FAT-DISSOLVING INJECTIONS (FOR DOUBLE CHIN) OVERVIEW
Sub-mental fat reduction/contouring, also referred to as a non-surgical chin lift or fat-dissolving injections contains synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a man-made form of a substance your body makes that helps to absorb fats (Deoxycholic acid is a secondary bile acid involved in dietary fat emulsification/solubilisation that causes adipocyte lysis when injected into subcutaneous fat tissue). Deoxycholic acid works by destroying fat cells where it is injected into the body.
A 10 mg/ml injectable solution of synthetic deoxycholic acid is approved in the US and various European countries, to improve the appearance of moderate to severe convexity or fullness associated with sub-mental fat in adults. Note: It is currently the only approved treatment for fat below the chin.
Among the fat-dissolving injection proprietary names available now are Kybella ® (owned by Allergan who make Botox ®; also known as Belkyra ®), and Desoface ®.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The registered health professional will mark out the treatment area and apply some numbing cream which will take effect after about 20 minutes. An average of about 20 (can be up to 50) jabs are administered in the area.
It can be quite sore despite the numbing cream as that area is fairly sensitive, but of course it depends on your pain threshold. But just be aware of the number of jabs and do not compare it to Botox ®!
You may be given an ice pack to reduce swelling post treatment.
How long does it last? The benefits are largely maintained over extended follow-up (e.g. 2 years after treatment).
2-3 sessions about 6 weeks apart are recommended to achieve the desired effect in the chin area.
Significant reduction of the fatty pocket under the chin, resulting in a more aesthetically-pleasing, chiseled look, a sculpted jawline.
The treatment is carried out within the hour and is a minimally-invasive, non-surgical procedure.
These injections DO have a high success rate in the reduction of double chins.
The major downside with these injections is that it is not really a "lunchtime procedure" as it was originally dubbed when these injections first came out with FDA approval in 2015. There IS some downside to be expected, in the form of swelling which can be quite severe. The norm is to expect the swelling to go down within 48 hours to a week, but some patients have experienced severe swelling that lasted for weeks.
It can take about 6 weeks to see the effects of the treatment so it is not the "instant results" treatment many people think it is.
Practitioners should warn their patients in advance and give them clear expectations with regard to the downtime and potential for swelling; and time apse for seeing results.