When will Kybella's price drop?

I've read that Kybella's prices are only temporarily sky-high and will come down due to lack of demand at the current price. How long do you think it will take until Kybella costs about as much as Botox? Did other injectables, like Botox, follow a similar price trajectory where they were very expensive at first and then became more accessible? Also, what would you consider a reasonable price per vial of Kybella once it settles down?

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It is extremely high priced.  The medication has been around for years and is dirt cheap!  it is the study and marketing that cost so much.  I would bet the price will stay high.  There are many more effective cost effective treatments!

Find someone with experience with deoxycholate and they can tell you the story.

Good luck!

Saint Louis Plastic Surgeon
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Kybella and Price

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It is very frustrating to physicians that Allergan acquired Kybella and decided to price the injections so high. The price of Botox goes up every year as do all of the other injectables sold by Allergan.  I don't envision the price for Kybella going down unless patients refuse to pay for the injections.  Cool-mini by Coolsculpting can get rid of submental fat in just an hour and is much less expensive. Only time will tell if the price goes down but Allegan has never dropped the price of any of its products.  There is currently no competition for Kybella on the market and that is the main reason it is so expensive. Best, Dr. Green

Kybella cost

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This is interesting question since this is such a new product on the market. From an Econ 101 standpoint, currently supply is high and demand is low, so by that token it is as cheap as it will ever be. There are only a few of us who can even inject it in the country right now, and as that number grows, the price me too.

Allergan, the makers of Botox, who recently just bought Kybella, started with one price for Botox initially, and as it became more popular later on actually increased the price. That was initially not well received, obviously, but the price reflected the ever increasing demand.

It will be never be the same price as Botox. It is a different drug, indication, and dosage than Botox is. It may be priced in the same manner as Botox, that is by amount that you receive, which is determined by the surface area that you need treated.

Cameron Chesnut, MD, FAAD, FACMS
Spokane Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 121 reviews

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The high supply vs. low demand scenario for determining pricepoint does not work if the product supplied is dramatically overvalued by the seller. The market will eventually adjust for that glaring problem. I had a patient today interested in the treatment. A 16k quote for Kybella vs. 3.5k for liposuction is pretty self-explanatory. This will be a niche product for patients with very little neck fat.

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I would not anticipate the price to drop any time soon. The company has a very strict training program in place which is great. However, this will mean that few injectors have access to the product in the coming months. That lack of injectors will mean that prices will not fall any time soon as demand for the product is very high. Short answer - Kybella prices will likely be stable for quite some time.

Stephen Weber MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon

Kybella cost

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I like your question as I thought the price seemed pretty high too. But what you must understand is that a company has to recoup the money they have to spend to get a "drug" FDA trial done. This literally can cost hundreds of millions of dollars. That is why "branded" drugs, when they first come out, cost so much. Because Allergan is purchasing Kythera, the maker of Kybella, there is a theory that the price could change simply because Allergan can afford to do this more, and incorporate it into their already large arsenal of products, also allowing physicians to get tiered pricing discounts based on already having large Allergan accounts. All of this is TBD. But like you, I hope that the price will change in the future!

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Kybella pricing

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Like anything else, the market will dictate what a product or service is worth to the consumer. These types of injectable products are very expensive to research and develop. As of now, there are no competitors to Kybella in the injectable market with FDA approval. There are definitely other surgical options out there that may be better options for some people and more economical as well, but Kybella is unique in that it offers a non-surgical treatment option to the double chin/submental fullness. 

I do not see Kybella reaching the same approximate cost of Botox any time soon. Also, this is really not a fair comparison as they do not compete with one another and are not dosed in the same way. 

All the best,

Matthew Richardson, MD
Frisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Kybella Pricing

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Aside from its effectiveness, Kybella is also popular even though the treatment can be expensive. As for your question, I am uncertain if the price will actually go down considerably. It has been expensive for a few years now and based on the trends, it will not seem to go down as much even in the next few months to come.


That said, even if Kybella treatment is unquestionably pricey, you may still find it beneficial since the results of this treatment are permanent. After 2 to 4 treatments, your desired results will be achieved .  The advantage also  is you have avoided surgery.


Be aware, that you may encounter spas offering Kybella at a cheaper price. However, remember that does not mean complications are less in that type of enviornment . Better go to certified surgeons to take advantage of their experience and skill with Kybella injections.

Robert W. Sheffield, MD
Santa Barbara Plastic Surgeon
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Price of kybella dropping?

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I doubt that it will come down significantly, as will all products by Allergan. The advantage of Kybella is that once performed the results are forever and do not need to be repeated as with botox. You probably can get it cheaply at a spa for example, but you get what you pay for. knowledge of anatomy is important to avoid complications.

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Norwalk Plastic Surgeon
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Pricing of Kybella in the USA

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Allergan acquired KYBELLA from its original distributor and is working hard to market it to the mass media. Since it is a prescriptive medication with limited  FDA-approved uses, pricings will doubtfully be reduced until demand is higher --- if  then....

Ronald Moser, MD
San Juan Capistrano Physician

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