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Fat Dissolving Injections - How does deoxycholic acid break down fat?

In this blog post, we wanted to offer some insight into a very exciting treatment we offer: Fat Dissolving Injections. We’re fully aware that it sounds too good to be true and that’s why we want to break it down for you to understand how we can achieve great results with this modern fat reduction technique.

Over the years, liposuction has been the most prevalent treatment for efficiently getting rid of localized fat deposits. As with any major surgery, liposuction carries its risks – and therefore we’re excited to offer people a less invasive and effective alternative for efficiently reducing fat tissue without serious complications.

Depiction of before and after Aqualyx treatment

So… How does it work?

For this treatment we use a product called Aqualyx, which is made of natural compounds already present in our body. The main component is Deoxycholic acid, which is produced by our intestinal bacteria.

When injected into subcutaneous fat, deoxycholic acid destroys adipocytes (fat cells) by breaking down and emulsifying the fat cells, also called “adipocitolysis”, allowing them to be easily absorbed by your intestines and flushed away by the body. This leads to a reduction in fat and minimal scarring.

The process of Adypocytolisis breaks down the targeted fat cells which are eliminated by the body as waste

It is extremely important you understand this is not a general fat loss solution, but an option to get rid of stubborn localized fat deposits you can’t get rid of with exercise and diet.

What areas can I treat?

· Arms

· Underarms and armpits

· Abdomen

· Love Handles

· Double Chin

· Inner & Outer Thighs

· Buttocks

How long does this procedure take? And what about recovery?

To begin with, a careful clinical evaluation to exclude other causes of fat deposits (e.g. enlarged thyroid) is mandatory prior to going ahead with the treatment. Once we’re all good to proceed, the treatment should take no longer than 30 minutes.

The doctor will mark out the area of concern and then proceed to make a number of tiny injections of Aqualyx® mixed with Lidocaine (anaesthetic) for greater comfort. As there are no incisions, stitches are not required and scarring is very unlikely.

There are some temporary side effects, which include bruising, swelling, redness and irritation in the injection area, but these side effects usually reside after 1-3 days.

How much does it cost?

This depends on the treatment area – but our prices range from £300 to around £700.

If you’d like to learn more just arrange a consultation with Dr. Anoob to discuss how to achieve results, personalized to you.

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