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Kybella is a non-surgical fat resolving injection whose main ingredient is synthetic deoxycholic acid. This acid is naturally occurring in the human body and is responsible for the breakdown of dietary fat. When this acid is injected beneath the skin, it permanently destroys fat cells which will result in a noticeable reduction of fat in the treated area. Due to the fact that this acid destroys fat cells permanently, treated areas would no longer be able to store or accumulate fat. Once you undergo this treatment, no further treatment is needed.
The most suitable areas for treatment include the face, belly, under the chin and other extremities.After treatment, tt metabolism is increased and the fat cells degenerate and the skin is tightened. It is most suitable for adults with severe to moderate fat. If you plan on undergoing facial surgery, are pregnant or nursing a child, or have a medical condition, you will not be eligible to undergo this procedure.
The procedure is non-surgical so there is no downtime involved. You can get back to work or move around immediately
The procedure doesn't require anaesthesia. At best a mild numbing agent or local anesthetic is recommended
It can permanently destroy fat and give you results that rival surgical ones
You may need multiple treatments spaced out between 6-8 weeks. This is because repeated procedures are required for optimal results
Younger patients will get better results than older people because the older person would have droopy or saggy skin once the fat is removed
The treatment is used for small pockets of fat and not large areas hence the scope is limited
How does Kybella work?
Kybella works by injecting artificial Deoxycholic acid ( a bile acid which is naturally produced in the body to help absorb fat) into the skin. Once it is injected into the chin area, the acid destroys the fat cells and prevents it from storing future fat. This treatment should only be administered by a licensed health practitioner. Ensure that the personnel is well trained and has the appropriate qualifications to administer this treatment to you. This is because deoxycholic acid can also destroy other cells apart from fat cells in the body, hence, proper care and handling are needed.
The sites for injection will be indicated by being marked before the procedure begins. A numbing agent or local anesthesia is administered to ease the pain. Any number between 20-50 injections can be used under the chin to kill the fat cells and this will happen over the weeks after the procedure.
How much does Kybella cost?
Each treatment costs on average between $1200 to $1800. This cost is a reflection of the cost per treatment so the total cost would hinge on the number of treatments that you undergo. There is also the additional cost of practitioner fees and the location in which you reside can also affect cost. This procedure is categorized as a cosmetic and not a medical procedure hence it is not covered by medical insurance. If you will be undergoing this procedure you will have to cover the cost entirely by yourself.
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