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I would like to improve the appearance of my jaw and neck, would fat dissolving injections work?

I would like to improve the appearance of my jaw and neck, would fat dissolving injections work? What is the least invasive procedure with the least potential for adverse effects that could improve my saggy neck, double chin, and lack of jaw line of a 52-year-old woman. I am thinking fat dissolving injections versus lipo plus some tightening procedure?

Fat dissolving injections are injected into the “preplatysmal fat”, also known as “submental fat” or “double-chin fat”. The body’s natural processes then break down and eliminate the fat cells over the next few weeks and months. Once the fat cells are destroyed, they are permanently removed. The treatment also promotes the formation of new collagen. This acts to tighten the skin. Most people notice either an improvement in their skin tightness, or no change. Although it’s difficult to tell from a photograph, it looks like you may be a good candidate for treatment with fat dissolving injections.

As for liposuction or other surgical treatments; these can certainly be of benefit, but are considerably more expensive, involve the risks of surgery and anesthesia, and may have variable lengths of “downtime”. Conversely, the outcome of these surgical treatments may be more pleasing to you in the long term. Injectables often can’t compare to the outcome of surgery, but have the benefit of being lower risk, quick, and having less “downtime”.

Ultimately your treatment will depend on your own aesthetic goals, the experience of your injector or surgeon, and your budget. I would recommend a review with an experienced injector and surgeon who can assess you in person, discuss your goals, and formulate a treatment plan.