What is Kybella and Should I Believe the Hype?

Kybella is an FDA-approved treatment for dissolving under chin fullness, more fondly known as the “double chin.” The active ingredient deoxycholic acid is naturally found in our bodies. The synthesized version of this molecule is found in Kybella and breaks down fat cells in the area injected. Once the fat cells are destroyed, they can no longer store fat making the results permanent. Other uses for fat-busting Kybella include, but are not limited to the bra-line area, inner knees, pubic area, and ankles.

The amount of treatments to reach desired effect is very individual, but typically range from 2-4 sessions spaced 6 weeks apart. The treatment itself isn’t too painful thanks to lidocaine mixed into the product. However, mild tenderness, redness, and swelling lasting a 5-14 days is expected after each treatment. This can easily be disguised with clothing until the side effects subside.

Does it really work?  Yes, it does! Check out GFaceMD Instagram page to see amazing Before and After photos.

Your post-filler questions answered

You just had your (fill-in-the-blank) enhanced to perfection. You look beautiful and you’re super psyched. Now what? We are here to answer your most common post-dermal filler questions.

When can I apply make-up?

We recommended not touching, rubbing, or massaging the treated area for six hours following your appointment. After that, you can apply make-up. You can also wash the area with a mild cleanser.

How long will the lidocaine last? After that, will I be in pain?

Topical lidocaine and the lidocaine in our fillers, typically wears off 30 minutes to 1 hour after the procedure. After that, you may have mild discomfort which last 1-2 days. If you like, you can take Tylenol every 4-6 hours (not exceeding 4g daily). We recommended temporarily avoiding aspirin and NSAIDS (Advil, ibuprofen, Aleve) which can thin the blood and cause bruising. You can also apply ice to the area for 20 minutes every 4-6 hours following your treatment.

When can I resume exercise?

You can resume regular exercise the next day.

I think I look a little asymmetric, what do I do?

We do our best to prevent this, but you may leave our office feeling one cheek is more prominent or one tear trough is more filled. This can be normal due to swelling. As the swelling subsides over the next few days and the filler absorbs water, this should go away. If asymmetry persists, at your 2-week follow-up we will make adjustments.

How long will results last?

Depending on the filler, the results can last 6 months to 2 years. Keep in mind, that like neuromodulations (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin), some people metabolize dermal fillers fast than the others so duration of results may vary.

Are your dermal fillers reversible?

Yes, all of the fillers we use at GFaceMD are reversible. This means we can always dissolve your dermal filler if there is a safety concern or if you aren’t happy with the results.

Will I bruise?

We hope not! No one can guarantee you won’t bruise from receiving filler. You are being injected with needles after all! We use the latest injection techniques to help prevent bruising. Additionally, we reduce this risk by asking you to stop taking aspirin, NSAIDs (Advil, ibuprofen, Aleve), St. John’s Wort, and oral Vitamin E 24 hours prior to procedure. If you take an anti-coagulate (blood thinner), we recommended speaking with your prescribing provider prior to your visit.

I get cold sores, how can I prevent a flare?

We recommend taking your prescribed anti-viral medications 24 hours prior to the procedure.

I’m home and I’m concerned about X, Y, and Z. What do I do?

You have questions or concerns, and are not sure what to do. Call us! The GFaceMD team is always here to help!