Kybella for the inner thigh gap?

I saw on TV that kybella can be used on the inner thigh gap. Can someone tell me if that's true and if so where I can get it done?

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Thank you for your question, teliio2686. Kybella is very effective for the "double chin" and is FDA-approved for that area and that area alone. I suggest you consider SculpSure which can melt 25% of your unwanted subcutaneous fat in a 25-minute non-invasive in-office treatment whereby patients complete the treatment and walk out of our office ready to resume their ordinary activities. Please consult with a board certified facial plastic surgeon.

Best wishes,

Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Kybella for the inner thigh gap?

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There is a good chance it will work there, and will eventually be approved for that location, however at this point it is only approved for use under the chin. The best solution for medial thigh fat is still liposuction. The only way to know for sure if you are a candidate is to book a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon near you. Best of luck! 

Mathew A. Plant, MD, FRCSC
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting a Better Option for Thighs

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I applaud you for doing your own research on information you hear on TV. KYBELLA is an injectable treatment approved by the FDA specifically to reduce fat that causes a double chin. There is no clinical study of whether it works for body contouring. CoolSculpting, on the other hand, is FDA-cleared to treat the inner and outer thighs using special applicators. I would suggest finding a board-certified plastic surgeon to consult with about the best treatment for you.

Daryl K. Hoffman, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
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Kybella for inner thighs?

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Currently Kybella is just FDA approved for use beneath the chin.  Even if you were to use it on other parts of the body you would need such a large amount that I imagine would drive the cost up even more to the point where it would become cost prohibitive.  I think there are better methods out on the market, both noninvasive and surgical that are good at addressing the inner thighs.  Schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon in your area who can exam the area you are talking about and recommend a safe and effective solution.  Best of luck!

The gap

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Hi Telio,

Kybella is FDA indicated for the submental area only. To be clear, this means that the company has done clinical trials to confirm that is safe for use in this area. Once that is complete, the company is given an IFU (Indication For Use). It is important for the safety of patients to avoid situations where you become the experiement in off-label uses.  Your best bet is to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon who is comfortable with multiple methods of treating the inner thigh.  

Best of luck!

-Dr. B

Kybella for inner thighs

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Kybella is only FDA approved for under the chin so any use elsewhere would be considered "off label". However, I have seen some lovely results with Kybella on the inner thighs. Determining whether or not this is the best option for you will depend on the amount of fat that needs to be removed so schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to be assessed in person and discuss. 

Kouros Azar, MD
Thousand Oaks Plastic Surgeon
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Kybella for the Inner Thigh

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Kybella is a fat removal procedure that is currently FDA approved for eliminating submental fat or the “double chin.” At this time, there has not been a significant amount of studies to prove the safety and efficacy of treating other areas of the body, such as the inner thighs. Also, treating this area may require several vials of Kybella and multiple treatments, which can become very costly. If you are interested in another non-invasive option, I would recommend Coolsculpting. This may be safer and more cost effective option for you.   

Ryan Greene, MD, PhD
Fort Lauderdale Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Kybella for the inner thigh gap?

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Thank you for your question. Kybella is FDA cleared for use for under the chin. I suggest you consider Coolsculpting for the inner thigh area. I recommend having a consultation with an expert to determine if you are a good candidate for Coolsculpting. Best of Luck!

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

Kybella for thigh gap

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Thanks for a great question telio! Kybella is currently only FDA approved for the submental (double chin) area. There are ongoing studies for using this product on other areas of the body and I suspect we will see more FDA approved indications soon. If you are interested in non-surgical procedures to help with the inner thighs, I would recommend Sculpsure. This procedure uses a laser to permanently destroy fat cells. The best part is that Sculpsure only takes 25 minutes for a treatment, and you can return to all of your normal activities immediately (including the gym). We have had really happy Sculpsure patients here in Richmond who have wanted to reduce their inner thighs. 

Travis L. Shaw, MD
Richmond Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Kybella Elsewhere

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Currently on label treatments are for submental fat. Soon, we will see where else the treatment will be approved.

Sean Paul, MD
Austin Oculoplastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

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