The chin and neck area is one of the first to succumb to the signs of ageing while it can additionally become a very problematic area for anyone that has lost weight or undergone a significant body transformation. If you’re thinking about correcting the problem with professional treatments, Kybella and neck lift treatments are two solutions that you’re sure to encounter. Dermatology and Plastic Surgery of Arizona proudly offers both, but which is right for you?

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Kybella Overview 

Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable treatment (in fact, it’s the only FDA-approved option) that is used to target the fat that has accumulated under the chin. It is primarily used to enhance the appearance of double-chin.

The injections use a naturally-occurring molecule, deoxycholic acid, which subsequently breaks down the fat cells. Treatments are usually completed over the course of between two and four 15-minute treatments, although the injection aspects take just five minutes.

Neck Lift Overview

A neck lift is another treatment designed to target the problematic chin and neck area, especially as the signs of ageing take their toll. Excess fatty deposits are removed and redistributed to reverse the visible sagging and encourage muscle tightening.

The necklift is a surgical procedure that is often complemented by a facelift to produce a younger facial appearance. The treatment requires an incision to be made. It can take between one and three hours, depending on the type of procedure that is needed.

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Differences Between Kybella and a Neck Lift

While Kybella and neck lifts share a lot of attributes, at least in relation to what they set out to achieve, there are significant differences between the procedures. 

Kybella uses injections, which can be considered less invasive than neck lift surgery. The most noticeable difference, however, is that the injection-based treatment kills fat cells through the naturally-occurring acid while neck lifts focus on redistribution. Therefore, when Kybella kills fat cells, they cannot resurface or tighten loose skin.

Neck lifts do offer great flexibility and control, including the prospect of mini neck lift procedures. While the side effects of bruising and swelling might last a few days longer, the change to the neck and chin area is seen almost right away. Financially, neck lifts tend to be more expensive.

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What am I a Candidate For?

Both neck lifts and Kybella procedures are ultimately designed to treat submental fullness and achieve relatively similar results as each aims to boost your facial appearance while boosting self-confidence levels. 

Kybella is designed to treat mild to moderate neck fat. It is particularly good for those that have not experienced problems in surrounding facial areas. It is convenient, non-invasive, and is not followed by significant downtime. Over nine in ten patients report satisfaction with the results.

However, those with severe neck fat and sagging skin may want to try neck lift treatments. This is especially true when facelifts or associated procedures are also necessary. Either way, neck surgery, and procedures are suited to individuals that feel their stubborn neck fat prevents them from leading a healthy and happy lifestyle. Dermatology and Plastic Surgery of Arizona will produce stunning outcomes in whichever path you take.

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Take the Next Step

If you are ready to learn more about neck rejuvenation, it is time to take the next step and schedule a consultation. Dr. Jamie Moenster at Dermatology & Plastic Surgery of Arizona would love to meet with you and help you begin your journey. Fill out the form on this page or call our Tucson location at 520-207-3100 or our Sierra Vista location at 520-458-1787. We look forward to meeting you soon.