The science behind Kybella explained

While Kybella was hailed as “The Next Best Thing” when it was first released in 2015, the drug has fallen out of favor with some plastic surgeons, because patients improve much more slowly after Kybella than they do much after a chin liposuction. And while patients are warned about swelling as a potential side effect, the swelling is so dramatic that doctors tell Allure that a patient needs more time to recover from treatments.

“Kybella requires your body to do the work of breaking up fat cells, clearing them out, and then contracting the skin,” Dara Liotta, New York-based cosmetic plastic surgeon said. “Some bodies do this well, and some do not — and we don’t have a great way of knowing who, specifically, will have a robust response to the drug.”

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