Is it safe to get kybella if you have heart problems like cardiomyopathy and prolong qt?

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Thank you for your question. Kybella will not affect your heart. The injections only reach the layer right under your skin to target the fat cells. There have been no studies suggesting it will affect a patient’s heart. When you schedule your consultation make sure to bring up your concerns with the doctor so that he can do a thorough examination and make sure you are a candidate for the procedure.

New York Dermatologic Surgeon
3.8 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Kybella -- Local Fat Permanent Removal

Kybella should only work locally on the fat cells it is injected to and should have no effect on your internal heart issues.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 196 reviews

Kybella and heart safety

There do not appear to be any studies directly looking at Kybella safety in cardiac patients. That being said, Kybella works locally in the area under the skin where it is injected and unlikely to cause any systemic effects and is not expected to affect the heart. According to the prescribing information, Kybella is only contraindicated in patients who have an infection in the area of injection (head and neck). If you are interested in Kybella injections, please visit a Kybella specialist who can perform a thorough history review and physical examination to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Hope this helps!

Johnson C. Lee, MD
Beverly Hills Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Kybella & Heart Conditions

Kybella should not any in way affect your heart since it is injected into the underlying fat, not the blood stream. However, when you make your consultation appointment, let your injector know about your condition. 


Kouros Azar 

Kouros Azar, MD
Thousand Oaks Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Kybella Is Safe For Heart Patients

Kybella is a localized injection that only affects the submental fat that it's meant to treat. There have been no reports about Kybella having any effect on the heart at all. If you are still concerned, you can get clearance from your physician, but it was not an exclusionary criteria for the study. 

Sabrina Fabi, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 85 reviews

Kybella safety with heart conditions

Thank you for your question heatherfoyou. Kybella is the first FDA-approved non-surgical injectable treatment for the double chin. The safety and efficacy of Kybella has not been studied in people with heart conditions. So unfortunately we do not know the answer to your question. However Kybella dissolves the fat in the neck and it is thought to be completely eliminated from the body within 24 hours. The active ingredient in Kybella, deoxycholic acid, is a naturally occurring substance that we produce in the liver. Please consult with a cardiologist for specific recommendations. Good luck!

Alex Eshaghian, MD, PhD
Encino Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Kybella and Heart Problems

Kybella is a fabulous injection for the area of fat under the chin.  There is no contraindication with these cardiac conditions but I would discuss them at length with your treating physician during your consultation.  I often combine Thermage with Kybella for the best skin tightening and neck contouring. Best, Dr. Green

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 78 reviews

Kybella is safe for the heart

Kybella works locally and does not spread internally.
It is a natural fat breakdown product that is normally made in  the liver, but can be used externally on troublesome fat deposits.

Keith Denkler, MD
Marin Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

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