Why is Kybella so expensive?
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Pricing for Kybella
Kybella and Cost
Kybella is a very expensive procedure but works extremely well. Allergan bought the company that developed Kybella and now increased the price to market it. Since there is no direct competition they can set the price. It may take quite a while before the price comes down. The price may drop in the future if there is a similar product. I often combine Kybella with Thermage to treat the neck area and tighten the skin laxity at the same time. If you have a large area of submental fat you can have the Cool-mini performed by Coolsculpting and this may be less expensive for you. I often use several different modalities to treat my patients in the neck. I find that this combination yields the best results in my office. Best, Dr. Green
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A reason that Allergan paid dearly is because the clinical trials involved thousands of patients. Many of the important questions (how much to be effective, how much to stay safe) were worked out pretty thoroughly in the expensive clinical trials.
Most patients need 3- 4 treatments, one month apart. It is true that liposuction of the neck is less money than most Kybella series.
I offer both options, and let patients choose. Some patients simply do not want to have a short (30 minute) outpatient procedure, and now they have a safe and effective choice.
Kybella (Belkyra in Canada) is unfortunately expensive due to the actual cost of the medication itself. Given there is no competing product on the market, the price is unlikely to decrease in the near future. All the best.
Kybella is a one of a kind treatment in that it is safe, effective, has little to no downtime, tightens the skin in the treated area and delivers permanent results (as long as you don't gain a lot of weight)! That it itself is pretty exciting! It's liposuction in a syringe. Cost is a factor because it takes, on average, $80 million to get a drug approved by the FDA! So the cost is passed on to the patients. It also takes 3-6 treatments for optimal results. However, considering what it can deliver, it may be worth the cost and the convenience. It is best to see an expert in facial aesthetics such a board-certified dermatologist for a consultation to determine is right for you and what the cost will be.
It has less downtime, costs more because it is still under patent and new, and works so well. It is about 1200 per treatment. You will need at least 2-3 treatments so I think it is not as expensive since it is spread out. you may need less or more. Good luck. Dr. Sam
Not an Inexpensive Treatment
I agree that Kybella is not an inexpensive treatment. However, it's dependent on how many vials you would need. If you only need 1-3 vials, I think the cost is very reasonable. Where I don't think it's a good idea is if you have a larger amount of submental fat that needs to be removed. If the area is larger, then liposuction is a much better idea. Kybella is not great for larger necks. I typically only recommend Kybella if the area that needs to be treated is small. Plus liposuction is still a surgical procedure which requires pain medication and tumescent anesthesia. Kybella is a very quick office procedure that can have minimal downtime.
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