Fat Dissolving Injections
Double Chin or Fat Dissolving Injections overview
Double chin injections arrived in Australia in March 2017. It has a brand name in Australia and USA, but we are unable to write this online. It is an injection that dissolves fat. The Australian product is approved for the removal of fat under the chin.
It is an effective, permanent, safe and gradual non-surgical injectable treatment to reshape the jawline by dissolving the double chin fat. The injection can be used to sculpt the neck and create a chiselled jawline, creating a youthful profile. We can now contour and lift the neck the way that we have been contouring and lifting the cheeks!
Patients hate their double chins, they are unhappy with their jawlines, it makes them feel they look fat, people think they’ve gained weight, and they hate how they look on profile when they catch a glimpse of their side view. They also hate photos and even avoid them.
This drug is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of sub mental fullness. The treatment is tailored to suit each patients’ anatomy and circumstances, and the satisfaction rate is very high, with 75% of patients reporting satisfaction with the appearance of their face and chin after treatment.
What causes double chin
- Ageing: Ageing can cause fat to accumulate in the neck creating a double chin
- Genetics: It can be part of a patient’s DNA
- Weight Changes: A double chin can appear as a result of weight change. However, diet and exercise may not be enough to remove the fat from a double chin
Are people concerned about their chin profile?
In Australia 59% of women said that they are concerned about a double chin. This figure is more than the number of those who are bothered by their forehead lines! 41% of men are concerned about their chin profile.
How do double chin injections work?
The drug contains a product which also occurs naturally in the body and aids the breakdown and absorption of fat cells. When injected subcutaneously, the acid disrupts the membranes of adipocytes (fat cells) leading to irreversible cell breakdown (adipocytolysis). The adipocytolysis elicits a mild, local physiological inflammatory tissue response, which is largely resolved within about 28 days. Fibroblast cells appear and begin to produce new collagen, and there is thickening of fibrous septa within the subcutaneous tissue.
How many double chin injection treatments are required?
Patients will typically require 3-6, a minimum of 4 weeks between treatments. Double chin treatment is not a one-off treatment. Most patients will see an improvement after 2-4 treatments.
How is the treatment performed?
The patient will have a consultation where their face and neck will be evaluated, and a history taken to make sure that they are suitable for the treatment. The skin will be cleaned, and a treatment grid will then be applied, which will allow the practitioner to find the correct dosage for the individual. The patient will then be injected. Ice is then applied.
The average dose is 4-6 mls (i.e. 2-3 vials) per treatment. The average number of treatments is 3-4. The patient is typically in the office for 30 minutes, with the injections taking 5 minutes.
What are the other options for neck fat?
Neck liposuction is the main competitor for neck fat dissolving injections. Neck liposuction is less appealing to patients because it is more invasive, more downtime is required, and small holes are created with a scalpel in the procedure. Also, a liposuction compression garment is required afterwards, which makes it a procedure with significant downtime.
Fat dissolving injections are non-surgical, no time off work is required and downtime is minimal.
Yes, according to the long-term study data. The product has been over 9 years in clinical study. There have been more than 20 clinical studies conducted worldwide.
The side effects of double chin injections include the following; pain, bruising, swelling, redness and numbness. Some patients experience bleeding, induration (areas of firmness) and itching and paraesthesia (numbness). Rare side effects include nodules and transient neuropraxia (nerve injury). In long term follow up no adverse effects on skin laxity were noted.
Panadol may be taken if there is pain. Patients must be aware that results may not be visible for up to 6 weeks and may not be visible until after the second or third treatment. The skin continues to tighten after treatment even after swelling subsides. An appointment should be made for 8 weeks after the treatment for review and follow up treatment.