I originally wrote this blog post in December 2016 as I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of Allergan’s fat dissolving injections to Australia. I though it was time to update the post following well over a year of experience with the treatment and after many brilliant results.
I remember being at home over my Christmas holidays and researching the treatment like mad leading up to the launch in Sydney, February 2017.
Australia finally welcomed this treatment last year, designed as a non-surgical alternative to liposuction in the treatment of double chins (or submental fat) This product is known as Fat Dissolving Injections (we cannot use it’s brand name due to Australian regulations) and has been shown in studies to be a low risk and effective treatment for permanent removal of double chin fat. A simple google search will tell you what the product is called both in Australia and overseas.
So without further ado – all you need to know about our incredible fat dissolving treatment
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT?
A double chin is a bothersome problem. Often resistant to diet and exercise, this stubborn pocket of submental fat can make someone look overweight when they are not and hide an otherwise beautiful jawline. Many people with a double chin won’t pose for photos side on and are often very self conscious.
Submental fat has been a difficult area to treat. Non-invasive skin treatments such as radiofrequency skin tightening or RF microneedling do not target the underlying fat, (simply tighten the skin) and older methods of fat dissolving lipolysis or mesotherapy require multiple treatments without a significant benefit in some. Other non-surgical modalities like cool sculpting for example is very practitioner dependent and can often leave people with lumpy areas and without a smooth profile (which is what we are trying to achieve).
The gold standard for the removal of submental fat has always been chin liposuction. However I am always on the hunt for non-surgical and non-invasive alternatives.
I have noticed that our fat dissolving injections have in fact been beneficial in treating residual pockets of fat which have remained or been missed following liposuction; and also improving contour irregularities that have been the result of other non-surgical treatments (such as fat freezing).
The fat dissolving is an injectable procedure which uses a synthetic form of an acid (again we cannot name this acid due to Australian regulations) which is a molecule used in the body to break down and destroy fat after eating food.
This break though treatment is quick, relatively pain free (as with most injectable procedures) and associated with minimal and manageable down time. If injected correctly, all the healthy cells around the submental fat remain intact and unaffected as well as nearby nerves and muscles.
Have a read of my Fat Dissolving Treatment information page for more in depth information regarding the treatment.