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What is Kybella, and is it Safe?

Kybella by Lips and Drips in Philadelphia PA

Many of us dream of having a sculpted, defined jawline and chin, but genetics or age-related changes can sometimes result in unwanted fat deposits beneath the chin. Introducing Kybella, a revolutionary cosmetic treatment Erica Marie offers at Lips and Drips. 

In this article, we will go in-depth into what Kybella is, how it works, and, most importantly, its safety so you can make an informed decision about enhancing your appearance.

What is Kybella?

Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable treatment designed to target and eliminate submental fat, commonly known as a “double chin.” It is a non-surgical method for more invasive procedures like liposuction or neck lifts. The active ingredient in Kybella is synthetic deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that works to break down and absorb dietary fat.

How Does Kybella Work?

The treatment process with Kybella is relatively straightforward:

Consultation: You’ll begin with a talk at Lips and Drips by Erica Marie to assess your suitability for Kybella. Your provider will discuss your goals and create a customized treatment plan.

Injection: During the treatment, Kybella is injected directly into the fat beneath your chin. Synthetic deoxycholic acid destroys fat cells, rendering them unable to store fat in the future.

Multiple Sessions: Kybella typically requires a series of treatments spaced weeks apart. The number of sessions needed varies from person to person, depending on the amount of submental fat and your desired outcome.

Results: Over time, your body’s natural processes gradually metabolize and eliminate the treated fat cells. You will begin to see a slimmer, more defined chin and jawline.

Is Kybella Safe?

Kybella is generally considered safe when administered by a qualified healthcare provider. However, like any medical procedure, it does come with some potential side effects and considerations:

Common Side Effects

Swelling, discomfort at the injection site, and bruising are common side effects and typically resolve within a few days to a week. The treated area may also be numbness or tingling, but this is temporary.

Rare Side Effects

While rare, more severe effects such as nerve injury or difficulty swallowing can happen. These highlight the importance of choosing a skilled and experienced provider like Lips and Drips by Erica Marie.

Maintaining Results

Patients need to maintain a stable weight and a healthy lifestyle to ensure long-lasting results. While Kybella permanently eliminates fat cells in the treated area, weight fluctuations could affect the appearance of submental fullness over time.

Combination Treatments

Sometimes, healthcare providers recommend combining Kybella with other aesthetic treatments for comprehensive facial rejuvenation. Depending on the patient’s needs, these additional treatments could include dermal fillers, Botox, or laser therapy.

Kybella Safety and FDA Approval

Kybella is an FDA-approved treatment that has undergone rigorous clinical trials to establish its safety and efficacy. The deoxycholic acid in Kybella naturally occurs in the body, further enhancing its safety profile.

Cost Considerations for Kybella Treatment

The price of Kybella treatment can fluctuate based on several factors, all of which play a role in determining the overall cost of the procedure. Understanding these ideas can help individuals make informed decisions about their aesthetic goals and budgets. Here’s a closer look at the key considerations:

  • Number of Sessions Required

The number of Kybella treatment sessions needed varies from person to person. While some individuals achieve their desired results in as few as two to four sessions, others may require additional treatments for more substantial improvements. Your healthcare provider will assess your needs and recommend the optimal sessions during your consultation.

  • Severity of Submental Fullness

The extent of submental fullness or the size of the targeted area can impact the overall cost. More significant submental fullness may require more Kybella injections, contributing to a higher total cost.

  • Geographic Location

The cost of Kybella treatment can vary based on your geographical location. In metropolitan areas or regions with a higher cost of living, prices for medical procedures, including Kybella, may be slightly elevated compared to less urban areas.

  • Provider Expertise and Reputation

Experienced and highly reputable healthcare providers often charge more. However, choosing a skilled and knowledgeable provider is crucial to achieving safe and effective results.

  • Additional Services or Package Deals

Some healthcare providers may offer package deals or bundled services, including Kybella treatment and other cosmetic procedures like Botox or dermal fillers. These packages can provide cost savings for individuals interested in comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

We Offer CareCredit

At our clinic, we understand that achieving your aesthetic goals should be within reach. That’s why we offer CareCredit, a flexible healthcare financing solution. CareCredit allows you to finance your Kybella treatments with convenient monthly payments, making it easier to fit your desired procedures into your budget.

With CareCredit, you can enjoy the benefits of Kybella and other cosmetic treatments while customizing a payment plan that aligns with your financial situation. It offers peace of mind, knowing you can pursue your aesthetic aspirations without compromising your financial stability.

Our commitment is to provide you with the highest quality care and the support you need to look and feel your best. Contact us today to schedule a consultation, explore your treatment options, and learn more about how CareCredit can make your Kybella journey a reality.

Choosing a Trusted Provider

The key to a safe and successful Kybella treatment lies in selecting a reputable and qualified provider. Lips and Drips by Erica Marie is dedicated to ensuring your safety and satisfaction. Here’s why you can trust their expertise:


Erica Marie and her team are highly trained and experienced in administering Kybella and other aesthetic treatments.

Personalized Care

Your treatment plan at Lips and Drips by Erica Marie is customized to your unique needs and goals, ensuring the best possible results.

Patient Safety

Your safety is the top priority. Comprehensive consultations and aftercare support are provided to minimize risks and address concerns.

Am I a Suitable Candidate for Kybella?

Kybella injections are recommended for individuals over 18 years old concerned about submental fullness. This condition can affect anyone, regardless of age, lifestyle, or weight, often influenced by genetics. If you lead a happy lifestyle, you are likely an ideal candidate.

How Soon Will I See Kybella Results?

Results typically emerge in a few weeks, with noticeable improvement in submental fullness. Patients generally see results after two to four treatment sessions spaced two months apart. The exact number of sessions varies based on the initial chin profile and desired results, but can be six sessions per patient at most.

How Long Do Kybella Results Last?

Kybella permanently eliminates fat cells, preventing fat storage. To maintain results, it’s essential to maintain a healthy weight.

Is There Recovery or Downtime with Kybella?

Following treatment, the treated area may swell and be slightly tender for about a week or two. However, usual patients can resume their regular routines the day after treatment.

Key Takeaway

Kybella is a safe and effective non-surgical solution for eliminating submental fat and achieving a more contoured chin and jawline. At Lips and Drips by Erica Marie, you can expect expert care and a personalized approach to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. 

If you’re considering Kybella, don’t hesitate to reach out for a consultation and discover how this innovative treatment can enhance your appearance safely and effectively. Your journey to a more confident you start at Lips and Drips by Erica Marie.

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