Can Kybella be used to treat uneven results after liposuction or coolsculpting on the abdomen? (photo)

What would be a better way to correct the indentations? Fat graft or fat dissolving?

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Thank you for your question. SculpSure is the best option to dissolve fat in the tummy and flanks. It is the only FDA approved laser that can eliminate up to 25% of subcutaneous fat in a short 25-minute in-office treatment. I suggest that you move forward and consult with a board certified facial plastic surgeon.

Best wishes,

Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Indentation on the abdomen

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Thank you for your question Kiki 2017. Kybella is the first and thus-far only FDA-approved non-surgical injectable treatment for the double chin. Indentations can sometimes occur after Cool Sculpting or surgery. These are best treated with some form of skin tightening treatment or other modality such as Sculp Sure of radiofrequency.

Please consult with a doctor for specific recommendations. Good luck!

Can Kybella be used to treat uneven results after liposuction or coolsculpting on the abdomen?

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Kybella® deoxycholate fat-melting injections can be used off-label on various fat deposits all over the body. Since it works beautifully on smaller well-defined fat deposits that persist after other larger fat reduction procedures.

Manjula Jegasothy, MD
Miami Dermatologist

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Kybella only for under chin

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Kybella is only FDA approved for treating submental fat under the chin. Any other use would be considered off label. Based on your photo, you look as if you'd benefit from fat grafting. Schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon in your area to discuss. 


Kouros Azar

Kybella and Body

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Kybella is only FDA approved for submental fat.  It is not approved for areas in the body. It looks from the photo that you have a depression that may need fat grafting.  Please consult a board certified dermatologist to assess the area.  Best, Dr. Green


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Not only is it not FDA approved for the abdomen(we use lots of medications off label in medicine, but can be controversial), but you need the "dent" filled back in with some fat grafting likely in addition to some fat equalization in the areas adjacent to the dent. 


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Based on the photo you submitted, I would suggest fat grafting to the depressed area around your umbilicus.

Smoothing Irregularities with Coolsculpting/Vanquish, Exilis Ultra, Venus Legacy

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I would recommend a combination approach for irregularities including: coolsculpting/vanquish for further fat removal, exilis/venus legacy for skin tightening, cellutone/z wave to make the skin smooth, remove scar tissue, and improve the skin's appearance. See an expert. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Treating uneven abdominal fat

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Thanks for your question. Kybella is not approved for use in that region, and even if it was it would require so much product and multiple sessions and so would not make sense from a cost perspective. We have successfully treated unevenness like this post liposuction or post CoolSculpt with the SculpSure laser for permanent fat cell destruction.


Lisa Vuich, MD

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