Fat dissolving is an injectable procedure which permanently dissolves fat cells via process called lipolysis. We individually tailor each treatment to the client to ensure we get the best result.
This procedure has been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of stubborn fatty deposits without surgery. The most common area is the double chin, caused by submental fullness. In recent times, we have also utilised these injections for the reduction of fat in other areas of the body such as the dreaded bra bulge and neckline. The treatment offers a safe, non-surgical alternative to liposuction without the downtime or scars.
The injections consist of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring acid found within our intestines. This acid aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When we inject this into the tissue, the acid disrupts the cellular membranes of adipocytes (fat cells). This then leads to the break down or ‘lysis’ of the cell. Your body then absorbs and excretes this cellular debris. Once the cells are destroyed, the results are permanent.
Your clinician will have an in-depth discussion with you regarding the goals of your treatment. We will also discuss the downtime for your fat dissolving injections in the initial consultation. Depending on where we are injecting, the procedure itself takes roughly 30-45 minutes. It is important to remember that you may require several treatments to obtain your desired results. Your injector can also administer local anesthetic to the area. This is more for your comfort during the procedure as the acid can feel warm when injected into the skin.
The downtime for this treatment is significantly more than our other injectable treatments. You will need to expect some discomfort after your Fat Dissolving treatment. This discomfort is at its peak for the first 24-48 hours post treatment. The cellular process which occurs in fat dissolving treatments does elicit a significant inflammatory response. You will notice the beginning of this response immediately after we have completed your treatment. The swelling will be more prominent for the first 4 days post treatment. You may experience mild redness, bruising, nodules and a tingling/itchy/numb sensation to the skin. The presence of these symptoms are all signs of the treatment working. Rest assured, these symptoms will settle down in the weeks to come. Once the initial swelling has reduced, you may feel firm lumps within your tissues. Your body will take a few weeks to absorb and excrete these.
To combat any discomfort during the inflammatory stage of your treatment, we recommend ice and simple analgesia such as paracetamol. We recommend avoiding anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen and steroids as this may affect the inflammatory response of the treatment.
The full effect of your fat dissolving treatment will be apparent in 4 months. Any further treatments will be organised 10 weeks after your initial procedure was performed.