Is Kybella a Permanent Fix?

Do you wish your jawline was a little more defined? Have you tried seemingly everything to eliminate excess fat from beneath your chin? If so, you may be a good candidate for Kybella. At Xanadu Med Spa in Fort Collins, CO, we commonly administer this injectable fat removal treatment to help our clients achieve their desired aesthetic. Here’s what you need to know about the treatment.

Is Kybella a Permanent Fix? 

Yes, Kybella is a permanent fix. This injectable fat removal treatment features deoxycholic acid, a bile acid that occurs naturally in your gut. Normally, deoxycholic acid processes the dietary fat that made its way to your gut. However, when injected beneath the chin or into the neck, it works quickly to destroy localized fat cells. Be advised, this treatment will not remove all of the fat cells in the targeted areas. Therefore, you’ll need to come in for a course of treatments.

Once you have completed your entire course of treatments, you shouldn’t expect to need a maintenance session. That said, it is still important to incorporate a healthy diet and regular exercise routine into your lifestyle once you have achieved your ideal profile. Since some fat cells will remain in the targeted areas, there is the potential they will be used to store excess fat once again if you consume more calories than you need to maintain your weight.

How Does This Treatment Work? 

As noted above, the injected deoxycholic acid will destroy some of the fat cells in the treatment areas. Once this adipose tissue is destroyed, it will be swept up by your lymphatic system and eliminated. Adults can’t grow new fat cells, so there will be fewer fat cells beneath your chin and in your neck permanently. It may take a couple of weeks to notice the results of the first treatment. That said, eventually, you will look in the mirror and realize you feel confident about the appearance of your profile.

Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment? 

You may be considered a good candidate for Kybella injections if you are unhappy with the appearance of your chin and neck. Additionally, you may be considered a good candidate for this treatment if you feel that your profile makes you look older or heavier than you actually are.

There is an excellent chance you will qualify for this treatment if you have tried to manage your submental fullness (double chin) through a healthy diet and regular exercise to no avail. The better you are at maintaining your weight after treatment, the more likely you are to enjoy a permanently improved profile.

How Many Treatment Sessions Will I Need? 

During your initial consultation, we can advise you on how many sessions will be necessary to achieve your desired profile. Factors that affect how many sessions you will need include the severity of your submental fullness, your desired profile, and your unique response to the treatment.

Typically, three to six sessions are required to make significant changes. Note, sessions are spaced one month apart so we can evaluate how much progress has been made after each session. Although most people start to notice improvements after two weeks, it can take up to four weeks for your lymphatic system to eliminate all of the destroyed adipose tissue.

How Should I Prepare for My Session? 

There are several things you should do to prepare for your treatment session. For example, it is very important to stop taking any drugs or supplements that have the potential to thin your blood, like vitamin E supplements, garlic supplements, fish oil supplements, NSAIDs, and MAOIs.

It is also very important to be hydrated when you come in for your appointment. The more hydrated you are, the more effective your lymphatic system is. The more effective your lymphatic system is, the sooner you will see the results of your treatment. Once you’re hydrated, make sure you stay hydrated to keep your lymphatic system operating at maximum efficiency. Other things you should do to prepare for your treatment include: 

  • Wearing sunscreen
  • Eating nutritious meals
  • Getting plenty of sleep
  • Taking Arnica Montana supplements

What Should I Expect During My Treatment Session? 

You should expect your treatment session to take between 20 and 30 minutes to complete. Your session will take closer to half an hour if you treat both chin and neck fat. You should not expect to feel any pain during the treatment process.

The injectable is administered with a very fine needle, so you will only feel a slight pressure as the medication is being administered into strategic locations in your targeted areas. If you’re worried about feeling the injections, let us know during your initial consultation. We can apply a topical anesthetic to your skin before your injections to keep you numb throughout the entire convenient process.

What Should I Expect After My Treatment? 

We will advise you on post-treatment guidelines during your initial consultation. For example, you should only consume between one and three grams of sodium daily during the first 120 hours following your treatment depending on your blood pressure. You will also be advised to consume at least 64 ounces of hydrating fluids daily during this time.

For seven days following your treatment, you need to protect your skin from UV rays diligently and refrain from taking very hot showers. Furthermore, you should take other steps to prevent sweating, such as avoiding dry saunas, steam rooms, and vigorous exercise. You may resume your usual routine one week after your injections. Remember, it can take two to four weeks to see the full results of your treatment. Be patient as your body eliminates the destroyed adipose tissue.

Can This Treatment Be Combined With Ultherapy? 

Yes, this treatment can be combined with Ultherapy. Ultherapy is a non-invasive skin tightening treatment that can be used to correct lax skin virtually anywhere, including your neck and beneath your chin. The results of this treatment can be seen after a single session and last for two to five years before the treated regions slowly start to experience sagging skin again.

If you are already experiencing lax skin, we strongly recommend pairing Ultherapy and Kybella. Without Ultherapy, it could take several weeks for your skin to tighten up after losing a significant amount of fat with deoxycholic acid injections. If you get Ultherapy, you can feel confident your skin will tighten up quickly and remain tight. We will advise you on whether you could benefit from this revolutionary skin tightening treatment during your initial consultation.

Do I Qualify for Ultherapy? 

You may qualify for Ultherapy if you have moderate-to-severe skin laxity that you want to correct without an invasive procedure. Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology that has been used safely for decades.

Eliminate Your Double Chin Once and for All 

You don’t have to spend the rest of your life feeling self-conscious about your double chin. With Kybella, you can achieve your ideal profile. To discover if this treatment is right for you, please reach out to us at Xanadu Med Spa in Fort Collins, CO to schedule your initial consultation. We look forward to the opportunity to help you achieve the profile you’ve always dreamed of.