KYBELLA is an injectable prescription medication that we are excited to offer at MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center in Milford, PA. It is an excellent fat removal option for people who are concerned about chin and neck fat but uninterested in surgery, and its active ingredient, deoxycholic acid, works quickly to kill localized fat cells and improve your appearance. Today, we’re looking at how long it takes to work, how long it lasts, and more.
How Long Does KYBELLA Take to Work?
KYBELLA starts working immediately, but the length of time you will need to see your desired results depends on many factors, including the severity of your concerns in your submental region and your lifestyle choices after treatment. Generally, the more severe your cosmetic concerns are, the more treatment sessions you will need to achieve your desired results. This is very significant because sessions are usually spaced six to eight weeks apart.
What Can I Do to See My Final Results Faster?
To enjoy your fat removal results as quickly as possible, it is crucial that you maintain a healthy lifestyle once your treatment is complete. For example, you should eat nutritiously and limit your consumption of highly processed foods. The more junk food you eat, the less time and energy your lymphatic system will have to work on processing and eliminating the fat cells destroyed during treatment.
You can also help to facilitate faster final results by getting regular aerobic exercise. Generally, you can benefit from getting at least 30 minutes of moderate cardio five days weekly. If you don’t think you can fit 2.5 hours of cardio into your weekly routine, enjoy just as much of a benefit by getting at least 15 minutes of intense cardio on most days. Furthermore, you can benefit from getting a lymphatic massage.
How Long Will My Treatment Session Take?
Several factors affect how long your injection session will take. The severity of your submental fullness is one of the most significant factors because you will need more injections if you have a large volume of excess submental fat. Your treatment will also take longer if your goal is to eliminate excess fat in both your chin and neck. Generally, you can expect your treatment session to take between 15 and 20 minutes to complete.
Is There Any Downtime Required After Treatment?
Downtime is not required following this non-surgical fat removal treatment. You should be able to go back to work once we have reviewed your aftercare guidelines with you. However, there are exceptions. For example, you will not be able to return to work if you have a physically demanding job. It is important to avoid strenuous physical activity for 24 hours after your injection session.
How Long Can I Expect My Results to Last?
You can expect the fat removal results of this treatment to last a lifetime. New fat cells cannot be produced once your body has developed fully. However, there are several factors that can change the appearance of your submental region after treatment. For example, the natural aging process can negatively affect the appearance of your chin and neck.
As we age, our skin starts to slow down its production rate of collagen, elastin, and other supportive substances. When there is not an adequate amount of supportive substances, skin starts to sag and fold in on itself. To enjoy your optimal results for as long as possible, you should make an effort to maintain your skin health. Minimize UV exposure, eat nutritiously, don’t smoke, and keep your skin hydrated. You should also try to maintain your weight.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
You should qualify for this treatment if your overall health is fairly good, and you are not taking any medications that can affect your treatment. However, you can’t know definitively if you are a good fit for this injectable fat removal treatment until you meet with a qualified aesthetic expert to discuss your health and goals. We need to discuss your health and medical history to ensure the safety of this treatment and confirm its efficacy by evaluating your concerns.
Who Won’t Qualify for This Treatment?
While this treatment is generally considered safe and effective for adults with concerns about their submental region, it is not appropriate for everyone. For example, you will not be considered a good fit for this treatment if you suffer from a bleeding disorder or have a history of keloid scarring. Additionally, you will not qualify for treatment if you have diabetes that is poorly controlled. Furthermore, pregnancy and nursing are contraindications for this treatment.
What Preparation Steps Will I Need to Take Prior to Treatment?
Before your injections are administered, there are several steps you will need to follow. One of the most important preparation steps is to not take any blood-thinners. For instance, you will not be able to take vitamin E supplements, aspirin, or ibuprofen temporarily. You also will need to refrain from consuming alcoholic beverages or tobacco products.
It is also extremely important that you are not experiencing skin irritation in the treatment area. Therefore, you should protect your skin from sunburn diligently in the two weeks preceding your treatment. Furthermore, you should avoid using any hair removal products that could irritate your skin before your treatment.
What Other Body Contouring Treatments Could Benefit Me?
KYBELLA has been approved by the FDA for use in the chin and neck, but it is not indicated for fat removal in any other area. If you have concerns about excess fat in other areas, like your stomach, buttocks, hips, or thighs, you may be a good CoolSculpting candidate. CoolSculpting can be used to remove a significant amount of subcutaneous adipose tissue from virtually any region of the body.
Am I a Good Candidate for CoolSculpting?
Most fairly healthy adults with concerns about stubborn fat pockets will qualify for CoolSculpting. We will advise you on whether this non-invasive fat removal treatment is appropriate for you during your initial KYBELLA consultation if you are interested in sculpting other regions of your body. You should understand that you will need realistic expectations about the results of treatment to be considered a good candidate.
It is essential to know that it may take you six months or longer to enjoy your optimal results depending on the number of treatment sessions you need, but you should be able to enjoy your desired result contours less than a year after your first treatment session. You should also know that you may be able to enjoy your desired contours for the rest of your life, but you should aim to gain no more than 10 pounds after your course of treatments.
Learn More About This Injectable Fat Removal Treatment Today
Deoxycholic acid starts killing adipose tissue cells immediately upon contact, but you will not be able to enjoy your final KYBELLA results right away. You can generally expect to start seeing an improvement in your submental region four to six weeks following your treatment, and you should be satisfied with your appearance within months of your first session. Learn more today by scheduling an appointment with us at MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center in Milford, PA.