Injections to destroy fat cells
A firm jawline is considered to be a typically masculine trait. Excess fat, which blunts the jawline, can cause some men to feel self-conscious about their appearance. Treatments to reduce the lipids in this area leave patients looking more youthful, slim, and confident.
We have over 20 years of experience in non-surgical cosmetic procedures in men. We appreciate that a double chin is a very common concern and even source of embarrassment for many men. We understand that most men want quick results with minimal downtime.
We use a cutting-edge injection treatment to remove double chins. We work with a natural bile acid called deoxycholic acid to permanently destroy fat cells. No surgery is required. The area is marked, iced and then treated with a series of 20-30 very fine injections. The treatment takes about 30 minutes from walking into leaving. At least 2 treatments are needed to be spaced about 6 weeks apart.
This is a non-surgical treatment with very little downtime.
No permanent side effects have been reported. The treatment was approved in the USA under the name KYBELLA in 2015 and was approved in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in February 2017.
Most men are suitable candidates for injection treatment. However, the effectiveness has not been proven in those under 18 or over 65 years of age. The skin needs to be healthy without any active skin disease. Care needs to be taken if someone has had past neck surgery, suffers from thyroid disease, or has swallowing difficulties. For men with extensive double chins, surgery may be a more appropriate choice.
The total cost of the treatment will depend on the number of sessions you require. We recommend a minimum of 2 treatments, but a severe case may require up to 4. The cost for the first 2 treatments is $2600, and subsequent treatments are $1000 per treatment. It is important to remember that this is a permanent treatment and the initial cost provides benefits over many years and unlike wrinkle injections and dermal fillers maintenance treatments are not needed.
The majority of fat under the chin occurs superficially at the front of the neck muscles (preplatysmal fat), and it is this fat that is removed by injection treatment. We know that these fat cells are permanently destroyed with injection treatment, a process called adipocytosis. This permanent destruction of fat cells is why such great results can be obtained, and 5-year follow-up studies show sustained long-term results and high patient satisfaction after double chin injection treatment.
However, there is some deeper fat behind the neck muscles (postplatysmal fat), and this deep fat is not removed by double chin injections. Hence, if patients gain a lot of weight after treatment, this fat compartment can potentially enlarge and increase the fullness under the chin.
Patients should arrive clean-shaven under the chin on the morning of treatment. We also recommend an anti-inflammatory tablet on the morning of the procedure (eg Nurofen).
We advise patients don’t return to work on the day of treatment and avoid social events and strenuous exercise for 48 hours. Swelling is the main side effect and is most prominent in the first 12-24 hours. Some bruising can also occur. Regular activity can be resumed after treatment, and there is usually minimal discomfort. Typically there is less reaction with subsequent treatments. No bandaging is needed.
Before and after images are presented purely as a reference point of the results that can be achieved. Everyone is unique and outcomes will vary and realistic expectations need to be discussed on a case by case basis.
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