treatments will be administered at least one month apart. Also, patients shouldn’t undergo more than six sessions. 

At Ultimate Image Cosmetic Medical Center in Clearwater, Florida, we have trained our Kybella specialists on staff to ensure that your treatment goals are met as safely and efficiently as possible. For information about Kybella and how it may work for you, contact Ultimate Image Cosmetic Medical Center today.