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Submental Fat Reduction Options

Posted June 14, 2017 in Ultherapy, Ultherapy, Fat Reduction

Ultherapy® Before and AfterLet’s level with each other: we all wish looking beautiful was easy. This desire to look effortlessly amazing is what makes those infomercials and social media ads for quick-fix beauty products so enticing. The most recent hype is surrounding a new FDA-approved product called KYBELLA®, which is designed to reduce your double chin without surgery, without exercise, and without any real changes to your lifestyle.

If that sounds a little too good to be true, it’s because it is.


KYBELLA® is an FDA-approved injection designed to eliminate submental (under the chin) fat. A patient goes into the office, receives an injection of KYBELLA® and leaves, with maybe a little bruising and swelling. The KYBELLA® ingredients slowly break down the stubborn fat, and over a period of months, your body is supposed to eliminate the cells.

The problem with KYBELLA® is that most people aren’t candidates for treatment, and it doesn’t provide consistent results. Individuals who may be KYBELLA® candidates typically only have a small deposit of submental fat, and they don’t have any skin laxity. It is important to discuss your fat elimination options with a qualified plastic surgeon, not an esthetician or nurse injector, because you may be a candidate for other methods of treatment that have better results.

Liposuction for Dramatic Fat Removal

One of the enticing factors of KYBELLA® is the fact that it is non-surgical. However, it doesn’t help patients with significant fat accumulation nor those who are looking for more noticeable results in a shorter time frame. Submental liposuction may be a better choice for patients who want to see their results in weeks rather than months. While you will be given a twilight anesthetic and experience a week-long recovery period, there’s really no comparison about the quality of the results achieved with liposuction compared to KYBELLA®.

Ultherapy®: Non-Surgical Fat Elimination and Skin Tightening

Ultherapy® can be the bridge procedure between liposuction and KYBELLA®. Like liposuction, Ultherapy® provides more consistent fat reduction, but the results aren’t as immediately noticeable. However, it has the same non-surgical benefits of KYBELLA® but uses ultrasound heat to destroy fat cells.

Additionally, Ultherapy® treatments provide skin tightening benefits for patients with skin laxity under the chin and along the neck. The process of heating the tissues stimulates collagen production and promotes tissue contractions.

When in Doubt, Schedule a Consultation

The real secret that social media and infomercials won’t tell you is, we aren’t all the same. Our bodies are so vastly different, with a wide range of changes, that there isn’t one product that is a cure-all. If you are unhappy with problematic tissue that you cannot improve on you own, don’t suffer in confusion. Scheduling a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon is the proper first step to improving your appearance. Your surgeon should advise you on the best treatment course that targets your specific problem, and will not recommend a fad treatment.

If you are looking to discuss your facial needs, schedule a consultation with Dr. Angela Sturm. She is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is devoted to providing her patients with the best results possible. You can contact us by calling (713) 526-5665 or contact us online.

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