Accumulation of excess fat deposits below the chin is a common occurrence, which can give an unsightly appearance of a double chin, or even triple chin. Both men and women can be affected with this condition, which can be corrected with liposuction plastic surgery or through a unique non-surgical injectable procedure called Kybella.
A treatment provider who may offer both liposuction and Kybella will educate the patient about the pros and cons of both, and help the patient make an informed choice. Board certified plastic surgeons at MBody provide these treatments to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredricksburg, and surrounding locations.
An individual who is agreeable to the idea of undergoing an invasive surgery to achieve substantial chin fat reduction and a dramatic improvement to the chin contours may choose liposuction plastic surgery. The candidate should be fit to receive anesthesia, willing to accept the downtime and standard risks associated with any surgery, and prepared to afford the costs. The candidate should also be ready to go through the downtime involved, and follow the recovery instructions diligently.
Kybella injectable procedure, on the other hand, is more suited for candidates who are either unable or unwilling to receive an elective surgery such as liposuction. If the candidate’s first preference is a procedure with minimal risk, low costs, very little downtime and discomfort, and no requirement of general anesthesia, they should choose the FDA approved Kybella injections.
Liposuction should only be performed by a qualified and experienced plastic surgery, who should preferably be board certified. Several liposuction techniques are used today to remove chin fat in a less invasive manner. The surgeon may sometimes combine it with heat based technologies such as laser, ultrasound or radio frequency to achieve better effects.
Tumescent liposuction technique is most widely used today, which only involves local anesthesia. Incisions will be relatively smaller with this technique and the patient will recover faster. However, some amount of scarring is unavoidable with chin liposuction. A skilled surgeon will ensure that the scars remain discreet.
Kybella injectable procedure, on the hand, is entirely non-surgical and involves no cuts or incisions. Multiple injection treatment sessions will be required for Kybella, with each session lasting for about 20 minutes. The treatment provider will deliver the Kybella medication through several small injections during each treatment session.
MBody receives patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredricksburg, and nearby areas for Kybella.
Kybella treatment has received the FDA’s approval only for the fat reduction in the submental area. Therefore, if the patient needs fat reduction in other areas of the body, they may have to consider other procedures.
Liposuction, on the other hand, is a more versatile procedure and can be used to reduce fat pockets in multiple areas at the same time. If the patient needs treatment in multiple areas for more even looking outcomes, they should discuss their best options with the plastic surgeon.
For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit
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