Written by Dr. Calvin Lee, Modesto, California
Kybella Surgeon with Dr.
Tammy Wu, Modesto Plastic Surgeon.
Our office number in Modesto is: (209) 551-1888 - call us for special intro pricing.
I am honored to be selected to be one of the first physicians to have access to Kybella. Much of what is written here is my professional opinion about the product and may not be the view of the Kybella/Kythera company. The info provided here is general information and not meant to be specific medical advice. Please see your doctor in person for medical advice.
First and only FDA approved nonsurgical treatment that contours and improves the appearance of fat under the chin (double chin).
15-20 minute minimally invasive (nonsurgical) procedure in the office.
Requires customization to help achieve your treatment goals.
Destroys fat cells when injected into the fat beneath your chin.
Once the aesthetic goal is achieved, re-treatment is not expected.
Hardness in the treatment area.
Active ingredient in KYBELLA is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.
When injected into the fat beneath your chin, KYBELLA causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.
Above are photos provided by the manufacturer of Kybella.
According to the pilot study, 79% of Kybella injected patients reported satisfaction with the appearance of their face and chin
Typically 15-20 minute procedure in the office. The appointment slot could be longer for possible numbing procedures, explanations, post procedure care, etc.
First anatomical planning is made with boundaries drawn to avoid damage to vital structures.
Second dose planning is made with respect to the size/amount of fullness which needs to be addressed.
Typically 14-40 shots given with a needle which in my practice is the same as our very small Botox needle.
The dosing and number of shots is customized for each patient.
Most patients report a 4/10 pain scale experience with the first few minutes after injection of Kybella. Then the pain level subsides rapidly.
Methods such as ice, pain reliever pills, numbing cream, numbing shots, ring blocks, tumescent lidocaine injections are possible methods to help keep the pain under control.
It seems with subsequent sessions the pain level seems to decrease.
Many patients treated with KYBELLA experience visible contouring of their chin profile in 2-4 treatments. Some require 6 treatments.
Once your chin profile has improved, you may not need to be treated with KYBELLA again.
There is some skin tightening with KYBELLA which is associated with the inflammatory process after the procedure.
Those necks with central fullness with minimal loose skin.
For most patients, downtime was minimal and occurred most commonly after the first treatment session.
I have my patients wear a compressive neck band (from our surgical neck lift practice) as much as they can for 1 week after the procedure.
The bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area might get in the way of some social plans and work commitments in the following week - especially the first two days after the procedure.
Downtime seems to be decreased with the following treatments
The most common side effects of KYBELLA include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area.
KYBELLA can cause serious side effects, including trouble swallowing and nerve injury in the jaw that can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness.
Numbing medicine may be administered before Kybella injections in a tumescent method via a blunt tipped microcannulas which I frequently use for fillers such as Juvederm or Belotero.
Erasable marking will be placed on the skin to highlight key anatomical structures in the neck.
I will make perform a physical examination to determine the location of neck salivary glands.
I will probably give you a special neck band use for decreased swelling and comfort after the procedure to use for the next week after Kybella injections.
I'm answering this question on how much does the PROCEDURE cost - rather than the cost of a bottle of deoxycholic acid.
KYBELLA as a substance is an expensive product. Thus the more KYBELLA we use, the more expensive the cost of the procedure. However, KYBELLA does not perform the procedure, the surgeon/doctor/nurse performs the procedure and there is a cost for that as well.
As of the writing of this page 7/12/15 - I have heard that some places are charging by the vial of KYBELLA. Some office are charging $600-$900 per vial of the product. I believe that for many of my patients, they will need 2-3 vials per sessions. And most will need 2-4 sessions.
I am charging $2000 for the first session with me, and $1500 for the second session with me, and $1000 for the subsequent sessions with me. Prices can somewhat vary based on major shifts in product needs. I wanted to make the subsequent visits more affordable - especially as we approach the desired results.
Currently as of 7/12/15 the Kybella consultation with me is free (or you could consider it included in the first session pricing). Please call my office to verify any price changes (209) 551-1888.
Double Chin Dissolving Injections
Call us for special intro pricing.
Dr. Tammy Wu Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Calvin Lee General Surgeon
4754 Dale Road
Modesto, CA 95356
We are proud to have sponsored the Modesto Marathon in the first 7 years