Kybella©-The Solution for Post-Baby Bellies??
By: Christine Dale, BSN, RN, CLHRP
As a Registered Nurse, in the field of aesthetics, I fancy myself a bit of a scientist! I am constantly “on the hunt”, searching out the latest miracle procedure, and testing its promises against the results that I: predict, feel, and see! One advantage of being in this rapidly-developing field, is that I am privy to the most current research on new products and procedures, with opportunities to gain HANDS-ON experience!
Lately, a new injectable has been promoted (by Khloe Kardashian), as an excellent way to contour the jawline, through non-surgical reduction of the double chin! This powerhouse injectable is quickly climbing the results ladder of success, due to its undeniable ability to DESTROY FAT!
Kybella©, The New Way to Contour….
I suspect you’ve heard of the latest injectable, recently FDA-approved, for the reduction of submental fat (aka the “double chin). Kybella© (deoxycholic acid) is a clear, liquid medication, that is derived from a non-animal and non-human source of deoxycholic acid (a naturally-occurring molecule in the human body). It is administered by the “vial” (2 mL/vial) or “kit” (4 vials in a kit), via multiple injections. These injections are given, into the subcutaneous layer of skin, where there is abundance of fat. The acid destroys the fat cell, and the body carries the products out, via waste, over several weeks. Usually, multiple sessions are expected, in order to achieve the best results.
Allergan (Botox©), distributes Kybella© to reputable healthcare professional injectors, and offers clients opportunities to save on this great treatment, with coupons, on their website (like this one: https://www.mykybella.com/coupon), as well as a “rewards program”, called Brilliant Distinctions© (https://www.brilliantdistinctionsprogram.com/login)!
But, the Million Dollar Question…..Does it WORK??
According to the Kybella© website, 79% of treated patients reported satisfaction, after treatment, during clinical trials! If you skip on over to www.realself.com, and check out the “worth it” rating, of Kybella©, you will find an overwhelming 82% “worth it” rating! Real people are weighing in, and the results are sounding really appealing!
But, what else can it do?....
With the average cost of the surgical procedure known as the “tummy tuck” with liposuction, hovering around $8,000.00, Kybella© may be an off-label option (meaning, not “fda-approved”), for those individuals desiring a non-surgical option for reducing pockets of fat, in places other than the submental (under the chin) area!
I don’t know about you, but as soon as I heard the words “injectable that reduces fat”, I immediately thought of my lower abdomen! I have given birth to three children (via C-section, mind you), and the changes to my tummy, have been quite shocking! No matter how much I am able to trim down and tone up my tummy muscles, those lax, irregular pockets of fat, REMAIN!
And, nothing, NOTHING, has been successful, at completely correcting this area, of my body-NOT EVEN laser liposuction!
Already, you can perform a Google search of “kybella abdomen”, and retrieve several before and after’s of the abdomen, in conjunction with Kybella© injections. The results look promising!
Pictured Left: Client (Left) before treatment. Client (Right) 4 weeks after one “kit”, of Kybella©. (Results are supposed to “start” around the 4-6 week mark (for submental areas), with the medication continuing to work, for several weeks after.
Look out, winter bodies-summer is fast approaching; and, this year…we WILL be ready!
Read on, for my personal experience with Kybella©, to the abdomen…
First Session: January 19, 2017
Dosage and Route: Subcutaneous injections, totaling 3mL of Kybella© (1 and ½ vials)
Area Treated: Lower Abdomen
Results: Very good
Plan: Reassess in 4-6 weeks, with possible second treatment
The greatest differences I noticed:
• My belly button area (focused injections in this area) showed a great improvement!
• The areas that were previously super-irregular from the laser lipo job I had in 2008, were markedly diminished.
• TIGHTER skin! I was dreading the possibility of reducing the pockets of fat, only to later be left with loose, empty skin! Not so!
The injections themselves were pretty tolerable. There was definitely a burning sensation, after the first few injections started to “kick in”. At times, this was quite uncomfortable. However, I was able to tolerate and continue! The burning sensation ceased within the hour, for me, but I did continue to have moderate tenderness to the areas, exacerbated by touching the area with my finger. In the days that followed, for about a week, I had a couple of dime-sized bruises, and I had some swelling in the treatment area. I also noticed some areas of numbness for about 3 weeks after my session. I started noticing visible results about the beginning of week 4!
Second Session: March 28, 2017
Dosage and Route: Subcutaneous injections, totaling 4mL of Kybella© (2 vials)
Area Treated: Middle of Lower Abdomen
Plan: Reassess in 4-6 weeks, with possible third treatment
Treatment Experience: Must have been hormonal, this time around, because the burning sensation was significantly increased, this time! Note the bruising to the middle of my lower abdomen area, in the picture.
I have several more weeks to “watch and wait”, but am incredibly happy about my results, thus far!
For more information, including pricing, click HERE!
Christine Dale is a Bachelor’s level Registered Nurse, and Master Injector for Simply Beautiful Medical Spa, of Arkansas. Together, she and her husband, have five children! Christine enjoys blogging about aesthetic procedures and health, and spends most of her free time: reading about medical-aesthetic procedures and advancements, as well as attending educational and training opportunities, to build her skills. She and her husband also enjoy: parenting, fishing, hunting, and adventuring Arkansas’ beautiful wilderness!
*It is important to note, that the discussion in this article pertains to the “off-label” use of KYBELLA®, and in no way, is indicative of its safety or efficacy in any such treatment. An explanation for how the FDA regards “off label” treatments can be found here:
Important Safety Information
KYBELLA® (deoxycholic acid) injection is indicated for improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe convexity or fullness associated with submental fat in adults.
The safe and effective use of KYBELLA® for the treatment of subcutaneous fat outside the submental region has not been established and is not recommended.
Important Safety Information
KYBELLA® is contraindicated in the presence of infection at the injection sites.
Warnings and Precautions
Marginal Mandibular Nerve Injury
Cases of marginal mandibular nerve injury, manifested as an asymmetric smile or facial muscle weakness, were reported in 4% of subjects in the clinical trials; all cases resolved spontaneously (range 1-298 days, median 44 days). KYBELLA® should not be injected into or in close proximity to the marginal mandibular branch of the facial nerve.
Dysphagia occurred in 2% of subjects in the clinical trials in the setting of administration-site reactions, eg, pain, swelling, and induration of the submental area; all cases of dysphagia resolved spontaneously (range 1-81 days, median 3 days). Avoid use of KYBELLA® in patients with current or prior history of dysphagia as treatment may exacerbate the condition.
In clinical trials, 72% of subjects treated with KYBELLA® experienced hematoma/bruising. KYBELLA® should be used with caution in patients with bleeding abnormalities or who are currently being treated with antiplatelet or anticoagulant therapy as excessive bleeding or bruising in the treatment area may occur.
Risk of Injecting Into or in Proximity to Vulnerable Anatomic Structures
To avoid the potential of tissue damage, KYBELLA® should not be injected into or in close proximity (1 cm-1.5 cm) to salivary glands, lymph nodes, and muscles.
The most commonly reported adverse reactions in the pivotal clinical trials were: injection site edema/swelling, hematoma/bruising, pain, numbness, erythema, and induration.
Please see KYBELLA® full prescribing information.