Most patients experience swelling after their Kybella treatment, which may make you feel like your double chin is actually growing, but it’s not. This is common, and part of the process. Once your chin has completely “gone down”, the targeted fat cells are gone permanently. The swelling will peak about 24 hours after your first Kybella treatment, and will last anywhere from two days to a few weeks. Over the recovery time, you may also experience bruising, burning, or numbness.
It’s important to be aware that results from Kybella, although significant, can take a little while to reach — anywhere between 2 to 4 treatments, spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. For most patients, results are noticeable after 2 to 3 sessions. The number of treatments you’ll need will be determined by the amount of fat that is being removed. Once you’re pleased with the outcome, there is no need for maintenance treatments. Once Kybella has destroyed the fat cells, they are permanently gone.