AUSTIN LOVES KYBELLA
FIRST THING’S FIRST, WHAT’S IN THAT NEEDLE?
Kybella is the trade name for ATX-101, a patented synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule that helps metabolize dietary fat.
DOES IT REALLY MELT A DOUBLE CHIN
Well, it’s not like putting a stick of butter in the microwave. More like bursting a liquid butter-filled water balloon with acid.
Basically, what it’s doing is disrupting the fat cell membrane. As soon as it hits, it causes lysis—or destroys the cell membrane. After that, the fat cell releases its fatty contents and the body metabolizes the fatty contents as normal.
SO YOU’RE POPPING FAT CELLS? WHAT A GREAT IDEA!
While Kybella is the first FDA-approved fat-zapping injection in this country, the concept has existed outside the U.S. for decades.
The whole idea of doing these injections was initially pioneered in France, with a few people making their own cocktails and injecting them, many with adverse effects. Naturally.
The fact that Kybella actually scored the approval from the FDA is a very notable breakthrough.
WHO WILL INJECT IT?
Trained professionals, that’s who. As the FDA stipulates, Kybella treatments should only be provided by a the office of a reputable, licensed health care professional.
A high degree of skill and understanding of facial anatomy is essential for any professional administering these injectables. Look for an office with a trained, experienced injector, not the cheapest price! 🙂
FACT: Kybella was initially available to only Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologists. Dr. Walden was one of the first in Austin to be selected to train & offer Kybella.
CAN ANYONE BE TREATED WITH KYBELLA?
Almost. The drug is not approved for kids under the age of 18. Kythera also recommends that doctors screen patients carefully to make sure that their submental fullness is indeed fat and not the result of something else, such as thyromegaly (enlargement of the thyroid) or cervical lymphadenopathy (enlargement of cervical lymph nodes in the neck).
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE SKIN WHEN THE FAT IS MELTED?
If doctors are detonating fat in your chin and the fat disappears, that leaves you with some leftover skin, right? Well, technically, that risk exists with lipo as well. For lipo patients with particularly elastic skin tone, the loose skin is not that noticeable after a few months. But for others, it is—and chin or neck liposuction is often paired with a neck-lift surgery.
HOW MUCH KYBELLA WILL I NEED?
A Kybella treatment involves 25 to 30 injections at a time (based on your anatomy). This may sound like a lot, but it is really not much more than the averge Botox Treatment. A very small amount of Kybella is injected under the chin in a grid-like pattern.
Some places are selling “a syringe of Kybella” cheap. This is on average 1/8 of the actual does you need, and is not the proper way to administer Kybella.
A proper Kybella treatment is more than one syringe per session, with carefully configuring the dose based on your unique structure. Injection less than the required dose is not recommended, and likely won’t produce the results you are looking for.
WHAT IS RECOVERY LIKE AFTER A KYBELLA INJECTION?
As for the recovery itself, there is inflammation immediately after the injection. There is some swelling and some tenderness for a few days because the body is cleaning up all cellular debris and creating a bit of contraction in the skin. You can be swollen and tender for 5-14 days. But because it’s not an invasive procedure, the recovery promises to be faster than recovery from liposuction.
WHAT ABOUT OTHER AREAS? WILL KYBELLA MELT FAT THERE TOO?
Kybella is only approved for submental fullness (chin fat) now. There are no other FDA approved areas.
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