Are you uncomfortable with the bulgy skin hanging on your chin, especially if you are using the front facing camera on your phone? Well, good news because the US Food and Drug Administration cleared Kybella last March 2015 to eradicate double chin. The approval means you can get the procedure any time without any worries of negative side-effects or any unusual reaction. How does the solution work?

Kybella is a substance that is artificially made by chemists for fat absorption. The deoxycholic acid is the main content in Kybella that is responsible for destroying the adipose tissue below the chin. The acid is naturally present in the intestine which is mainly produced by the good bacteria to help out in fats emulsification. The liver secretes enzymes for food digestion. One of3 the enzymes metabolized by the intestinal bacteria which in turn became deoxycholic acid. In the medical field, the acid was used to liquefy a gallstone. Experts and researchers are even trying to use it as a treatment for Cancer because of its strong characteristic in destroying the fat cells.

When to consider Kybella?

According to experts, 80% of individuals who have double chin are very curious on how to decrease it in size or eliminate it. Before getting the treatment, it is important to understand that this is intended for double chin only, and not to be injected to other parts of the body. It is necessary for a patient to make sure that the doctor or health advocate who’s injecting the solution is trained, and experienced. Incorrectly use of the solution may cause a destruction of other healthy cells.

How is it done?

The solution is packaged, and provided with exact guidelines. The doctor should only inject the gel into the subcutaneous (fat) area of the skin. Some dermatologists considered the treatment as an alternative to liposuction. Before the procedure, lidocaine or numbing cream will be applied on the area. Health advocate leaves the numbing jelly for 20 to 30 minutes to numb the area. Approximately, there will be a total of 50 injections below the chin for proper distribution of the gel.
Most patients who have had the treatment reported that they have achieved the satisfactory result after 3 to 4 sessions with thirty days interval and a total of 6 visits. Based on the data, 1000 individuals participated on the trial and 80% experience the significant effect of the shot. The Kybella injection process will take only a maximum of 15 minutes, and the result may last for a couple of years.

Your doctor will provide you a detailed guideline for aftercare remedies, and other instructions for the activity, certain foods and beverages restrictions.

Is Kybella right for me?

The Kybella substance can be used for individuals who are 18 years old and up. If you are looking for a way to cut down fats around your arms, waist or legs, this is not the right medication for you. FDA only approved Kybella below the chin and neck area.

There are conditions that your doctor may opt you out in doing the procedure. Here are some of those:

  • If you have recently had facelift surgery or enhancement.
  • Difficulty in swallowing.
  • You are diagnosed with thyroid gland impairment.
  • A bleeding disorder is not allowed to take the treatment.
  • Not intended for pregnant women.
  • Not advisable for lactating mothers.

It is important to discuss certain drugs that you are taking because any blood thinner medication is not allowed to have the shot. Kybella together with blood thinner medication like warfarin exaggerates its effect that could lead to internal bleeding. List down all the drugs that you have taken for drug interaction assessment because there are reports that even vitamins or any over-the-counter medicine affect Kybella’s effect.

Possible Side-effects

According to experts, there are few common side effects that a patient may experience right after the treatment but eventually resolves after a few hours. Regular side-effects includes the following:

  • Swelling
  • Numbness in the area
  • Tender tissue that is painful to touch
  • Immediately contact your doctor if you experience the following less common side-effects:
  • Weakness of the facial muscle
  • Unusual heart beat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • A sore throat and mouth

A Severe reaction may appear when injections are not properly administered. Injury to mandible (jaw) nerves that may cause an awkward expression when smiling. Mandibular nerve impairment is due to deep injection that is very close to the nerve. If the shots are not properly executed, healthy cells may be destroyed as well.