Kybella vs. Surgical Neck Lift: The Double Chin Showdown
Just a few months ago, the neck lift was virtually the only option you had when it came getting rid of fat under the chin. Then, Kybella entered the ring. Kybella is the first and only injectable treatment approved by the FDA to help correct submental fat. This means you can finally get rid of your stubborn chin fat safely without going under the knife!
So now that there are options to get rid of your double chin, which one is the best? Let’s compare key features of each so that you can get a better grasp of what they entail.
Round 1: The Procedure
Kybella and neck lifts are two very different procedures. The most obvious difference between the two is that one is non-surgical and the other is surgical.
During a Kybella treatment, your practioner will inject deoxycholic acid into your chin fat. Though this might sound scary, deoxycholic acid is actually already found in your body naturally. It works to absorb fat. When injected, the acid dissolves your double chin fat over a few weeks. For the best results, Ideal suggests receiving two to three treatments with a one month gap between each. Each treatment takes about 20 minutes to complete, and involves 12 to 20 injections with very fine needles.
A neck lift is a little more involved. Not only does it improve fat under your chin, but it also corrects the muscle and skin. First, your surgeon will cut an incision, typically behind the ears, under the chin and back toward your neck hairline. Next up are the improvements! Your surgeon will redistribute your fat, remove excess fat with submental liposuction, tighten your muscle or reposition tissue under your neck, depending on what you need. Finally, he or she will carefully lay your skin back over your neck and cut away any excess skin. The entire procedure takes about two to four hours to complete.
Round 2: The Recovery
Since a neck lift is surgical, you can expect a longer recovery time than you would after Kybella. Typically, neck lifts require about two weeks of healing time. After a Kybella treatment, you may experience some swelling and tenderness under your chin for a few days. But you can go back into your normal routine right away.
Final Round: The Results
Since the Kybella substance destroys fat cells over time, it takes about four to six weeks for your double chin to begin disappearing. But once you see the results, they can last for years. There should be less fat underneath your chin and your jaw should look more contoured.
If you are wondering if the results are worth it, here is the proof: Over 20 studies showed that about 70 percent of thousands of patients saw improvements in both the amount of fat underneath their chin and their emotional state after they received Kybella. Kybella reviews support this evidence. As of right now, 95% of real Kybella patients say that the treatment was worth it on RealSelf.
Neck lifts have proven their effectiveness year after year. After a neck lift, not only is the excess fat underneath your chin gone, but your muscles and skin are tighter as well. Unlike Kybella, a neck lift treats fat, muscle and skin, making you subtly look years younger. Typically, neck lift results last between five and 10 years. Again, patients love what they see after a neck lift. 94% of real neck lift patients say that the treatment was worth it on RealSelf.
The Verdict: Kybella vs. Neck lift
If fat is your only issue when it comes to your double chin and you are not quite ready for surgery, Kybella might be the way to go. It is a fraction of the cost of a neck lift, does not require surgery and takes much less time during the procedure and recovery.
If you are looking for a more long-term solution, a neck lift is probably your best option. It will last years longer than Kybella and treats several issues. Those who have lax skin and muscle under their chin along with fat will see the best results with a neck lift.
Whether you choose Kybella or a neck lift, both of these treatments should give you a slim chin for years to come. That is, if you have a skilled practitioner.
Look no further than Ideal Skin Center to remedy your double chin woes. Ideal specializes in facial Liquid Lifts and rejuvenation, allowing our patients to look refreshed and rejuvenated without looking overdone or artificial.
Call for a free consultation today and see if Kybella is right for you!