How To Get Rid Your Double Chin: Kybella vs. Liposuction vs.Neck Lift
Submental fullness, also known as a double chin, is an issue that affects nearly 68% of all Americans according to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. A double chin is usually caused by a thick layer of subcutaneous fat that rests behind the chin, combined with a variable amount of lax skin (from minimal to dramatic). Together, these factors can create a fold that gives the appearance that the person has a second chin.
Double chins can develop due to weight gain, but even individuals near their ideal weight can have submental fullness. Double chins can be resistant to weight loss, meaning exercising and dieting may not resolve them.
Fortunately there are three great procedures for addressing the neck and chin area: liposuction, Kybella, and neck lift surgery.
Neck liposuction is an ideal option for immediately improving a double chin that stems primarily from an isolated pocket of fat with mild to minimal skin excess. During a liposuction procedure, a plastic surgeon or dermatologist removes fat using a small tube (called a cannula) and a suction device. The provider typically has the ability to permanently remove fat cells which allows the neck to be sculpted to achieve an attractive contour. The procedure takes about an hour and most patients are able to return to normal activities within a few days of the procedure.
Kybella (deoxycholic acid) is a new, less invasive alternative to liposuction for addressing neck fullness that is due to fat. Approved by the FDA in 2015, Kybella is the first and only non-surgical treatment for contouring and improving submental fullness.
Kybella injections effectively remove excess fat under the chin, leaving a clean submental area while minimizing the down time needed for procedures such as liposuction or neck lift surgery. When injected into targeted fat areas behind the chin, Kybella causes the rapid destruction and absorption of fat cells while also preventing future fat accumulation. After treatment, the fat is cleared from the area by the body’s natural metabolic process. When injected properly Kybella targets only fat cells; all other cells and tissue remain unaffected. Treatment requires up to six different sessions, spaced about a month apart.
Sometimes dissatisfaction with the appearance of the neck/chin area can be more related to loose skin and lax neck muscles than to excess fat. During a neck lift procedure, incisions are strategically placed behind the ears and/or behind the chin. The neck muscles (platysma) are separated from the skin, and are tightened with sutures. Next, the skin is redraped and any excess is trimmed away. Typical recovery time is 10 to 14 days, though return to strenuous activity is typically 4 to 6 weeks after the procedure.