Both Kybella injection and chin liposuction can improve the double chin appearance. These treatments remove the excess submental fat that lies below the chin, according to California Surgical Institute website.
While both treatments have the same goal, they have different mechanics. Consequently, doctors perform physical exam to identify the patient’s underlying anatomies, which determine the ideal approach.
Kybella vs Liposuction
Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable drug that is similar to a naturally occurring compound in the body that helps absorb fats. When injected into the tissue, it destroys the fat cell membrane; however, it requires meticulous injection (it should only be used by a licensed health care professional) because it can also inadvertently damage other types of cells, such as the skin, when used incorrectly.
Most patients will need at least 2-3 treatments performed not less than four weeks apart. Each session costs around $650 and when summed up the price is almost the same or sometimes even more than the average cost of chin liposuction.
Nonetheless, Kybella’s zero downtime is something that cannot be discounted, making it ideal for patients with underlying health problem that precludes them from having an elective surgery, and people with hectic schedule. Chin liposuction, meanwhile, involves 1-2 week recovery due to postop pain, swelling, and bruising.
(Note: Kybella may also result in minimal swelling, or sometimes even bruising, which can last a few days.)
But as with any non-surgical procedure, Kybella does not suit patients who need a lot of work. For people with large amount of fat that extends into the lateral side of their neck, liposuction provides the most predictable and impressive results.
Chin liposuction typically entails a small puncture hole right beneath the chin, specifically within the natural skin fold. However, patients with “heavy neck” may need two more incisions, each of them placed behind the earlobe for optimal scar concealment.
Chin liposuction also suits patients with loose skin and/or neck muscle; since it is already a surgical procedure doctors can easily combine neck lift and platsyma muscle repair.