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Kybella

KYBELLA™ FAQ's

HOW LONG WILL THE PROCEDURE LAST?

Each Kybella™ injection session lasts around 15-20 minutes. Patients can receive up to six to eight consecutive sessions spaced one month (~4 weeks) apart. The number of injections administered during a single session will vary among patients depending on the severity of their submental fat and convexity. Some patients received as little as 12 while others had over 20.

ARE THERE RISKS?

Like any cosmetic procedure, Kybella™ is accompanied by its own risks. While its nonsurgical approach gives it an advantage over more invasive procedures, the content of Kybella™ itself can make it dangerous if not administered properly. The injections’ primary component, deoxycholic acid, is a naturally occurring molecule produced in the liver to degrade fat/fatty acids when eaten. When administered during Kybella™ procedures, the deoxycholic acid targets the submental fat beneath the chin and helps absorb it as well as destroying the remaining fat cells. Once these cells are destroyed, they can no longer collect and accumulate fat. However, deoxycholic acid also has the ability to destroy other cells, including skin cells, if not used properly. Kybella™ is available at Better Life Clinics and its administration should only be done with trusted Physicians, as they have the most knowledge of the facial and neck anatomy, understand the risks, and can administer the treatment properly with little risk of complications.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE?

After your first Kybella™ session, you can expect very few complications besides minor stinging, burning, or pain that resolves in the first 15-20 minutes. There is a risk of excessive pain, numbness, bruising or prolonged swelling (a bullfrog-like look), but these side effects are rare and last from a few days to a few weeks. The duration, as well as the severity of the symptoms themselves, varies among patients.

HOW SOON CAN I RETURN TO WORK?

Kybella™ is a non-surgical, non-invasive, low-downtime procedure. Since it is an injectable medication, you won’t have to go to a hospital and can be given the injections in a simple 15 minute office visit. Side effects such as mild pain, burning, itching or bruising post-treatment may be normal and resolve in a few hours to a few days. For most patients, these effects are minor and they may continue their work schedule as normal. Others may have more intense swelling, inflammation, bruising and pain at the injection site for days to weeks following a treatment. Patients may want to take a day or two of work to recover after a Kybella™ treatment. Please discuss your concerns with your doctor if you have a busy social calendar.