An excess amount of fat under the chin can be a result of anything from issues caused by your age and weight to genetics. Although a double chin is typically accompanied by a substantial weight gain, it’s also possible to have a double chin even if you’re not overweight.
This issue can cause your appearance to change substantially. There are a variety of treatments that can be used to reduce a double chin.
However, you may be wondering how many treatments are necessary to reduce a double chin, which will be discussed further in the following.
Types of Treatments That Can Reduce a Double Chin
The two primary types of treatments that are available for the reduction of a double chin include a non-invasive treatment known as Kybella as well as a minimally invasive plastic surgery that’s referred to as a neck lift.
There are advantages to both of these treatment options that you will want to be aware of before you select one of the two options. By understanding more about these two treatments, you should be able to make an informed decision about which treatment is best for your specific needs.
How Many Treatments to Reduce a Double Chin?
The number of treatments necessary to reduce a double chin entirely depends on which solution you choose when you’re looking to have your double chin reduced or eliminated altogether.
Kybella is a non-invasive treatment, which means that it can be injected into your skin without causing you to experience pain. However, this also means that it will take more than one treatment to completely reduce the double chin.
If all you need are small reductions, it’s possible for the treatment to be completed in 2-3 sessions that are around 30 minutes apiece. For larger double chins, you may need up to five separate treatment sessions until you have obtained the desired results.
In regards to a neck lift, it’s likely that you will only need a single treatment session in order to have your double chin reduced. A neck lift goes directly to the source of the double chin and removes the fat altogether in a single session.
However, it’s possible that you may not be entirely happy with the results and will require revision surgery. In this case, you will need a total of two treatments in order to have your double chin completely reduced.
Although a neck lift typically only requires one session in order for the treatment to be completed, there are benefits of both options that you should consider before deciding on choosing one over the other.
Kybella Non-Invasive Treatment
Kybella is a type of injectable that is non-invasive and has been approved by the FDA. It is a treatment that is designed specifically to eliminate excess fat within the chin and neck areas. Once injected, the substance will break down your fat cells, which will then be absorbed safely into your body.
The treatment is performed in a standard office setting. Although the average number of treatment sessions for Kybella are around 2-3, the number of sessions that are necessary to eliminate your double chin won’t be completely known until your initial consultation.
Every session will take as little as 10 minutes and no longer than 30 minutes to finish. You will be provided with around 20-30 small injections in the treatment area. The exact number of which depends on how deep the excess fat is. Each session is spaced out by about 4-5 weeks.
Given the fact that Kybella is non-invasive, the recovery period lasts only around a week, during which you will experience a small amount of swelling and tenderness within the treatment area.
Neck Lift Surgery
Although neck lifts can be used to treat a wide range of aging problems in the neck, the primary issue that is treated with this procedure is a double chin. A neck lift is a great solution when you want your neck to match the appearance of the upper portion of your face.
General anesthesia is always administered at the beginning of a neck lift surgery. After which the initial incisions will be made. These incisions typically begin at your sideburns along the hairline and continue down below the ear.
Once the incisions have been made, all of the excess fat in your neck and chin areas will be removed. When the incisions are ready to be closed, sutures will be provided.
Risks Of Obtaining a Neck Lift
There are several risks involved in obtaining this procedure. Although it is minimally invasive in nature, a neck lift can cause temporary hair loss around the incisions, bleeding, poor scarring, an infection, and swelling that doesn’t go away as soon as it should.
It’s also possible that you could experience changes in your overall skin sensation. You should keep in mind that some people are left unsatisfied with the results from a neck lift and will require revision surgery. Although the majority of these risks are rare, your plastic surgeon should be able to put your mind at ease before the treatment begins.
How to Recover Properly From a Neck Lift
The recovery process for a neck lift will first begin with bandages being applied to the neck. Over the next week, you will need to make sure that your head is elevated in order to avoid issues with swelling. The general swelling and bruising should disappear in a couple of weeks.
Since you are receiving a neck lift as a means of reducing your double chin, you should be able to notice the results as soon as the swelling dissipates. Make sure that you visit your plastic surgeon a few times following the procedure to make sure that the results are satisfactory.
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