9 Frequently Asked Questions About Kybella Fat-Dissolving Injections

Submental fullness, which is commonly known as a double chin, can be a concern for both men and women. Numerous factors contribute to double chin formation, including genetics, lifestyle, and age. But no matter what causes your submental fullness, most adults find it difficult to remedy using diet and exercise alone. 

That’s where Kybella injections at Rock Creek Wellness come in. Learn the answers to these frequently asked questions about this one-of-a-kind injectable treatment below. 

1. What Is Kybella?

Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable treatment meant to target and minimize the appearance of submental fullness. Kybella is the first treatment of its kind and was first approved by the FDA in 2015. Kybella is suitable for use in both men and women and provides a convenient, non-surgical alternative to liposuction. 

2. How Does Kybella Dissolve Fat? 

The secret behind Kybella’s fat-dissolving abilities is its main ingredient: deoxycholic acid. 

Deoxycholic acid is a secondary bile acid that’s produced naturally by your body to aid in the breakdown and digestion of dietary lipids, or fats. Upon coming into contact with lipids, this acid immediately begins to break them down into their molecular components to make them easier for your body to digest. 

Kybella injections use a synthetic version of deoxycholic acid to achieve the same kind of fat breakdown in the chin area. Once the fat cells are dissolved, they are reabsorbed and excreted by your body. 

3. Can Kybella Help You Lose Weight? 

Many people assume that since Kybella can dissolve the fat under your chin it can also dissolve fat in other places. However, Kybella is not a weight loss treatment and should not be viewed as such. 

Although it does effectively destroy fat, Kybella is not approved for use in any other areas besides under the chin. As such, Kybella does not cause significant weight loss. 

4. Is Double Chin Removal with Kybella Permanent? 

For most people, double chin removal with Kybella is permanent. Rather than just shrinking fat cells, Kybella permanently destroys and removes them so that they cannot return or grow in size. This means that once you achieve your desired results, you can expect them to stick around for a lifetime as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

It’s important to note that certain individual factors — including an unhealthy lifestyle — may cause you to develop new submental fullness several years after receiving Kybella. However, we can swiftly address this concern with subsequent Kybella injections. 

5. How Long Does Kybella Treatment Take? 

Like other injectable treatments, Kybella offers a quick treatment time. In fact, most of your appointment consists of us reviewing important information with you. 

The treatment itself takes under 20 minutes to complete and includes a series of small injections under your chin. Before making the injections, we will map out the ideal injection sites based on your unique features. 

6. Is There Any Downtime After Receiving Kybella Injections? 

There is minimal downtime associated with Kybella treatment. We recommend taking the entire day of your procedure off. This gives you plenty of time to relax afterward. Most people choose to return to work the day after their treatment and find that recovery does not interfere with their daily activities. 

7. How Long Does It Take to See Results?

Since Kybella depends on your body to flush out the destroyed fat cells, you won’t see the results of treatment immediately. Instead, you’ll notice a gradual improvement in the weeks after treatment. It’s important to stay hydrated during this time to help your body’s metabolic processes run smoothly. 

Additionally, depending on the severity of your submental fullness, you may not see significant visible results after just one treatment. 

8. How Many Kybella Treatment Sessions Are Necessary? 

For most people, a single Kybella treatment is a good start but is not enough to achieve their desired results. The average Kybella treatment plan consists of two to six treatment sessions spaced out at least one month apart. 

That one-month gap is necessary to give your body enough time to flush out destroyed fat cells from the previous treatment session. It also allows us to better gauge how your body is responding to treatment and what kind of progress you’re making so that we can target any areas that need a little extra attention. 

We will determine how many treatment sessions are right for you when you come in for your consultation. Most people only require two to four sessions to treat moderate submental fullness.  

9. Who Is a Good Candidate for Kybella Injections?

Kybella is a suitable treatment for most adults with mild to severe submental fullness who want to avoid surgery. There are only a few general requirements you must meet in order to be approved for treatment. 

First, you must be in good overall health. In addition, you shouldn’t be pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, we will have to postpone treatment until you have given birth and are no longer breastfeeding. 

People with submental fullness due to loose or excess skin — rather than excess fat — are also not good candidates for treatment. Kybella is only designed to destroy fat cells and cannot help tighten loose skin. 

Reveal a Slimmer, Younger-Looking Profile with Kybella 

If you’re ready to get rid of your double chin once and for all, take the first step by scheduling your consultation with the team at Rock Creek Wellness in Leawood, KS. 

Contact us today to set up a complimentary consultation at your earliest convenience.