What areas can be treated?
Submental fat(double chin)
How does Deoxycholic Acid Injections work?
Deoxycholic Acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.
For this fat dissolving procedure, deoxycholic acid is injection into areas where the fat is gathered. This prescribed medication once injected will target the fat cell wall by dissolving it, which will not allow the fat cell to survive. This is a permanent reduction in the fat cells in that area. To successfully remove all fat, usually 2-5 sessions are needed.
This treatment is not for everyone, we do recommend consults for these services as it will allow us to provide you all options that will be beneficial to you.
Pre & Post Procedure Information
You can expect swelling post treatment. Swelling tells us that your body is responding well to the treatment. Bruising is also normal, to help keep bruising to a minimal avoid any blood thinning products 1 week prior to treatment. i.e Advil or Aspirin. If you are on prescribed blood thinning products you are required to see the prescribing physician prior to stopping these medications for treatment. We do not recommend you stop these medications without the direction of the prescribing physician. Tenderness following the appointment is also normal.
Following treatment, avoid alcohol for 24 hours. Refrain from any blood thinners or aspirin. Applying ice to the area will help with swelling and bruising. Do not apply direct ice, be sure to wrap it in a cloth or paper towel. Avoid exercising for 24 hours. Avoid rubbing or massaging the area for 24 hours. No facials, chemical peels, laser treatments for at least 14 days post treatment. You will be sent home with a written copy of all aftercare instructions to ensure you have a reference if you forget any information.
How many treatments will I need?
The Nurse Injector will create a tailored treatment plan based on how the area you are concerned about presents. At each treatment, you will be given multiple small injections. Treatments should be spaced 2 months apart, you may require 2-4 treatments depending on your goals. Many patients experience visible results in 2 to 4 treatments.
Is it permanent or how long will the results last?
We all have a set number of fat depositing cells throughout our lifetime called adipocytes. This means that the results from lipolysis will remain the same if your weight remains stable.
If you do gain weight following lipolysis, the area that was treated will be protected to a degree from fat deposits as a portion of the adipocytes have been removed. However, with weight gain, areas of non-treatment may deposit more of this fat, The fat has to be deposited somewhere in our bodies if our caloric intake exceeds our calories burned.
Will it be painful?
One of our primary goals during this procedure is comfort. We do topically numb the area prior to injection, we also add a small amount of injectable lidocaine to help keep things comfortable throughout.
What is the recovery period like?
There is a recovery period of approximate 5 days for swelling. Especially in the submental area(double chin area). During recovery there will be some tenderness, swelling, possible bruising, which lasts approximately for a week. It will vary per patient.
Results can be seen in as little at 4 weeks, results are final at 3 months.
What are the possible side effects?
The most common side effects are swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and areas of hardness around the treatment area.
Deoxycholic acid treatments can cause serious side effects, including injection site problems such as bruising, hair loss, open sores (ulcers), and damage and tissue cell-death (necrosis) around the injection site or trouble swallowing and nerve injury in the jaw that can temporarily cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness.
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