Kybella vs. Chin Liposuction: Which Should You Choose?

Excess fat under the neck and chin, otherwise known as submental fullness, is one of the most widespread cosmetic concerns, affecting as many as 68 percent of Americans.  This padding of fat around the face can make one look heavier, take away from the jaw line, and negatively impact self-image.  It is also notoriously difficult to eliminate.

Whether from weight gain, aging, or genetics, there are a number of reasons that the dreaded “double chin” may become a concern.  And, while it seems easy enough to obtain, traditional methods including diet and exercise have proven woefully unsuccessful at taking it all off.  This is precisely why so many patients turn to cosmetic alternatives such as liposuction.  However, with the introduction of newer treatments such as Kybella, you may be wondering which is better for you.  Allow us to conduct a comparison of these two options on your behalf.

Pros and Cons of Chin Liposuction

Chin or neck liposuction is a long-standing method of excess fat removal.  Because it has been around for so long, many surgeons have become quite skilled with the method.  With the right physician, you can typically count on desirable results, as the method allows them the ability to precisely sculpt your new and improved jawline.  When done correctly, chin lipo need only be performed once, giving patients their final results quickly.

However, liposuction is not without its drawbacks.  It’s a surgical procedure that comes with anesthesia, downtime, and side effects such as swelling and bruising during recovery.   In many cases, it’s a level of invasiveness that patients are simply not willing to risk. 

Pros and Cons of Kybella

Kybella is relatively new in the world of double chin solutions, but it is making some big waves.  It has finally given patients the option of eliminating submental fullness without the need for surgery.  Because Kybella is an injection designed to dissolve fat, it does not require general anesthesia or significant downtime.  Yet, it is still a permanent solution, destroying the troublesome fat cells and preventing their return.  When performed by a skilled, board-certified dermatologist, Kybella injections can deliver a smooth and desirable appearance of the chin and jawline.

The drawbacks of Kybella are primarily related to time.  Whereas liposuction offers a one-time treatment with longer downtime, Kybella offers gradual improvement over multiple treatments with little downtime.  The number of sessions will vary by patient and can be anywhere from 2 to 6, performed a month apart.

If you are bothered by the appearance of a double chin and are frustrated by an inability to lose submental fullness on your own, one of these two options may be the solution.  While these are the high points of chin liposuction and Kybella, there are still many other factors to consider.  In order to determine what may work best for you, contact Dermasurgery Center and request a consultation to discuss your options.