Our plastic surgeons provide Kybella® injections in our office as an outpatient procedure. The needle used is very fine. For this reason, most patients suggest the treatment itself is almost painless. We generally use ice to numb the area a bit prior to the injections, and the treatment takes no more than 30 minutes.
We may inject 1 or 2 vials per sitting depending on the amount of fat to be reduced.
After Your Kybella Injections
After the injection(s), it takes 6 weeks for the effects to show. We then evaluate you at that 6-week point to determine if you need more injections for the results you want. Most patients receive 2 to 3 treatments, each spaced 6 weeks apart. Each time, 1 or 2 vials of Kybella will typically be used.
There are no restrictions after Kybella. You can go back to work or resume any activities immediately after your treatment.
Expect some swelling and bruising (5 out of 6 patients) during the first week, however, so we advise patients not to plan major work or social activities during that first week. Many patients will hide this side effect by wearing a turtleneck or scarf. Most patients experience soreness for about 2 weeks, although they report that it is tolerable. You can take over-the-counter pain medication, such as Tylenol or Motrin, if you wish, to manage any discomfort.
The fat loss from Kybella injections is permanent. Sagging and aging of skin can continue over time, but the fat destroyed by Kybella is not expected to return. If you gain weight, new fat can develop under the chin. The best way to maintain your results is to keep your weight steady and stay healthy.