KYBELLA is an FDA-approved injectable fat removal treatment proudly offered at Worcester Dermatology Associates in Worcester, MA. It is a safe, effective way to improve the appearance of the submental region, and it may be right for you if you feel self-conscious about your neck or chin but don’t want to undergo surgery. Today, we’re taking a closer look at this treatment, including how quickly it works and when you can expect to see your final results.
How Quickly Does KYBELLA Work?
KYBELLA’s active ingredient is deoxycholic acid. It is a synthetic, biocompatible version of the bile acid that your gut produces naturally to process dietary fat. Once the deoxycholic acid has been administered into the area of concern, it starts working immediately. However, it will be several weeks or months before you can enjoy your desired KYBELLA results.
Does My Weight Affect How Soon I Can Expect To See My Desired Results?
Your weight may play a role in how quickly your final results can be enjoyed. If you are already at your ideal weight, you may only need one injection session to achieve your desired results. In such a case, it may only be four weeks or so before you see your desired results. If you are very overweight, you may need six treatment sessions spaced several weeks apart. It may take closer to seven months for your desired results to become apparent.
Is There Anything I Can Do To See My Desired Results Faster?
If you are anxious to see your KYBELLA results as quickly as possible, you need to eat as well as you can. Your body’s waste removal system needs to process and eliminate the fat cells killed by deoxycholic acid. This will take longer than it should if you eat a lot of processed food because your lymphatic system will need to dedicate time and energy to the removal of harmful chemicals in your diet.
Getting lots of exercises is another effective step you can take to see your fat removal results faster. As a general rule, you should aim to get 30 to 60 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise almost every day. It is also a good idea to stay hydrated.
How Long Will My Treatment Sessions Take?
How long your injection sessions will take depends on how much excess submental fat you have and whether you are treating your chin, neck, or both areas.
If you have a normal body mass index and only want to remove excess chin fat, you may only need 20 injections, and your session will be completed very quickly. Your session will take longer if you are overweight, feel self-conscious about your chin and neck, and need 100 injections. Typically, sessions take 15 to 20 minutes.
What Should I Expect During My Treatment Session?
Before your injections are administered, your submental region will be evaluated to verify that there are no contraindications, like sunburn or acne. If your skin is healthy enough for treatment, we may apply a topical numbing cream to the treatment area. If you opt to have your skin numbed before the deoxycholic acid is administered, your session may take 10 to 15 minutes longer.
Regardless of whether you opt for the application of a topical numbing cream, we will sterilize the treatment areas before we administer the medication. Once your skin is prepared for treatment, we will administer 20 to 50 injections into the regions. It is worth noting that you do not need to worry about pain or discomfort regardless of whether you choose to have your skin numbed prior to treatment. We use a tiny needle to administer the deoxycholic acid.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
We will verify that this treatment is appropriate for you during your initial consultation. You can generally expect to qualify if you have concerns about the appearance of your submental region, but your areas of concern need to be evaluated to verify that this treatment will be effective for you.
We also need to verify that this treatment will be safe for you. To ensure that your treatment goes as smoothly as possible, we will advise you on all the preparation and aftercare guidelines you will need to follow. If you can’t adhere to all the rules, this treatment may not be appropriate for you.
How Should I Prepare for My Treatment Session?
It is essential that your targeted areas are free from irritation at the time of your appointment. Therefore, you will need to take steps to prevent skin irritation, like wearing sunscreen and not using a depilatory cream to remove unwanted hair from your submental region. It is also very important that you do not smoke, drink alcohol, or take any blood-thinning pharmaceuticals prior to treatment.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
KYBELLA starts working immediately, but it may be four to six weeks following your first treatment session before you start seeing the results of your treatment. If you think you could benefit from this non-surgical fat removal treatment, contact us now at Worcester Dermatology Associates in Worcester, MA to schedule your initial consultation and find out.