What is fat dissolving?
Fat dissolving is a procedure that involves injecting medicine to cause lipolysis - the destruction of fat cells. It is intended to remove or "dissolve" pockets of unwanted fat that cannot be removed with weight loss, it is therefore not for bulk fat removal.
Is it permanent?
Fat dissolving permanently destroys and removes some of your unwanted fat cells. Once they've been destroyed they can never come back, however, you can still increase weight if you do not watch your diet.
What areas can be treated?
Double chin (submental fat), armpits, bra line, arms, abdomen, love handles, buttocks, thighs and knees.
When will I see results?
Within 2 weeks, the treated area will slowly begin to soften and any minor bruising will resolve and the fatty tissue thickness will gradually begin to decrease. Most people begin to notice contour improvement around week 4. The maximum fat loss occurs between the 6th and 8th week, and this is when the maximum changes in contours are noted. As it takes your body up to 12 weeks to fully remove the dissolved fat, permanent improvements continue to occur up to this time. Slight lumpiness can sometimes be felt in the treated areas during the first 10 weeks as the body prepares the fat cell contents for elimination.
How many treatments will I need?
You may need from 1-3 treatments and depending on treated area and the desired effect, treatments can be repeated 6-8 weeks apart.
Is it painful?
A high quality, medical grade topical anaesthetic (numbing cream) is applied prior to commencing treatment and the fat dissolving medicine itself has local anaesthetic contained within it to ensure that the treatment is tolerable and the patient is comfortable throughout. Please be mindful that everybody’s pain threshold is different and what may be painful for one person, may not be painful for another.
Are there any side effects?
Like other injectable treatments, post treatment you are likely to experience redness, swelling, bruising or tenderness. We recommend avoiding alcohol consumption and exercise for 24 hours post treatment as this can cause the filler to migrate, as well as increase bruising and swelling. Make-up application should be avoided for 24 hours post treatment as this can increase the risk of infection. We also suggest icing the area post treatment as this causes the blood vessels to constrict and slow the flow of blood to injection sites which can help to reduce bruising.