Tell me more about Kybella procedure. Effect? Price? Risks?

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The costs for Kybella are going to depend on the amount of fat under your chin and how many vials will be needed to eliminate said fat. The good news is that Kybella is extremely effective in the right patient and the results are permanent. My best advice would be for you to schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon or cosmetic dermatologist with a lot of Kybella experience to be assessed in person and discuss whether or not this would be a wise choice for your issues.


Kouros Azar

Thousand Oaks Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Kybella treats the double chin

Kybella is the only FDA approved injectable drug used to treat the submental fat that causes a double chin. It destroys the fat cells and prevents the fat from reaccumulating. It has produced amazing results and is associated with very little downtime, with most going to work the next day. Depending on how much fat is in the submental region, the typical number of treatments ranged from 2-4 for maximal results. Theoretically, the fat cells that are destroyed do not regenerate so it is considered a long lasting treatment. Cost usually ranges from $1000-$1200/Treament

Michael T. Somenek, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Kybella procedure

Kybella is a great minimally invasive option to get rid of your double chin and as a result, helping to define the jawline (submental area). It is an injectable product that can be used to help your body rid itself of fat cells that form under the chin which would require 2-4 sessions for optimal results. Benefits of Kybella include:

FDA-approved for use on fat underneath the chin
Allows more control then cool sculpting over the treatment area
Minimally invasive
No downtime
Reduced fat underneath the chin
Better appearance
Youthful look
No surgery
No general anesthesia
Very rare and minimal side effects (typically bruising, pain, and redness at the injection points)

The price varies according to your treatment plan and we have not seen any risks with our patients. Some patients do swell and bruise slightly but it varies per individual.

If you are interested, it’s best to have a full in-person consultation with a qualified physician. 

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
3.8 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Kybella: What's it like?

Kybella is an FDA approved injectible product that is only available in the USA to date.  It is actually a purified form of deoxycholic acid and when injected in the right locations and in the right dosing actually causes fat cell death in the treated area.  The biggest short term risk is some pain, swelling and firm redness to the injected area.  This lasts about 10 days on most of my patients.  The amount of swelling and tenderness varies but does clear over time.  Price per vial of injectable product ranges from $600 to $750 or more based on where you live.  On most patients we often are looking at 2 vials first and possibly second visit and usually reduced amount in subsequent visits.   A conservative guess at total price for the average patient with moderate submental fullness would be $3000 for all treatments needed.

Steven Swengel, MD
Los Gatos Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Kybella Procedure and Effects

Kybella is an extremely safe FDA approved injection from the makes of Botox.  Kybella dissolves the fat under the chin. Kybella utilizes the enzyme that dissolves the same fat that is in the gut.  Kybella generally is priced by number of injections and the average price of Kybella is $1500.  It will take two to four treatments to reduce the fat under the chin.  Please consult an expert for the best results.  Best, Dr. Green

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

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