March 12, 2024 | Non-Surgical Procedure

What to Avoid After a Kybella Treatment

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Navigating the post-treatment landscape of Kybella can be challenging. After undergoing a Kybella treatment, your body needs time to heal and adapt to the changes.

Certain actions or habits might interfere with this process, leading to less than satisfactory outcomes or prolonged recovery times. 

Below are things to avoid after a Kybella treatment. 

Avoid Doing Strenuous Activities

Take it easy after your Kybella treatment. Avoid strenuous activities, such as exercise for at least 48 hours. This helps prevent increased swelling and discomfort. 

You might feel eager to jump back into your fitness routine, but patience is key. Start with light activities after the initial recovery period. 

If you experience any discomfort, it’s a sign from your body to slow down. Listen carefully and adjust accordingly.

Avoid Touching the Treatment Area

Keeping the treated area untouched as much as possible reduces infection risk. Follow the aftercare instructions provided by your healthcare provider meticulously (see more below). 

Use soft patting motions instead of rubbing or pressing hard on the skin when applying prescribed treatments. 

Avoid Certain Substances and Supplements


Some supplements can increase risk of bleeding during recovery from Kybella treatment:

  1. Fish oil
  2. Vitamin E

Consult with your doctor before resuming these or starting new supplements post-treatment. Only reintroduce supplements into your routine when you have clearance from a professional.


Avoid alcohol 24-48 hours before & after Kybella. It thins the blood (more bruising), dehydrates (worse swelling), and slows healing.

Instead of reaching for alcohol, focus on staying well-hydrated with water, which aids in recovery and minimizes side effects like swelling.

Post-Kybella Recovery Instructions

Keep Your Head Elevated While Sleeping

Elevate your head with extra pillows while sleeping on your back to minimize swelling. Avoid your stomach or side for optimal recovery

Stay Hydrated

Hydrate for faster healing! Skip dehydrating drinks such as coffee and focus on water to reduce swelling.

Pain Management

For pain relief, choose Tylenol (acetaminophen) over NSAIDs (Ibuprofen, Advil) to minimize discomfort. NSAIDs can slow healing.

You can also apply ice packs during the first 48 hours to reduce both pain and swelling. If, at any point, the pain feels abnormal or becomes unbearable, contact your cosmetic surgeon immediately.

Long-Term Results and Care of Kybella

Protect Your Skin from Sun Exposure

Direct sunlight on treated areas can lead to hyperpigmentation. This means darker patches may appear on your skin where the injections were made. 

Pretty face of woman outside under sun umbrella

Limit your time in the sun, especially during peak hours. To protect your skin further, apply a broad-spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen every day. 

Make sure to cover all exposed areas of your skin, not just where you received treatment. If you must be outdoors for an extended period, consider additional protection. Wear hats or use an umbrella when going outside. 

Ongoing Skin Care

Avoid using harsh skincare products right after treatment, as they might aggravate side effects or delay healing times. Your doctor can recommend specific products tailored to suit post-Kybella care needs; incorporating these into your routine can enhance recovery and results.

Regularly assess how your skin responds in the weeks following Kybella treatments. Adjusting your skincare regimen based on healing progress ensures continued improvement in appearance while minimizing potential side effects. 

This personalized approach aids significantly in maintaining long-term satisfaction with Kybella outcomes.

Debunking Myths About Kybella

Myth 1: Kybella is an Invasive Treatment

It’s not.

Kybella is minimally invasive and doesn’t involve surgery. This means less downtime compared to surgical alternatives and it also means you don’t need to go under the knife. 

Myth 2: Kybella is a Weight Loss Solution

Kybella targets fat under the chin specifically, not overall body weight loss. If you need to reduce fat, you need to undergo liposuction., 

Lifestyle changes can enhance the effects of Kybella but they cannot replace them entirely. Kybella offers contouring benefits that diet and exercise might not achieve on their own.

Make Your Kybella Recovery Safe

Should questions or concerns arise, don’t hesitate to consult us at the Sadeghi Center for Plastic Surgery. Your proactive approach and informed choices are key to enjoying long-lasting, satisfying outcomes. 

Let your Kybella experience testify to the beauty of well-informed health decisions. Contact us to learn more about our Kybella treatment.