Non-Surgical Double Chin Fat Reduction (By Injection)
A double chin occurs when there is a pocket of fat that exists under the chin, creating a fuller, heavier and undefined jawline and chin. This is usually due to genetics and the natural ageing process. It may also appear as a result of weight change. However, this unwanted fat volume is usually not going to go away, no matter how much you diet or exercise. Weight loss usually has little or no impact on this area.
A double chin is a common concern that both men and women feel is undesirable. The extra fat under the chin often makes people feel as if they look older and heavier than they really are. Until recently, there were few non-surgical options to remove the double chin, instead relying on surgical procedures such as undergoing a Neck Lift or Liposuction.
The breakthrough comes in the form of fat-dissolving injections called Belkyra and has recently been approved by the Therapeutic Goods of Australia (TGA).This double chin dissolver is a prescription drug and is comprised of the active ingredient Deoxycholic Acid (which is a naturally occurring substance, formed in the liver and stored in the gallbladder that works to break down the fat cells).
When injected under the chin, it permanently destroys the unwanted fat cells. This treatment utilises a synthetic form of the bile-produced enzyme which disrupts the membranes or fat cells and is then digested by the body. The body recognises the disruption of fat cells as an injury and creates inflammation and then repairs, causing new collagen formation that creates elasticity and skin tightening. These treatments will achieve a contoured, sculptured and slimmer jawline.
It takes approximately 15-20 min. to perform in the doctor’s rooms. Most people experience visible results after 2-4 treatments, spaced 6-8 weeks apart. People with greater fullness under the chin may require up to 6 treatments to achieve the desired result. The precise number of sessions will depend on how much excess fat is present.
What to Expect
The area is numbed with a numbing cream for 30 min. prior to treatment, then a local anaesthetic injection will also be used so that there is almost no discomfort. The anatomical landmarks are marked and the treatment zone clearly identified and gridded 1cm. apart, evenly with a template. Ice is applied and several needles are placed under the skin to allow for 1cm spread.
It’s normal to experience some swelling under the chin for 4-7 days and you may or may not require a high neck top or scarf. Some residual swelling may be present but may not be obvious to others for few weeks. There is usually no pain after the treatment. Some people experience some temporary redness or bruising that can usually be camouflaged with make-up, until the swelling and/or bruising subsides. On occasion, some numbness, tingling, itchiness and potential formation of small areas of firmness should resolve on their own, after a few weeks. Swelling or side effects are less with each treatment. Under extremely rare circumstances, some people have experienced an uneven smile, trouble swallowing, unusual taste, and hair loss or skin ulcers. This is usually temporary and will resolve in time.
Most people return to work immediately and daily routines.