Can Kybella® Delay a Neck Lift?

If you’re starting to develop a “turkey neck,” or droopy jowls under your chin, it might be acutely affecting your self-esteem. Perhaps you’ve developed an extensive wardrobe of turtlenecks and scarves to try to minimize the appearance of your neck and chin – or, maybe in private moments, you spend time in front of the mirror pulling up loose skin, picturing how much better you could look.

Many people who are excellent candidates for a surgical neck lift may choose to delay surgery for various reasons. Perhaps they have a demanding job or family commitments that have made them reluctant to commit to the recovery time that comes with surgical procedures, or maybe they’ve been planning a dream vacation and don’t want to put those plans off any longer.

The great news for those people is that there are many nonsurgical options available to take years off the appearance of your chin, jawline, and neck region and allow you to postpone getting a neck lift or facelift surgery. Of these, Kybella® is one of the most in-demand procedures available today.

What Causes Your Sagging Neck?

As you get older, your body gradually begins to slow its production of collagen and elastin – two essential proteins that younger people have in large quantities. Collagen is the skin’s support structure, while elastin helps create more resilient skin. As these two components break down, they cause the skin to sag.

Many people often slather hydrating moisturizer and nurturing sunscreen on their face, but stop applying these products at the jawline. As a result, our neck is where many of us first start to see the visible signs of aging. This premature aging often gets accelerated due to environmental factors like exposure to UV rays and cigarette smoke, as well as the natural loss of muscle tone that occurs over the years.

How Does Kybella® Improve the Chin, Jawline, and Neck?

Is your wrinkly and saggy neck making you look older than your true age? People who develop submental fat – which is the technical term for a double chin – often do so for genetic reasons, which is why you may remain dissatisfied with the appearance of your chin and neck region, even if you have worked diligently to maintain a healthy body weight. This excess fat pad under your chin can blur the line of demarcation between your jawline and neck, creating that loose, drooping, “jowly” look we all wish to avoid.

The key ingredient in Kybella® is deoxycholic acid, a substance your body produces naturally to help break down fat cells. Kybella® is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment that targets submental fat, permanently destroying fat cells in this area and preventing them from being able to store fat in the future. Your result will be a leaner and more defined chin and neckline.

Achieve a Younger-Looking Neck With Kybella®

When you visit The Maryland Institute for Plastic Surgery to discuss whether Kybella® is right for you, one of our four board-certified cosmetic surgeons will meet with you in person to evaluate you, ask about your concerns, and develop a customized treatment plan. The number and frequency of the Kybella® treatments you need will depend on the extent of your neck sagging and what results we can help you achieve.

A typical Kybella® treatment routine will include two to four sessions spread out over a few months, with noticeable improvements at every stage. Once you have completed your treatment series, you will be able to enjoy a permanently improved and attractive neck and jawline contouring.

One Kybella® treatment usually takes a half-hour or less to perform. Because there is no need for post-procedure downtime, you can return to work immediately after your in-office visit if you like. The most common side effects patients report is swelling and tenderness, which will resolve up to a week after the treatment.

How Can Kybella® Help You?

Whatever your reasons for wanting to hold off on surgery to turn back the clock on your aging neck and jawline, Kybella® injections may be exactly the solution you have been looking for. Contact The Maryland Institute for Plastic Surgery today to schedule a Kybella® consultation and let us set you on a path toward loving the look of your neck.