What is the recovery like for Kybella injections?
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What is the recovery like for Kybella injections?
First, they experience some pain, usually rated 6-8 on a scale of 1-10, for a total of 6-8 hours starting about halfway through the injections, made very tolerable with pain medicine taken prior.
Next, they experience swelling, which can get huge if there was a large amount of fat, which peaks at 20-28 hours after injection and is largely gone by 48 hours after the procedure. Some of the swelling (but not the medicine) can go down into the upper chest skin--but usually leaves by the end of the second day).
They will develop, often, some numbness in the treated area, which disappears within 2 months.
They often have tenderness-to-the-touch in the area (but only when the area is being touched) for 1-2 months, which is not severe enough to interfere with daily life and working.
They may have a transient 4-12 hour period, within the first 24 hours after treatment, of hoarseness and mild discomfort swallowing solid food (but no problems breathing or drinking or eating soft foods and smoothies)!
On the 3rd or 4th day after treatment, the treated area starts to "gel." This is something you feel; not see. This is followed by a solidification or hardening of the gel-fat. Next, the solidified fat breaks into bits, called "nodules", which are almost always felt but not seen. At this point the body's immune system macrophages (big eaters) are in full swing, eating the dead fat in the nodules and carrying the dead fat away to be eliminated from the body...and so the nodules gradually disappear over a few months. Again, they are felt but almost never seen. And they always go away with time.
At about a month after the procedure, most people have definite reduction in fat and tightening of skin in the treated area. This continues to improve over the next 3-5 months. (I have never had a single patient unhappy or dissatisfied with the results of this procedure. And I have treated hundreds of necks with this!) It is an absolutely wonderful procedure!!! Those who are injected on a Thursday or Friday are back at work on Monday!
1. Stop all aspirin, motrin, fish oil etc for two weeks prior to tx
2. Limit your salt intake for 3 days prior to the treatment.
3. Take some advil 15 min prior to injection
You can expect some mild discomfort for the first couple of hours, this should not keep you from working. It is very different than BOTOX or fillers. It is actively destroying the fat cells. It creates inflammation(temporary swelling). The first time you have the treatment is probably the most swelling. Generally the amount of swelling decreases with subsequent treatments.
When will I see results after Kybella injections?
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After the procedure, the primary side effect you will notice is swelling. This can be noticeable for as little as two days to as long as three weeks and is greater in those with larger volumes of treated fat and higher doses. Older patients, with more skin laxity, will feel that the swelling takes longer to resolve than those with younger and/or tighter skin.
The treatment can be modified if this is an issue for you, in that smaller doses given over more treatments will result in less swelling per treatment. Also, the swelling is always greatest with the first treatment compared to the second or third, even with the same treatment dose. Patients who experience my specific anti-swelling protocol before and during the procedure and use the Calm-Down Kit we provide afterward have a shorter recovery period. Anyone who is concerned about their postop appearance might choose to have the treatment on a Friday or when they won't be working for the next day or two, and consider wearing a turtleneck or scarf.
Other than that, there is some tenderness but patients don't usually talk about it on their follow-up visit other than to be reassured that it is normal, since it is fairly mild and mostly only if the area is touched or prodded. Small areas of firmness, if they occur, resolve quickly.
So staying home from work is up to you but not necessary for medical reasons and I would advise only if you definitely don't want to have to answer any questions from your more perceptive colleagues. You will be aware more than any one else. Maybe not the best treatment a week before you are going to get married or accept a Nobel Prize, however!
All the best,
Kybella: Worth the Injection Recovery for Double Chin Treatment
The most common side effects of KYBELLA®include : swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area. Similar to any other injectable treatment, this can easily be minimized by avoiding over-the-counter medications and supplements such as Ibuprofen ( Motrin or Advil), baby aspirin, fish oils, Vitamin E and green tea.
We also offer an analgesic for mild discomfort and swelling and send patients home with ice packs and a chin strap to improve the recovery time!
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What to expect after Kybella injections
Having said that, my receptionist was back at the front desk the next morning after her injections and most patients are able to manage- but you will have swelling and are likely to have some bruising so don't do this before critical social occasions.
You can minimize bruising by stopping any anti- inflammatories 2 weeks before your treatment.
The FDA disclosure is accurate but the effects can vary from patient to patient. On average, minor bruising and swelling persists for a day or two afterwards but is easily concealed. Redness and hardness are less common but may occasionally occur. It is best to avoid aspirin, alcohol and supplements in advance of a treatment in order to minimize the chance that they can occur. Physically, you will feel like you can tend to your regular day to day activities the next day or two but, socially, you may wish to avoid situations where you are interacting with many people the first 24 hours.
Recovery Time for Kybella Injections
Allow 2-3 days for moderate swelling directly after treatment. Swelling will be dependent on the amount of vials used, and can be minimized by icing on and off for 48 hours afterwards. Residual numbness can be expected for up to 2-3 weeks.
Hope you found this answer helpful. All the best!