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Unlocking the Power of Liquid Liposuction: Everything You Need to Know About Kybella / PCDC (phosphatidylcholine deoxycholate) for Stubborn Fat Reduction & Body Contouring

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In the world of aesthetic medicine, innovation continues to provide new, less invasive options for body contouring and fat reduction. One such revolutionary treatment is liquid liposuction, also known as Kybella. This FDA-approved injectable treatment has gained popularity for its ability to effectively reduce fat in targeted areas, giving patients a more defined and contoured appearance. Let's delve into what Kybella is, how it works, the areas it can treat, and what you should know before and after the procedure.


What is Kybella?

Kybella or PCDC (phosphatidylcholine deoxycholate) is an injectable treatment that uses a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that helps break down and absorb dietary fat. When injected into targeted fat deposits, Kybella destroys fat cells, which are then naturally metabolized and eliminated by the body. Unlike traditional liposuction, Kybella requires no surgical incisions or downtime, making it a convenient and less invasive alternative for fat reduction.

How Does Kybella Work?

Kybella works through a series of small injections directly into the fat beneath the skin. The deoxycholic acid in Kybella disrupts the membrane of fat cells, causing them to burst and release their contents. Over time, the body’s lymphatic system processes and removes these destroyed fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in the treated area. Each session typically lasts between 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.

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PCDC injections

Areas of Fat That Can Be Treated with Kybella

While Kybella is most commonly used to reduce submental fat, also known as a double chin, it can also be effective in treating other pockets of stubborn fat. These areas include:

  • Jawline: Enhance definition by reducing jowls.

  • Arms: Target stubborn fat in the upper arms.

  • Abdomen & Back: Tackle areas of belly fat and love handles.

  • Thighs: Minimize localized fat deposits on the inner or outer thighs.

  • Bra Bulge: Smooth out the area around the bra line.

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PCDC treatment areas

Before the Procedure: What to Know

Before undergoing Kybella treatment, it is essential to have a consultation with a qualified healthcare provider to determine if you are a suitable candidate. Here are some key points to consider:

  • Medical History: Disclose your full medical history, including any prior cosmetic procedures, medical conditions, and medications you are taking.

  • Avoid Blood Thinners: To reduce the risk of bruising, avoid blood-thinning medications and supplements, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and vitamin E, for at least one week before treatment.

  • Plan Your Schedule: Swelling and bruising are common post-treatment, so consider scheduling your session when you can take a few days off from important events.

After the Procedure: What to Expect

Post-treatment care is crucial to ensure optimal results and minimize side effects. Here's what you can expect:

  • Swelling and Bruising: Mild to moderate swelling and bruising are common and can last for several days to a few weeks.

  • Pain and Discomfort: Some tenderness and discomfort at the injection site are normal and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

  • Results Timeline: Results are not immediate. Fat reduction and contouring become noticeable after a few weeks as the body metabolizes the destroyed fat cells.

  • Multiple Sessions: Depending on the extent of fat reduction desired, multiple treatment sessions (typically spaced about 2 months apart) may be necessary to achieve optimal results.


Kybella is a powerful tool for non-surgical fat reduction, offering a convenient solution for those looking to enhance their contours without the need for invasive procedures. If you're considering Kybella, consult with a qualified provider to discuss your goals and create a customized treatment plan.

For more information on our recommended liquid liposuction products and to book your consultation, visit Blue Iris Medical Aesthetics.


Key Takeaways

  • Kybella is a non-surgical injectable treatment using synthetic deoxycholic acid.

  • Targets: Commonly used for reducing double chin but can treat other fat deposits.

  • Procedure: Involves multiple small injections, with sessions lasting 15-30 minutes.

  • Pre-Treatment: Disclose medical history and avoid blood thinners.

  • Post-Treatment: Expect swelling, bruising, and gradual results over weeks.

Embrace the possibility of a more contoured and confident you with Kybella. Schedule your complimentary consultation with Anna Mender, FNP

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