Kybella – Did it Work for Me?

Kybella is an Allergan product designed to melt fat away in the area it’s applied. Allergan is the same company thatprovides Botox (read my review about that here) and Juvederm filler (read that review here.)

In early 2016, I had a Plastic Surgeon inject my lower chin area to help sculpt my profile more. I’ve always naturally had a bit of a pooch under my chin. Is it bad or noticeable to anyone but me? No. But since I’ve been on TV a lot in my life I have the joy (read: torture) of seeing myself in 360. It’s an unnatural experience to see the way you look from all angles! So, I would see my profile and man, that pooch bugged me. I admit to being my own worst enemy. 

The doctor told me it may take several treatments to see a difference, but because I had such a small amount of “pooch” to eliminate I may not need more than one treatment. The average person does need three-four so it’s an investment.

After the 2016 injection I didn’t see a difference so I decided not to pay for more. I came to my senses that this wasn’t something I should focus on and pay for. Self-love is a journey, right?

However, Allergan offered togift me more treatments to see how it affected that chin area of mine. I had my second treatment in 2018.

Before and After Photos

Left side image: Taken October 29, 2018, approximately 8 months after the first Kybella treatment.

Right side image: Taken April 26, 2019, six months afterward, to show results from the second Kybellatreatment.

Note: I do not have a profile photo before the first treatment, – but it’s pretty much the same as this!

Kybella Results

Did Kybella work for me?

In short, no. Not really at all. I’ll caveat that by saying I had an extremely small area to treat and it may be more skin than it is fat. It may be 100% hereditary and not a true “problem” area that’s arisen.

Dr. Kavali, who administered the second treatment on behalf of Allergan, saw the photos. She commented “Kybella has great results with the majority of people treated with it. As with any product or procedure, there may be a small number of people who don’t respond as well. Thankfully, we have multiple ways to treat most concerns and a different approach will help meet goals.”

I am due for a third appointment just to see what happens, thanks to Allergan’s support of me trying the product. 

Side Effects of Kybella

Besides the ones you can find on the website, I experienced major swelling. You absolutely will look like a bullfrog for a solid five-seven day. So, do not, do not this before an event or vacation! Give yourself a week at minimum to allow the swelling to go down.

I also bruised in the area I was treated. Nothing makeup couldn’t cover, yet with how bloated my chin area was, I still didn’t want to be out and about anyway!

Ice helps with the swelling, but prepare for a bloated appearance only at first.

Is getting Kybella painful?

I don’t feel any pain when I get Botox or Juvederm. However, I do find the Kybella experience a little bit more intense. After I get it done, I feel the need to lay down for a bit in the doctor’s office until the dizziness subsides. A little bit of sugar from a soda helps to sip on.

Is it super painful? No. I have a high pain tolerance though. It’s just a lot of needles and thicker ones so it makes me a bit dizzy.

Would I recommend Kybella?

Ehhhh…. I would say to meet with your doctor. Your situation may be a perfect candidate for Kybella. It may fix your “personal bugga boo” and you’ll be a happy, more confident camper. I don’t think I’m the right candidate and therefore my vote shouldn’t count so much. Visit with your doctor, talk to them about my review, and go from there.

Cost of Kybella

It ain’t cheap. Each average treatment costs roughly $750 per treatment and most people require two-four sessions. Some offices offer packages to make the cost per treatment less. But, wow does it add up! Every person chooses what to spend their money on, and if you’re ridiculously self-conscious about yourself, I absolutely advocate trying to remedy it. Life is too short. If you can afford it, you deserve to feel good about yourself!

How long between Kybella treatments should you wait?

I was given conflicting information on this from my two doctors. The first said about six to eight weeks. Dr Kavali said about four months. Again, talk to your doctor.

Dr. Kavali is a fantastic surgeon and I recommend contacting her for a consultation for any treatment.

Thank you, Allergan, for providing my second round of Kybella. I’ll be sure to update the post after I’ve received my third injection! 

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