Pursuit of perfection

Skin Care Matters

With Michelle Vernon

Sunday, September 02, 2018

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THE fast-growing business of beauty has females and males alike chasing perfection. Weight fluctuations and ageing can lead to an altered distribution of subcutaneous fat and changes in skin elasticity, which are cosmetically undesirable and, for most clients, unresponsive to dieting and exercise.

It is also difficult to treat by liposuction, heat, ultrasound, or cryolipolysis.

This article will discuss the new talk of the town for removing unwanted fat: “Kybella”.

So what is Kybella?

Kybella is the only FDA-approved injection lipolysis that destroys subcutaneous fat cells in the treatment areas such as the double chin, double butt, bra fat, inner thigh, triceps, love handles, and tummy pouch.

How does Kybella work?

The active ingredient of Kybella is deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a bile acid that is produced by our body naturally. Once injected, the acid destroys the targeted fat cells, which are permanently destroyed and removed by the bodies excretory system, so further treatment is not expected once you reach your desired aesthetic goal.

Given the efficacy and safety of deoxycholic acid and its use for body contouring can be an excellent therapeutic approach for mild excess fat in the double chin, triceps, upper back (collectively called the “bra-fat” in females) inner thigh, love handles, tummy pouch for carefully selected clients, usually with a body mass index less than 25.

How is Kybella administered?

At each treatment you will receive multiple small injections about a centimetre apart at the targeted area. A topical numbing agent or ice pack may be applied to ease any pain or discomfort. The acid then works gradually to kill fat cells which are metabolised by the body over the following weeks.

The exact number of treatments needed will depend on the size of the area as well as your desired goal. Make sure that a trained medical professional administers your Kybella injections since deoxycholic acid can kill other cells in the process as well.

What to expect after t

After your Kybella treatment, you will likely have some swelling, bruising, redness or numbness at the treatment area that can last from a few hours to three days. Kybella can cause serious side effects, including nerve injury in the jaw (which can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness).

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Injection site problems including hair loss, open sores (ulcers), damage and tissue cell death (necrosis) around the injection site. Call your health care provider if you develop open sores or drainage from the treatment area.


Results can be seen as the fat goes away over week four to six. Multiple treatments are typically needed and each treatment improves on the condition until the desired results are achieved (most of my clients do two to three sessions). The results vary for each individual but guarantee that a majority of clients will see an improvement after each injection.

Michelle Vernon is a phlebotomist medical aesthetician who operates the Body Studio Skincare, located at 20 Constant Spring Road, Mall Plaza, Kingston 10, and Fairview Shopping Centre, Montego Bay. She may be reached at telephone 908-0438 or 684-9800; IG @ bodystudioskincare; E-mail:;

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