If you spend even a few minutes on instagram, you’ve probably seen no shortage of great before and after transformations. Many of these transformations showing thinner thighs or other areas of the body are referencing Kybella as the magic wand that seems to be able to “melt” fat.
Does this sound too good to be true? We asked Dr. Alina Sholar, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon here in Austin TX, what her view is on Kybella.
Kybella- the marvelous fat-melter that seems miraculous- has quite a lot of science behind it.
👩🏻🔬Get nerdy with me for just a sec and I’ll explain how it works whether it’s under the jawline (al the rage!), the braline bulge, tummy tufts and muffin tops, butt and banana rolls, chubby knees and ankles, or backs of the arms. (I promise this won’t be painful- it’s cool science!)🔬
When Kybella (deoxycholic acid) is injected, fat cells called afipocytes immediately begin to rupture. KA-BAM!💥.
Kybella physically disrupts the cell membrane of adipocytes causing their death. (Lets all chant “die, fat die!”)🙌🏼
Kybella was evaluated in a clinical program that included at least 25 Phase 1-3 clinical studies, including its pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and optimal treatment paradigm, and its efficacy and clinical safety.
(THAT’s A LOT OF STUDYING THIS STUFF!)
Here’s what they saw under the microscope:
•Adipocyte lysis was observed on Day 1.
•Followed by acute local neutrophilic inflammation visible on Day 3.
•By Day 7, few neutrophils remained and infiltrating macrophages were visible cleaning up cellular debris and liberated (free-floating) lipids.
•The local inflammation was largely resolved by Day 28.
•Fibroblasts were also recruited to the area, and thickening of fibrous septae, indicative of neocollagenesis (new, healthy collagen formation) was observed at Day 28.
The figures here illustrate the proposed mechanism of action and the associated local tissue response.
•Most subjects achieved a clinically meaningful treatment response within 2 to 4 treatment sessions (52% of treated subjects achieved a ≥1-grade improvement based on clinician assessment after the second treatment which increased to 72% after the fourth treatment).
•Increased skin laxity is a potential concern when subcutaneous fat is removed from a targeted area such as the submentum. However, in the Phase 3 trials, despite the significant reduction in fat layer, skin laxity was maintained or improved in the large majority of subjects.
Are you feeling like she is after reading that? I know I was skeptical when I first read about this, but the science doesn’t lie! This Kybella fat slaying thing is legit. Now, let’s be clear here. We are in NO way suggesting that you go for something like this in lieu of working out. Heck no! There are no shortcuts–and we see cosmetic procedures like this as icing on the cake- you do the work in the gym, and with your diet, and then you can, if you choose to, invest in some of these procedures that are minimally invasive, and create some amazing results where maybe you might have had a tough time making things MOVE if you know what I mean.
Would you be interested in learning more about these types of procedures? What they cost? What the experience is like? What the down time is? Stay tuned. We just may have some posts with a play-by-play backstory for you to review.
In the mean time, get on out there and get moving!! Do the work on the daily and when you are ready to take it up a notch, find a board certified plastic surgeon in your area to talk to you about Kybella and other options. Whatever you do, DO NOT take the dangerous route and get work on the cheap done by a less than credentialed practitioner!! PLEASE!!! DON’T MESS AROUND WITH YOUR LIFE!! Do it right or don’t do it all, that’s what we say. Let us know what questions you have about Kybella or other elective cosmetic procedures in the comments below– and in the mean time, be sure to stay tuned and be subscribed here at FitFluential.com for more of the FitFluential Beauty stuff to come!
P.S. Dr. Sholar is also featured in this FitFluential Beauty post on skincare: CLICK HERE TO READ. She talks about the importance of sleep for beauty and skin in THIS ARTICLE. And if you think using coconut oil is a great idea for your body and your face- for moisturizing, think again. Read this post by Dr. Sholar on why coconuts are for pina coladas not your skin!