Kybella is a non-surgical injection that is used to improve moderate-to-severe submental fullness (double-chin). The injection is made of deoxycholic acid which causes the destruction of fat cells when injected. Kybella will also tighten the skin and the results are permanent. The injections take about 5-15 minutes and cause moderate-to-severe pain that usually lasts around 6-8 hours after treatment and can be reduced with oral pain medicine. Kybella requires an average of 2-4 treatments that are repeated every 5 weeks. Downtime post-treatment will usually be 3-5 days, with swelling lasting up to 2 weeks. The number of treatments received will depend on the amount of fat the patient would like to get rid of.
CoolSculpting is a permanent treatment that targets unwanted fat cells that are then diminished by advanced cooling technology. The process does not harm the skin itself, is non-invasive, and sessions usually are completed within 30-60 minutes. The arms, knees, mid-section, thighs, beneath the chin, flanks, and more can be treated with CoolSculpting. Patients can see a 20-30% reduction after one treatment with the CoolMini. The CoolMini usually requires two to three treatments which are done every 3-12 weeks, with a minimal amount of swelling for a week after treatment. Patients can return to work and regular activities immediately after receiving treatment.
CoolSculpting and Kybella will yield similar results for removal or reduction of a double chin. Both Kybella and CoolSculpting will result in some inflammation after treatment and require a couple of sessions or treatments. The CoolSculpting mini will have a broad submental fat reduction whereas Kybella allows for a more customized treatment. Kybella may work best for someone with mild-moderate submental fullness, but if there is a large amount of fat under the chin CoolSculpting may be more cost-effective. Deciding on Kybella or CoolSculpting for submental fullness depends on the preference of patients, the cost, downtime, and whether a patient would like to avoid needles.
To best fit your needs and preferences, we recommend scheduling an appointment with us for a consultation.