How Does Kybella Work?
Kybella is an injectable drug that's full of synthetic deoxycholic acid. In fact, deoxycholic acid is found naturally in the body as bile. This trait makes Kybella perfect as a fat-reducing drug. Bile and its deoxycholic acid component naturally breaks down food particles in the digestive system, including fat. Doctors simply use this simple digestive property and apply it to your double chin.
Kybella also has a cytolytic feature. As Kybella enters your fatty tissue, it breaks down adipose-cell walls first. With damaged cell walls, the fat tissue is rapidly broken down and removed by the body's natural waste system. Because Kybella works with the body's everyday processes, you'll notice a sleeker chin in no time.
Saggy Skin Concerns
Although most people are good candidates for a Kybella procedure, our Orange County doctors will still need to consult with you before the treatment. If you have sagging or loose skin in the chin area, you may not see the best results from a Kybella procedure. As the medicine breaks down the fat, firm skin can simply rebound into place. The chin looks almost immediately flush against the throat and jawline. Sagging skin, however, will remain in place as a double chin.
Consider these features that might make you a poor Kybella candidate, such as:
• Loose skin from major weight loss
• Aging skin
As an alternative, you may want to explore other options. A neck lift is a surgical option, but it will refine your chin and throat when sagging skin is an issue.
Understanding the Injection Process
A board certified surgeon will perform your Kybella procedure. In most cases, you'll need several injections for the Kybella to spread across your chin. The maximum amount of injections in one appointment is 50, but it's very rare when a patient requires that many treatments.
Before the injections, however, the doctor will prepare the area. You might receive a numbing agent during this time period, including:
• Ice packs
If you have sensitive skin, consider the lidocaine for your procedure. You can discuss all of your concerns with your doctor before the procedure day. In many cases, you'll only require ice to be comfortable during the injections.
Recovering With Comfort
Ideally, you should take three to four days to initially recover. You might experience some common issues, including:
• Slight discomfort
You can use ice packs on your chin in order to reduce the swelling. Our doctors may also provide you with a prescription for mild, pain relief. In general, you should relax and avoid any strenuous exercise. Allowing your body to heal from the procedure will give the Kybella a chance to start working on those fat cells.
Recurring Double Chin
Although this procedure isn't a surgical type, it's considered permanent. Kybella destroys the fat cells, and your body expels them through the lymphatic system. However, be aware of eventual issues that can make your double chin return, such as:
• Weight gain
Try to maintain a healthy weight so that fatty tissue doesn't return to the site. Kybella will lose its potency after it destroys those initial fat cells. It's possible to have another procedure in the future if necessary. Aging will also cause the skin at your neck to become loose. Your double chin might return as you reach your 60s and 70s.
Take control of your beauty and contact our Fashion Island office today at 949-200-1615. Our talented staff will be happy to schedule a consultation. In the past, liposuction was the only solution to a troublesome double chin. Be part of the Kybella revolution by reducing your chin fat with an FDA-approved non-surgical option performed by Orange County's leading facial plastic surgery center/office.