How long is the kybella procedure?

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How long is Kybella Treatment

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The actual treatment takes 10-15 minutes.  Your skin is cleansed with an antiseptic and then chilled with an ice pack before and after.  You can typically return to most activities right away, but strenuous exercise may not be advisable for 6-12 hours after to decrease your risk of bruising.  Now, our actual office visit is longer for the first time because we want to examine you, discuss your goals and assess whether you are a good candidate for Kybella.  The total appointment may take 45 minutes.  Return appointments and additional treatments are typically the 10-15 minutes.  So far in our practice everyone has had some improvement after the injection- but most patients will repeat this  and have 2-4 injections total, with some patients in the study having up to 6.  I have found that it is better to use more vials - the training suggests 1-5 vials, but in many patients we are starting with 3 vials- it gives a better response and the swelling is not any more severe.  We typically see you back at 2 months to see  how you are responding and consider an additional treatment.  We have found that most patients continue to see some improvement for 4 months after the injection.  

Boston Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Kybella Injections

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The actual Kybella treatment takes 10-20 minutes. With Kybella it is recommended to have 2-4 treatments for best results, spaced 6-8 weeks apart. Consult with your provider to determine if you are a good candidate for Kybella and to discuss a treatment plan. Best to you, Dr Faraz

Kybella Treatment is Quick #kybella

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  • A treatment with Kybella takes only about 15 minutes.
  • We typically apply some topical anesthetic, and we let that take effect over 10 minutes.
  • Next, after mapping out the area to be treated, we then perform the injections which takes just a few minutes. 
  • The one thing to understand about Kybella, is that it is best used for fat under the chin that is localized to one area.  Also, two treatments or more, spaced out every 6 weeks, may be needed. 
  • For more extensive "double chins" or fatty necks, liposuction is the preferred treatment.   Therefore, making an appointment with a plastic surgeon who can offer both options, based upon your anatomy and preferences, may be best. 


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Thank you for your question. Kybella is a quick 15-20 min. in office treatment. You will need anywhere from 2 to 6 sessions to achieve optimal results. Downtime is minimal but swelling and bruising is to be expected for a few days after treatments. The side effects will decrease over the next few days and weeks following. Each treatment session is usually repeated in one month intervals until results are achieved. 

Wish you all the best,

Dr. Mentz 

Henry Mentz, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

The entire Kybella appointment takes about 30 minutes.

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While the procedure itself takes only 5 - 10 minutes, there are some additional housekeeping items to do at the appointment before and after the injections.  Photos are generally taken, the treatment is planned and the neck is marked for injections.  We recommend icing afterwards for 5-10 minutes. 

The time to do a single Kybella treatment is about 10 minutes.

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There is some set up as well.  Recognize that you will have about 10 days of significant tissue swelling after the Kybella treatment.  Up to 60% of patients having Kybella require up to 6 treatments at 1 month intervals.  Unless you just do not want a surgical procedure, neck liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that can accomplish all of this work in fraction of the time and for about the same cost as a series of kybella treatments.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews


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Kybella is a great procedure that takes two to five treatments to permanently reduce the submental fat.  You will have temporary swelling that lasts a few days from each treatment.  Please consult an expert in Kybella for this permanent treatment. Best, Dr. Green

How long is Kybella procedure?

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Kybella is used to reduce fat under the chin and normally requires a series of treatments over time to obtain the desired results.  A single treatment session only takes a matter of minutes but in most cases, this will need to be repeated in about 6 weeks.  Some patients may require more treatment sessions to get the desired amount of fat reduction.  

Michael I. Echavez, MD
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

How long is the Kybella procedure?

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Thank you for sharing your question.  A typical treatment session may take 10-15 minutes, including time to ice your neck.  As for results, it often takes 6-8 weeks to see improvement and the fat reduction that takes place is permanent.  Hope this helps.

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 80 reviews

Kybella Is Fast Way to Lose Fat

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Kybella takes only between 10 and 20 minutes to perform in the office. Your skin is cleansed and numbed, a template is applied underneath your chin, and then you receive the deoxycholic-acid injections in the appropriate spots. You may experience some slight bruising and swelling for a few days to a couple of weeks after the procedure. Some people only need one session, but most need two to four. Please see a board-certified dermatologist to get the best results from Kybella.  At MDLSV, we use advanced techniques to reduce swelling.

Margaret Weiss, MD
Baltimore Dermatologic Surgeon
3.9 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

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