The pros: A big advantage of Kybella is that it’s a simple, in-office procedure that is way less invasive than liposuction. The treatment is also pretty quick, about 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the area that is being treated. It’s also a permanent solution to stubborn fat tissue.
The pain level is also usually minimal. “It’s similar to what one might experience with other filler treatments, however, a patient may experience a stinging or slight burning sensation at the injection site after it enters the area,” says Shamban, adding, “this should dissipate even before the treatment is over.”
The cons: Recovery from Kybella can vary from patient to patient. “Swelling or bruising, which can be considerable in some patients, may take several weeks to be totally eliminated,” she shares. It can also require several treatments per area for some patients.