Our Deoxycholic Acid fat dissolving injection is designed to treat those difficult localised pockets of fat.
The sterile solution is indicated for localized adiposity of the face, neck and body. When treating the body localised fat pockets are reduced and skin firmness is improved. When treating the face, drainage of excess fluids takes place as well as reduced localised fat pockets.
What areas can be treated?
The most commonly treated areas are the thighs, bottom, stomach, saddlebags, back fat and double chin. More than one treatment may be needed in order to obtain the desired results.
Intralipotherapy involves the injection of a fat dissolving substance, containing sodium deoxycholate, into localised fat deposits using either a needle or cannula. The solution causes destruction of the fat cells which then undergo degradation and are removed by the lymphatic system. Sodium deoxycholate works gradually within the tissue and the process of removal takes time and results can take several weeks to fully appear.
Does it hurt?
Local anaesthetic is added to the fat dissolving solution to reduce any discomfort, however there is likely to be some minor pain during the procedure and some tenderness for a few days afterwards. Most people describe this as minimal discomfort and it does not tend to interfere with normal day to day activities. Painkillers can be taken following treatment if required.
What can I expect post treatment?
Following treatment, there will be some transient redness, swelling and tenderness which may last for a few days but often described as mild to moderate and not interfering with normal activities. Occasionally there may be some bruising which may last for a week or longer. Pain, numbness, tingling, hypersensitivity or altered sensation can occur if the injection damages a nerve, this is rare and recovers over time in almost all cases.
Due to the action of fat dissolving injections, it takes time for the fat to be eliminated from the body and although some results may appear in the first few days it is normal that the final result is not seen until 6 weeks post treatment.
After treatment, it is not recommended to spend time in the sun or use sunbeds and although exercise is encouraged to help enhance the effects, vigorous and demanding physical activity should be avoided for 4 weeks. Gentle massage of the areas treated may help encourage fat drainage.
We strongly recommend the use of compression garments following treatment and the practitioner will advise you on suitable products during your free consultation.