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Can I massage my chin to drain the fluid from my fat dissolving injections?

Can I massage my chin to drain the fluid from my fat dissolving injections? I got fat dissolving injections four days ago and it’s still quite swollen, however not nearly as swollen as the first two days. I’m used to using my clarisonic massage head to massage my face neck and chest and was wondering I’d be able to use it to drain the fluid faster or should I just not touch it and let it run its course?

The inflammatory reaction from fat dissolving injections takes about 6-8 weeks to have the desired effect, namely the breakdown and removal of the fat cells under the chin. The swelling is actually a good sign that the treatment is having the desired effect in killing the fat cells. There is little evidence to suggest that massage can improve the resolution of the swelling or improve the outcome with regard to loss of fat. Anti-inflammatory drugs should be avoided if possible, although paracetamol may be used if the area is tender. Applying ice to the region may be of benefit initially, but more from the point of view of helping with pain. It is unlikely to make the treatment more of less effective. Ultimately, it’s just a matter of letting the fat dissolving injections do its job.