Facial beauty is often diminished when the face is poorly framed. This issue is most glaring with the presence of a double chin. Excess fat in the neck area has caused men and women to look for solutions to change the frame of their faces. While weight loss can help in some situations, excess fat in the chin area is often resistant to dietary changes and exercise. When weight loss has failed to remove your double chin, you may begin to consider other options, and a plastic surgeon can help.
When you consult a plastic surgeon for double chin removal, you will generally find two options: the surgical solution of neck liposuction or the minimally-invasive Kybella®. While both are effective, many of our patients choose to try the non-surgical option for the reasons described below.
First Things First
Because liposuction has been around for decades, most understand how this surgical solution gets the job done. However, many are not that familiar with Kybella®. This fantastic, non-surgical treatment is an FDA-approved injectable that helps break down unwanted fat in the neck area. Using a compound that is produced naturally in the digestive system, the injections kill fat cells in the area, allowing the fat to be permanently flushed from the body. The procedure is becoming more and more popular with cosmetic physicians and patients alike. Here are three reasons why:
1. Kybella® is Not Surgery
When compared to surgery, the series of injections is highly tolerable, comfortable, and convenient. A neck lift or neck liposuction requires incisions and more robust anesthesia. Tissue and muscle may require repositioning, and excess skin will need to be removed. While the surgical options can produce dramatic results, they do require some healing. In contrast, our Kybella® patients experience little discomfort and do not require surgical anesthesia.
Kybella® treatments will be preceded by a topical anesthetic and ice packs to minimize discomfort during the injections. Once the procedure is complete, the area may be a tad tender with some slight bruising and swelling, but the treatment is much less invasive and carries fewer risks.
2. There Is No Downtime After Kybella® Treatments
After any surgery, there is downtime. Generally, patients who undergo surgery require at least a couple of weeks for incisions to heal. Additionally, the general anesthetic requires some people to take two to three days off until they feel like themselves again. Strenuous activity must be avoided for some time, and most patients take several days off from work to allow swelling and bruising subside.
In contrast, Kybella® requires minimal downtime with no general anesthetic and less bruising and swelling. Most patients return to normal daily activities within a day or so after their treatment.
3. Kybella® Is Significantly Cheaper
Whether you choose neck liposuction or a neck lift, the cost can run into a few to several thousand dollars. This price tag for some is not feasible and is out of reach for many who want to resolve their double chin.
Kybella® offers an affordable option for permanent double chin removal, making it one the most trending procedures in cosmetic care. Although the treatment cost will vary from patient to patient depending on the severity of the problem, it is still more affordable than surgical options. A consultation with a certified professional will give you a better idea of the cost to achieve your cosmetic goals.
If you are looking to eliminate excess fat in the neck area to resolve your double chin, come see us soon. Board-certified cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Lisa Donofrio will personally consult with you in a professional, stress-free environment. Just contact us to schedule your consultation today!