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 helps breakdown fat and absorb it.

What can Kybella help treat?

Kybella is used as an injection like Botox or Fillers (Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane), etc… in the submental/“double chin” region to dissolve fat away and improve the overall contour of the neck and jawline. Traditional methods to treat excess fat in the neck and under the chin require liposuction and/or a neck lift. Not all patients are candidates for Kybella and safe surgical procedures performed by Dr. Shridharani still may be necessary.

Who is the ideal patient for Kybella?

Patients with consolidated fat deposits and fullness underneath the chin are great candidates for having Kybella. Patients who have a lot of loose and hanging skin (“turkey neck”) 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 neck lift procedure by Dr. Shridharani. Also, if you suffer from bleeding problems or already have difficulty swallowing, you may not be a good candidate for Kybella. “Dr. S” 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.

How many treatments will I need?

Patients receive multiple Kybella injections (like Botox or fillers) in a single treatment. Most patients generally require 3-4 treatment sessions about one month apart to see their optimal results.

What happens to the skin on my neck 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.

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 in the neck as each treatment continues.

Are there any side effects?

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 in the jaw that can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness, and trouble swallowing. The most common side effects of Kybella include 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.

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

Kybella is a PERMANENT FAT DISSOLVING solution to a heavy neck/jawline. UNLIKE botox or dermal fillers, Kybella is permanent.

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 under your chin. Most patients begin seeing results 3-4 weeks post injection.

Ready to get started?

Ready to learn more about Kybella and find out if you are a good candidate? Call (212) 508-0000 to schedule a consultation with board certified NYC Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Shridharani.

Kybella FAQ

Q: Does Dr. Shridharani have experience with Kybella?

Dr. Shridharani has significant experience with treating patients with Kybella and has several patients per day seeking the treatment. “Dr. S” 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 entire nation 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.

Q: Why chose Dr. Shridharani for Kybella Injections?

Top New York City Plastic Surgeon Dr. Shridharani is proud to announce that he was the FIRST Plastic Surgeon in NYC/Manhattan to be able to offer Kybella to treat the “double chin”/submental fat to improve your overall jawline contour. “Dr. S” is currently treating patients with Kybella and has appointments available, as the interest is very high in reducing the appearance of a double chin and accentuating your natural jaw and neckline.

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. “It is important to remember that Kybella is only approved for the treatment of fat occurring below the chin, and it is not known if Kybella is safe or effective for treatment outside of this area.”

Q: 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. If you are not a candidate for Kybella, you may be a good candidate for neck liposuction with/without a neck lift. Dr. Shridharani is a Plastic Surgeon who can provide you with ALL of your options when it comes to improving your neck and jawline definition.
Q: 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.
Q: 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.