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The Skinny on Kybella in San Francisco
Recently, Dr. Parikh showed this Kybella photo at an event and the crowd literally gasped. Apparently, they couldn’t believe such contouring could result from a nonsurgical procedure. So we thought you, might want the skinny on Kybella too:
What is Kybella? Kybella is an injectable used to treat adults with submental fat which is fat below the chin and above the clavicle.
How does it work? Drs. Lieberman and Parikh make a few tiny injections in the desired areas. Over the next several days, fat cells rupture and slowly get reabsorbed by your body. You’ll need to return once a month for three to six months to completely remove a double-chin.
What is it made of? Kybella is a formulation of deoxycholic acid which is a naturally-occurring molecule that helps in the breakdown / absorption of fat.
It sounds too good to be true…It does but we’ve seen time and time again, patients transform their look by decreasing the fat around the jawline and neck. If you need more proof, look no further than Khloe Kardashian….
How long do the results last? The short answer is forever. Kybella permanently removes fat cells and they will never come back unless you gain a significant amount of weight over the next decade.
Can I use it on my thighs? Don’t get too excited. You might be able to one day, but currently Kybella has only been FDA-approved for the submental area. Presumably, a formulation will be cleared for larger areas of fat on the body.
Are there any risks? If you go to a board-certified surgeon, the risks are pretty much nil. Mild swelling, bruising, or redness may occur after a treatment, but symptoms usually disappear within 24-hours. However, if you go to a pop-up shop for Kybella, you could end up with nerve injury, resulting in trouble swallowing, a lopsided smile, or facial muscle weakness. Don’t do that.
Will Kybella help tighten my neck if I have loose skin but not much fat? Kybella cannot fix loose or sagging skin. But you have options for tightening the skin in this area.
So that’s the skinny on Kybella. If you have any additional questions, please leave a comment below and one of our docs will respond soon!