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Pre & Post Care


It its recommend to schedule your Kybella® treatment two weeks before or after an important event because it causes swelling, redness and discomfort. It is the body’s natural, healthy response to go through an inflammation process to remove the fat cells from the body.
We will NOT perform Kybella® treatments on patients with current or past history of dysphagia “trouble swallowing”, currently pregnant or breastfeeding, with presence of infection at or near the injection sites, or under the age of 18.
We will take careful consideration in performing Kybella® treatments on patients with excessive skin laxity, prominent platysmal bands, enlarged thyroid, enlarged neck lymph nodes, pronounced submandibular glands, prior surgery or aesthetic treatment to the treatment area, presence of scar tissue in the treatment area, sunburned or irritated skin, and current use of blood thinning agents.
We will assist and advise in coordinating Kybella treatments when being treated with other aesthetic services to provide optimal results and efficacy of concurrent treatments.
Many patients need 2-3 treatments for desired results, please schedule a follow-up appointment 4-6 weeks after your first treatment.

Pre- instructions for Kybella®

If possible discontinue the use of aspirin, NSAIDS (Aleve, Motrin, etc), fish/flax oil or any other blood thinning supplements one week before treatment to minimize bruising or bleeding. Please consult with your primary physician prior to discontinuing any prescribed blood thinning medications.
Do NOT use the following products 2 days prior or 2 days after your treatment (or until pinkness has subsided): Retin-A, retinoids, or similar vitamin A compounds, harsh scrubs or exfoliating products, or bleaching creams (unless instructed otherwise by your provider).
Gentlemen: Shave the treatment area one day before your scheduled treatment (unless instructed otherwise by your provider).
Do NOT apply any creams, lotions, perfume or makeup etc. to the treatment areas prior a to be treated, prior to treatment.
Avoid alcohol, caffeine, niacin supplement, high-sodium foods, high sugar foods, refined carbohydrates, and spicy foods 24-48 hours before and after your treatment. These items may contribute to increased swelling or irritation.

Post- Treatment for Kybella®

Place a cold compress or ice pack on the area for 20 minutes and remove the cold compress or ice pack for 20 minutes. Continue this pattern as needed for 24 hours.
Use Arnica to help decrease bruising, swelling, and discomfort.
Take ONLY Tylenol (acetaminophen) if needed to decrease post treatment discomfort.
Sleep on your back and with head elevated for the next 3-5 days after treatment.
Drink plenty of water and fluids after treatment.
Avoid vigorous exercise, sun and heat exposure for 3-5 days after treatment.
Avoid steroids (prednisone), NSAIDS (Motrin, naproxen, etc), alcohol, caffeine, niacin supplement, high-sodium foods, high sugar foods, refined carbohydrates, and spicy foods 24-48 hours after your treatment.
Immediately, report to your practitioner if you develop an asymmetric smile or facial muscle weakness, skin ulceration in the treatment area, difficulty swallowing, or if any existing symptom worsens. These are very rare. Please communicate with us.

Expected reactions

  • You will experience swelling and bruising for 3-5 days post treatment, which will begin decreasing over a period of a few weeks. Swelling can last 4-6 weeks.
  • Do NOT massage the injection site. Swelling, tenderness, bruising, numbness, and areas of firm nodules may occur and will resolve over time without intervention. Results are not immediate. Results may be seen as early as 4-6 weeks post-treatment, but full results will not be noticed until 12 weeks post-treatment. Numbness can last up to 12 weeks.
  • Do not wrap the treated area, and do not take anything to prohibit swelling the day of the treatment or for the days following treatment.
  • You may feel a sense of heaviness when laying on your back that can make you feel short of breath, however Kybella® does not compromise your airway. Notify our office if any significant swelling, bleeding, pain, dusky discoloration, difficulty swallowing or smiling, or if fever occurs.
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