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.

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Swelling noticeable...

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We have noticed the swelling is noticeable 3 to 5 days. People who swell more tend to have better results, which I find to be very interesting. If you feel your swelling is not improving talk to your injector. 

What is the recovery like for Kybella injections?

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The first and second day after Kybella is injected, the patient will have noticeable inflammation in the treatment area. Patients may feel achy and tenderness to the touch. The noticeable inflammation may persist for up to four days after the treatment date; it will start to subside but not ever be fully dissipated until week six at the earliest. However, the inflammation will mostly likely not be noticeable to anyone but the patient receiving the injection after this window. Over the course of twelve weeks, which is when full results will be seen, patients may feel nodules at the sites of injections and have tingling and/or itchiness. Inflammation and the common side effects named above, become less prominent with each treatment.

-Spencer Berry, MD

Spencer Berry, MD
Fargo Family Physician

Kybella swelling

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Thank you for your question about the duration of swelling with Kybella.

The bulk of swelling should dissipate within the first 5 days.  You can do some things to aid in reducing the swelling a bit faster.  Sleeping with your head elevated can help, as well as using ice, and taking ibuprofen (if tolerated).  Avoid massaging the area, as this can increase the swelling. 

To be sure, see two or more experienced, licensed and board-certified providers in your area for a complete evaluation to make sure you are a good candidate and that it is safe for you to have treatment.

I hope this helps.


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Thank you for your question. In my opinion, older patients with loose skin tend to swell more than my younger patients with good skin tone. Also the amount of fat makes a difference. The more fat a patient has the more swelling they will have after the injections. In your case, based on the picture provided, you are young with good skin tone. The odds are on your side. 1 week should be enough for the swelling to subside.

I hope this helps. Best wishes! (Dr. Salameh, Plastic Surgeon, Bowling Green, KY)

Kybella Swelling

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Swelling after Kybella is expected however temporary.  Patients can typically expect swelling to the treatment area for ~5 days post treatment, with most noticeable swelling occurring on day 2-3.  Icing immediately post procedure helps.  An oral antihistamine can also be used to minimize swelling as well as Motrin and light compression.  I would expect swelling to be largely resolved by your event 5 days after your treatment.  Subsequent treatments have less swelling since there is less fat there to enlarge

Kybella Question

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In my experience, swelling can certainly persist for 5 days in a large percentage of patients. I would give at least 2 weeks to recover if this is a function where you are concerned about your appearance. Swelling will resolve and subtly persist until 4-6 weeks after treatment. Hope this helps. 

Kybella and Swelling After Injection

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Congratulations on deciding to have Kybella.  You appear to be an ideal candidate and with 2 to 3 treatments you should see a great result.  Most patients experience swelling that will last about a week but even at a couple of days most people will not notice the swelling.  My patients always think it is worse than it is and asked if any one has noticed they respond, "Not really, or at least if they have they have not commented on it." 

At 5 days you should be just fine, a little residual swelling maybe, but not bad.

I hope that helps.

Best regards.


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Some patients may experience swelling that can last up to a week and it all depends on the amount that has been injected and your response to Kybella. Usually swelling does not last longer than 3-5 days, so you can expect to be ready for social function after 5 days

Hardik Soni, MD
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
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Swelling from Kybella

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Most patients experience up to 7 days of swelling, but everyone reacts/heals differently. At 5 days post-Kybella treatment your swelling should be significantly reduced but it is possible you will still have some residual swelling. Most likely you will be ok, but it is really up to you if you are ok with the possibility of some slight swelling being visible. 


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Kybella can cause noticeable mild swelling in the 1st week after the injections and mild, barely noticeable swelling for up to 3 weeks afterwards. This assumes a full dose was injected.  Be well!

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