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What To Expect After First Kybella Treatment?

Kybella by Sevid Beauty in Bellevue WA

Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable treatment designed to loosen submental fat, commonly known as a double chin. If you’re considering this procedure or have already scheduled your first session, you likely have questions about what comes next. The aftermath of a Kybella treatment involves a series of changes and reactions in the targeted area, which are essential to understand for a smooth recovery. We will guide you through the initial effects you may experience, the typical side effects, and the care required following your first treatment. While results vary from person to person, being informed about the healing process and setting realistic expectations can help you navigate the post-treatment phase effectively. 

Immediate Post-Treatment Expectations

After your first Kybella treatment, it’s normal to have questions about what to expect in the hours and days immediately following the procedure. Here’s what you should anticipate:

  1. Swelling: This is the most common reaction and can be pretty pronounced. Kybella works by breaking down fat cells, which leads to inflammation and swelling as part of the body’s natural response. Swelling commonly peaks at 24 hours post-treatment and can last for a few days to a couple of weeks.
  2. Redness and Warmth: The injection site may appear red and warm to the touch. It is a typical inflammatory response and should subside within a few hours to a day.
  3. Bruising: Some patients experience bruising around the treated area. It is due to the needle injections and varies in severity from person to person. Bruising can last anywhere from a few days to a week.
  4. Numbness or Tenderness: The area treated with Kybella may feel numb or tender when touched. This sensation is usually temporary and fades as the swelling goes down.
  5. Hardness: You may feel a hard or firm sensation in the treated area. It is due to the inflammatory response and should gradually diminish as your body absorbs the disrupted fat cells.

Follow your healthcare provider’s post-treatment instructions closely, which may include applying ice packs to subside swelling and avoiding strenuous activity for a short period. Over-the-counter pain medication can be taken as your provider recommends to manage discomfort. Remember, these reactions are a sign that your body is responding to the treatment and starting the process of breaking down fat cells; they are expected. 

Short-Term Side Effects and Management

Following a Kybella treatment, patients can expect several short-term side effects as they react to the injected deoxycholic acid. Here’s a breakdown of these effects and how to manage them:

  1. Management of Skin Sensitivity: The skin around the treated area may be sensitive. Protecting it from extreme temperatures and avoiding irritating skincare products can prevent further discomfort.
  2. Lymphatic Massage: Some clinicians recommend gentle lymphatic massage to facilitate the reduction of swelling and to promote the drainage of the disrupted fat cells. However, you should first consult with your provider.
  3. Compression Garment: In some cases, wearing a chin strap or compression garment can support the treated area and may help reduce swelling.
  4. Avoiding Certain Activities: It’s typically advised to avoid activities that can increase blood flow to the face, such as facials or saunas, which could worsen swelling.
  5. Monitoring for Infection: While infection is rare, being vigilant for signs of infection, such as increased redness, warmth, or pus, is essential for prompt treatment.
  6. Patience and Observation: Monitoring the changes in your profile and being patient as the treatment takes effect is crucial. The results are not immediate, and the side effects can mask the initial outcomes.

The Healing Process of Kybella

After the initial post-treatment reactions, such as swelling and bruising, begin to subside, the body enters a phase of active healing. During this period, the deoxycholic acid that has been injected starts to work on the fat cells, causing them to break down and be absorbed by the body’s natural metabolic processes.

As the days pass, the treated area may go through various changes. The swelling that peaked in the first few days starts to diminish, and the contour of the jawline may show signs of tightening. It’s not uncommon for the area to feel different to the touch, with varying degrees of firmness or softness, as the body adapts and heals.

The body’s lymphatic system plays a crucial role in this phase, as it helps to clear away the cellular debris resulting from the breakdown of fat cells. It is a silent process happening in the background, and while it’s not visible, it’s a sign that the treatment is taking effect.

During this time, patients need to maintain good overall health. Proper hydration, a balanced diet, and adequate rest can support the body’s healing mechanisms. Protect the treated area from excessive pressure or trauma, as it can be more sensitive during this recovery phase.

Patients should also be mindful that the healing process is not linear. On some days, the treated area might appear more swollen or feel more tender than on other days. This fluctuation is normal and should not cause worry unless the symptoms are severe or persistent, in which case medical advice should be sought.

As the weeks progress, the initial side effects continue to resolve, and the final results of the treatment start to become apparent. It’s important to note that the full impact of Kybella is often seen after a series of treatments, and the healing process will repeat with each session. Patience is vital, as the body takes time to respond to the treatment and reveal the outcome.


Ready to redefine your profile and say goodbye to that stubborn double chin? Sevid Beauty is your partner on this transformative journey. Our expert team provides personalized Kybella treatments that cater to your unique needs. Don’t wait to embrace the confidence of a sleeker, more contoured chin. Contact Sevid Beauty today to schedule your assessment and take the first step toward the refined look you deserve. Your journey to a more confident you start with our services!

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