Is there a negative side to Kybella which keeps some of the best cosmetic surgeons from using it?
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Kybella is effective
As a surgeon and a frequent Kybella user, I can tell you I have had great success with Kybella. Some practices choose not to use it because they are either not comfortable doing it or may focus more on the surgical aspect of their specialty.
I use a great deal of Kybella in my office and I have found that it is an amazing product and patients are very pleased with the results. There is swelling after the procedure but that is a necessary part of the process. Please consult a board trained dermatologist who is experienced with Kybella. Best, Dr. Green
Thank you so much for your question! Kybella is an excellent treatment option for patients who want to improve their appearance and profile. We are excited about Kybella as it is the only injectable product for submental fullness (double chin). The procedure is quick and minimally invasive, making it an ideal choice for patients seeking an improvement in their neck fullness but not wanting liposuction.
As with all treatments, there can be a few post-treatment side effects. The main concerns with Kybella are swelling and possible bruising. The amount of swelling varies from person to person, and some people may consider the amount of swelling to be the reason to select an alternate treatment. In general, the swelling is greatest for a few days after the treatment and patients can feel a bit self-conscious for around a week or so post-treatment. In the second week, there is still some swelling, but it is easier to get away with it at this point. If additional sessions are required, the swelling seems to be less of an issue for subsequent sessions (usually spaced 6 weeks apart). In our office, we take measures such as avoiding injectable anesthetic, use of compressive neck wraps, and application of pre- and post-treatment ice to minimize swelling. Coolsculpting and neck liposuction are other in-office procedures which can help with the double chin/neck fullness. As with all aesthetic procedures, it is best to schedule a consultation and discuss the risks and benefits with a board certified facial plastic surgeon, plastic surgeon, or cosmetic dermatologist.
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In the Right Patient, Kybella Works Very Well
Great observation. As with almost all the products or procedures, it often takes a while for us to figure out how well the new option works, and in what kind of a patient they work best. Kybella is going through this process right now. Very good offices, who have not had much experience with it, simply haven't figured out the answer to these questions yet. In this situation, you want to the office to be careful and err on the side of safety. With that said, it appears that as we gain more and more experience with Kybella, it turns out that it works very well when used for the right reasons in the right patients. Look for an office that has had a decent amount of experience with Kybella and they will be able to tell you whether or not you are a good candidate for this. I can tell you that in my experience, in the right patient, Kybella works very, very well. Good luck.
Hello, and thanks for your question. Doubtful. Kybella is a great product for the right candidate. In order to determine the best treatment plan for you, I recommend an in-person consultation with an expert. Best of luck, Dr. Frucht.
Swelling after Kybella
Kybella Results -- takes a series of treatments
Kybella to use or not to use?
Hello Sunshine8497,Thank you for your question. All procedures whether invasive (surgical) or non-invasive (non-surgical) will have both positive and potentially negative events associated with them. There are differing levels of discomfort, cost, downtime etc. associated with them as well. All procedures also have limitations associated with them as to how effective they can be, how much can be treated at one time and how many times a particular treatment "needs" to be done to achieve a desired outcome. Kybella is no different. Whether a particular physician or clinic chooses to add Kybella to their "toolbox" has many variables associated with that decision that has nothing to do with its effectiveness or safety. Their patient population and demand, other services they offer that could potentially compete with it, profitablility and the like. Rest assured Kybella is a very good non-surgical alternative to treat submental fat.
Pros and cons of Kybella
- swelling that lasts several days
- most patients require multiple treatments
Any negatives to Kybella
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