Relatively unknown when approved by the FDA in 2015, Kybella is the first drug of its kind to dissolve the fat directly from the cells. While Dr. Rokhsar has been treating patients with this procedure from his New York office for over two years now, it was his 2016 interview with the Wall Street Journal which really brought awareness of this technique to the masses.
Let’s back up a bit, though.
What is Kybella?
Kybella is a non-invasive and non-surgical method for removing accumulated fat stores under the chin (aka. the dreaded double-chin) via injections that are both quick and relatively painless. It’s also significantly less expensive, given the alternatives, and results in fewer complications.
More technically, Kybella is the name of deoxycholic acid, an isolated chemical compound produced naturally by our digestive system to assist the breakdown and absorption of lipids and their membranes. Put another way, it works by chemically destroying fat cells. As digestion already relies heavily on this chemical, the lymphatic system flushes the leftover metabolites from our bodies usually within a few weeks.
The treatment itself is relatively straightforward. Dr. Rokhsar will make a series of injections into that subcutaneous fat, thereby chemically breaking down those lipids. In general, the process starts going to work usually within a couple of hours, with soreness and swelling as expected side effects. For most patients, these subside within a few days.
Why Kybella and not the alternatives?
One of the greatest benefits to modern procedures like Kybella lies in its simplicity and efficiency. One reason for the high costs of medical procedures has traditionally been the time and effort that goes into training specialists. Think about it. You’d be opting for a major life-changing surgery, and you would (rightfully) expect the best experience possible. That includes the time spent on the procedure itself, the expertise and training involved with going under the knife, the costs of anesthesia, etc. Surgeries like facelifts and liposuction can run you $4000+. And, of course, that doesn’t even take into consideration lost wages from recovery time and potential unforeseen consequences that can come with any surgery.
By comparison, Kybella treatments, on average run between $800-$1500 per treatment, requiring no more than two or three treatments in most cases. Much of this depends on your specific needs, and what exactly you want to have done. Side effects are minimal in most cases, and downtime is generally non-existent. While it doesn’t carry the risks of surgery, Kybella is still a serious medical procedure that requires a highly trained cosmetic surgeon to administer.
Dr. Rokhsar, having taken part in the original clinical trials, is currently one of the foremost experts in this treatment, as well as one of the few doctors in the greater New York area certified to administer Kybella. In addition to helping pioneer the Kybella technique, he has been actively involved in the clinical development of both cosmetic device technologies and early FDA trials for laser liposuction systems.
In addition, Kybella offers the exclusive Brilliant Distinctions® rewards program that lets you save on Allergan products. When treated with Kybella, you’ll receive loyalty points that can be redeemed for future treatments. Enrollment is quick and simple.