There was a time when surgery was the only option to remove a stubborn double chin and rejuvenate your neck – but not anymore. There are now several non-surgical options available for getting rid of submental (under-chin) fat, but how do you decide what is the best neck rejuvenation technique: Kybella or Ultherapy?
Kybella is an injectable treatment for correcting a double chin. It was the first non-invasive procedure cleared by the FDA for this purpose. Kybella is composed of deoxycholic acid, which is a substance that the body produces naturally, and uses to help absorb fats.
Kybella works by destroying the membrane of the fat cells. It dissolves the fat below the chin after 2 to 4 treatments, which are usually spaced about 4-6 weeks apart. Kybella is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe submental fullness. It is a relatively painless procedure that is performed in-office, and has no downtime.
Ultherapy is a skin tightening treatment that is powered by ultrasound energy. It delivers focused ultrasound energy to heat up the underlying tissues of the skin, in order to tighten and lift the skin. It also helps to stimulate collagen.
Which is best for you?
When considering which non-surgical neck rejuvenation treatment is best for you, there are several factors to consider, including:
– The amount of fat and loose skin on the neck
– Number of recommended treatments
– Expected results
– Side effects
The best rejuvenation technique for you will depend on your specific skin concerns in the neck area.
Kybella is an effective way to reduce submental fullness, but it does not tighten the skin. It is therefore recommended for individuals with good skin tone.
Some people experience significant swelling after Kybella and this can take several days to resolve.
Ultherapy tightens the skin, but is not designed to dissolve fat, so it will not reduce the appearance of under-chin fat. However, it can be used in conjunction with Kybella to tighten any sagging skin that is left after the fat has been eliminated.
The results for Kybella take between 4-8 weeks to appear. The treatment has received high levels of patient satisfaction.
Patients contemplating a non-invasive treatment for submental fat should be relatively fit and near their ideal weight. The procedures are not meant for people who are significantly overweight. Kybella is designed to sculpt and contour small areas of stubborn fat.
Who gets the best results?
Younger patients with good skin tone and isolated pockets of under-chin fat, usually get the best results with non-invasive treatments for submental fullness. The procedures tend to accentuate the problem of excess skin; therefore patients with major skin laxity may actually look worse after treatment.
Fat under the chin is one of those areas that cannot be disguised with clothing, so if you are concerned with chin fat, a non-surgical treatment may be the right option for you.
Contact Tacoma Laser Clinic and schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our trained staff. Call 253.272.0655 today for an evaluation, and find out which fat reduction alternative would be most appropriate for you.