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Double Chin Removal

Double Chin Removal

Having a Double chin is a very common concern to many men and women. Some studies suggest that over 50% of adults are unhappy with excess fat under their chin. Whilst Double Chins occur when people put on weight, there are also genetic factors involved with the tendency to a Double Chin running in families. Double Chins also develop and worsen as people get older because of increasing skin laxity with aging.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Studies show that when Deoxycholic acid is injected into the fat under the chin it breaks down the fat cells (a process called Adipocytolysis). This destruction of these unwanted fat cells is permanent. Studies that have followed up patients 5 years after a course of Double Chin injections show the results are maintained in the long term which is to be expected as fat cells are being permanently destroyed.

Importantly patient satisfaction with Double Chin injection treatment is high. The successful treatment of Double Chins is reported to significantly improve a person’s self-esteem and people rate themselves as less self-conscious, looking happier, less overweight and appearing younger after Double Chin treatment.

There are basically 3 different methods of treating Double Chins

(1) SURGERY: Surgery has been used for many years to treat Double Chins. The two main surgical procedures are Liposuction where the fat is sucked out through a small incision, and Direct Excision where the fat is cut out through a large incision called a Z-Plasty. These surgical procedures require anaesthetic and usually hospitalisation. Cost, downtime and surgical scars are the usual considerations.

(2) MACHINES: Many devices have been tried over the years with varying success. Radiofrequency machines, which aim to heat up the fat cells to destroy them, produces unpredictable results and improvements are mild to moderate at best. Cryolipolysis, where the fat cells are frozen, achieves much better and more predictable results and in a treatment cycle 20% reductions can typically be achieved.

(3) INJECTIONS: Injections to remove fat have been around for many years, however, it is only recently that a special fat dissolving product has become available that has been specifically approved for the treatment of Double Chins. This product is based on the naturally occurring bile acid called Deoxycholic Acid. A series of 2-4 treatments gives progressive improvement with minimal downtime. Treatments are spaced about 6 weeks apart.

The FDA in the United States approved the use of Double Chin Injections in 2015 under the trade name KYBELLA. The same product was approved for use in Canada in 2016 and in Europe at the start of 2017. In Australia the use of Double Chin injections using Deoxycholic acid was approved by the Federal Government in February 2017.

The treatment has been refined by the development of a special grid that allows for safe positioning of injections and the customisation of treatments to suit different severities of Double Chins. The product used is approved and registered with the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) and follow up studies after 5 years have shown no permanent side effects. The treatment is performed by highly trained and qualified medical practitioners in a medical clinic environment as a walk in walk out procedure.

The main advantages that make Double Chin injections such an exciting treatment option for many people with this common problem are that the treatment is:

- Simple ( No surgery, minimal downtime, no bandages)
- Safe ( Tested and approved with follow up data at 5 years)
- Effective ( Proven long term results and high patient satisfaction)
- Gradual Change ( Gradual and natural change rather than dramatic)

The number of treatments is variable and this impacts on the total cost. All patients need at least 2 treatments and a patient needs to commit to having at least 2 treatments or the procedure is not worthwhile. The total cost for the first two treatments is $2600 (inc GST)

The need for more than 2 treatments depends on the severity of the Double Chin in the first place and the level of improvement required. Most patients with moderate to severe Double Chins have 3-4 treatments. After the initial two treatments the cost is $1000/treatment (inc GST). Hence the total cost for a series of 4 treatments is $4600 (inc GST). Any cost needs to be considered as a long term investment to get many years of benefit and unlike other cosmetic injections such as wrinkle injections and dermal fillers it does not need to be constantly repeated.

Medicare provides no rebate for Double Chin injections, Private Health Insurance funds do not cover the procedure and the Government applies GST of 10% on the procedure

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