What is Aqualyx?
Aqualyx is a fat dissolving injection that has an aqueous compound solution of 12alfa-dihydroxy-5beta-24-oico cholanic acid sodium salts, which is a modified compound of Cholanic Acid.
Cholanic acid is present in the human body, and it emulsifies fats to be absorbed into the intestine. This naturally occurring acid is ideal for fat dissolving treatments, including intralipotherapy.
Aqualyx is ideal for patients that are wanting to lose stubborn pockets of fat, that are difficult to lose despite a healthy diet and regular exercise.
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How does Aqualyx work?
Aqualyx works by breaking up and liquefying the fat cells, destroying them permanently and releasing the lipids that are then eliminated and drained naturally via the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system drains and manages fluid levels in the body.
One Aqualyx treatment typically consists of two injection sites. A local anaesthetic, lidocaine, will usually be administered before the treatment commences. The practitioner may prefer however to add the lidocaine anaesthetic to the Aqualyx solution so that the two are injected together. Either method should minimise discomfort during the procedure.
What areas can be treated with Aqualyx?
Aqualyx is used to treat a variety of areas, especially stubborn fat areas. This includes the thighs, knees, buttocks, hips, stomach, chin and below the chin. Aqualyx will also remove cellulite and fatty deposits.
Injections are usually repeated every 3 to 4 weeks with around 2 injections at each spot, during each treatment. The time taken for a treatment session will depend upon the size of the area and indication being treated. Treatment can take between 30 – 60 minutes per session, and you will typically require 2 to 8 sessions, 4 weeks apart. Some people may see significant results after 1 or 2 sessions.
Treatment for fat pockets underneath the neck and chin, may require 1 to 3 treatments of 2 or 3 injections, while treatment for fat pockets on the hips and thighs may require 8 treatments.
Are there any risks or side effects?
People treated with Aqualyx will typically experience minimal side effects when compared to more invasive procedures, such as liposuction. Aqualyx is biodegradable and biocompatible, too.
Side effects include some redness, swelling and tenderness in the treated area. Some people may experience some slight bruising, but this and any other side effects will usually resolve within a few days. You may need to take over the counter painkillers to control any pain or discomfort.
Aqualyx is not recommended for women that are pregnant or breastfeeding. It should only be used in people that are aged 18 to 60. You should inform your doctor of any medication you take or allergies you have, as well as any medical conditions.