Which patients are best suited for fat dissolving injections treatment?
The treatment guide below shows a grading scale for double chin fat, also known as ‘sub-mental fat’.
It ranges from 0 (no localised sub-mental fat) to 4 (extreme submental convexity).
The ideal patient for fat dissolving injections would be someone who is a ‘2’ or ‘3’ on sub-mental scale, so someone with moderate to severe sub-mental fullness.
To treat submental fat with fat dissolving injections we place a non permanent template on the skin (see photo above) and apply water. This leaves small dots on the skin as a guide for where to inject. We then clean the skin with chlorhexidine before placing small injections into the submental fat. The treatment requires approximately 20 small injections into the dots provided above.
How do fat dissolving injections work?
Fat dissolving injections are a product which contains deoxycholic acid and helps absorb fat in food. The product is injected into the fat in the double chin area and permanently destroys the fat cells by a process known as adipocytolysis. Once the fat cells have been destroyed they cannot store fat again. Imagine your fat cells are balloons and fat dissolving injections are the dart. Once they have been popped they cannot be blown up again.
How is the double chin injection treatment done?
After a consultation and assessment the treatment is performed in rooms with a series of injections into the area of fat to be treated.
Ice packs are all this is needed for pain killers and the treatment takes about 20 minutes
What are the side effects of fat dissolving injections
The vast majority of side effects from treatment with fat dissolving injections are mild and not permanent. Studies show that with each treatment side effects occur less frequently and to a lesser degree. The commonest side effect we see after treatment are as follows:
- Swelling around the area injected – We expect to see swelling. It means the treatment is working! In fact, we say please call us if it does not swell. We recommend not going back to work on the day of treatment and using ice on the neck intermittently in the hours after treatment.
- Temporary numbness under the chin. Approximately 50% of patients will feel this slight numbness after treatment, with symptoms wearing off after 30 days on average.
- Warmth and redness – 40% of patients will feel warmth or redness under the chin on the day of treatment.
- Firmess under the chin – Studies show that 16% of patients will feel firmness or ‘induration’ under the skin after treatment. This is not a worrying symptom and resolves, on average, after 51 days according to studies.
Rarer side effects such as temporary problems with weak smile and facial muscles and trouble swallowing (2%) have been reported.
The risk of affecting the smile is due to the small chance of temporarily affecting the marginal branch of the facial nerve. The anatomy of the nerves in the face differs from person to person and in 2% of treatments a small branch of the facial nerve can be affected. This would present as a temporary problem with the smile muscle (see image below). The affected side would be more difficult to perform a full smile. The problem is temporary and the average time to resolve is 44 days.
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The outcomes shown are only relevant for this patient and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience, as results may vary due to many factors including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise.
Fat Dissolving Injection Cost Sydney – How much does fat dissolving injections cost in Sydney NSW? Prices & Fees
The fee you’ll pay for your fat-dissolving injections can vary. After your first consultation, you will get a breakdown on your fat dissolving injections price. Dr. Hunt will give you a clear estimate on the costs of fat dissolving injections.
What is the cost of Kybella or Belkyra Sydney treatment for double chin?
The likely cost of a treatment is from $1200 each session, and with 3 treatments recommended the total cost would be around $3600.
See the non surgical procedure price list for more details
Are fat dissolving injections covered by Medicare or private health insurance?
The fat dissolving injections are an aesthetic treatment and therefore NOT covered by a medical health insurance.
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FAQs about Kybella Fat Dissolving injections
Do these injections permanently remove double chin fat?
The injections permanently destroys double chin fat. Once the fat cells have been destroyed they will never return.
Are the injections painful?
We ice the neck before injections to numb the skin. After administering the injections to dissolve chin fat, the area can feel warm, like the feeling of sunburn. This is a temporary side effect which settles over the next hour.
What are the main side effects of injections to dissolve chin fat?
We expect swelling around the treatment area on the day that will peek at 48hours and settle over 1 week
Can I go to work after kybella double chin treatment?
We recommend icing the skin and resting at home after double chin removal treatment rather than going back to work.
How many fat-dissolving injections do I need to treat my double chin?
The amount needed will of course depend on the amount of fat that needs to be dissolved average patient needs at least 20 small injections to dissolve chin fat ( 2 vails) 1 cm apart
How many treatments will I need? – We recommend at least 2 treatments of at least 2 vials to see results with most patients requiring 3 treatments at 6 week intervals
Are injections to dissolve chin fat safe?
Yes. It is a non surgical treatment with an acceptable side effect profile.
Will I see results straight away after Double Chin Injections?
No, it takes up to 6 weeks for you to notice the effects.
Are fat dissolving injections safe in pregnancy and breastfeeding?
We do not recommend fat dissolving injections in pregnancy or when breastfeeding.
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