Kybella or Chin Liposuction? Why the treatments are neck and neck

Kybella has recently become a popular method for reducing fat in the chin and neck area. Kybella has many benefits, so it is no surprise that many people think this new procedure may become just as popular as liposuction. Here is how Kybella matches up to traditional chin and neck liposuction.

Kybella treats fat by injecting deoxycholic acid into fat deposits, which dissolves fat cells.
Patients often need multiple treatments over the course of up to six months, and each treatment can contain up to 50 injections. During neck liposuction, the patient is anesthetized, and a cosmetic surgeon inserts a cannula through incisions to remove fat from the neck. Neither procedure is better than the other; it just depends on personal preferences. Some people want to reshape their neck in just one procedure, so they do not want to have to bother with the multiple Kybella treatments. However, patients who want to avoid surgery may prefer the minimally invasive Kybella injections.

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Kybella Injections before and after

Recovery Time
Liposuction has a more severe recovery period than Kybella, but the results are quicker. Kybella does not require a lengthy recovery period. However, each injection can cause severe swelling, redness, and bruising that can last for up to two days. Gradually, over three to five months, the body removes all of the fat that was destroyed by the injections.After a liposuction, patients have to wear a supportive chin strap for a few days, and they cannot return to full activity for up to two weeks. Results from neck liposuction are immediately evident.

Liposculpture for Double Chins – Proven and Quick

While Kybella™ does hold a lot of promise when it comes to treating double chins, its effectiveness and ease of application have yet to be proven on the general public. Liposculpture is perceived to be an invasive procedure, but having a micro cannula not much larger than a needle for injection for submental fat removal is generally successful in only one session.

This is in comparison to numerous Kybella™ injections made during several treatment sessions. In the end, more time and more treatments are needed with Kybella™. Liposculpture to treat double chins is a tried, tested, typically one time treatment.

Results for facial liposculpture (facial lipo) are predictable, and patients do not have to wait for results to show before having another treatment session as results can be seen immediately.
Risks
Both liposuction and Kybella do have a few risks. Chin and neck liposuction can lead to uneven areas, hard lumps, infections, and bad reactions to anesthesia. The main risk of Kybella is that an improper injection can damage tissues outside of the chin and neck.

Cost for Neck fat reduction

The cost of Kybella and Liposuction are mostly the same. The average liposuction costs roughly $2,500. In comparison, Kybella typically costs about $650 for 50 injections. Depending on how many treatments are necessary, the cost of Kybella varies. Generally, Kybella may cost slightly more or slightly less than a normal neck liposuction.

Altogether, Kybella and liposuction are very comparable treatments. There are some benefits and some disadvantages to each treatment. If you are unsure about which is right for you, consult with a  cosmetic surgeon to discuss your options.

Minor Side Effects in Kybella™ Trials

Side effects reported by a small minority of patients during Kybella™ trials include: bruising, swelling, redness, nerve injury that caused temporary facial weakness, and pain. Most of these side effects are also reported in other facial injections such as filler application.

For clients who seek a more youthful appearance, Dr. Galitz performs numerous safe, painless and quick recovery surgeries.  All are done with oral sedation and local anesthesia injections. These include facelifts, blepharoplasty (eyelid), otoplasty (ear reshaping), chin and cheek implants, rhinoplasty (nose), facial liposuction and many others.

Call Richard Galitz, MD, FACS now seeing patients at  Minar’s Dermatology, for consultation and treatment.  954.987.7512.