Body Contouring with Kybella in
New York City with Dr. Shridharani

What is Kybella?

Kybella is a non-human, non-animal derived version of deoxycholic acid, which is a NATURALLY occurring material found in all of us that breaks down fat. After the fat is broken down it is naturally excreted by the body.

For what is Kybella used?

Kybella is used as injection like Botox or Fillers (Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane), etc… in areas with pinchable fat including the front bra roll, upper arms, abdomen, chest, inner and outer thighs, “banana roll” or back of the thighs, and the submental/“double chin” region to dissolve fat away and improve the overall contour. Traditional methods to treat excess fat require liposuction. Not all patients are candidates for Kybella and safe surgical procedures performed by Dr. Shridharani still may be necessary.

What does “off label” Kybella mean?

Kybella has only been FDA approved to the submental region or the “double chin” area. When Kybella is injected to other areas of the body other than the submental region, it is considered an “off label” Kybella treatment. Dr. Shridharani has seen AMAZING results with “off label” Kybella and has become VERY experienced with the use of Kybella for body contouring.

When and where can I get it done?

Dr. Shridharani is proud to announce that he was the FIRST plastic surgeon in NYC to be able to offer Kybella to treat the “double chin”/submental fat to improve your overall jawline contour. Due to Dr. Shridharani’s experience with Kybella, he was also the FIRST plastic surgeon in NYC to inject Kybella “off label” or in areas other than the chin such as the bra rolls, abdomen, thighs, and upper arms.

Does Dr. Shridharani aka “Dr. S” have experience with Kybella?

Dr. Shridharani has significant experience with treating patients with Kybella and sees several patients per day seeking the treatment. Dr. Shridharani started treating patients almost immediately after the product became commercially available/after FDA approval.

Dr. Shridharani considers it a true honor to be selected amongst a small group of plastic surgeons and dermatologists in the US who are invited by Kythera (company that makes Kybella) to be a Faculty Trainer. This means that “Dr. S” is responsible for training other doctors and injectors on the safety and appropriate use of Kybella to optimize patient outcomes.

Is Kybella permanent or is it temporary like Botox and Fillers?

Kybella is a PERMANENT FAT DISSOLVING solution. UNLIKE botox or dermal fillers, Kybella is permanent.

What happens to my skin after the Kybella is injected? Will it deflate?

Fortunately, one of the added benefits of Kybella is that the neck skin tends to “lift”/tighten as healing occurs INSTEAD of deflating like an empty balloon. This adds to the overall benefit of the treatment. Many people are requesting Kybella for body contouring instead of liposuction or non-surgical modalities due to the tightening benefit seen with Kybella.

What is the downtime after the injection?

Most individuals have slight discomfort similar to other injectables for a brief period of time after the injection. This resolves relatively quickly. Patients experience different degrees of swelling, but it is a normal part of the healing process.

How long does it take to see results?

Your results depend on the amount of excess fat you have in the area where Kybella is injected. The first few days are hallmarked by swelling and possible bruising. Most patients begin seeing positive results as quickly as 3-4 weeks post injection.

How many treatments do I need?

Patients receive multiple Kybella injections (like Botox or fillers) in a single treatment. Most patients generally require 2-4 treatment sessions about one month apart to see their optimal results.

What can I expect for my SECOND series of injections? THIRD? FOURTH? FIFTH?

Dr. Shridharani has treated several patients for their second, third, fourth and fifth series of injections, respectively. Thus far, patients experience substantially less swelling and bruising than the first round of treatment. Patients also notice improved contouring and skin tightness as each treatment continues.

Who should I go to in order to have Kybella?

All individuals who inject Kybella will have to go through a training process with a certified Kybella Faculty Trainer first. Please make sure you confirm that your health care provider has been formally trained. Dr. Shridharani is proud to have been selected to be a Faculty Trainer by KYTHERA, which means he selectively will train peers and colleagues on how to safely inject Kybella. Do not accept generic forms or compounds that are not Kybella, as they have not been FDA tested or approved.

“Treatment with Kybella should only be provided by a licensed health care professional, and patients should fully understand the risks associated with use of the drug before considering treatment,” said Amy G. Egan, M.D., M.P.H., deputy director of the Office of Drug Evaluation III in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

Can anyone have Kybella?

Patients with consolidated fat deposits and fullness that are pinchable – such as the front bra roll, abdomen, chest, upper arms, and thighs are candidates for having Kybella. Patients who have a lot of loose and hanging skin are not good candidates for this procedure, because Kybella is not intended to remove skin. However, patients who have this problem may be candidates to have a lift procedure by Dr. Shridharani. Dr. Shridharani spends ample amounts of time with every patient and will thoroughly review your medical history to see if Kybella or any procedure is right for you.

What are the side effects?

Kybella injected to the body area other than the chin area, is considered “off label” and other risks must be considered. The safety and effectiveness of Kybella were established in two large studies, which enrolled over 1,000 adult participants with moderate or severe submental fat. The participants who received Kybella (for up to six treatments) instead of a placebo (non-Kybella) more frequently saw reductions in fat and improved jawline/neckline contour.  Kybella can cause serious side effects, including nerve injury, ulceration, swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and areas of hardness in the treatment area. These side effects are also the most common side effects seen with Botox injections or dermal fillers like Juvederm and Restylane.

Do I have to have anesthesia or go to the operating room in order to have Kybella?

Absolutely NOT. One of the beautiful things pertaining to Kybella is that it is not a surgical procedure and rather is an injectable similar to Botox injections or dermal fillers. Although, if you are considering several areas to be treated which will require many injections with Kybella, you may want to consider a light anesthesia which will allow you to be more comfortable during the procedure. Dr. Shridharani is a Plastic Surgeon who can provide you with ALL of your options when it comes to improving your contour.

How much does it cost?

Pricing for Kybella is based on your anatomic concerns and how many injections you may need. Schedule a consultation today with Dr. Shridharani and his team will gladly go over pricing options for you.

Who makes Kybella?

Kybella is made by Allergan Biopharmaceuticals (makers of Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, and breast implants), a company based in the United States in Irvine, California.