What is Kybella, and Is It Safe?

What is Kybella, and Is It Safe? Kora Aesthetics

Tons of different cosmetic treatments exist, some of which are well-known, some are not. Kybella is not one of the trendy cosmetic treatments, but that does not mean it is less valuable. Kybella is one of the best treatment options for stubborn fat in target areas and double chins.

This post focuses on the general relevant details about Kybella. We will cover what it is, what it does, its efficacy, results, risks and side effects, as well as whether you are an eligible candidate.

What is Kybella?

Kybella is a fat-reduction therapy approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2015. It is an injectable treatment that precisely targets specific pools of fat beneath the skin. Its primary active ingredient is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in the digestive system.

The purpose of deoxycholic acid is to break down the fats you consume. Injecting the acid in strategic areas burns the fat only in those regions, effectively reducing fat in stubborn problem areas. The most common fatty problem sites are under the chin (called submental fat), jowls, underarm, and more.

Kybella is the only FDA-approved injectable treatment for submental fat or double chin as of 2017.

What Does Kybella Do?

Kybella burns down fat in targeted areas through injection. The treatment uses deoxycholic acid – a bile acid that absorbs fat – and injects it beneath the skin to burn fat cells. The Kybella brand uses a synthetic form of bile acid to destroy fat cells in target areas.

But more than that, the procedure also prevents that region from storing fat for a long time, making Kybella’s results last for a significant amount of time.

Is Kybella Effective?

Since its FDA approval in 2015, Kybella has only gotten more popular because of its undeniable efficacy. Many concerned individuals try extreme measures like liposuction to get rid of stubborn fat that won’t vanish even after intense diet and exercise. But with Kybella, you can skip the part where you cut your skin to suck out the fat, downtime, recovery period, and developing scars.

Kybella is effective but without the extremities of surgical fat-removal treatments. It does not leave scars nor make certain parts of your body significantly fat-free overnight, which seems unnatural.

A clinical trial result shows that 82.4% of people reported that Kybella improved their appearance significantly and are truly satisfied with the results.

The Results of Kybella

A professional cosmetologist or injector should design a perfect treatment plan that suits your needs. Most individuals require more than one Kybella session to achieve their aesthetic goals. The average number of sessions to reach optimum results range from two to four; however, you may need six treatments depending on the severity of your case.

Once the synthetic deoxycholic acid in Kybella destroys the fat cells in the targeted region, you can expect the results to last long. The fat cells in that area will not be able to hold or store fat for a long time.

Is Kybella Safe?

One of the reasons why Kybella is a more tolerated alternative to surgical fat removal procedures such as liposuction is because it is significantly safer. The risks of infection, complications and severe adverse effects are considerably smaller with Kybella than with surgical options. However, Kybella is not without its side effects and potential risks.

Risks and Side Effects of Kybela

Although Kybella is non-surgical and only minimally invasive, it still carries risks and side effects. Those typical and natural side effects are minimal pain, bruising, swelling, numbness, and redness. These minor side effects should subside within two weeks of the procedure.

If the side effects persist for more than two weeks, let your healthcare provider know as soon as convenient.

Aside from the minor side effects, severe adverse effects have also been reported. These negative effects are the weakness of the facial muscles, difficulty swallowing, nerve injury in the jaw, and uneven smile. If you experience any of the listed abnormal symptoms, you should consult with your injector or physician as soon as possible.

How to Make Kybella Safe for You?

To make Kybella safe for you, follow these three things:

  • Make the right preparations
  • Ensure that you are an appropriate candidate
  • Work only with professionals

Make the Right Preparations

Preparing for any procedure is a must if you don’t want an unsuccessful treatment. Even a procedure as minimally invasive as Kybella requires a proper preparation. Here are a few steps you can take to ensure that your Kybella treatment will be as safe as possible.

  • Avoid blood-thinning medication or food. Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, garlic, aspirin, warfarin, turmeric, ginger, cayenne pepper, Ginkgo biloba, cinnamon, grape seed extract, and other foods or medications may serve as natural blood thinners. Ingesting blood thinners increases the risk of bruising. Avoid them in the week before and after the procedure.
  • Avoid foods or supplements conducive to swelling or irritation. Alcohol, caffeine, foods high in sodium or sugar, refined carbs, spicy foods, and niacin supplements are examples of ingestible items that might contribute to swelling or irritation after the treatment. Avoid them two days before and after the treatment.
  • Ensure you have no medical skin conditions near the treatment site. Infections, blemishes, rashes, and other medical conditions must fade before you take the treatment.

Ensure that You are an Appropriate Candidate

Pregnant and nursing females are not suitable for the treatment since the effects of the Kybella treatment are unknown to infants and fetuses. If you’ve had facial surgery in the past, that may also disqualify you for the treatment. Bleeding problems, trouble swallowing, and other medical problems in the past and existing may also endanger you if you have the procedure.

To avoid risking your health, you must ensure that you are generally healthy and suitable for the treatment. The best way to ensure safety is to consult and work with a professional aesthetician.

Work Only with Professionals

The best way to limit the potential risks and side effects of Kybella is through working with professionals. They will remind you of the dos and don’ts and talk about your medical history to ensure that the treatment is safe.To consult with a professional about Kybella, contact Kora Aesthetics today! Reach us by phone at 480-630-7566, email at info@koraaesthetics.com, or contact us page.

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