Kybella Injections: What You Should Know Before & After


Kybella Injections: what you should know


Whether it’s from genetics, weight gain, or aging, no one likes a double chin. That’s where Kybella comes in. Kybella injections have been shown to eliminate the pocket of fat under the chin that we all dread, giving you a more youthful, trim appearance. 

In this blog post, we will discuss everything you need to know before and after getting Kybella injections. We’ll cover what Kybella is, how it works, the benefits and risks associated with it, and more!

What is Kybella?

Kybella is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that helps break down and absorb dietary fat. Kybella injections are used to improve the appearance of moderate-to-severe fat below the chin, also called “submental fullness.” When injected into this area, Kybella causes the destruction of fat cells, leading to a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin.

What causes submental fullness?

There are many causes of submental fullness, including aging, weight gain, genetics, and lifestyle factors. Unfortunately, submental fullness can be difficult to get rid of with diet and exercise alone. This is where Kybella comes in!

How does Kybella work?

Kybella works by destroying the fat cells that are responsible for submental fullness. Once these fat cells are destroyed, they can no longer store or accumulate fat. This results in a reduction of fullness under the chin, and a more sculpted and defined appearance. 

Is Kybella right for me? 

KYBELLA may be right for you if: 

  • You’re bothered by fat under the chin, also known as a “double chin” or submental fullness
  • You don’t want surgery
  • You feel the condition makes you look older or heavier than you actually are
  • No matter how diligent you are with your diet and exercise, submental fullness does not go away

How many sessions will I need?

Your provider will help you determine how many treatment sessions you need based on the amount and distribution of your submental fat and your personal treatment goals. Up to 6 treatments may be administered, spaced at least 1 month apart. In clinical studies, 59% of people treated with Kybella received the full 6 treatment regimen.

What are the benefits of Kybella?

Kybella injections have many benefits! Just think! In 6 months or less, your face can look slim, trim, and youthful again! Other major benefits to choosing Kybella are:

  • You don’t need to worry about needing maintenance injections.
  • Get lasting, noticeable results without the need for surgery or sutures.
  • Tighten the skin under your chin

In addition, Kybella can also help to improve self-esteem. We all know that what’s on the inside matters most. But make no mistake: self-care is neither self-indulgent nor vain. When we look our best, our confidence is at its best, and we are ready to take on anything that comes our way.

What happens during the Kybella injection process?

A small needle will be used to inject Kybella into the treatment area under your chin. This may cause mild discomfort, but it is typically tolerable. The number of injections will depend on the amount of fat under your chin and your desired results. After the injections are complete, ice may be applied to the treatment area to reduce swelling.

What to expect after Kybella injection:

  • Swelling and bruising are common after Kybella injections. This usually resolves within a week or two.
  • You may also experience numbness or tingling in the treatment area. This is typically temporary and will resolve within a few weeks.
  • Pain is uncommon after Kybella injections, but if you do experience it, over-the-counter pain medication can help.
  • You should be able to resume normal activity shortly after your procedure.

How to prepare for your Kybella injection appointment:

  • Avoid blood thinners for two weeks prior to your appointment
  • Arrive at your appointment with a clean face
  • Wear loose clothing that can be easily removed

When will I see results and How long will they last?

Most people see significant improvement after just one or two treatment sessions. For most, once you reach your desired aesthetic, further treatment is not expected.

Is Kybella Safe?

As with any procedure, there are side effects and risks with Kybella. The most common side effects are:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Numbness or tingling in the treatment area
  • Less commonly, pain

Your provider will discuss any rare or potentially serious risks with you, but most people only experience minimal side effects and are able to return to their normal activities quickly. 

If you do experience any side effects, be sure to talk to your doctor so they can help you manage them.

Are there alternatives to Kybella injections?

CoolSculpting is an alternative way to remove unwanted submental fat. CoolSculpting is approved for use on 9 areas of the body, including under the chin. CoolSculpting freezes the fat cells under the skin. Once frozen, these cells die, and the body eliminates them over the course of several weeks to a few months.

If you’re considering Kybella injections

If you’re considering Kybella injections, be sure to consult with Elan. We can help determine if Kybella is right for you and answer any questions you may have.

Ready to learn more about Kybella? Call us at 615-814-4999 to schedule a consultation with us today! We would love to discuss Kybella with you in more detail and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to get started!




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