Dumping the Double Chin
Submental fat, most commonly referred to as the "double chin", is a very common issue. It is sometimes associated with weight gain, but other reasons such as; genetics or aging can play a role.
Now how do we get rid of it?
We offer fat dissolving injections called Lipodissolve. Fat dissolving injections?! Sounds too good to be true right? Well, it's very true and we will explain the whole process to help answer your questions and concerns.
Let's start with with the actual medication being used, Deoxycholic Acid. This is a substance that naturally occurs in our body to help break down the fat we ingest. When injected, it works by destroying fats cells.
We inject the deoxycholic acid into the section of fat under the chin. It usually requires between 15-20 small injections, which sounds like a lot, but we numb the area with topical and the entire procedure is fairly quick.
What to Expect
You can expect burning right after injection for about 15-20 minutes. Most patients describe this as a fire ant feeling. While discomfort is reported, it is a temporary feeling and can be managed with over the counter pain medication. Next, you can expect swelling for a week or so afterwards. Patients have related the swelling to the appearance of a bull frog. Cue the trendy neck scarfs and high neck tops that can be your ‘go to’ wardrobe choice in the 2 weeks after treatment! Most patients will need at least two treatments and some clients find they great results from just two, done 4-6 weeks apart.
You can ICE the treated area for the following 24 hours post injections according to level of discomfort. Place the icepack for 20 minutes under the chin and then off for 20 minutes. You can apply Arnica Montana gel to the treated area to help decrease swelling, bruising, and discomfort (*great tip for other injections).
Typically, results are gradual a 4-6 week time period. Targeted fat cells will usually be removed during those 4-6 weeks, which is when you will begin seeing a noticeable result and difference to your profile. Individual results will of course vary, and discussion of if a series of sessions are needed will be evaluated at your initial consult or your follow up appointment post procedure.