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Deoxycholic acid is an injectable substance indicated to reduce submental fat in adults, also known as double chin or double chin.
This treatment can be performed in aesthetic clinics by a doctor or in a dental clinic by a dentist, and the price of each application varies from person to person, depending on the amount of fat or the region to be treated, for example, it is therefore advisable to carry out an evaluation with the doctor first.
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What is it for
Deoxycholic acid is a molecule that is present in the human body, in bile s alts, and serves to metabolize fats. When applied to the double chin region, this substance destroys fat cells, also known as adipocytes, stimulating an inflammatory response by the body, which will help eliminate cellular waste and pieces of fat from the region.
As adipocytes are destroyed, less fat will accumulate there and results can be visible about 30 days after the procedure.
How the application is made
Deoxycholic acid should be administered by a he althcare professional, and a topical anesthetic may be applied beforehand to reduce injection pain. The recommended dose is about 6 applications of 10 mL, spaced at least for a month, however the number of applications will also depend on the amount of fat the person has.
Deoxycholic acid is injected into the subcutaneous adipose tissue, in the region of the double chin, using a dose of 2 mg/cm2, divided by 50 injections, maximum of 0.2 mL each, up to a total of 10 mL, spaced 1 cm apart.
The region close to the marginal mandibular nerve should be avoided, in order to avoid injury to this nerve, which can cause asymmetry in the smile.
When not indicated
Injectable deoxycholic acid is contraindicated in the presence of injection site infection and in persons under 18 years of age. In addition, it should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women, as there are not enough studies to prove its safety.
Possible side effects
Side effects that can occur with the use of deoxycholic acid are swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, erythema, induration at the injection site and, more rarely, difficulty swallowing.In addition, although rare, there is a risk of jaw nerve damage and infection.