Kybella Question- how long will swelling be noticeable? (photo)

I have a scheduled appointment for my first kybella treatment on Monday but have learned that I have a work function that following Saturday, leaving only a few days to heal. Do many patients have significant swelling 5 days after their initial treatment? My double chin and full cheeks has been the bane of my existence, I work out regularly and have a very low percentage of body fat everywhere else except for my face.

Doctor Answers 10

Swelling after Kybella

Thank you for your question andrec17. Kybella is the first and, thus far, only non-surgical injectable treatment for the double chin. Most swelling occurs for the first week, although some people experience swelling for two or more weeks. Some doctors recommend using a strap around the area from under the chin to the top of the head in order to minimize swelling. Many people wear a scarf or turtleneck to cover the swelling. Please consult with a doctor for specific recommendations. Good luck!

Encino Physician
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Kybella Swelling

I think you will be ok.  I had my own treatment  with 3 vials and was back in the hospital 3 days later and no one noticed.  The biggest swelling is over by the 3rd to 4th day.  You will still be swollen compared to your baseline, but not that someone else would typically notice on a casual basis.  Some patients find that it helps to take Ceterizine (an otc antihistamine-Zyrtec is one brand) for the day before the day of and the day after.  You will find that in 3-4 weeks you will start to see an improvement, and most patients see the improvement continue for 3-4 months afterwards.  Good luck!

Jonathan Hall, MD
Boston Plastic Surgeon
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It is common for patients to have swelling a few days after a Kybella treatment. The swelling should begin to resolve after the first week. Hope this answers your question!

Kybella and Swelling

Many patients have swelling that can last up to a week, especially during  the first series of injection.   When the fat is dissolved it causes swelling which is a normal part of the procedure.  I suggest you put in off until after your work function.  Best, Dr. Green

Swelling can occasionally last 2-3 weeks with Kybella

Hi There-- Most people are back to their starting point 1-2 weeks after Kybella injection, but occasionally swelling lasts even longer. It is partly dose dependent, but also partly random. There is also a "jiggly" feeling that happens that can happen for weeks as well. If you are self-conscious about the area already, I would put off the injections until after your event. You will ultimately really like the results of Kybella though. Good luck.

Katherine Dee, MD
Seattle Physician

Kybella Swelling

Unfortunately, many patients have swelling at the 5 day mark. Most of the time this is swelling that only you will notice but sometimes it is more than that. I always, just to be conservative, tell my patients to expect swelling for up to 3 weeks. Also - taking zyrtec prior to and after the procedure may help with the swelling response. You should discuss this with your injector. Good luck!

Anthony J. Wilson, MD
Portsmouth Physician
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With Kybella and an important function five days later it is difficult to say for sure how much swelling there will be.  Usually it is best to delay your injection as deadlines make recovery much more difficult.  Treat yourself well.

Kybella Swelling

After a Kybella treatment, swelling usually subsides enough within three days that it is only noticeable to yourself. However some patients may keep swelling for longer. I think this mostly depends on the total volume of product injected. You look like you will need 2-3 vials. Swelling will be moderate, but 4-5 days later you should be ok at a social function.

Sumit Bapna, MD
Columbus Facial Plastic Surgeon
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How long will swelling be noticeable after Kybella treatment?

The amount of swelling in the neck after a Kybella treatment can vary, but I have seen it last up to a week or so in some patients.  

Michael I. Echavez, MD
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling post Kybella

Every patient is different, but you can expect to be swollen and possibly bruised for at least a week following your injections. Whether or not anyone other than you will notice is hard to say. You could wear a scarf around your neck to hide any tell tale signs if you'd like. This seems to work well for a lot of patients.


Kouros Azar

Kouros Azar, MD
Thousand Oaks Plastic Surgeon
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