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How Many Kybella Sessions Do You Need?

How Many Kybella Sessions Do You Need?

Do you feel that you look older or heavier than you are due to excess chin and neck fat? Do you wish you could improve your profile once and for all? If so, Kybella may be the ideal treatment for you. At O’Donnell Vein & Laser in Annapolis, MD, we are excited to offer this FDA-approved fat removal treatment. In this comprehensive fat removal guide, we’re looking at everything you need to know about this treatment.

How Many Kybella Sessions Do You Need?

People typically need between three and six sessions to achieve their desired profile. However, you may only need one or two sessions depending on the severity of your submental fullness and its cause.

Treatment sessions are usually spaced between six and eight weeks apart, and you can expect to start seeing your results approximately one to three weeks after your first treatment session. Final results usually become apparent six to eight weeks after the final Kybella session.

What Is Kybella?

Kybella is the only FDA-approved injectable fat removal treatment. It features deoxycholic acid, an acid your gut produces naturally. This popular fat removal treatment is an excellent fat removal solution because it is non-invasive, pain-free, and incredibly convenient.

What Can This Injectable Treat?

Kybella is FDA-approved for the safe, effective elimination of fat from the neck and chin region. It can be used to treat submental fullness caused by extreme weight gain, aging, genes, and certain medical conditions. Typically, it is difficult to eliminate fat underneath your chin without liposuction, an invasive fat removal procedure. However, deoxycholic acid can effectively eliminate excess fat in this area.

How Long Will My Results Last?

Deoxycholic acid injections deliver permanent results. This is because people stop growing fat cells at the age of 25. The fat cells in the treatment area will never be replaced. However, you must lead a healthy lifestyle to maintain your ideal profile.

This injectable fat removal treatment only eliminates some of the subcutaneous fat cells in the area. The remaining subcutaneous fat cells in the area can store fat in the future if you eat and drink more calories than you need for weight maintenance. As a good general rule of thumb, you should maintain your weight within 10 pounds after your treatment unless you are losing weight.

How Will This Injectable Affect the Shape of My Face?

People are often curious about what this treatment can and cannot do. Among the most frequently asked questions about Kybella is whether it will change the shape of one’s face. This injectable does not involve the manipulation of your underlying chin and neck muscles. However, it will enhance the natural beauty of your unique facial structure.

Your lower face will look strikingly different after your course of treatments because subcutaneous fat hides the natural contours of your chin. Once your course of treatment is complete, your natural facial structure will be visible again. You will look younger, slimmer, and more energetic than you’ve looked in years.

Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?

You may be a good candidate for Kybella injections if you are an adult who feels self-conscious about excess chin and neck fat. To find out whether you qualify for this treatment, you need to come in for an initial consultation. During this initial consultation, we will evaluate your current health, review your health history, and discuss all of the medications and supplements you are currently taking.

An ideal candidate will be no more than 20 pounds from his or her goal weight. However, you may still qualify for this treatment if you are 30 pounds from your goal weight. Also, an ideal candidate is not currently pregnant or breastfeeding and does not plan to become pregnant in the future. Pregnancy often results in rapid weight gain, and you may need a maintenance session if you become pregnant and start storing excess fat in your submental region.

What Can I Expect Throughout the Treatment Process?

Your Consultation

Your initial consultation is the first step in your fat removal process. Once we determine you are healthy enough to receive Kybella injections, we will give you a comprehensive list of preparation instructions. We will also assess the severity of your submental fullness and advise you on how many sessions should anticipate needing to achieve your desired look. Also, we will answer any questions you have about the entire treatment process.


The next step in achieving your desired profile is preparing for your injection session. One of the most important things you must do to prepare for this treatment is mitigating the risk of irritation in the treatment area. For example, you should wear sunscreen diligently to prevent sunburn. You should also make sure you don’t have any cosmetic treatments scheduled that may irritate your chin and neck.

Moreover, you should only use cosmetics that you are familiar with leading up to your scheduled injection session. You do not want to try your friend’s favorite lotion and discover it includes a fragrance that irritates your skin.

Other Preparation Steps

You also should take steps to ensure your blood viscosity is normal on the day of your appointment. For instance, you shouldn’t take any blood-thinning drugs or supplements or drink alcohol in the 24 hours leading up to your appointment. Finally, men must shave their chin and neck before their treatment.

The Injections

Before your appointment, you should wash your face and neck with a gentle, hypoallergenic cleanser. Cosmetics should not be applied below the jawline. Before your injections are administered, we’ll make sure the skin in the treatment area is not irritated. Then, we will sanitize the skin and apply a topical anesthetic. After the treatment area is completely numb, we will administer the medication into several strategic locations in the treatment area.

You will feel no pain or discomfort during the injection process because your skin is completely numb and the medication is administered with a very fine syringe. Once your injections are administered, we will clean the injection locations and review your post-treatment guidelines.


There is no downtime mandated following this treatment, so you may go back to work as soon as we have finished discussing your post-treatment guidelines with you. However, it is highly advisable to stay hydrated until your course of treatments is finished. The more hydrated you are, the sooner you will see your final results.

What Else Can I Do to See My Final Results Faster?

There are a number of things you can do to see your final results faster. Besides drinking plenty of water, tea, and coffee daily, you can hasten the appearance of your final results by going for regular walks. Your results appear over the course of several weeks because the fat cells in the treatment area are destroyed by the injected deoxycholic acid, but they are not suctioned out.

Instead, your lymphatic system is responsible for eliminating the destroyed fat cells. Walking is such an effective way to see your final results sooner because walking supports a strong circulatory system. Your circulatory system supports your lymphatic system. Other ways you can facilitate an efficient lymphatic system include getting a lymphatic massage, eating whole foods, minimizing alcohol consumption, and minimizing processed food consumption.

How Long Will My Treatment Session Take?

We can advise you on how long you should expect your treatment to take once we have assessed the severity of your submental fullness. Most people can expect their injections to take between 15 and 20 minutes depending on how many doses must be administered and whether the chin and neck are being targeted or just the chin is being targeted.

Preparing the skin for treatment may take up to 15 minutes, so you can expect your session to be completed in roughly 30 to 35 minutes. If your submental fullness is caused by genetics rather than extreme weight gain, you won’t need too many doses of deoxycholic acid, so your session may not take half of an hour.

Take the First Step Towards a Slimmer Profile Today

Submental fullness doesn’t need to affect your self-confidence. With deoxycholic acid injections, you can confidently live life to the fullest. After just three to six convenient treatment sessions, you can achieve a slim, youthful profile. To take the first step in achieving your ideal profile, schedule your initial consultation today at O’Donnell Vein & Laser in Annapolis, MD. We welcome the opportunity to help you achieve your desired profile.

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