Kybella is an FDA-approved injection that safely and effectively treats submental fat, or “double chin.” Kybella is the first drug approved by the FDA for the treatment of submental fat and the least invasive treatment on the market today.
Benefits of Kybella Treatment
Kybella is comprised of active ingredient deoxycholic acid, a molecule that occurs naturally in the body. Kybella is a safe, effective treatment that is administered non-invasively in an office setting. There is no lengthy recovery period following treatment and no ongoing treatment necessary once the desired results are achieved. Kybella provides permanent results at just a fraction of the price of surgical treatments available.
How it Works
Kybella is comprised of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that is responsible for absorbing fat in the body. When injected into the tissue beneath the chin, Kybella destroys fat cells, which destroys their ability to store fat and eliminates fatty tissue. Because deoxycholic acid is an organic, naturally-occurring chemical produced by the body, it is both safe and effective.
Who Can Receive Kybella Treatment
You should visit with a qualified health professional to determine whether you’re a good candidate for Kybella. Some patients may not be able to receive the treatment due to health risks, so its important that you provide your doctor with as much information as possible about your medical history, lifestyle, and prescribed medications. You should also tell your provider if you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or breastfeeding; if you have had surgery or cosmetic treatments on the face or neck; if you have any infections; and if you are on a blood-thinning medication.
What to Expect
Before you can receive Kybella, you’ll meet with your doctor for a consultation appointment. During this appointment, the healthcare provider will perform a physical examination and review your medical history to determine whether you’re a good candidate for the procedure. He or she will clearly explain risks and benefits of the procedure. You may be required to meet with a patient accounts representative to make arrangements to cover the cost of Kybella before you leave or receive treatment.
Whether you can receive the first treatment immediately or need to schedule an appointment to return will depend on the clinic’s schedule and availability. Treatment takes about fifteen minutes, but may take longer the first time. During your Kybella appointment, you will receive up to fifty injections into the fatty tissue beneath the chin. The number of injections administered depends on the individual circumstances of each unique case. Up to six treatments may be performed with at least one month between treatments to achieve maximum results.
Following the first treatment, you may be required to wear a compressive neck band for up to seven days. Normal activity can be resumed immediately following treatment. For soreness, you may choose to apply ice or take over-the-counter pain relievers.
Some patients see improvement after the first treatment, while others may not show improvement until after the fourth, fifth, or six treatment. After six treatments, 72% of patients notice significant improvement in the contour and appearance of the chin and jaw line. Most patients receive two to four treatments in total.
Once the desired results have been achieved, ongoing treatment is not necessary. No maintenance treatment is required because the cells can no longer store fat so the submental fullness is not expected to return.
Kybella Before and After
During clinical trials, over a 1600 patients were observed and closely monitored. 79% of patients reported satisfaction with their results, including improved self-perception, feeling younger and happier, and feeling less self-conscious.
Kybella Side Effects and Risks
Mild pain, redness, bruising, or swelling at the injection site following treatment is common. Rare but serious side effects include dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), numbness, hardening of the area treated, and injury to a facial nerve resulting in a drooping or asymmetrical smile or facial muscle weakness.
To minimize risk, Kybella should never be administered if there is an infection at the injection site, and only qualified healthcare providers should administer the drug.
Cost of Kybella Treatment
The cost of Kybella varies from patient to patient because the number of injections per treatment, amount of medication used, and number of treatments required varies from patient to patient. However, the average cost per treatment falls around $1200 and the average cost of all treatments combined is around $3,000. Because Kybella is less expensive and much less invasive than other surgical treatments available, many patients choose to invest in Kybella.
Because Kybella is classified as a cosmetic treatment, it is not covered by health insurance. Patients who cannot pay up front for treatment often utilize personal loans or lines of low-interest credit to cover the cost of treatment so they can pay back the investment over time. Some clinics may also offer in-house financing options.
Finding a Qualified Kybella Doctor
The experienced healthcare providers at NOVA Plastic Surgery are highly qualified to administer Kybella, transforming the appearance and contour of the face. To learn more about Kybella treatment and find out whether you’re a good candidate for the procedure, call us at (703)574-2588.