Would any physicians trust Kybella? They say you should wait several years when a product is new.

I am researching products for a spa. We were interested ih Ultherapy and have decided against it. We don't need that mess on our hands. I am curious if anyone has had any problems with Kybella or any thoughts on it? Thank you.

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Kybella Is FDA Approved and Gives Great Results

Kybella has already undergone extensive testing in order to be approved by the FDA for melting submental fat. I have been injecting it since 2011 as I was an investigator in multiple trials and have been thrilled with the results. Most patients tolerate the procedure well, as it takes only a few minutes to perform and has minimal side effects, such as some temporary redness, soreness, bruising or swelling. You will probably need at least two or three sessions to get the results you desire. After Kybella, the body takes several months to eliminate the destroyed fat cells. Once the fat cells are gone, they are gone for good. Please consult a board-certified dermatologist to find out how Kybella can help you.

San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 84 reviews


Thank you for your question spawoman. Kybella is the first and thus far only FDA-approved non-surgical treatment for the double chin. I am not sure what mess you are referring to regarding Ultherapy. I have seen great results. We have not had problems with Kybella in our practice. Kybella has been used overseas for several years. I do not recommend medical treatments at a spa, unless it is a medical spa with physician supervision. Please consult with a doctor for specific recommendations. Good luck!

Alex Eshaghian, MD, PhD
Encino Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

Do physicians trust Kybella?

We have been treating patients in our office over the last 10 months with good results and happy patients.  I had a treatment myself a few months ago and have also been pleased.  It has been approved by the FDA.  There is a reporting process in place for adverse events after release, and a recent article in the skin therapy newsletter reports that they have not been receiving any new reports of significant adverse events since the release.  Patients need to be prepared for 3 days of swelling but no one has really complained about this as we had prepared them for this before hand.  And most patients are going to want 2-4 treatments, but all of my patients ( and myself) have had a nice improvement after the first treatment.  Patients like the gradual improvement, and little to no downtime. So I would be confident in giving it a try.

Jonathan Hall, MD
Boston Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 34 reviews


Kybella is FDA approved and safe and remarkably effective at reducing the submental fat under the chin.  It is amazing and needs no surgery and very little down time.  Best, Dr. Green

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 76 reviews


Kybella has had testing by the FDA as it is a pharmaceutical.

Pharmaceutical testing is a higher standard than machines treatments such as Ultherapy.

In addition, Kybella is natural. It occurs in the body for digesting fat.

Keith Denkler, MD
Marin Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 18 reviews


Since Kybella has been approved by the FDA (which as we all know is an exacting promise), I don't think you will have any problems. I've been using it since it's debut on the market with exceptional results.


Kouros Azar

Kouros Azar, MD
Thousand Oaks Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Would any physicians trust Kybella? They say you should wait several years when a product is new.

Thank you for your questions. It is always wise to never be the first or the last to adopt a new technology or technique. That being said, Kybella went through a rigorous FDA trial before approval and has been shown to be safe and effective in the treatment of submental fullness. 

I think it is an excellent treatment and I have been very pleased with the results thus far. I would say that at this point, I have no issues with "trusting" the product. 

Hope this helps!

Dallas Buchanan, MD
Spokane Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 30 reviews


Thank you for your question. Kybella is the first and only FDA-approved injetible that contours the neckline by eliminating submental fullness due to submental fat. There are few side effects to the treatment, but redness, bruising and minor swelling can be expected. I suggest that you move forward and consult with a board certified facial plastic surgeon.

Best wishes,

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 117 reviews

Kybella FDA vetted

Any injectable has to undergo clinical trials before FDA approval. The trials treat actual patients and studies must prove both outcome and safety.

However, ANY injectable safety and effectiveness relies on the knowledge and ability of the injector.

Risk increases when the injectors are not adequately trained or don't have an in-depth knowledge level of anatomy. Kybella must be carefully injected, so it's not a treatment to be delegated to staff who are not trained physicians.

Anyone considering Kybella should seek out a board certified dermatologist or board certified plastic surgeon, since these physicians have an intimate knowledge of nerves and structures beneath the skin surface of the face and neck.

Rebecca Fitzgerald, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 21 reviews


Kybella typically shows great results treating submental fat and has been FDA approved. The most common complications seen are swelling, redness and bruising in certain patients. We use it often at my practice and patients are very happy with the results. 

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 190 reviews

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