After how many Kybella treatments do patients usually start to notice a difference?

I understand that Kybella involves a few treatments that are spaced apart... after how many treatments do patients usually start to notice a difference?

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After how many Kybella treatments do patients usually start to notice a difference?

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One.  The results most typically are notable starting 1-2 months after treatment, and continue to improve for 3-5 months after treatment.  It first appears to improve on both sides of the neck, below the jowls.  The fat under the chin is the slowest to keep improving.

I have been injecting deoxycholate (aka Kybella) into chin and neck fat for TEN years.  It is a fabulous procedure! There is a bit of art to knowing how to sculpt out the fat, using the proper injection spacing, depth, and volume of deoxycholate....so make sure your injector is well-experienced!


The total number of treatments needed depends on the amount of fat you have in the treatment area. Some people only need one treatment session; others may need four!

How long does it take to see results with Kybella?

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Although you will begin to see results after just 1 to 2 Kybella treatments, spaced 1 month apart, it usually takes 2 to 4 treatments to see the effects.  Some may need up to 5 or 6 treatments.  The results continue after the last treatment for another month or so.  Results are permanent.

Ran Y. Rubinstein, MD
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Ran Y. Rubinstein, MD
Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Kybella Results

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Results although minimal may be noted after the first treatment.
Typically three to five treatments will be required to obtain significant changes.
Please use this information when consulting in person with an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon prior to making treatment decisions.

Luis A. Cenedese, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon

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Patients typically start to see results after just one treatment.  However, to get optimal results, most patients will require 2-4 treatments, and some patients will require six treatments or more.

Kybella treatment can show results after first injection

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We have seen results after the first session but recommend completing at least 3 sessions before evaluating results. Our average patient does 4 treatments over 4 months.

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When do you see a difference after Kybella?

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Hi,
We tell patients that Kybella is a commitment of at least three treatments because you will only see about 10-15% improvement after the first treatment. The great thing is that Kybella is permanent removal of the fat.

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Dr.Liu

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How Many Kybella Treatments to See Results

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It is really going to depend on how much fat you have. In general, most patients need between 2 and 4 treatments. See an experienced injector to be assessed in person and get a more accurate idea. 

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Kybella Treatments

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The results of Kybella are meant to remove submental fat from underneath the chin.  The results are similar to neck liposuction.  However, Kybella does nothing but tighten the skin.  Patients with loose skin will need a second procedure such as Ultherapy Venus or Thermi.  It’s not used to treat large volumes of fat in the neck, just very localized fat deposits.  It usually requires 3-4 treatments of the injection about a month apart.  For patients who are candidates the results have been very good so far.

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1-2 Treatments is Typical

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Dear dave728, 

Kybella causes the disruption of fat cells, causing them to burst and then die. The fat that is released in the tissue can cause the area to bit a little "jiggly" for a period of time until the liquified fat can be reabsorbed. This may take a few weeks. Early beneficial changes can usually be seen in 4-6 weeks

Most people who have enough fat worthy of having Kybella treatment, will likely need at least two treatments to get adequate results. Multiple treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart can be done safely in almost anyone. I would suggest consulting with a professional to see if Kybella is right for you. Hope this helped!

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Kybella May Work After One or Several Treatments

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Kybella uses deoxycholic acid to dissolve the fat in the submental area under the chin. It is a simple procedure that usually takes only about 2-5 minutes to perform. Depending on how much fat you would like to eliminate, and how many vials are injected the first treatment,  one treatment may be sufficient. However, most patients need from two to four treatments to achieve the results they desire. It takes about six to eight weeks to see complete results. Treatments can be spaced apart by one month or more. The results are permanent. Please see a board-certified dermatologist to find out how to get rid of your double chin for good.

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San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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