Will Kybella be available for other areas of the body?

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It's too early to determine, but if we see significant clinical success in the neck, than it should work for other parts of the body as well. 

Newport Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon

Kybella Treatment

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KYBELLA, a breakthrough non-surgical treatment that reduces fat in the troublesome area below the chin. known as the "double chin shot," KYBELLA eliminates fat cells in the neck and requires little downtime after each treatment session. Allergan is currently working on a formula that would treat other areas of fat such as the abdomen and flanks. Stay tuned for upcoming information on this new innovative product. Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to schedule a consultation.

Kouros Azar

Kouros Azar, MD
Thousand Oaks Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Kybella for areas other than the chin?

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As you know, #Kybella is currently only available for the submental area.  While it would be effective in any area of fat, it would not be practical to inject in, for example, the abdomen or flanks because of the dose that would be required and therefore the expense involved. We may ultimately be using Kybella to treat lipomas in various locations, but some clinical studies are needed before I would recommend it.

Neoesthetics has been developing a beta-blocker that can be injected for larger areas but beta-blockers only create temporary fat loss because fat.cells do not die after the treatment, and a recent study did not show impressive results.

So for all practical purposes, for other areas #CoolSculpting and liposuction are best.

Sheryl D. Clark, MD
New York Dermatologist
4.7 out of 5 stars 10 reviews


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Thank you for your question. Kybella is currently only FDA approved for use under the chin (submental fat).  There is no reason that it cannot be used in an off-label manner on other areas of the body by an experienced physician.  However, since these areas haven't been studied results would not be as predictable.  In addition, Kybella works well under the chin because it is a relatively small area.  In other areas of the body unless it were very small, it will likely take many vials and it would be cost-prohibitive at this point.

Hardik Soni, MD (not currently practicing)
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician

Kybella Body Contouring

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Kybella (Deoxycholate) and Phosphatydyl Choline have been used in Europe and South America for years. This is commonly known as Mesotherapy. Publications regarding the effective and safe dosage and frequency of use have been published and reviewed in our journals. We have used these solutions with postitive results for years.
Please use this information when consulting in person with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

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

Kybella for areas other than the chin

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Because of the way Kybella works, it certainly should be effective to treat areas other than the chin.  However, it is only FDA approved for use in submental fat (the area beneath the chin).  It can be used off-label in other areas, but no large studies have been conducted yet to determine the safety and efficacy of treating other areas.  I do predict that it will be approved for other parts of the body in the future, though.

Jill C. Fichtel, MD
Columbus Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Will Kybella be available for other areas of the body?

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Although Kybella® is currently FDA approved for neck fat, expert aesthetic physicians may use their medical expertise to reduce body fat as well. In fact, Dr. Jegasothy is the currently first US physician approved by her insurance company to treat her patients with Kybella® all over the body. For some of her great Kybella® body before and after pictures, please follow her on Pinterest, search "Miami Skin Institute" or see the " Expert Insights" page on her website at miamiskininstitute.

Manjula Jegasothy, MD
Miami Dermatologist

Will Kybella be available for other areas of the body?

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Kybella is currently only approved for the treatment of submental fat.  According to my rep from the company, they are performing studies to assess its use in other areas.  Anything outside of the submental area at this time would be considered off label and could carry unknown risks.

I hope this helps and good luck.  

William Marshall Guy, MD
The Woodlands Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 31 reviews


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Thank you for your question. Kybella may be available for other areas of the body in the near future as it is providing tremendous results for the "double chin" area per FDA-approval. Please consult with a board certified facial plastic surgeon.

Best wishes,

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 124 reviews

Kybella / Liposuction/ Radio frequency/ Cool Sculpting / CoolMini / Neck Laxity / Botox / Double Chin Treatment

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I appreciate your question.

Kybella can be used in other parts of the body but this is considered "off label". 

The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.
Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in body contouring plastic surgery to discuss your goals and best options for you.

Best of luck!

Dr. Schwartz

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