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Kybella | Donna Krummen

What is Kybella?

Kybella is an injectable in a class all its own. The product came about after years of extensive study of the effects of naturally occurring acids on fat cells. Through valuable research, scientists discovered that the chemical deoxycholic acid could be used to target specific cells in small regions of the body.

Deoxycholic acid is a naturally-occurring acid that is produced by the liver to aid in the breakdown of soluble fats. The presence of this chemical in the digestive process is what enables the body to process these fats in the intestines. Observing this organic relationship between deoxycholic acid and fat, researchers studied what would happen if the chemical were injected directly into the subdermal tissue. As they suspected, the result was adipocyte lysis, or the death of fat cells.

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Candidacy for Kybella

Many adults are excellent candidates for Kybella. The best results are achieved when submental fullness is genetic rather than weight-related. Healthy men and women with good skin elasticity report high satisfaction with the results of their Kybella treatment.

What other areas of the body can Kybella be used?

woman showing her fat upper armDr. Krummen can inject Kybella in various other locations. These are considered to be “off-label” injections, but Allergan (the company that created and manufactures Kybella) has applied for FDA approval for various other areas. It has not yet been approved.

The other areas where Kybella is showing great promise are the upper arms, male chest, lower abdomen, love handles, inner and outer thighs, backs of the thighs under the buttocks, inner knees, above the knee, calves, and the ankles.

Not all patients are good candidates for these other areas with Kybella. Dr. Krummen will discuss if this is the right treatment for you during your consultation.

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Will I need multiple treatments with Kybella?

The FDA has approved Kybella for up to six treatments for double chins. Different patients have different goals and different amounts of fat in the target areas. Some patients are happy after just one or two Kybella sessions. Others opt to have all six.

We follow these same numbers when using Kybella off-label on other areas of the body.

Can I have Kybella treatment on multiple areas of my body in the same appointment? 

Yes, Dr. Krummen can inject Kybella into multiple areas in one session. The cost is dictated by the amount of Kybella used.

benefits of Kybella for Fat Reduction

Thousands of people have obtained Kybella treatment each year since this product gained FDA approval. The reason is simple: it works. Kybella is beneficial because there is no surgery involved and no general anesthesia or sedation of any kind. Side effects from treatment are mild and temporary, so there is no downtime associated with treatment. Finally, the results of Kybella treatment can be permanent because the absorption of deoxycholic acid into fat cells destroys them permanently.

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“OUTSTANDING! Dr. Krummen and her staff are professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful; their facility is extremely clean and efficiently run; Dr. Krummen is thoughtful, safe, and meticulous with patients in her care; I couldn’t be happier with my experiences there.” -V.Z.

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How long do Kybella Results Last?

As long as weight is generally maintained after treatment, the results of Kybella can last indefinitely. The chin will look more sculpted due to fat reduction. However, the skin will continue to age, and the chin may, at some point, appear loose or saggy due to the loss of elastic and skin tightness.

Is there any additional downtime after Kybella injections in the body versus the face?

There isn’t any true downtime with any area treated with Kybella. Yes, you will have some swelling. This is the body’s reaction when the deoxycholic acid begins breaking down the fat cells. But swelling is typically more prominent in the submental areas under the jaw when compared to areas with thicker skin and larger surrounding muscles.

The injected area will develop some numbness, and this can last up to two months. There may also be tenderness-to-the-touch in the area, but it is only felt usually with direct touching. This lasts for one to two months.

Kybella injections shouldn’t keep you from doing your normal activities, but you’ll need to ice the treated areas to manage any potential swelling. Plus, you’ll need to refrain from any strenuous exercise for one to two days afterwards.

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Are Fat Reduction Treatments with Kybella painful?

Kybella requires multiple injections into a localized area. We can understand why many patients worry that their treatment will be highly uncomfortable. Using an ice pack or topical numbing cream can significantly improve the overall treatment experience.

Who Should NOT Consider Kybella Injections?

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and patients who have an active infection should not undergo Kybella treatment. Additionally, Kybella may not be suitable for individuals with excessive or loose skin or scar tissue beneath the chin. We perform a careful consultation and skin assessment to ensure the appropriateness of this non-surgical chin sculpting treatment and, if necessary, recommend alternatives that would be a better fit.

alternatives to Kybella

Chin and neck liposuction are currently the best alternatives to Kybella and may be more appropriate in certain situations.

Kybella Risks

Kybella is generally a safe and effective technique for minimizing submental fullness. However, there is a small chance that a patient may experience excessive bleeding from injections, numbness, or difficulty swallowing. No severe adverse reactions have occurred from Kybella, and all reported cases of more intense side effects resolved within a matter of days. The risks associated with injectable treatment diminish when care is provided by an experienced, licensed professional.

Kybella side effects

Kybella treatments involve multiple injections in a carefully mapped area beneath the chin and on the upper neck (down to the “Adam’s apple”). Common side effects include redness and swelling that decrease over the course of the day after treatment.

One of the interesting side effects of Kybella treatment is swelling and a “jiggly” sensation related to the insertion of product beneath the skin. The extent and longevity of this swelling correlate with the amount of product we inject into the area. After swelling subsides, the skin may feel firm, or it may feel as though there are lumps under the epidermis. This also relates to the absorption of deoxycholic acid.

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Get rid of that pesky double chin today! To learn more about Kybella and what it can do for you, schedule a consultation at our Cincinnati office. Call 513-985-0850.

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