Kybella vs. neck lipo: which is better?

Neck lipo is the surgical treatment normally recommended to eliminate a double chin, but thanks to Kybella, injections can now be used to zap under-chin fat.  Kybella is a pioneering treatment that can melt fat under the chin without surgery, incisions, or anesthesia. Kybella vs neck lipo, how do they compare, and which is the better option.

Kybella Facts

Kybella is an injectable drug approved by the FDA for the treatment of submental (under chin) fat. It is derived from deoxycholic acid, which is a molecule that is naturally present in the body, and assists with metabolizing dietary fat.

Kybella vs Neck Liposuction

How does Kybella compare with neck liposuction in terms of effectiveness, recovery time, and costs?

  • Effectiveness: Both Kybella and Lipo can eliminate deposits of fat in the chin, but cannot tighten the skin. However, there are lipo treatments that utilize laser technology that can make the skin tighter.
  • Recovery Time: Kybella is a non-invasive treatment and consequently has a shorter recovery time than neck lipo.  It takes about 2 to 3 days to recover from Kybella injections, while neck lipo recovery takes much longer.
  • Cost: Although the cost for Kybella is not yet finalized, patients may find it easier to handle because the cost is spread over a series of treatments (some patients may require up 6). However, payment for neck lipo has to be made in a single payment.

Which procedure is better?
Kybella may be a good option for patients who prefer not to undergo surgery. However it’s advisable to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon before making a decision.

Contact Rocheford Plastic Surgery, Woodbury MN, and schedule a consultation with Dr. Heather Rocheford, to discuss which option would be better for you. Call (651) 739-1100 today for your appointment.