Both fat dissolving injections and liposuction have their advantages and disadvantages.
One of the biggest advantages of fat dissolving is that patients do not need to wear a compression garment after surgery. This means that the visible down time of fat dissolving is less than liposuction. By contrast, if a patient has had fat reduction via liposuction they will be required to wear an obvious compression garment for at least 2 weeks. The advantage of surgical reduction is that it is typically one and done whereas fat dissolving might take a few treatments to get the best results. Also liposuction can sculpt the whole jawline whereas fat dissolving typically targets the submental fat just beneath the chin.
Fat dissolving can take several sessions spaced 1 month apart to achieve the best results. After a suitable amount of treatments are performed we advise waiting for 3 months to evaluate the results of the treatment. The neck may be swollen for a week or 2 after each treatment.
Generally, this treatment is much more targeted in addressing unwanted fat in the under chin area. Loose skin can be much better addressed with other treatments such as Renuvion skin tightening (also known as J-plasma) or surgical neck lifts. Renuvion skin tightening is a surgical procedure where the neck is numbed with local anaesthetic and a tightening cannula is inserted, which emits powerful radiofrequency energy to stimulate collagen product. In select candidates thread lifting of the neck may also be useful. We find external tightening devices have minimal effectiveness as a skin tightening modality.
Fat dissolving can also be used in small pockets of fat such as the jowls and the bra bulge. Fat dissolving is not useful for dissolving larger pockets of fat. In these cases, liposuction is a better alternative.
Double chins can be caused due to a combination of factors such as loose skin, excess fat, a receding chin. In the case of loose skin, internal skin tightening (renuvion) or neck lifts are advisable. In the case of excess fat, fat dissolving and neck liposuction serve as effective options. For receding chins, chin filler may help disguise the appearance of a double chin.
Fat dissolving injections are not suitable if the skin is loose in the treatment area, if a person is pregnant or breastfeeding, if there is an active infection in the treatment area, or if a person has a known allergy/hypersensitivity to the product. Again we can discuss all of these things when we’re together, in order to ensure your safety and satisfaction.
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