Traditionally, submental (chin) liposuction has been the go-to solution for patients bothered by excess fat underneath the chin, an aesthetic problem commonly referred to as a “double chin.” Kybella is a non-surgical alternative to submental liposuction that has quickly gained popularity among both plastic surgeons and patients.

Portland Face Doctor Dr. David Magilke offers both submental liposuction and Kybella at his plastic surgery practice. Here, he compares the two procedures in detail.

What Do Submental Liposuction and Kybella Treat?

Submental liposuction is a surgical procedure that targets excess fat that pools around the jawline and neck. Submental liposuction is performed under IV sedation and takes under an hour to complete. Only one incision is needed to access the excess fat. The incision will be closed using sutures and the treatment area dressed with surgical bandages.

While significant results will be visible after surgery, the final results will not become apparent for several months (typically six months), once residual swelling has dissipated.

Kybella is FDA approved for the reduction of fat in the chin and neck areas. When injected into the neck and chin, the Kybella solution destroys fat cells, which are eliminated naturally and gradually by the body. Kybella can be completed in approximately 20 minutes and using a topical numbing solution to minimize discomfort. The final results become visible a few months after treatment. Most patients will need several sessions (between two and four) to achieve their desired results. Treatment sessions are spaced a few weeks apart.

What to Expect After Treatment

Like other surgical procedures, submental liposuction involves some downtime. Most patients will need to take one to two weeks off work and other normal activities, including exercise. Side effects, including soreness, bruising and swelling, are temporary and can be minimized with prescription medication.

Kybella does not require downtime or an extensive recovery. Most patients are able to resume their normal activities a day after treatment. Side effects include significant post-treatment swelling, possible bruising and numbness under the chin. These effects should dissipate within a few days after treatment.

The only way to find out which facial rejuvenation procedure is right for you is by consulting with a board-certified facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Magilke has helped hundreds of patients achieve their aesthetic goals with submental liposuction and Kybella. He will gladly meet with you to discuss your cosmetic needs and design a treatment plan that yields the best results.

Contact Portland Face Doctor by calling (503) 297-6511 today.