Kybella vs. Chin Implant

By Dr. Suzanne Yee on December 04, 2018


Portrait of young woman smiling at cameraPatients with recessed or weak chins may wish to enhance their facial appearance through non-surgical or surgical cosmetic treatments. This can be achieved with dermal fillers, such as Kybella™, or with chin augmentation, a surgical procedure in which a chin implant is placed.

At our Little Rock, AR practice, Dr. Suzanne Yee offers both options. Today, our team explores Kybella vs. chin implants so patients can be well-informed about their treatment options.

What Is Kybella?

Kybella is the first cosmetic injectable used to target and eliminate a double chin, a condition clinically known as submental fullness.

After Kybella is administered, it begins to destroy fat cells. Once eliminated, these cells cannot regenerate. In most cases, patients will require two to four Kybella treatments; each session is typically spaced about a month apart.

Approved by the FDA, Kybella delivers impressive outcomes. In fact, unless a significant amount of weight gain occurs in the future, your results should be permanent. Compared to chin implants, Kybella may offer more subtle results.

Exploring Candidacy for Kybella

Virtually anyone who wishes to reduce fat cells in the chin area can be eligible for Kybella. Many patients who are not ready for surgical intervention choose this option. Additionally, those who want an augmented chin before undergoing surgery can benefit from this procedure.

About Chin Augmentation

During chin augmentation, Dr. Yee places an implant to enhance the shape of the chin. These implants can be fabricated from a variety of materials, including silicone, Medpor®, or porous polyethylene. Available in varying sizes, chin implants can be placed according to the unique needs of the individual.

Exploring Candidacy for a Chin Implant

To qualify for cosmetic surgery, patients should be in good general health. They should also be free of any health conditions that would make surgery a risk.

In addition, patients should be well-informed about the treatment process and have realistic expectations of results.

Kybella vs. Chin Implant

Both Kybella and chin implants are excellent options for enhancing the appearance of the chin. That being said, there is no right answer for those seeking a change.

Some patients will be better suited for Kybella, while others may require an implant for natural-looking results.

The most significant factor when deciding between Kybella and chin implants is the nature and severity of your recessed chin. If your condition is caused solely by excess fat, then Kybella is an excellent option.

However, if your issue is skeletal or muscular in nature, then your doctor will likely recommend surgical intervention.

The surefire way to be well-informed about your treatment options is to schedule an appointment with a knowledgeable cosmetic surgeon. He or she can review your case in detail and design a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs.

Contact Our Practice Today

If you are self-conscious about the appearance of your chin, find out which cosmetic treatments are right for you. Schedule a visit with Dr. Yee by calling (501) 224-1044. You can also contact us online anytime.

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