Cosmetic dermatology has gained a lot of success in the past few decades. There was once a time when dermatology was just used to treat problems related to the skin, hair, and nails – but there was hardly anything you could do to enhance your facial features. But today, dermatology is divided into two distinct categories: medical and cosmetic. And among them, cosmetic dermatology deals with aesthetic procedures that can help enhance your appearance and help achieve your desired look.

From scarring to textured skin to uneven skin tone, cosmetic procedures, surgeries, and treatments can now help you transform your appearance. One cosmetic treatment quite popular these days is Kybella. Kybella is used in the form of injections and can help you achieve perfectly chiseled facial features with minimal effort. Want to know the reason behind its popularity and how it actually works? Then you are at the right place to find out what are kybella injections.

Today, let's talk about Kybella injections and what they really are. So without further ado, let's go!

What Are Kybella Injections?

As mentioned above, Kybella or Kybella injections are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures that are basically targeted to the area under your chin. It helps remove and destroy the fat cells from under your chin so you can get rid of what we call the “double chin” and get a more enhanced look for your face. Kayla is a non-surgical injectable technique that uses deoxycholic acid, which helps dissolve. Let's understand how Kybella works.

The Science Behind Kybella

As we said, Kybella uses deoxycholic acid to help destroy submental fat (fat present under your chin) – and this is why most people believe Kybella is just a commercial name for the acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally-occurring acid or molecule our body naturally produces in the digestive system. It helps break down and emulsify fat so that it can be easily digested and absorbed.

When injected under the chin, it works the same way as it works in our digestive system; the deoxycholic acid molecules help destroy the fat cells present there, which results in a noticeable difference in your appearance. This procedure is also scientifically called injection lipolysis.

Since the destroyed cells can no longer accumulate or store in the target area, so further treatment is used to remove the dead mass of cells. And this removal is what makes your facial appearance look more chiseled. However, it's important to note that Kybella is not only used for aesthetic purposes but also a non-surgical option for non-cancerous tumors made of fat and lipomas.

Who is Fit for Kybella Injections?

The procedure is suitable for adults above the age of 18. The ideal candidate for Kybella is one that has moderate to severe amounts of fat beneath the chin. However, people who have trouble swallowing, have an infection, or have a medical condition in the target area (in this case, beneath the chin) – then they are not fit for the procedure. Besides that, you should not get the treatment when you are pregnant, nursing, or planning to get facial surgery sometime soon.

How Does the Kybella Procedure Work?

Preparing for the Procedure

Since Kybella is a non-surgical procedure, there is little preparation required before the treatment method. But there  are some things you should be careful about, such as:

  • It is crucial to find a certified practitioner for the treatment method to ensure you do not get bruised or injected in the wrong site.
  • Make sure to discuss your medical history with your doctor before getting the procedure done. Do not hide any cosmetic procedures that you have already done with the doctor.
  • Make sure you are not pregnant and let them know if you have any swallowing or bleeding problems.
  • Schedule your appointment for the procedure well before a major event; recovery can take longer than expected, sometimes.
  • It's best to wash your face properly before the appointment – this can help reduce the chances of developing an infection.

During the Procedure

The Kybella injections are administered by a certified doctor at the doctor's office or a spa-like setting. The first thing your healthcare provider will do is mark the injection site on your face using a market and then administer a topical numbing cream or agent or even ice pack to reduce the pain and ease the discomfort. Your doctor will examine the fat under your chin area to see tailor the treatment and dosage level for you.

The Kybella procedure takes a maximum of 20 to 30 minutes per sitting and in one sitting you can get up to 50 injections from one syringe of Kybella. These injections are inserted about 1 cm apart on the target area.

Typically, people need six injections, spaced at least a month, for good and maximum results. However, if the amount of fat cells under your chin is a lot, then you can get two treatments. But make sure that they are both atleast four to six weeks apart.

Recovery After the Procedure

Right after the procedure is done, you are likely to feel a mix of symptoms such as swelling, bruising, redness, temporary numbness, and sometimes, even pain and inflammation. But all these symptoms are temporary and don't last very long. The swelling typically goes away after a few weeks or days, and you can go back to your regular activities.

This is why most people prefer Kybella over liposuction, as it has a shorter recovery time. You can expect to see the results of the procedure within six to eight weeks. In severe cases, there is a slight chance of nerve damage or dysphagia (difficulty of swallowing), but this damage is also mostly temporary.

Should You Get Kybella?

Kybella is the ideal cosmetic treatment if you are looking for instant relief from your double chin and want to get a chiseled face. However, it is important to note that Kybella might not be the best procedure for everybody. As mentioned above, if you don't have a moderate amount of fat under your chin, then you are not fit for the procedure.

Moreover, some people might find the procedure to be a little on the expensive side as it can cost anywhere from $1000 to $5000, depending on the number of sessions you need. However, Kybella alternatives are also not cheap so make sure you take your doctor's advice before going for the treatment method! I fyou still have questions about Kybella, click here.

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