Deoxycholate injections are painfull and produce swelling for two weeks. Some patients do not tolerate this well; they choose different options. Considering that injections yield 10-12% reduction in submental fat other options may be more desireable. Liposuction and Smartlipo result in up to 50% reduction in fat, Sureshape 25% and Ultrashape 20% without significant pain, swelling lasts up to four weeks.
Please consult in person with an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon prior to making treatment decisions.
There is minimal pain at the time of injection as we pretreat with some injectable lidocaine. There definitely some swelling, tenderness and firmness to the treated area for 5-10 days depending particularly on the amount of fat and the number of vials used. This inflammatory reaction, in my opinion, is actually good as it contributes to the overall reduction in tissue laxity after the fat is processed by your body and moved away. Subsequent treatments usually show less swelling and pain than the first.
KYBELLA - RECOVERY AND PAIN INVOLVED
Sorry to hear about your pain with Kybella. Our extensive experience with Kybella has been significantly different than yours, in that after anesthetizing the area patients report virtually no pain with the procedure itself.
After the procedure, patients report numbness, along with mild soreness. Swelling after the first round of kybella can last several days to even weeks, although this swelling lessens significantly with subsequent treatments.
Most patients with mild fullness require 2 treatments, and patients with larger necks require 3 or possibly 4.
Best of luck!
Kybella swelling is significant, and can last for several days
While this is a nonsurgical treatment, there is definitely a recovery process with each treatment. what you're describing is on the longer end, but certainly not unheard of.In my practice, although we offer Kybella, for patients who have the chin shape necessary for the Cool Mini treatment, we prefer it by far. Swelling is minimal, and the total cost is a fraction of Kybella.
Pain from Kybella and Recovery
I have treated many patients with Kybella and we both numb the patients topically and inject locally so that the main is minimal. The swelling afterwards is typical and can be anywhere from two to five days. I often combine Thermage with Kybella for skin tightening the neck and jowl area for the best cosmetic results. Best, Dr. Green
Thank you for your question. Swelling and pain is normal after treatment. The
degree of swelling and pain varies for each individual. However, there is no
downtime because the treatment is minimally invasive so our patients are able
to return to work after. Some patients have lower tolerance than others to the
pain and in your instance you should speak to your doctor so that he can help
offer you options to alleviate it.
Thank you for your question. We inform our patients that Kybella treatments will result in swelling and pain. We utilize a combination of Motrin and Benadryl when treating our patients. The Motrin helps to minimize the discomfort, and the Benadryl helps to minimize the swelling.
Thanks for the question
Sorry about your pain and swelling your are experiencing. I wouldn't be alarmed by what you are experiencing, but I would agree you are an outlier. The majority of patients have about as much discomfort as Botox and usually minimal to moderate swelling for the first 24-48 hours.
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Carrie Arizona, thank you for your question regarding Kybella! First
off, I am sorry to hear about your level of discomfort during your
treatments. I see many patients for this treatment as my practice was
among the first to be trained and offer Kybella in Beverly Hills. We
have not had a patient with the same level of pain as you have
experienced. Typically our patients have very minimal discomfort during
the injections. Although, everyone does have a different pain tolerance,
the practitioner who's injecting can play a role in your level of
discomfort. Your swelling is normal and a common occurrence. We give our
patients ice after the treatment and suggest arnica to help with
swelling. I hope this helps.
I think you are an outlier when it comes to pain, but recovery for Kybella is within the normal range. Most patients rate the pain around a 4, which can last 1-2 days. The swelling is significantly reduced within the first week, but can take longer. It sounds like you had a larger area treated, so this would make the reaction more significant.
The good news is that the fat that is treated will be gone for good. At this point you should see a good reduction in your submental fat and not need another procedure for a long time.
Hope that helps.