How is a double chin treated?
Injections of a prescription medication is used to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called double chin.
How does it work?
A synthetic formulation of a substance found naturally occurring in the body is used to break down and absorb fat. When properly injected, the formulation has been shown to dissolve fat that causes a double chin. The result is a more streamlined and improved contour along the jaw line.
What other options exist to reduce submental fat?
Prior to the introduction of this prescription medication, the only effective options to treat submental fat were surgical. Injection of the synthetic formulation is the only non-surgical option proven to treat a double chin.
How many treatments does it take?
Injections into the fat under the chin are administered through a series of treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart. The treatment plan is tailored to meet the individual needs of the patient. We recommend at least 2 treatments although the total number of treatments can vary based on a myriad of factors.
Is there any downtime?
There is swelling following the injections which typically resolves within 24-48 hours but can last up to a week. Bruising can occur at the injection sites but is usually minor and can be covered easily with makeup.
What are the possible side effects?
Serious side effects including nerve injury in the jaw (which can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness) or trouble swallowing may occur. The most common side effects include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area.
Who should not receive the treatment?
- Patients who have an infection in the treatment area
- Patients who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if the injections will harm an unborn baby)
- Patient who are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed (it is not known if the injections pass into breast milk)