Possible Problems that Occur with Kybella

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable treatment that targets fat cells under the chin using deoxycholic acid, which naturally dissolves the fat. It’s non-invasive and decreases small fat deposits that are often too minuscule to be addressed with other methods. However, there are concerns with this treatment among medical professionals.

“Kybella injected under the chin is very localized and may improve some of the fat, but there are complications associated with it. If patients have fat in other places of their neck, say the jawline, it may create a depression in the center. Also, it will produce scar tissue under the skin and may make it harder to do surgery in that area. The consequences of melting the fat in a specific area have not fully been realized as of yet, and there needs to be more results to determine if it is safe, specifically in patients over 50.”—Kirk Brandow M.D., plastic surgeon and director, The Brandow Clinic (multiple locations).
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