Also known as injection lipolysis, fat dissolving injections aim to break down fat and remove it from the body without the need for surgery.
The procedure is often used to treat stubborn-to-shift fat on the abdomen, back, flanks and waist, chin, arms, knees and under the buttocks.
How does fat dissolving work?
Most fat dissolving injections contain an active ingredient called deoxycholate. This is naturally-occurring acid that helps break down fat cells by dissolving their membrane (outer boundary) and releasing their contents. The body’s natural processes then remove these broken-down cells through the lymphatic system.
Who is suitable for treatment?
Fat dissolving injections are not recommended if you’re looking to lose weight or find a solution for obesity. Generally, they are most suitable for those with localised fat that’s proven difficult to shift with diet and exercise alone.
It’s important to note that fat dissolving injections are not a substitute for a healthy diet and regular exercise.
What results are expected from fat dissolving?
Patients will usually see a reduction in fat after the first few weeks, which can result in a more sculpted and contoured appearance.
A course of treatments, spaced a few weeks apart, is always recommended to achieve the best results. The number of sessions needed will depend on the type of fat dissolving injection the practitioner uses, the size of the area being treated and the amount of fat there.
Does the procedure hurt?
Mild to moderate pain is expected with fat dissolving injections, which can be eased if the practitioner uses a numbing cream or cold packs to numb the area prior to treatment.
The injections may sting slightly, and the pain generally depends on the depth and location of the injection, as certain areas of the body can be more sensitive than others.
Are there any risks associated with fat dissolving?
Common side effects of fat dissolving injections are redness, swelling, pain and bruising around the injection site. These will usually resolve after a few days.
More serious concerns include infection, nerve damage, allergic reactions and uneven results. If you’re worried that any of these have occurred, contact your treating practitioner immediately.
To avoid risks, you should always undergo treatment with an experienced medical professional.