Kybella on the lower cheeks to treat face fullness?

Can kybella be used in the cheeks? If there is a danger of damaging the facial nerves,how bout using the (vein finder) like accu vein finder while injecting on the face so that the nerves can be seen n spared?

Doctor Answers 21

Kybella on face

Sally CA, there is some distribution of Kybella within an entire fat pad after injecting even just a portion of the pad. Nerves are wrapped in a myelin sheath, which contains fat, and it might not be possible to avoid dissolving this sheath after injecting the cheeks. The sheath would eventually regrow, and the nerve would function normally, but I would never want a patient to go through the muscle weakness or numbness that could result, however transitory.


New York Dermatologist
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Treatment Areas for KYBELLA

Kybella is an exciting new FDA approved treatment for submental fullness, or double chin. Kybella is Deoxycholic Acid and it is injected into the fat pad under the chin At this time, Kybella is not recommended for facial fat along the jaw lines or under the eyes.

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Kybella : A Solution for Chin Fat ONLY

Kybella is a new injectable approved by the FDA for the treatment of moderate to severe fat under the chin; double chin.  At this time, Kybella is not indicated for fat along the jawline and its safety is indicated only for the submental fat

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Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Kybella is not indicated for the cheeks

Kybella is not indicated for the cheeks because of the risk of nerve damage.  In the future, there may be other techniques available that do not carry these risks.  Best, Dr. Green

Kybella Injections

Thanks for your question. Kybella has recently been FDA approved for use in the submental fat under the chin. Currently, this is the only area that Kybella has been indicated for, however since it is such a successful treatment, it may be used in other off-label areas in the future. Kybella is a safe treatment when administered properly, but since it’s relatively new it’s important to find a physician who has had thorough training and has experience injecting the product.

Babak Azizzadeh, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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KYBELLA Treatments

Thank you for your question. Kybella has been recently FDA-approved for the treatment of submental fullness and is the only non-invasive treatment for the reduction of “double chins”. Right now Kybella is only FDA-approved for this area, however, in the future I am sure off-label areas will be treated. Kybella will permanently destroy fat cells in the targeted area as well as offering limited skin tightening to the treated area administered by a series of injections. This treatment will help define the jawline. Benefits of the Kybella treatment include:

Minimally invasive
No downtime
Better appearance, youthful look
No surgery
No general anesthesia
Very rare and minimal side effects (typically bruising, pain, and redness at the injection points)

I suggest consulting with a qualified physician for a full consultation.

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Kybella for cheeks

At this time, Kybella is only approved for under the chin and neck area.  Facial injections will need to be studied before we can tell if its use is safe in the face.  Thanks for your question.

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Kybella shouldn't be used on the cheeks!

Kybella is very likely to injure facial nerves so it would be a very bad idea to use it on the cheeks.  This drug is great but it is really best only for the chin area at this time until further research is done on it.  Good luck!

Joel Schlessinger, MD
Omaha Dermatologic Surgeon
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Kybella on the cheeks

Thank you for your question.  At this time, I would not recommend Kybella on the face as there is too much vital anatomy and Kybella may cause unintended injury to some of the deeper structures.   The Accuvein is a great way to identify vessels in the face, but does not identify nerves.  It is more commonly used to help guide injections when using fillers or neuromodulators.

Can Kybella be used on the lower cheeks to treat facial fullness?

Right now Kybella is only FDA approved for submental fullness or a “double chin” and because you can get nerve damage in a 1 cm area around the injection site it would be nearly impossible to avoid the nerves in that area. The Accuvein finder only finds vessels so is not that helpful for avoiding nerves.

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