Chin fat is a common problem among men and women alike, and people will go to great lengths to improve the way their chins look. Once upon a time, these people turned to procedures like liposuction neck lifts to remove this fat, but Kybella is often just as effective with a far shorter recovery time.


Liposuction has long been the treatment option of choice among those who wanted to immediately improve the appearance of chin fat. However, not everyone is a candidate for liposuction; it is typically reserved for those who have an isolated fat pocket under their chins and little to no excess skin in the area. The surgeon uses a cannula and suction device to effectively remove fat cells from the area, which allows him or her to sculpt and contour the chin and neck area. In most cases, chin fat liposuction takes about an hour, and patients can return to their normal activities within a few days. It does result in some discomfort and bruising.

Neck Lift

For some patients, chin fat may not be the cause of a sagging chin or neck area. In some cases, this may be due to loose skin and lax muscles which cannot adequately support the contour. A neck lift procedure allows a surgeon to make small incisions behind the ears and/or chin, then tighten this skin and musculature with sutures for a more contoured and toned appearance. A neck lift is a significantly invasive procedure, and it does come with some discomfort and bruising. Patients are advised that recovery takes about two weeks, though most are unable to return to strenuous activities for up to six weeks after the procedure.


Kybella is a relatively new procedure when compared to liposuction and neck lifts, and it has an excellent rate of success and satisfaction in patients who want to eradicate neck fat. Kybella is an injection that your plastic surgeon can place directly into the fatty area. Over time, the Kybella dissolves this fat and absorbs it into your body, which can improve the look of your chin area. What’s more, Kybella will even prevent the regrowth of fat in that area in the future. Although there is very little recovery time for Kybella, achieving optimal results may take up to six treatments, each about a month apart.

Why People Choose Kybella

Although there are a few instances in which liposuction may be a better option, Kybella can often produce the same results with less discomfort and a shorter recovery time. The difference is that Kybella usually requires a few treatments, each spaced about a month apart, whereas liposuction is typically a one-time procedure. What’s more, although liposuction can remove excess fat, it does little to prevent it from coming back. That’s where Kybella excels – it actually prevents the regrowth of fat cells.

More and more patients turn to Kybella instead of traditional methods for chin fat removal due to the simple nature of the procedure, the shortened recovery time, and the reduced discomfort. Kybella will also prevent chin fat from coming back, which makes it the preferable treatment option.

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Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel

Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel

With special expertise in all aspects of facial plastic surgery, and a particular skill for revision surgery, it’s clear why Dr. Spiegel is one of the most celebrated facial plastic surgeons in the world. If you are seeking the best possible results, or have a uniquely challenging problem, you’ve found the right doctor.

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Dr. Onir L. Spiegel

Dr. Onir L. Spiegel

Dr. Onir (pronounced “oh-near”) has years of experience in facial aesthetics and treats some of the most recognizable and famous faces. Dr. Onir started her career in oral health, earning doctorate degrees from both New York University and Boston University. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her cutting-edge medical research as well as her technical skills in dentistry.

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Dr. Jacob Tower

Dr. Jacob Tower

A board-certified specialist in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Jacob Tower brings a thoughtful approach and an artistic eye to New England’s premier plastic surgery practice, The Spiegel Center in Newton, Massachusetts. In addition to being an in-demand surgeon, Dr. Tower is an assistant professor at the Boston University School of Medicine, a sought-after lecturer, and an expert in facial plastic surgery.

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