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Summary: The truth about Kybella is one of those things we’ve been seeking out since this injectable fat-melter was announced in 2015. That’s because Kybella really does seem too good to be true. You just inject Kybella and the fat melts away? It seems to boggle the mind. And the truth about Kybella is undoubtedly more complicated, while somehow still maintaining that promise.

Getting to the Truth About Kybella

We’ve had a few years to digest the Kybella hype, as well as the ensuing Kybella backlash. So what’s the truth about Kybella? Or, rather, does Kybella actually work? The answer to that question depends largely on what you think Kybella does in the first place–or, rather, whether you’re going into a Kybella treatment with realistic expectations or not.

And yet, it’s hard to blame patients for having those unrealistic expectations in the first place. Kybella was lauded as a kind of liposuction replacement procedure, where you could achieve similar results without any pain or discomfort.

That’s largely true. But there are caveats that go along with that. And those caveats are important because they temper patient expectations and present a more realistic picture of what Kybella can really do (and how long it takes to do just that). If you have any questions about Kybella, you can schedule a consultation with your cosmetic surgeon or medical spa (after all, we’re writing this for entertainment purposes, not to give you a medical opinion). So what’s the truth about Kybella? Let’s take a look at what we know about this injectable fat treatment.

Is Kybella Really Non Surgical?

As an injectable, Kybella gets the distinction of being a non surgical, non invasive procedure. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that Kybella is free from discomfort of any kind. Indeed, the injection site can become tender and swollen after your treatment. The Kybella is busy breaking down fat, so it makes sense that the area might be a bit sore to the touch.

Some patients also experience some bruising after the injections. All of that is relatively normal and should subside in a short amount of time. (For a better picture of possible complications, talk directly to your surgeon.)

But here’s the thing, Kybella carried fewer high intensity risks than liposuction surgery does. It’s rare that liposuction performed properly can cause complications–but because liposuction is still surgery, those complications can be severe and need to be treated seriously. Complications resulting from Kybella likewise need to be taken seriously, but the severity level is typically not the same. (Again, I am no expert on side effects and complications, so you’ll want to talk to your surgeon specifically about those if you have concerns.)

Does Kybella Get Results?

In general, Kybella does what it says it’s going to do. This injectable will get rid of excess fat around the jawline. However, it may not happen all at once and it may not happen quickly.

  • Patients may need multiple treatments in order to achieve their desired final outcome. In fact, this is quite common and patients should prepare for the likelihood of this scenario.
  • Kybella is not capable of mitigating excess skin, so if your double chin is caused by extra skin instead of fat, Kybella treatments will not improve your look.
  • Kybella can take several weeks to reach peak results. Most patients see their best results in six to eight weeks.

So, Kybella does indeed generate results, but these caveats are important to keep in mind because they shape patient’s expectations. As with any cosmetic procedure, there’s going to be a huge range of variability when it comes to results. But by and large Kybella does seem to hold up its end of the bargain.

In other words, it sure looks as though Kybella works, even if the Kybella marketing machine may have gotten a little ahead of itself when this injectable treatment was first announced.

The Verdict on Kybella

Ultimately, the only verdict that matters when it comes to Kybella is yours: does Kybella actually work for you? The best way to find answers that pertain to you is to go to your medical spa and talk to a medical professional there.

A consultation is going to be the best way for you to get the answers you need when it comes to the truth about Kybella. In general, the procedure works pretty well in the right hands (again, Kybella dosing seems to be a key to success). But what works “pretty well” may or may not work for you.

If you have questions about Kybella, see your plastic surgeon or visit your local medical spa for your consultation. Really, that’s pretty much the same thing you would do for any plastic or cosmetic surgery procedure, so in that regard the truth about Kybella is a little clearer.


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  • Lopez, Lindsey Hunter. “I Tried the Injection That Melts a Double Chin.” The Atlantic, Atlantic Media Company, 14 June 2017,
  • “Does Kybella Work for Everyone? – Doctor Answers.” Zwivel,

About the Author: Nick Engebretson has been writing about cosmetic and plastic surgery for nearly twenty years. He is constantly consulting with surgeons to ensure he’s writing with the most up to date information possible.

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