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How Does Kybella® Work?

Many patients that walk through the doors of Gallaher Plastic Surgery & Spa MD are seeking a non-surgical solution for bothersome double chins or sagging jowls. Both men and women are equally affected by genetic or age-related submental fullness. If you’re looking for a minimally-invasive alternative to surgery for your under-chin fat, Kybella® may be able to help.

One of our go-to procedures for nixing unwanted under-chin fat is Kybella®. In fact, Gallaher Plastic Surgery & Spa MD was one of the first practices in Knoxville to use the innovative injection. Our resident Kybella® injectors have performed hundreds of these procedures all with successful outcomes and high patient satisfaction rates.

So, how does it work?

Kybella® is done in-office in as little as 15-20 minutes. A topical numbing agent will be applied beforehand to keep you as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure. Treatment areas are then marked, and the injection process begins. Your skilled injector will inject the deoxycholic acid-based solution to precise points below the skin.

Deoxycholic acid is a naturally-occurring substance within the body. Kybella® uses a synthetic form to break down fat pockets below the chin. Once fat cells are dead, your body will flush them over time leaving you with a well-defined profile. Although the procedure is a relatively straightforward one, it’s essential to choose a trained Kybella® specialist to minimize side effects and prevent complications.

Kybella® is a minimally-invasive procedure with little to no side effects or downtime. You may experience slight swelling, bruising, redness, or tenderness at the injection site for up to 1 week or longer.

Kybella® in Knoxville, Tennessee

You’ll start to see initial results from your Kybella® within just 2-3 weeks as fat cells fade away. In most cases, you may need a series of 2 to 3 treatment sessions to achieve an optimal outcome from Kybella®. Once under-chin fullness is gone, dead fat cells are unable to regrow. With proper lifestyle choices, Kybella® results are long-lasting.

At your in-person consultation, one of our expert injectors will talk to you about your short and long-term goals before determining if Kybella® is right for you. Consults and treatment sessions can often be combined into a single appointment for your convenience. Call to schedule your consult at 865-671-3888.