Are you dissatisfied with the appearance of your neck and chin area? Do you see a “double chin” when you look in the mirror? Do you worry about how you’ll look in photos and experience lower self-confidence in social settings due to your profile? If so, fat dissolving injections could be the treatment you’ve been waiting for. This non-invasive, zero-downtime treatment permanently destroys stubborn fat cells, giving you results that can last for years in just a few weeks. It’s just one of many quality services offered by Pure Wellness Therapy in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
What are Fat Dissolving Injections?
Fat dissolving injections involve an FDA-approved treatment that involves a series of injections to target and destroy fat cells under your chin. It uses deoxycholic acid–a naturally occurring substance–to break down the fat cells over several weeks, leaving you with a more contoured, attractive jawline which can make you appear younger and give you a huge boost in self-esteem. Best of all, patients can experience permanent results with the right combination of diet and exercise to maintain their ideal appearance.
How Does It Work?
This treatment uses a synthetic version of deoxycholic acid, which is a salt in human bile which aids in the digestion of fats, to break down fat cells over a few weeks. In the human digestive system, this acid attacks fat cells by destroying the cell membrane and releasing the contents of the cell to be expelled, resulting in a more efficient digestion process.
When injected into your chin area, the treatment works the same way in the specific target areas marked by your doctor. The acid dissolves the cell membranes of submental fat cells over approximately 4-6 weeks, creating cellular debris which is cleared out of your body by the lymphatic system along with the remaining acid. This results in a noticeably reduced double chin, a younger-looking profile, and greater satisfaction with your overall appearance.
Why Are Double Chins So Difficult to Treat?
As people age or as their weight or lifestyle changes, they can develop what is known in the medical world as “submental fullness,” commonly referred to as a double chin. A double chin can form due to weight gain or as a simple manifestation of your genetic background. This collection of fat under the chin affects many adults of all ages and stages of life and is notoriously difficult to target.
It is nearly impossible to get rid of a double chin with diet or exercise alone–while you may experience success in other areas of your body, the submental area is rarely affected since fat deposits in this part of the body tend to remain once they form. This feature can make you appear older or heavier than you really are, even if you lead a healthy lifestyle and are at your ideal weight. As a result, many people are desperate for solutions which will result in a more attractive, younger-looking profile.
Do I Need Treatment?
If you’re unsure about whether you need treatment, you should refer to recent pictures and examine your chin and neck in the mirror. Do you have a certain pose for photos that hides your double chin? When you look at your face and neck from the side, do you see a small pocket of fat below your chin when you’re standing normally? Are you unhappy with your appearance from the side in most photos?
If your answer is yes, you could benefit from treatment. The good news is that even if you only experience a small double chin, this treatment can help reduce the amount of fat in your submental region. If you feel self-conscious about your double chin and wish to address it with a simple, non-surgical treatment, talk to your doctor about how this treatment could help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
While this treatment is not the only option for reducing your double chin, it’s one of the best choices for those who want to avoid invasive surgeries or procedures like liposuction, which was once the only viable option for permanent fat reduction in the submental region. It’s highly customizable, which means that a personalized treatment plan can be created to help almost every patient achieve their ideal results. In general, treatment is relatively painless. Even though multiple injections are done in each session, topical or injected anesthetic ensure your optimal comfort.
With a quick appointment time and zero-downtime recovery, this treatment can easily fit into your busy schedule. Best of all, over 70% of patients who completed their recommended treatment plans and saw final results reported both physical and self-esteem improvements following treatment. Eliminating your double chin with fat dissolving injections can have positive effects on your self-confidence as you feel more at home in your own skin and more satisfied with your profile and jawline.
Is It More Effective Than Alternatives Like Liposuction?
As an alternative to surgery, this treatment offers several benefits that are not connected with invasive procedures like liposuction. Any surgery comes with inherent risks, and this treatment drastically reduces those risks of side effects thanks to its non-invasive nature. Both liposuction and fat dissolving injections are considered safe, effective ways to eliminate submental fullness.
Liposuction is typically recommended for those who have a larger deposit of fat under the chin or who wish to see instant results. However, it can result in uneven fat removal, unusual or bumpy healing, a loss in skin elasticity, and scars from incisions.
Fat Dissolving Injections
This treatment is aimed at reducing double chins in adults who are at a healthy weight and who can commit to a series of treatments over several months. Results are not instant, but the double chin reduces steadily over time, and the majority of patients express satisfaction with their results. The treatment is associated with fewer risks and will not leave scars.
This is one of the best alternatives to liposuction for those who wish to avoid surgery. In the end, you and your doctor should choose the best option for you based on your own unique situation, expectations, and ideal results.
While this is a fairly straightforward and non-invasive treatment, it’s important to consult a professional, experienced doctor. Your doctor will oversee your treatment process and ensure that your recovery goes smoothly. They’ll also design your personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your ideal results. It’s important to carefully follow any instructions your doctor gives you during the treatment process to see the best results possible.
Before you say goodbye to your double chin, it’s time to sit down with your doctor for an initial consultation. This allows your doctor to examine your submental region and determine whether this treatment would effectively address your specific concerns. They can also show you planned injection sites for optimal reduction and answer any questions you may have about the treatment and recovery process. Finally, they’ll be able to propose a personalized treatment plan to effectively eliminate your double chin.
During this appointment, you should be prepared to disclose any previous treatments or procedures you have had on your chin, neck, or jawline. In addition, your doctor may ask you about any medications you take or skincare products you use regularly. Once your doctor has approved you for treatment, they’ll give you instructions for preparing for your first treatment.
About 1 week before your treatment, you should avoid blood-thinning painkillers like aspirin, certain medications, and some herbal remedies which could cause excessive bleeding and bruising during the healing process. You should keep your skin clean and moisturized and drink plenty of water to remain hydrated, which aids the healing process. On the day of your appointment, wash your face, jawline, and neck thoroughly to reduce your risk of developing infections. Avoid putting any skincare product or makeup on your face before treatment.
Before your treatment begins, your doctor will be available to answer any last-minute questions you may have. They’ll mark the planned injection sites to guide the treatment process and take before pictures to compare with your final results so that you can see the full effect of treatment. Next, your doctor will apply a topical anesthetic or use an injectable anesthetic to numb the target area. Once the area is completely numb, your doctor will inject the deoxycholic acid into your double chin.
You should feel minimal discomfort and may experience a small amount of pressure from the injections. Most appointments involve between 15-25 small injections to spread the treatment across the target region. The deoxycholic acid immediately begins breaking down your fat cells once it is injected. Your doctor may apply ice to the injection sites to combat post-treatment swelling. Next, they’ll give you any specific instructions to follow during your recovery period. After this, you’re free to return to your normal routine with no downtime.
Over the fist 24 hours, your chin area will begin to swell, which is a normal reaction to the number of injections. Your doctor will tell you that swelling is a good sign since it means that the deoxycholic acid is beginning to break down fat cells. You may wish to apply a warm compress to the area for the first few days to minimize any discomfort. Some patients experience bruising in the treated area which should fade over the next few days. You should avoid irritating your chin and neck as the injection sites heal and wait to apply any makeup to the area for at least 24 hours.
Your swelling should disappear steadily over the next 2-3 weeks, and you should begin to see your double chin reduce along with the swelling. As your fat cells are destroyed, they are metabolized and expelled from the body. About 1 month after treatment, the injection sites should be completely healed, any swelling should be gone, and you should see a noticeable reduction in your double chin.
Depending on your unique situation, your doctor may recommend 2-3 treatments or a longer series of treatments to completely reduce your double chin. Your final results from each treatment appear 4-6 weeks after your appointment. You should be able to look at your profile in the mirror and see a visible reduction in your double chin. Depending on your desired results and aesthetic expectations, you and your doctor may decide to continue treatment to further reduce your double chin.
During your treatment plan, it’s recommended that you wait 1-3 months between appointments to allow the area to heal and let your body flush the destroyed fat cells and deoxycholic acid out of your system before the next treatment. 4-6 weeks after your last treatment, your final results should be visible. You should feel more satisfied with your appearance and more confident in social settings as you stop worrying about how your double chin may appear to others.
How Long Does It Last?
Thanks to the complete destruction of the fat cells in your submental region, the results of fat dissolving injections can be permanent if purposefully maintained with a healthy, nutritious diet and regular exercise. Your doctor will instruct you to avoid major weight gain if possible, which can result in the recurrence of your double chin due to new fat cells appearing in the treated area. If this does occur, you can pursue further treatment to address this issue.
In addition, as you age, your skin may begin to lose its elasticity, which is a normal part of growing older. This loose skin could mimic the appearance of your double chin. However, since this treatment cannot reduce the amount of loose skin under your chin, you should talk to your doctor about other aesthetic treatments to create a more attractive profile. With the proper maintenance, you should expect to enjoy the results of fat dissolving injections for years to come.
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
This treatment is an excellent option for men and women of all ages who wish to reduce their double chin through fat-dissolving injections. It can be an effective option for those who experience a double chin for genetic reasons or for reasons connected to a change in weight. However, this treatment should be pursued by those who are currently at their ideal weight and who are leading a healthy lifestyle, as it is not an effective alternative to procedures such as liposuction in reducing a large amount of fat in the submental region.
The ideal candidate for this treatment should be prepared to commit to a personalized treatment plan since the best results are rarely seen after just one treatment.
This treatment is a good alternative to invasive medical procedures for those who do not wish to or are unable to pursue surgery. Finally, this treatment may not be ideal for you if you experience an infection in the target area. You should consult your doctor to determine your candidacy for this treatment.
Don’t let your double chin affect your day-to-day experiences by distracting you from the more important things in life. With fat dissolving injections treatments, you can visibly and permanently eliminate your double chin, leaving you with a more attractive profile, a younger and healthier appearance, and increased self-esteem. This treatment is safe, works quickly, and is an excellent alternative to surgery for those who want a non-invasive treatment option with an easy recovery.
If you’re ready to learn more about how fat dissolving injections can help you eliminate your double chin, contact the professionals at Pure Wellness Therapy in Palm Beach Gardens, FL to schedule an initial consultation today! We look forward to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals.