Excess Body &
Face Fat Removal
Cosmetic improvements can be made to stubborn deposits of excess body and facial fat that have not responded to exercise, diet and weight loss. It is indicated only for clients with a normal and stable body weight.
A double chin, also known as submental fat, can be a source of self-consciousness. This condition arises when excess fat accumulates in the submental area, leading to a less defined and saggy jawline. But what exactly causes a double chin, and is there an effective non-surgical treatment for it?
Understanding the Causes:
Several factors contribute to the development of a double chin:
1. Excess Body Weight: Carrying extra weight can lead to the accumulation of fat in various areas, including under the chin.
2. Aging of the Skin: As we age, our skin loses its elasticity, which can contribute to sagging in the submental area.
3. Genetics: Some individuals have a genetic predisposition to store fat in the submental region, making them more prone to developing a double chin.
Treatment Options Without Surgery:
Thankfully, surgical procedures like liposuction are not the only solution for double chin reduction. Non-surgical alternatives can help you achieve a more defined jawline. These options include:
1. Maintaining an Ideal Body Weight: General measures, such as maintaining a healthy weight and engaging in regular exercise, can improve the appearance of a double chin.
2. Cryolipolysis (Fat Freezing): This technique employs extremely cold temperatures to target and damage fat cells in specific body areas.
3. Lipodissolve: At The Marr Clinic, we offer a non-surgical fat reduction solution known as Lipodissolve. This procedure involves the use of a mixture of Phosphatidylcholine and deoxycholate (DC). DC, a naturally occurring substance in the body, disrupts fat cell membranes, releasing free fatty acids. These fatty acids are then eliminated through the liver and kidneys. Typically, treatment consists of 4-6 sessions spaced 2-4 weeks apart. Temporary side effects may include swelling, tenderness, and bruising, which usually subside within 2-3 weeks.
4. Multi-Targeted Approach: In addition to localized submental fat reduction, addressing other signs of aging, such as defining the jawline and improving chin projection, can enhance the overall result of the treatment.
The Treatment Process:
Before undergoing Lipodissolve treatment, you will be assessed and photographed. An anesthetic cream is applied to the treatment areas. The areas are cleansed with a disinfectant, and PPC is then injected into the problem areas. Generally, 3-4 treatments 2-4 weeks apart are needed to see results.
After the procedure, there may be some bruising, tenderness, redness, and temporary lumps in the treated areas, which can last for 2-3 weeks. Rare side effects may include mild nausea, diarrhea, fever and infection.
Lipodissolve may not be suitable for patients with severe liver or kidney problems, autoimmune diseases, pregnancy, breastfeeding, high blood pressure, or allergies to any treatment components. It is not intended for weight reduction but rather for body sculpting in patients within the normal weight range who engage in regular exercise. Unrealistic expectations may exclude a patient from this procedure.
To minimize bruising, avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatory tablets, garlic, ginger, gingko, vitamin E, and fish oil for 5-7 days before the procedure.
Expect possible bruising lasting 7-14 days, tenderness, redness, and temporary lumps. Dysesthesia (numb sensation) in treated areas may last for a few weeks. If lumps persist after 6 weeks, steroid injections can be administered to address them.
Areas That Can Be Treated:
Lipodissolve is versatile and can be used to target fat deposits above the knees, as well as on the face and neck. Commonly treated areas include abdominal bulges, love handles, back fat, saddlebags, thighs (inner and outer), buttocks, arms, double chins, cheeks, and jowls. When injected more superficially, Lipodissolve can also help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
MEET DR. MAY MARR
Dr May Marr is a Flinders University Medical School graduate and a member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. She has a long-held interest in aesthetic medical procedures and evidence-based skin care. She holds a passionate belief that people should have access to procedures and products that are research-backed, ethically prescribed and skilfully delivered.
Dr Marr has trained with Dr Jacque Le Coz at the Institute of Mesotherapy in Paris. She holds an Advanced Diploma in Dermatology from the Australian Institute of Dermatology and in 2020 completed her Dermatology Fellowship.
The ethical, educational and procedural standards that Dr Marr brings to aesthetic medicine have been recognised by some of the largest aesthetic companies in the world. She holds advanced injector status and her extensive clinical experience sees her regularly called upon as an industry educator.
“OUR PHILOSOPHY IS TO KEEP OUR PATIENTS LOOKING NATURAL – NOT ‘DONE’.”
DR MAY MARR