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What are fat dissolving injections?

16th February 2024

What are fat dissolving injections?

Fat-dissolving injections, also known as lipolytic injections, are a non-surgical cosmetic treatment designed to reduce localised fat deposits in specific areas of the body. These injections typically contain compounds that help break down and metabolise fat cells, leading to a gradual reduction in fat volume and improved body contouring.

Here’s what you need to know about fat-dissolving injections

Mechanism of Action

Fat dissolving injections typically contain ingredients such deoxycholic acid (DCA), which are substances naturally found in the body and involved in the breakdown of dietary fats. When injected into targeted areas of excess fat, these compounds disrupt the fat cell membrane, causing the release of stored fat into the bloodstream. The fat is then metabolised and eliminated from the body through the lymphatic system and liver.

Treatment Areas
Fat dissolving injections can be used to target stubborn pockets of fat in areas such as the chin (double chin), jawline, abdomen, flanks (love handles), thighs, hips, and knees. These injections are most suitable for treating small to moderate volumes of localised fat that may be resistant to diet and exercise.

Non-Surgical Approach
Fat dissolving injections offer a non-surgical alternative to traditional liposuction for reducing
localised fat deposits. Unlike liposuction, which involves surgical incisions and suctioning out fat cells, fat-dissolving injections are administered using a fine needle and do not require anesthesia or downtime. This makes them a convenient option for individuals seeking minimally invasive body contouring treatments.

Customised Treatment Plans
The number of fat-dissolving injection sessions required varies depending on the individual’s anatomy, the size of the treatment area, and the desired outcome. Multiple treatment sessions may be recommended, typically spaced several weeks apart, to achieve optimal results. Your healthcare provider will assess your candidacy and develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and goals.

Gradual Results
Fat reduction with lipolytic injections occurs gradually over several weeks to months following treatment. Patients may begin to notice a reduction in fat volume and improved body contouring within a few weeks after the initial session, with continued improvement over time as the body
metabolises the released fat cells. This gradual approach to fat reduction often results in natural-looking, long-lasting results.

Minimal Side Effects
Fat dissolving injections are generally well-tolerated, with minimal side effects that typically resolve on their own within a few days after treatment. Common side effects may include temporary swelling, redness, bruising, tenderness, or discomfort at the injection site. Serious complications are rare but may include infection, allergic reactions, or nerve injury if the injections are not performed correctly.

Maintaining Results
While fat dissolving injections can reduce fat volume in treated areas, maintaining the results requires a healthy lifestyle, including a
balanced diet and regular exercise. Adopting healthy habits can help prevent the accumulation of new fat deposits and optimise the long-term outcomes of treatment.

If you would like to discuss fat dissolving injections, please do get in touch for a complimentary consultation