Fat dissolving injections

Fat dissolving injections can effectively remove under chin fat. It takes up to 9 months to see the best results, & multiple (up to 5+) sessions over this time.  Cutis offers many treatments for double chins, including energy-based liposuction, HIFU, RF, Coolsculpting & fat melting injections. Read more to understand the pros & cons.

Key Points

  • Excess under chin fat or double chins are due to excess fat & skin laxity
  • Treatments are aimed at reducing pre-platysma fat, & contracting the overlying skin
  • Injections take 10 minutes to perform, but over one week to recover
  • The more fat you have the greater the number of treatments
  • Best results take 5 sessions or more
  • Minimal downtime liposuction with skin tightening is far more effective & costs half as much as injections in the long run
  • Liposuction has a fraction of the healing time as compared to injections
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Fat dissolving injections at a glance

Best outcomes: 2-5+ sessions
Procedure time: 15 minutes
Duration of results: Years+
Back to work: 4-8 days
Recovery: 4-10 days
Anaesthetic: Injections
Your specialist: Nurse, dermatologist
How much: $$$$

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FAQs

How do fat dissolving injections work?

Injections are a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, identical to your body’s fat dissolving natural bile acid. This injection is made by the same company that manufactures dermal fillers & muscle relaxing injections. 

Does it work, & how good is it?

Injections have a good efficacy, but it requires up to 5 or more injections over a span of 6-8 months. This is providing the pre-platysma fat is treated. 

 

Injections do give some skin tightening (due to collateral inflammation), however the results are not as predictable as energy-based liposuction. 

 

If you have a lot of fat under your chin, you will require a lot of injections. This is more expensive than liposuction, and results would take longer. Liposuction & skin tightening is a better option for most.

Who is a good candidate for this treatment?

Candidate selection is critical for good results. Ideally-

 

 

  • Submental fat that is pre platysma (superficial, pinchable)
  • Average BMI, with a stable weight
  • Downtime of 5-7 days per treatment (multiply by 5-6)
  • Surgery phobic

How many sessions will I require?

2-5+, depending on your chin’s profile, & your goals & expectations.

 

Hint: under chin liposuction is more predictable, gives you better results, with less overall costs & one third the downtime of Kybella / Belkyra.

What are other methods to remove under chin fat?

At Cutis we have 5 ways to effectively remove under chin fat, namely injections, liposuction, Coolsculpting, RF treatments & HIFU. Summarised below.

 

Belkyra Injections Liposuction Coolsculpting RF microneedling HIFU
5 sessions.

7-day recovery each.

1 session, 3-day recovery 2-3 sessions, 

3–5-day recovery

3 sessions, 

3-5 days to recover 

2-3 session, 2-3 days to recover
Somewhat predictable after 5 sessions.  Very predictable Moderately predictable results. Not predictable. Not predictable.
Huge collateral 

Damage 

Minimal collateral  Moderate swelling Collateral damage Moderate collateral damage

What happens during the treatment?

The area is marked with a temporary tattoo. This guides us where to put Belkyra & how much to use. Local anaesthetic is then used to numb up the area. We ice the treatment zone for 60-90 seconds, then inject 25-35 points.

 

The whole procedure takes 10 minutes to perform, but one week to recover. Expect swelling the next day. 

Products

Medik8 Physical Sunscreen SPF50+
$69.00

Dermaceutic All Things Pigment 21 Day Kit
$154.00

Though we have been performing fat dissolving injections for over a decade, we believe that newer methods of fat removal give far better results & much less downtime.

Do injections hurt?

Like hell it does. Our injectors will use local & ice packs before & after the injections. The injection itself causes a burning feeling under your chin that lasts for a few minutes.

What do I look like after treatment?

Immediately after your double chin will swell up. The swelling is a sign that your fat cells are undergoing destruction. In most cases there is bruising. 

 

Swelling peaks at 72 hours & starts subsiding at 1-2 weeks. The under chin may feel hard for a few weeks after the procedure. This treatment is repeated 6-8 weeks later for up to five sessions (still not keen on neck liposuction? Read more). 

When will I see the results?

Maximal results are seen at 9 months. Most will require two to five treatments spaced 8-10 weeks apart. Each treatment removes some fat, the amount is highly variable. The swelling after each treatment temporarily increases your double chin- the bullfrog effect. This takes a week or longer to settle. 

 

*In comparison, under chin liposuction results are seen instantly & continue to improve over 3-5 months.

What is the best treatment for double chins?

Liposuction. Hear us out. Our group offers ALL treatments, from injections to HIFU & liposuction, so we are unbiased in our options. We prefer liposuction because-

 

 

  • The results from liposuction are highly predictable. Fat is physically removed; skin is then tightened.
  • Downtime is minimal, compression dressing for 48 hours only.
  • Costs are minimal (half the price of injections).
  • Pain is minimal (as compared to injections).

Are the results permanent?

Yes. Any fat destruction treatment (including Kybella, liposuction & Coolsculpting) results in permanent removal of fat cells. In this context, providing you keep a steady BMI, you will not gain any more fat in the treated area.

 

 

The caveat is that if you gain a lot more weight, the remaining fat cells can increase in size (but not number). Hence it is super important to maintain a steady weight with ANY fat reducing treatment. 



What should you consider before undertaking double chin injections?

Under chin fat removal is an investment of time, effort, & money. Here are some helpful pointers that may help you along your journey. 

 

 

  • Number of sessions: up to 5+ sessions over 6-9 months. 
  • Downtime: over a week with each treatment, 4-6 weeks off in total.
  • Predictability of results: unlike neck liposuction, results are not predictable.
  • Time frame: 6-9 months for the best results.

 

We firmly believe that liposuction offers greater advantages to patients, unless one has contraindications to surgery, or would like a non-surgical option. 

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