here is no question that Kybella will melt away a double chin but, as a middle-aged lady who got the treatment I have to concede that it may not be the right choice for everyone.
For those of you are like what the hell is Kybella, I’ll be concise.
What is Kybella?
Kybella is the first and only injectable product that is FDA approved to get rid of double chin fat. It’s a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid which is naturally found in our body to aid in the digestion process.
Deoxycholic acid is a bile acid that breaks down the fat in our food. When this synthetic form of the acid, which we call Kybella (also known as ATX-101), is injected into the fat pad under your chin it breaks down and dissolves those fat cells.
Those fat cells never come back but that doesn’t mean it’s Big Mac time!
Although Kybella effectively dissolves fat cells…
Those fat cells that are left can always expand giving you another double chin!
And anyway, this isn’t a treatment that you’ll want to do over and over again. You can trust me on that!
Why I Chose Kybella
Double chins run in my family so I’ve had many years to observe and discern that I don’t like them.
In the 90’s I practically starved myself (my doc asked me if I was using), got down to 101lbs (norm is 123lbs), and the double chin was still there!
I even went to the extreme of getting liposuction for my double chin, which worked for a time, but eventually the fat pad came back. In 2006 I got chin lipo for a second time but after a few years the mofo reared it’s ugly head once again.
So I decided to nip that baby in the bud with a quick Kybella treatment.
First, I consulted with my injector Nancy Knoll to make sure that I was a good candidate. She pinched the area to be sure it was fat, and it was, so I made the appointment.
I began the pre-treatment protocol: No aspirin for 10 days and no ibuprofen, Aleve, Vitamin E, St. John’s Wort, fish oil supplements, etc for 5 days before treatment.
Here’s a complete list of drugs you should try to stay away from to avoid swelling and bruising with any invasive procedure.
How it Went Down
WARNING: If needles freak you out, you may want to skip down to the explanation below.
The beginning was pretty chill. Nancy used a template provided by Kybella to draw a dot grid under my chin.Life was good.
But once she started injecting into those dots, well that was a whole other story. I admit I have a low pain tolerance but damn that stung!
Not a pleasant experience. It’s like right behind Ultherapy® in the pain factor. It felt like muriatic acid going down my throat. It felt like some crazy rogue fast-acting form of streptococcus invading my body.
Seriously, I thought I was going to lose my sh!t.
It hurt to swallow for a few hours and it was uncomfortable for the rest of the day and the next morning.
Cost per Treatment: $1400
I’m a sweller so I should have started icing immediately but instead I took my girlfriend, who was kind enough to video the procedure, out for a nice lunch (of which I could not eat, of course). 🙁
By the time I got home the swelling was comical. Partly because of the mass of the Kybella itself but also due to post-treatment swelling.
10 Hours Post-Treament
TIP: I definitely wouldn’t recommend you doing this a couple of weeks before an important event and I wouldn’t count on any photo shoots for at least a month. As you can see, the swelling can be more substantial than the double chin itself.
At the 6 week mark you could touch it and feel that the fat was gone but this is when I noticed that fat wasn’t the biggest issue. The elasticity of my skin, or lack thereof, was becoming apparent.
This was the phase of recovery where I chastised myself for being impulsive and decided that I’m never doing anything to my face again and is pretty standard for me when a month later I’m not seeing positive results.
I could pinch the skin and it would stay that way. There was definitely some swelling but I didn’t like the skin situation at all.
The Final Results of Kybella
Six months post Kybella I can confidently say that me and Nancy largely over-estimated the elasticity of my skin.
Although my skin definitely tightened a bit after the four week mark, it still didn’t have the elasticity it needed to snap back up the way that I’d like. I had basically traded a double chin for a turkey wattle!
Turtlenecks are now on my Do Not Wear list.
It must be noted that Kybella recommends three treatments for optimal results. I only had one but it was enough to make it obvious that less fat in that area would NOT be a good thing so I didn’t go back for two more.
Moral of the Story
Kybella is ideal for a double chin, as long as there’s elasticity in your skin!
If you’re a middle-aged woman (our skin it thinner than men’s) you may want to keep this in mind when considering Kybella for a double chin. When it comes to youthfulness, a double chin wins over a wattle every time!