How long does the swelling and jiggling last after a Kybella treatment? (Photo)

I had the Kybella injection 3 days ago and I am still swollen and now my neck jiggles. I was told by my doctor that this is normal and I did not have that much fat to begin with. I received 5.8 a total of 28 injections. I am very concerned because I am having an engagement party on Feb 7th. Will this every get better.

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Swelling after Kybella

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I tell my patients to expect swelling and jiggling for 2-4 weeks.  Numbness lasts about 6 weeks.  And then there are lumps and bumps for up to 8 weeks as well.  Swelling does not fully resolve for a few months so i don't re-inject for a few months.

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Kybella and side effects

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Swelling from Kybella is a typical and expected side effect that can last up to a week.  You can also have some nodules and numbness for several weeks.  Your physician should have educated you about potential side effects. If you use ice, that might receive some of the swelling. It will take at least a week for these side effects to resolve. Kybella is a fabulous product and you will be thrilled that you did this!  Best, Dr. Green

Swelling after Kybella

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For most, there is significant swelling for 48 hours. Some will have swelling that lasts for two to four weeks. The final result is not seen for several months.

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Swelling after Kybella

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Thank you for your question. Kybella is injected as a solution below the skin surface into the fatty tissues. It acts by destroying fat cells in the area injected. The lysed fat cell contents create an inflammatory reaction, resulting in skin contraction and tightening (in addition to reduction of fat). There is some swelling after the treatment and is directly related to the amount of fat present and the amount of kybella injected. In other words, if you have a large amount of fat under your chin, you would require a greater amount of kybella to treat the area effectively, and the greater the subsequent inflammatory response with swelling. A compression garment worn for a few days should help with the post-procedure swelling. If you received 5.8mL of Kybella, this can certainly result in swelling underneath your chin. If you have any concerns, however, I recommend that you see your provider or someone trained in Kybella injections. Prior to any intervention, a proper physical exam is necessary.I hope this information helps, and I wish you the best of luck.

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Thanks for your question and photo. Swelling is common after the Kybella treatment. It should subside within a week of treatment. Continue to ice the area and follow your provider's instructions.

Swelling and jiggling are normal

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Your doctor is right in saying that swelling and jiggling are but normal. They truly are. For other patients, swelling and jiggling go away in as fast as 5 days while others may need to wait a little longer such as 3 to 4 weeks for complete recovery.


Other possible side effects of Kybella injection treatment include numbness, which could last for roughly 6 weeks. There are also bumps as well as lumps that can go on for about 8 weeks.


To reduce the swelling, you can ice the swollen area, but do not put the ice directly as it may have adverse effects. You can also elevate the affected area slightly to make sure that gravity does its part in reducing the swelling. Other than that, you may also massage the affected area or use a chinstrap. Consult your doctor for the best possible method to use to reduce swelling and jiggling.

Swelling after Kybella

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Thank you for your question cind111962. I understand your concern. Kybella is the first and thus-far only FDA-approved non-surgical injectable treatment for the double chin. Swelling is normal and usually lasts 1-2 weeks. I recommend that my patients apply cold compresses and sleep on an extra pillow if possible to reduce swelling.

Please consult with a doctor for specific recommendations. Good luck!

Kybella & Post Treatment Swelling

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Although every patient heals at her own rate, it should get better in the next week or two. If it does not then contact your surgeon, but post op swelling is totally normal.


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How long does the swelling and jiggling last after a Kybella treatment?

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Hello cind111962,

Most of the swelling and jiggling will be gone in the first week.  Some will likely remain for about two weeks but it is almost back to your baseline at one week.  To get the full result you will likely need at least 1 more and up to 3 more treatments.  

I hope this helps and good luck.  

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I appreciate your question.It will take a few weeks for the swelling to subside.  I would recommend that you apply cold compresses for 10 minutes off and on a few times a day to the affected area.  Also, discuss with your Injecting MD if they recommend that you take arnica and/or ibuprofen. The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam. Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative plastic surgery.Best of luck! Dr. Schwartz

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