If you are wondering about the difference between Kybella and a neck lift, let me stop you right there. First of all, let’s be very clear — each procedure addresses a different concern. It’s true that sometimes both procedures are performed at the same time.
A neck lift is pretty self-descriptive. It does just that, lifts the skin of the neck.
Kybella works wonders if you are just concerned about eliminating a double chin. In fact, that is what Kybella was FDA approved to do. Kybella is a drug which is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, a chemical that is naturally produced by the body. The way it works when injected under the chin is to destroy fat cells by breaking down the cell membrane. After treatment, the fat is eliminated through the natural metabolic process.
So, the first thing to do if you are thinking about both procedures is to be very specific in determining your cosmetic objective. And set up a consultation with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon experienced in both procedures.
Double Chin – Think Kybella
A lot of people are searching for ways to eliminate a double chin. According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, nearly 68% all Americans have issues with double chins. There are several causes that can result in a double chin. They can develop due to weight gain, genetic factors and age. A double chin is the result of a thick layer of subcutaneous fat the rests behind the chin. Unfortunately double chins can be resistant to weight loss, so exercise and dieting may shrink your waistline but not your double chin.
Kybella is a non-invasive way to eliminate a double chin. If this is the only issue, Kybella is excellent. Kybella injections are best suited for those with good skin tone. Keep in mind that the product will not tighten loose skin but will shrink a small pouch of fat. A full course of Kybella treatments can last for six months and involves multiple injections each month — as many as 50 injections in one sitting. When injected properly Kybella targets on fat cells leaving all other cells and tissues unaffected.
Sagging Neck – Think Neck Lift
A sagging neck is difficult to camouflage. Some people hide their necks behind scarves and turtleneck sweaters. No amount of makeup, diet, exercise or sun avoidance can camouflage a sagging neck. It’s a fact that neck skin seems to age more rapidly than facial skin. Loose skin and lax neck muscles are what cause dissatisfaction. Rarely is it due to excess fat. There was a time when if you wanted a tight neck, you had to undergo a full facelift. Some people still opt for that combination of facelift/neck lift, since the facial muscles and neck muscles are connected.
During a neck lift procedure, incisions are strategically placed behind the ears and/or under the chin. The neck muscles (platysma) are separated from the skin and are tightened with sutures. Next, the skin is re-draped and any excess is trimmed away. Typical recovery time is 10 to 14 days, though return to strenuous activity is typically 4 to 6 weeks after the procedure.
Consult With A Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Your best course of action is to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon whose reputation you trust. Explain what your cosmetic objectives are and together consider the procedure or combination of procedures and treatments that will achieve your highest objective.