Non-surgical or minimally invasive options for reducing fat are becoming increasingly popular. These treatments use heat, cooling, or an injectable drug to reduce fat cells. One of the most effective injectable drugs is deoxycholic acid, which is the first of its kind to reduce submental fat. It is a customizable and minimally invasive alternative to liposuction and surgery for patients with moderate to severe submental satiety.
The submentary adipose compartment for treatment with deoxycholic acid is marked by the submentary fold in the anterior part and the hyoid bone in the back. The lateral limits are judged on palpation, which normally corresponds to the continuation of the labiomental fold. This injectable drug works by emulsifying fat into the smallest particles within the nanosphere, allowing for absorption and transport of fat. Once deoxycholic acid destroys fat cells in the submental area, the results should be long-lasting and no further treatment is expected. Lipolysis by injection is extremely effective and safe in treating submentary fat and, generally, without the need for complementary treatments to treat skin laxity.
The number of treatment sessions will vary depending on the amount of fat under the chin and the goals of the treatment. During this period of swelling, the area may look fuller than before treatment, but as fat cells are altered and inflammation decreases, most patients see results 6 to 8 weeks after treatment. Injectable medications can be a great way to reduce fat and achieve a better appearance with desired contours of the face and neck. It is important to consult with a medical professional before undergoing any type of fat reduction treatment to ensure safety and optimal results.