Joni Jefferson, D.O. -  - Aesthetic Dermatology

Zen Aesthetics

Joni Jefferson, D.O.

Aesthetic Dermatology & Dermal Filler located in Morristown, NJ

Kybella Q&A

What is KYBELLA®?

The perfect alternative to liposuction, KYBELLA®  is the only FDA-approved injectable treatment used to destroy fat cells to gradually improve the appearance and profile of the dreaded “double chin.” 

The active ingredient in KYBELLA®  is deoxycholic acid which already occurs naturally in our bodies to help break down and absorb dietary fat. Despite the fact that our bodies create this molecule, it’s not enough to help prevent that moderate to severe submental fat we call a “double chin.” Once KYBELLA®  is injected, it destroys fat cells in the treatment area. Your body gradually absorbs those cells and naturally flushes them out through the metabolic process.

What will my appointment look like?

Due to potential swelling and bruising caused by KYBELLA® , it is important to discontinue the use of aspirin, NSAIDS or any other blood thinning supplements one week before treatment. If you do have an event, please keep in mind that it may be best to schedule your treatment at least two weeks in advance. 

During your visit to KYBELLA® , Dr. Joni carefully assesses the areas to be treated & marks all needed injection sites. We can provide ice to decrease any discomfort and prevent swelling. Multiple injections are needed at each treatment session, and the number varies depending on your needs. 

What to expect after your treatment?

Swelling is common and some patients wear clothes such as turtleneck sweaters or scarves to camouflage the treatment area. Bruising, redness, discomfort, numbness, and a hardening in the area of the injections are the most typical side effects that patients experience.

In order to best aide the healing process, make sure to:

  • Place a cold compress or ice pack on the area for 20 minutes and remove the cold compress or ice pack for 20 minutes. Continue this pattern as needed for 24 hours.
  • Use Arnica to help decrease bruising, swelling, and discomfort.
  • Take (over the counter) acetaminophen if needed to decrease post treatment discomfort.
  • Sleep on your back and with your head elevated for the next 3-5 days after treatment.
  • Drink plenty of water and fluids after treatment.

When should I expect to see results?

Most patients see the desired results after 2 to 4 treatments, which are scheduled at least a month apart, although this varies from patient to patient. KYBELLA®  destroys fat cells, so results can be long lasting. However, excessive weight gain can compromise the outcome because fat cells that remain in your body can still enlarge. It’s wise to maintain a healthy lifestyle so your results last indefinitely. 

After being treated with KYBELLA® , patients reported improvement in self-perception, including feeling happier and younger, based on their chin profile, as well as feeling less embarrassed, less self-conscious, less overweight, and less bothered by submental fullness.

If you are considering KYBELLA® , please make sure to book a consultation in order to ensure that this is the best option for you. During your consultation Dr. Joni will assess what is the best treatment plan to achieve your goals naturally. 

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