Kybella vs. Liposuction: Which Eliminates Your Double Chin Better?

Dr. Sacha Obaid, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Serving Dallas, Plano, Southlake, and Nearby Fort Worth, Texas

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It’s no secret that regular exercise and a well-balanced diet can do wonders for your health and well-being.

However, there are some stubborn areas that are difficult to sculpt, particularly the area under the face known as the “double chin.” Also known as submental fat, the thick layer under the chin can be quite tricky to get rid of.

Thankfully, the world of modern technology has given us double answers to this “double” problem! There are two procedures that can get rid of that undesirable fat - Kybella and Liposuction. But which should you choose and how effective are these procedures? Read on to find out!

What is Kybella?

Kybella is the only nonsurgical procedure that contours your double chin, using injections to remove the excess fat with minimal downtime. Kybella injections are deoxycholic acid, a substance that naturally occurs in our bodies that help break down fat cells. Once injected into the problem area, Kybella causes permanent destruction and re-absorption of fat cells, improving chin profile. Once the fat cells are gone, you are left with noticeable results on chin profile.

This treatment requires no downtime, as there are no cutting up or stitches to recover from. The fat is eliminated through our body’s own metabolic process. The minor side effects which include redness, swelling and bruising usually take 4-5 days to go away. There are no permanent marks, scarring or bandaging to worry about either. However, Kybella requires multiple treatment sessions.

 

What is Liposuction?

Neck liposuction is an instant remedy to your double chin problems. A liposuction procedure involves a cannula (a small tube) and a suction device to remove fat cells in a span of an hour. Unlike Kybella, liposuction requires you to take the day off from your activities, and a few days to recover.

While scarring is not a big cause for concern, there will be incisions which the surgeon will expertly place in your natural skin folds where it is least noticeable. Bandages may also be involved in the immediate aftercare instructions.

Yet another key difference that sets liposuction apart from its competition Kybella is that it usually requires a single session for a fixed price. At first glance, it might be a heftier number, but Kybella may require multiple sessions to achieve your desired results which could cost just as much. Patients normally base their decision on the downtime related to each procedure.

 

So what would get rid of my double chin?

Liposuction and Kybella procedures both permanently destroy annoying fat pockets hiding under your chin, but it all boils down to your personal preference and how much downtime you can have.

If multiple treatment sessions with almost zero downtime is what you’re looking for, Kybella is the perfect fit for you.

However, if you require immediate results with just one treatment, don’t mind having to go through minimally invasive surgery and taking 10-14 days off work, then liposuction should be your weapon of choice.

We can help you make the right decision for your (double) chin! Call our hotline at 877-629-6468 or book online for your FREE consultation today.

 
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