August 22, 2020 Dr. Carolyn Mai

Non-Surgical Fat Reduction – How Kybella Injections Work

Non-surgical fat reduction procedures are a good alternative to liposuction because they are minimally invasive and don’t require a lot of downtime. They are also highly effective and can be used on many different parts of the body.

Although there are several non-surgical fat reduction treatment options available, Kybella injections are gaining popularity. They work by destroying fat cells to reduce the appearance of fat on your body. Here is how Kybella injections can help reduce fat and what parts of the body you can use them on.

What is Non-surgical Fat Reduction?

Under Chin Fat Reduction
Love Handles / Lower Back Fat Reduction

Non-surgical fat reduction procedures make it possible to get rid of fat pockets and improve body contours without going under the knife. These procedures also eliminate scarring and downtime. They work by breaking down fat cells to reduce the amount of subcutaneous fat pockets, which is the fat that sits underneath the skin and above the muscles.

A non-surgical fat reduction is a good option for those who are at or near their ideal body weight and are having a hard time reshaping a specific area. They can be used in combination with diet and exercise to help achieve a healthy appearance. Here are some benefits of using non-surgical fat reduction treatments:

      • No anesthesia, scars, incisions, or downtime
      • Most treatments are very affordable
      • Side effects are minimal and go away on their own shortly after the procedure
      • Gradual results are discrete for patients who don’t want to be open about the treatment
      • Results can last long-term as long as patients maintain their weight

Non-surgical treatments have a few limitations to be aware of. They only reduce fat whereas liposuction has minimal sculpting abilities. Many physicians cannot tell you exactly how much fat you will lose. However, they can provide an estimation. You may also need multiple procedures to get your desired results. Some non-surgical fat reductions are not recommended for people with large amounts of fat to lose.

What Are Kybella Treatments?

Kybella injections are made with a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally-occurring substance in the body that helps break down fat during digestion. When injected into the body, Kybella can help break down fat cells on contact to reduce the appearance of fat pockets.

According to one study, submental fat is a problem in both younger and older males and females. It can occur no matter what your body mass is. The study stated that although localized fat deposits are located in many parts of the body, submental fat is more noticeable due to its location (1).

Before Kybella treatments were around, the treatment of submental fat included going through invasive surgical procedures, such as liposuction, fat excision, and complete neck reconstructions.

Surgery is often associated with an increased risk of infections, bleeding, bruising, scarring, and anesthesia problems (1). Surgery may also lead to discomfort, prolonged downtime, and the possibility of poor outcomes.

Kybella is the only FDA approved injectable form of deoxycholic acid. It can greatly reduce the need for surgery. Many people use it to treat a double chin. However, Kybella injections can also be used in other parts of the body.

How Do Kybella Injections Work?

Kybella treatments use a very thin needle to inject synthetic deoxycholic acid into the body. It is FDA approved to reduce submental fullness, which is the fat located beneath the chin.

Research shows that Kybella causes focal adipolysis when injected into an area of submental fat, which causes the fat cells to destroy themselves (1).

Once destroyed, these cells cannot store or accumulate fat, which results in an approved appearance of the submental area by reducing localized fat deposits and enhanced tissue tightening.

Treatments take around 20 minutes to perform and have minimal (if any) downtime or side effects. Most patients require between two and four treatments to achieve the desired results.

During the procedure, your physician may inject local anesthesia to make you more comfortable. However, this is not always required and the procedure can be done without it.

The fat that is destroyed by Kybella injections does not return and the results should last as long as the patient maintains their desired weight. Most patients can return to their normal activities within two days.

Some people may experience minimal side effects, including swelling, redness, bruising, or tenderness at the injection site. These side effects are temporary and clear up within a short amount of time on their own.

What Body Parts Can Kybella Be Used On?

Kybella is most commonly used to treat double chins or the fat located below the chin. However, Kybella injections can be used all over the body to reduce pockets of fat.

Here are some areas where Kybella injections can be used to reduce fat:

      • Under the chin
      • Along the lower jawline
      • Cheeks Armpit area
      • Bra bulges
      • Lower buttocks fat
      • Back fat
      • Belly fat
      • Flanks
      • Abdomen fat
      • Thigh fat

As Kybella injections are FDA approved and considered to be safe, talk to your doctor about using Kybella to treat any problem areas you have that are not listed above.

Kybella in Conclusion

Non-surgical fat reduction procedures are gaining popularity due to their ability to improve the patient’s appearance without the need for surgery. They are non-invasive and produce fewer (if any) results when compared to surgical procedures.

Kybella injections are the only FDA approved treatments for submental fat, which is located below the skin and above the muscles. They work by destroying fat cells so that they can no longer store or accumulate fat.

Kybella treatments are usually painless and require little downtime. Most patients can return to normal activities within two days. Side effects are minimal and usually go away on their own.

These treatments are most commonly used to treat double chins. However, Kybella can be used on various body parts, including back fat, stomach pouches, bra fat, underarm or bra fat, thighs, buttocks, and more. Talk to your doctor to learn more about Kybella injections and whether they are right for you.

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