Despite following a diet and exercise plan, you find yourself with pockets of fat that refuse to budge. Or, perhaps you’re satisfied with your overall weight and body composition, but you have a few areas that you’d like to remove a little fat from.
Kybella is a prescription injectable used to destroy fat cells in a specific area. Keep reading to learn more about Kybella so you can decide if it’s right for you.
What is Kybella?
Kybella is a non-surgical treatment designed to remove fat from targeted areas. The active ingredient is synthetic deoxycholic acid; this molecule is one that occurs naturally in the body and encourages the absorption of fat.
Many people find that Kybella is an excellent alternative to liposuction. It offers similar results without the need for surgery and a lengthy recovery time.
How Does Kybella Work?
When you inject Kybella into fat pockets, it destroys the cells so that they’re unable to store fat. Kybella is most effective in individuals who are at a healthy weight but want to remove fat from specifics areas of the body.
The ingredients in Kybella destroy the outer membranes of your fat cells. This dissolves the cells. They eventually travel through the lymphatic system that will then excrete them as waste.
You’ll most likely need two to four injection sessions, and these sessions are scheduled six weeks apart.
Once you’ve removed your desired amount of fat, your results are permanent. Your cells are no longer able to store fat, even if you gain weight.
What is Kybella Approved to Treat?
Kybella is approved as a fat dissolver for reducing the size and appearance of a double chin. Since there is a pocket of submental fat that creates the appearance of a double chin, this is a terrific area to target with Kybella.
Can You Use Kybella for Other Areas?
Medical professionals can use Kybella “off-label” for purposes that it isn’t specifically approved for. If your practitioner thinks you’re a good candidate, it’s possible to use Kybella to treat pockets of fat in other areas of your body.
Some of the areas that respond well to Kybella injections include:
- Armpit fat
- Fat around your bra band
- Knee fat
- Pockets of fat on your abdominal region
- Lower arm fat (often known as “bat wings”)
- Fat around the pubic area
- Jaw fat
Does Kybella Have Any Side Effects?
Some people experience mild swelling after their first injection. The process of breaking down fat cells can cause inflammation that leads to swelling.
This swelling doesn’t mean that your body isn’t suited to Kybella or that you’re experiencing an allergic reaction or infection. In fact, the swelling actually means that the injections are working like they’re supposed to.
It can take a few weeks for Kybella-related swelling to completely go away. As long as it isn’t too painful, you can massage your injection sites to help reduce the swelling and encourage your body to heal.
Other side effects include pain, numbness, and redness around your injection sites.
How Long Does Kybella Take to Work?
It takes time for Kybella to destroy your fat cells. While you’ll likely see some results in a few weeks, it takes up to 90 days for all of your fat to break down.
What Should You Expect During Your Kybella Sessions?
While the exact length of your treatment sessions depends on the areas that you’re targeting, most Kybella sessions take less than 20 minutes.
There isn’t a lengthy recovery period with Kybella. You’ll want to avoid activities that can make your swelling worse, like vigorous activity or excessive sun and heat exposure.
You can resume light activity immediately after your treatment.
Who Should Avoid Kybella?
Kybella works best when you’re already at your desired weight. It works better in individuals who have good skin quality; this ensures that the skin doesn’t sag once the fat is removed.
If you’ve had cosmetic surgery on your treatment site, you should let your practitioner know so that they can determine if the procedure will impact your Kybella results.
Individuals who are pregnant or breastfeeding should postpone Kybella injections, as it isn’t know if Kybella can pass through breastmilk or impacts your unborn baby.
If you have an infection in your ideal treatment site, you should postpone your injections until you’ve treated the infection.
How to Start Your Kybella Treatments in Encino California
Ready to use Kybella to reduce your fat deposits? Contact Glow Aesthetic Center in Encino to request a consultation, or use our integrated online booking system to quickly book your next visit at our Encino office!