Kybella® is the synthetic version of deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is naturally found in the body and helps to break down and absorb fats. Kybella® is a new treatment option in which keoxycholic is injected into specific areas of the body, primarily under the chin and around the face and neck. Kybella® is being used as a way of eliminating unsightly double chins and other sections of fat around the neck area. Because of where the injection site is located, the procedure is not recommended for individuals who have any type of thyroid disease or infections that have affected the lymph nodes in the area.
The procedure does involve injecting a synthetic substance into the body. While the form of keoxycholic acid has the same genetic makeup as the acid that is produced within the body, there is still a chance that the person may be allergic to the treatment. It is also possible that an infection may come as a result of the injection. The treatment area may appear to be slightly discolored or bruised for the first several days after the procedure. Slight bruising and swelling may also be noted. Many patients also experience mild pain that usually disappears within a day or two. If the swelling does not start to go down within 48 hours of the procedure or the person has trouble swallowing or breathing, they should receive immediate medical attention.
The first signs of change may be noticeable within the first 30 days. Because the fat cells are emulsified and broken down by the immune system of the body, the changes may take a few weeks before the final results are noticeable. The body must break down the fat cells and then let the immune system come in and remove them from the body. In most cases, where relief has been gradually documented, the final results begin to be more noticeable after about six months of healing time. The skin becomes tighter, firmer, and more youthful looking. The tightening that started under the chin will actually begin to radiate upwards, firming a portion of the neck, jawline, and cheek as well.
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