What Is Kybella?

Kybella is an FDA-approved, injection-based procedure that is designed to reduce excess fat below the chin (submental fat) by permanently destroying fat cells in the treated area.

In our office, Dr. Shapiro safely uses Kybella off label to treat many other areas which include:

  • Facial Jowls
  • Jawline Definition
  • Excess Arm & Thigh Fat
  • Uneven Liposuction Results 
  • Superficial Lipomas (fat lumps under the skin)

Excessive, superficial fat can occur for many reasons, including age, weight gain, and even genetics.

“Kybella offers our patients a fast, effective, and PAIN-FREE solution for permanently removing unwanted fat without the need for liposuction.”

– Dr. Shapiro

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How Does Kybella Work?

KybellaDeoxycholic Acid (the active ingredient of Kybella) works by breaking down targeted fat cells in the treatment area.  This results in the permanent destruction of the fat cells yielding a slimmer, more contoured treatment area. 

Once the fat cells are gone,  they can no longer accumulate. Once you’ve achieved the desire slimming result, you will not need additional Kybella treatments in that area.

Each treatment typically requires up to 20 minutes and repeat treatments are spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart.

Most patients require up to 4 or 5 treatments to reach their aesthetic goal, however, they can expect to see a noticeable change after the 2nd treatment. 

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What Are the Benefits of Kybella?


  • Non-Surgical & Minimally-Invasive 
  • FDA-Approved
  • Safe & Effective Alternative to Liposuction 
  • Quick Treatment & No Down Time
  • Permanent Fat Reduction 

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What Should I Expect During My Kybella Procedure?

KybellaIn your consultation, Dr. Shapiro will identify if Kybella is the right procedure for your areas of concern. He will also propose how many treatments you’ll require to achieve your aesthetic goal.

For each Kybella treatment, Dr. Shapiro will clean the treatment area with alcohol and then mark the injection locations. In order to ensure a pain-free procedure, Dr. Shapiro will mix Kybella with a Lidocaine (local anesthetic) prior to the injections. 

Immediately after the procedure, you can expect local swelling and redness at the treatment location which will take several days to fully dissipate. 

Once the procedure is completed, you will be given an icepack for the treatment area on your way out of the office.  Dr. Shapiro recommends ice and Ibuprofen as needed for the first 24 hours after the procedure.

Our patient coordinators will follow up with you several days after your procedure to ensure you’re recovering as expected.

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Popular Questions

Yes, Kybella® permanently destroys fat cells (adipocytes) regardless of the treatment area.

Yes, Kybella® can be used to remove superficial belly fat under the skin as well as many other similar areas. These areas include upper back or bra fat, inner and outer thighs, and upper arms.

No, Kybella® is PAIN-FREE in our office. Dr. Shapiro mixes Kybella® with a local anesthetic (lidocaine) which allows our patients to have a completely pain-free experience.


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At TribecaMed, Dr. Shapiro provides the personalized treatments you need to feel healthier and more confident. With our Kybella treatment in Miami, you can enjoy a younger, leaner appearance. Request a consultation today.

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