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Jowl lipolysis


Excess skin under the chin can be an uncomfortable situation for many people, who are therefore looking for cosmetic procedures to reduce their jowls.

Jowls or double chins can be associated with a number of factors, including excess weight, sagging tissues and age. One of the ways to solve this problem is to resort to jowl lipolysis, a non-surgical procedure that uses deoxycholic acid to treat this condition.

What are the advantages of a jowl lipolysis?

Jowl lipolysis is not only capable of reducing jowls, but also of restoring skin elasticity and improving facial contour, contributing to orofacial harmonization.

The main benefits of this treatment include:

  • Correcting aesthetic imperfections in the area below the chin through a non-invasive procedure;
  • Making the face more harmonious and youthful;
  • Better defining the jaw;
  • Increasing self-esteem;
  • See results immediately after the first session;
  • Recover quickly from the procedure.

Who can benefit from this procedure?

Jowl lipolysis is recommended for anyone with excess fat in the neck. As it stimulates collagen production, this treatment also slightly reduces sagging skin.

However, this is a procedure whose main function is to reduce fat in that area of the body, and should only be an option in cases where this condition is present.

Although it can improve cases of sagging jowls, this is not the purpose of the treatment and it is therefore recommended that, 60 days after undergoing jowl lipolysis, the individual undergoes a procedure designed to specifically treat sagging jowls.

What other treatments can be associated with jowl lipolysis?

The effects of jowl lipolysis can be enhanced if this procedure is combined with other treatments, such as carboxytherapy or ozone therapy.

As jowls are often associated not only with localized fat but also with sagging, there are patients who can benefit from other procedures such as radiofrequency or cryofrequency.

Another possible option is the placement of smooth PDO threads, which are able to improve the collagen mesh of both the jowls and the neck. Clawed PDO threads are also able to ensure support in both the face and jowls and reposition the tissue.

In cases where the doctor considers it necessary to lengthen the chin in order to harmonize the mandibular angle and improve the facial contour, facial harmonization can be proposed using hyaluronic acid.

How does it apply?

Deoxycholic acid should be applied to the skin by a qualified professional. A very fine needle is used to perform the procedure. The number of stitches required will vary depending on the amount of fat.

During the sessions, micro-injections of deoxycholic acid are administered into the skin of the jowl area in order to destroy the fat cells that the body uses as energy, thus reducing the localized fat.

By destroying the membrane of the fat cells, this fat becomes available to be used as an energy source. Subsequently, this procedure will generate inflammation and swelling in the area and the body will absorb this fat.

When to opt for surgical liposuction of the jowls?

This is another option for those looking for a more noticeable effect and who don’t want to avoid surgery, even if it’s not very invasive. This is a mechanical procedure using a pump and a micro cannula.

As for the post-operative period, precautions must be taken, such as wearing the appropriate girdles; draining; and taking the indicated drugs. The effects of this procedure are usually satisfactory, although it is still a surgical procedure and, as such, requires some additional care.

Frequently Asked Questions

Deoxycholic acid is a substance that exists in the body, in the gallbladder, and is responsible for emulsifying fat in the body. It is this same effect that the acid will have on the jowls, reducing the fat present in this area of the body.

Deoxycholic acid is able to emulsify the fat in the area and stimulate the production of collagen in the skin. The skin’s reaction to the product can last up to 3 days, during which time the patient may experience slight swelling or burning in the area where the acid was injected.

  • Reduce sagging in the area below the chin;
  • Reduce localized fat accumulated in the area below the chin;
  • Soften the “double chin” effect.

When lipolysis of the jowls is carried out, a number of steps must be taken:

  1. Initial examination of the patient and explanation of all the characteristics of the procedure to be carried out.
  2. Identification and marking of the area of skin where the deoxycholic acid will be injected, in order to absorb the fat located in the area.
  3. Application of local anesthesia.
  4. Injection of the acid into the area to be treated.

Each session of this aesthetic procedure lasts around 35 minutes.

The number of jowl lipolysis sessions needed to achieve the desired results will vary depending on the amount of fat in the area. However, on average, 3 to 6 sessions are usually carried out.

The results of jowl lipolysis usually start to appear 15 to 30 days after the first treatment session. At this point, the jowls begin to shrink.

It’s important to note that these results are permanent and you don’t need to repeat the procedure to restore their effects.

Yes. There are some restrictions associated with this treatment. Therefore, this procedure should not be performed by:

  • Pregnant women;
  • Lactating women;
  • People with liver failure;
  • People who have had surgery in that area of the body;
  • People suffering from thyroid disorders;
  • People with a high degree of flaccidity.

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