Kybella Long Island
Kybella is an injectable prescription medication used to improve the appearance and profile of fat below a person’s chin (often called submental fat). Most commonly it is referred to as a “double chin.” Deoxycholic acid is the active ingredient in Kybella. It is naturally occurring molecule in a person’s body that aids in the breakdown of fat cells. When Kybella is injected into the submental fat, it destroys the fat cells and results in a significant reduction in chin fullness. Once these cells are destroyed, they can no longer increase in size and accumulate fat. Therefore, no further sessions should be necessary. Kybella has been FDA approved for the submental area.
What to Expect during a Kybella Session?
You will be given ice or topical numbingcream prior to the treatment to lessen the injection discomfort. The area that is to be treated will be marked and cleaned with alcohol. Multiple tiny injections of Kybella will be injected into the fat under the skin. It is recommended to continue applying ice to the affected area after the treatment.
Kybella’s Possible Side Effects?
The most common side effect is swelling, which can be significant during the first few days. Other side effects could be bruising, redness and pain. Also, in some cases, lumps or hardness in the area has been reported. These are to be expected as the medication is working to destroy fat cells. Most times these side effects can be controlled with ice and ibuprofen. Kybella can, in very rare cases, cause temporary nerve injury in the jaw. This rare side effect is temporary.
How many sessions are required?
The number of sessions can vary from patient to patient. Our doctors will determine how many sessions you will need based on your chin profile and the amount of submental fat. Most patients require 2-4 treatments depending on the amount of fat and their ultimate goal. Sessions are scheduled 4-6 weeks apart.
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