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FAT DISSOLVING INJECTIONS

You can obtain more information about fat dissolving injections by sending us an email at the Contact page or call us to arrange a consultation.

The information presented here is of a general nature and does not substitute for a face to face consultation with a medical practitioner.

You must first see a medical practitioner for a consultation to determine your suitability for treatment with fat dissolving injections.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How does the fat dissolving injections work?


The active ingredient in the fat dissolving injections comes from a naturally occurring substance made in the liver. It normally helps in digesting dietary fat. When injected into areas of unwanted fat, it breaks down the fat cells and helps the body to metabolise and filter away this fat. It has been studied over 10 years and has been safely used in thousands of patients in worldwide clinical trials. Over the last few years, it has gained FDA, Health Canada and TGA approval for treatment of submental fat (double chin).

Note that we can treat fat in other small areas of the skin as easily as the double chin such as the jowls and bra fat pads.


What can I expect during the treatment?

During each treatment session, the skin is first cleansed and numbed to prepare it for injections. The injector then administers several quick injections beneath your chin. Treatment sessions usually take 20 minutes or less. After your treatment, you may return to your normal activities immediately.

Although you may experience some bleeding, swelling, bruising, tenderness or numbness at or near the treatment area, these side effects are typically short-lived and mild.

How many sessions do I need?

The fat dissolving injections are administered as a series of sessions spaced 6 to 8 weeks apart for the best results.

Most patients will need between 2 to 4 treatments (some up to 6), depending on how much fat is in the under chin area to start with.

Over time, you’ll notice your double chin gradually receding, revealing a slimmer, natural-looking neckline.

The final results are expected to last at least 5 years.

Who should not receive fat dissolving injections?

Fat dissolving injections have not been approved for patients under 18 years of age.

You should also not receive fat dissolving injections if you have an infection in the treatment area, if you have had or plan to have surgery on your face, neck, or chin; have had cosmetic treatments on your face, neck, or chin; have had or have medical conditions in or near the neck area; have had or have trouble swallowing; have bleeding problems; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if this fat dissolving injections can harm your unborn baby); or are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed (it is not known if the fat dissolving injections passes into your breast milk.

What are the possible side effects of the fat dissolving injections?

The most common side effects include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of lumpiness or hardness in the treatment area. These are all temporary. Bruising can last a week or two. Swelling (which can be significant) usually lasts between 1 to 2 weeks but can be longer. Numbness and lumpiness can last 4 to 6 weeks or longer. All of these are temporary.

A small number of patients can develop weakness of the smile muscles. This is caused by the effect of the fat dissolving injections on the branch of the facial nerve that runs close to the jawline. While the standard treatment area allows for a safe distance from this nerve, anatomical variations of the route of the nerve are not uncommon and may pass closer to the treatment area than anticipated. The weakness
always resolves, usually in about 4 to 6 weeks, but may take several months in a smaller subset of patients.


* - Because it is a prescription only medicine in Australia, we cannot name the Australian drug name


For further information, please go to our Contact page to send cosmetic MD an email or call us to organise a consultation.

Please also have a look at cosmetic MD's Instagram page to see more Before and After photos

Fat dissolving double chin, 2 sessions
Fat dissolving of jowls, 2 sessions
Fat dissolving of jowls, 1 session