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How Do Fat Dissolving Injections Work?

By November 24, 2023January 10th, 2024No Comments

When you’re trying to lose weight, sometimes no matter how strict your diet is or how frequently you exercise, it isn’t enough to remove stubborn pockets of fat that can sit in areas like under your chin or your lower stomach. Liposuction would be the most common option to resolve this, but with liposuction comes longer downtimes, serious associated risks and complications. But, if you want similar results without having to go under the knife, fat dissolving injections may be the option for you.

How do they work?

Fat dissolving injections are a non-surgical approach of removing stubborn pockets of fat on various parts of the body. It works by removing and destroying fat cells and is made from deoxycholic acid, a natural substance found within the body. These fat cells are then released naturally by the body, and then drained away by the lymphatic system. It’s important to note that fat dissolving injections aren’t a substitute for losing weight, but is ideal alongside a healthy balanced lifestyle.

They can be injected into the following areas:

  • Face – jowls, double chin, behind the neck
  • Upper body – upper arms, armpits, chest, back
  • Lower body – knees, thighs, buttocks, hips, stomach

What should you expect from your treatment?

A healthcare professional or licensed injector will begin by applying a numbing cream which is left to work for around 15 minutes. They will then mark out a grid on the area that is about to be injected and will use small injections to inject into the fat layer of the skin. You will feel minimal levels of pain and discomfort and will experience immediate swelling in the injection sites.The entire process can take around 30 minutes.

Fat dissolving injections do not produce results straight away and can take anywhere between 2-6 sessions to achieve your final, desired look. A healthcare professional will repeat your sessions every 3-4 weeks and for most clients, it takes around 8 weeks to see a noticeable change.

What are the side effects?

You will experience immediate swelling at the injection site which will appear red, swollen and bruised. Some people experience tenderness or a sunburnt-like feeling too. These symptoms should subside within 3-5 days.

You should avoid any physical exercise for up to a week and can treat any swollen areas with an ice pack for 10-20 minutes everyday until your symptoms settle. It’s important that you do not take any anti-inflammatory tablets such as Ibuprofen as this can work against fat dissolving injections.

How long does it last?

Fat dissolvers work by permanently removing fat cells, which means they won’t come back if you are consistently eating healthy and exercising on a frequent basis. However, this procedure doesn’t prevent new fat cells from forming or from storing fat, undoing the results of the fat dissolving injections. Most clients maintain the results from their treatment for anywhere between 2-4 years but it can last longer if you maintain a good diet and fitness routine.

What fat dissolvers are used?

Here at Refine Pharma, we recommend our best seller Aqualyx.

Aqualyx is a fat dissolving injection that is ideal for those who are trying to lose stubborn pockets of fat, despite a healthy diet and regular exercise. When injected, it breaks up and liquifies the fat cells, destroying them permanently and releasing lipids (fatty compounds) that are then eliminated and drained naturally via the lymphatic system. Aqualyx will also remove any cellulite or fatty deposits.

One Aqualyx treatment typically consists of 2 injection sites. Lidocaine, a local anaesthetic, will be administered before the Aqaulyx treatment is performed but some practioners may choose to add the lidocaine solution to the Aqualyx so that they are injected together at the same time.

It can be used in the following areas:

  • Thighs
  • Knees
  • Buttocks
  • Hips
  • Stomach
  • Below the chin

How many sessions will I need?

The sessions required ultimately rely on which area of the body is being treated. For example, for treating stubborn fat pockets under the neck and chin, you may need around 2 sessions that are 4 weeks apart. Whereas for fat pockets on the hips and thighs, you may require 8 treatments, 3-4 weeks apart.

What are the side effects and risks?

The risks of Aqualyx are minimal in comparison to more invasive procedures such as liposuction. Like most fat dissolvers, the side effects include; redness, swelling, tenderness and for some, slight bruising around the injection site. These side effects should subside within a few days but you can take any over the counter painkillers that are not anti-inflammatory to control any pain or discomfort.

Aqualyx is not recommended for women that are pregnant or breastfeeding. It should only be used on people age 18-60. You should inform your doctor of any medication you take or allergies you have, alongside any medical conditions.