Patients should expect bruising and in some cases a “knot-like feeling” at the site of injection. Applying ice to the site after you leave will help lessen bruising or swelling, but it will occur. Some patients may elect to use Arnica, either orally or topically, as well to help with any bruising. This natural medication can be purchased at local drugstores and is not a prescription. You should avoid taking aspirin for a few days before receiving Kybella injections as it may heighten your chance of bruising. Some medications should not be taken while receiving these injections – please give Dr. Rueckl a full list of medications you take prior to beginning treatments. Patients should expect definitive swelling after the procedure. This will last several days. You may also experience numbness in the injected area. In rare cases, some nerves can be affected (though this will be temporary). And in very, very rare cases, you could experience necrosis from the injections.
Please keep your hands away from the treated area and do not press on it. Avoid facials or massages for 24 hours within the treated area. You should return to your normal skin care routine and all regular activities after your treatment unless you are provided with alternate instructions.