Many people find that over time that can accumulate in the compartments under the chin giving rise to a loss of the normal chin-to-neck angle and the appearance of a double chin.
This is often due to genetics and many people find that however much they lose weight, it is very difficult to change this stubborn area.
Over the last few years, injections have been developed to break down the fat into harmless components excreted naturally in the body.
Many of these first-generation injections tend to cause much greater side effects than the second-generation products that are now in the process of being licensed.
Owen uses a third-generation treatment called DesoFace (or DesoBody for the rest of the body) containing deoxycholic acid, acting as a detergent for fat cells which are broken down. This is administered with a cannula meaning that there is only a single injection point. Owen can carefully fan the product using the cannula, ensuring care is taken to stay within the fat compartment to reduce complications. The risk of serious complications from the procedure is very low, typically below 0.05%.
Fat dissolving injections in the chin/submental area are often combined (on another treatment date) with dermal fillers to enhance the chin projection and now Morpheus8 radiofrequency treatment which provides excellent long-term jawline definition. This is due to the skin tightening and fat remodelling and can be used in combination with the fat-dissolving injections.
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There is usually some swelling and redness after the procedure, typically settling down over the first 48-72 hours. This is a little uncomfortable but does not normally cause any functional difficulties and most people are able to continue with their daily activities. Over the next couple of weeks it can be helpful to massage the area a few times a day to encourage lymphatic drainage.
The full facial treatment package (liquid facelift) can be transformative for our patients who may have more significant volume loss around the face with associated sinking and sagging of soft tissues.
With ageing, recession of the bone in the jawline and sagging of the overlying soft tissues can lose the defined and strong jawline which is so important for framing the face and altering the shape (feminising or masculinising for example).
Over recent years, the chin and jawline area has become much more important, giving a strong, youthful look and giving balance to the overall facial appearance.
Assessment and treatment of the chin together with assessment of the nasal profile and lips is often called profile balancing. This looks to create a harmonious dependent on facial portions, typically using dermal fillers in the chin and lips and a nonsurgical rhinoplasty where indicated.
A full facial profile may also look at assessment of the forehead where frontal bossing can lead to a slightly hollowed appearance and may also benefit from soft fillers injected into the forehead. This is a potentially high risk area due to arteries that run within the forehead and a medical injector would be essential to reduce the incidence of complications. You can see more on forehead filler at the link here.
Dr Owen Thomas is a highly trained aesthetic physician with a level 7 qualification in injectable treatments.
He uses his passion and skill combined with a professional, ethical and safe approach, to enable his patients to feel rejuvenated, confident and ready for everything life has to offer.
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