Kybella Q & A
Many of my clients ask me about all the various supplemental treatments available through a doctor's office and usually I can answer all the questions. However lately, the treatment I've been getting the most questions about is one I know nothing about so I decided to do a little digging for you. I scheduled a meeting with an Allergan rep and came away with much knowledge (and looking at my side profile a little more closely).
In short, what is Kybella???
Kybella is an injection that has been approved to treat the dreaded double-chin, which some are predisposed to, no matter our body weight. It takes 2-3 treatments to see optimal results, with a total investment of between $2000-$3000.
Kybella works by permanently destroying fat cells. The body's natural metabolism then processes fat cleared from the treatment site. The active ingredient is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that helps break down fight. The Allergan rep (Allergan is the manufacturer of Kybella) told me that Kybella has an extremely high patient satisfaction rating and that almost everyone in Denver that offer Botox is now offering Kybella.
A few things to keep in mind:
You will swell. She showed me her after photos and there was noticeable bullfrog-like swelling under her chin. She said the worst swelling comes at 24 hours post-treatment and then begins to subside. Expect 72 hours of social downtime.
You will be tender in the jawline and neck area. I asked about how Kybella plays with all the modalities that I offer at Remedy and her answer was that the only concern would be sensitivity after a treatment. If you are planning to do a ProCell series, let's do that first or wait 8 weeks after your Kybella treatment.
Are you a candidate? The rep said to extend your lower jaw out so your bottom teeth move forward of your top teeth. In that position, if you can still grab a little pad of fat, you're a candidate.
Pregnancy safe? The FDA is phasing out it's Pregnancy Risk A-B-C-D-X system in place of a to-the-point sentence summarizing risk, but if we were to use the old system, Kybella would be a Class C drug, so no, just wait under after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Hope that helps! I haven't tried the treatment nor do I know anyone personally who has, but both the rep and the MD that I spoke with seemed very confident and happy. Always let me know of any treatments or techniques you're interested in so I can get the scoop (or the skinny in this case) and report back! XO