How common is beard hair loss after Kybella? Any preventive measures?

To doctors who've performed Kybella on men: how common is beard hair loss? Anything one can do to prevent it? Would shaving before hand prevent it?

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Kybella and hair loss

Temporary hair loss in potential side effect of Kybella, and hair is usually expected to grow back after few months. The hair loss is experienced among less than 2% of patients and it will not be noticeable if you continue to shave your face. The hair will eventually grow back if you desire to grow your beard out

Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
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Beard Loss With Kybella Is Uncommon but Possible

Beard loss may occur in some men who receive Kybella injections to melt away submental fat. The mechanism for this is unclear. While it doesn't occur in all or even most cases, it is wise to prepare for such an occurrence. I have personally injected many men, both in the trial and in clinical practice and have not seen this rare side effect.  Your idea of shaving beforehand may make you feel more in control of the situation, as the hair loss would be less obvious. From all accounts, it does appear that the hair will grow back on its own within four to six months. Please consult a board-certified dermatologist about how to get the sleek chin you want with Kybella.

Sabrina Fabi, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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Kybella & Hair Loss

Hair loss in the treatment area is a potential side effect of Kybella. It doesn't happen in every patient so impossible to predict your individual reaction. Typically, if it does happen, the hair will fully grow back in 4-6 months. Hope this helps.


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Kouros Azar, MD
Thousand Oaks Plastic Surgeon
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Hair loss after Kybella

Facial hair loss in the submental region after Kybella is not common, but it certainly happens. I have had one case of this in my patients and it was self limiting, with the hair growing back in about 4-6 months. We don't have an exact answer as to why this happens. 

Michael T. Somenek, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Hair Loss after Kybella

Thank you for your question!  Kybella works by desolving the fat which lies just below the skin, under the chin and jaw line.  This will help to remove fullness and can even tighten the jawline, as well. In my male patients treated with Kybella, I have not seen any hair loss.  However, there have been some reported cases of this.  Be sure to discuss this with your board certified injector, and he/she will explain the risks and benefits of Kybella.  I hope that this helps!-David Gilpin

David Gilpin, MD
Nashville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Kybella nad hair loss

Thank you for your question Brokemynose99. Kybella is the first and thus far only FDA approved non-surgical injectable treatment for the double chin. one of the possible side effects of a Kybella treatment is hair loss. This occurs at or near each injection point, so hair is not lost in the entire area. Also this area is where many bearded men shave anyway, so it is usually not a problem. Shaving before a treatment is a good idea because it will allow for a cleaner surface during the treatment, but it will not likely affect hair loss. The pivotal studies listed adverse reactions that occurred in at least 2% of subjects in the study, and hair loss was not listed as one of these adverse effects. So one can assume that hair loss was seen in less than 2% of subjects. Please consult with a doctor for specific recommendations.  Good luck!

Alex Eshaghian, MD, PhD
Encino Physician
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It is not frequent, but I have seen it in a few male patients

I have seen this happen in two male patients, so it does not happen very frequently, but is something to be aware about. In both patients, the hair did come back after a few months and was not permanent. Unfortunately, there is nothing to my knowledge that will prevent hair loss from occurring. I hope this answer is helpful! Best of luck.

Tracy Leong, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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Kybella and Hair Loss

I have not seen any hair loss associate with men and Kybella.  My male patients have been particularly happy with Kybella and the great permanent results.  Best, Dr. Green

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
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Hair loss with Kybella?

Hello, and thanks for your question. This is a rare complication that has been reported, though I have not yet seen it. I make certain to place the product in the tissue beneath the skin, which should minimize risk of damage to the hair follicles. I doubt shaving would prevent it. In order to determine the best treatment plan for you, I recommend an in-person consultation with a well-trained dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Best of luck, Dr. Frucht.   

Corey Frucht, MD, PhD
Santa Barbara Dermatologic Surgeon
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How common is beard hair loss after Kybella? Any preventive measures?

Thank you for sharing your excellent question.  Beard hair loss was not listed as one of the most seen complications or side effects of Kybella but with enough irritation to the hair follicles some hair loss may be possible.  Hope this helps.

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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