FAT DISSOLVING INJECTIONS @ NON SURGICAL LIPOLYSIS
Who are fat dissolving injections for?
This is intended for patients with pockets of localised fat not responding to diet or increased physical exercise. It is not intended for weight loss but rather to improve and alter the contour of the body by removing stubborn areas of fat.
Commonly treated areas include double chin, jowls, upper arms, waist, abdomen, saddle bags, buttocks, banana rolls, thighs and cellulitic skin.
Who is an Ideal candidate?
The ideal candidate for the fat dissolving injection treatment is someone who is not interested in a surgical procedure and who has a stubborn area of fat which is relatively non-responsive to dieting and exercise.
There is a spectrum of efficacy with treatments for fat removal with surgical liposuction still remaining the gold standard for removal of fat, however many people are not interested in the downtime, expense or the surgical nature of this procedure.
Which areas can be treated?
Lipolysis achieves good results in the following body zones:
Chin (double chin)
Hips (love handles)
Upper arms (arm toning)
Pseudo gynecomastia (male breasts)
Back (bra fat or muffin top)
Corrective measures after liposuction
How is the treatment delivered?
The doctor will take a thorough medical history and examine you to make sure that you are a suitable candidate and that there are no contraindications to treatment.
You should be fully informed about the benefits and all common and important side effects.
Best practice is to then give you a few days or weeks to consider the treatment before it is carried out.
Is the treatment painful?
The treatment itself is relatively simple. It is delivered through injection points using a long thin needle to access the subcutaneous fat.
The procedure is generally not uncomfortable and most patients report discomfort levels of 1–3 on a scale of 1–10 (10 being severe).
Does it work?
While results can’t be compared to surgical liposuction, where large amounts of fat are permanently removed from the body, the results of fat dissolving injections are still permanent. The treatment takes time to reach its full effect but patients that have undergone follow-up examinations seven years after therapy still show reduction in fat tissue in the treated areas. An added benefit is that the skin tightens naturally during the healing process and it is not normally necessary to treat lax skin separately. If required, this can be done later with energy based devices (ultrasound or radiofrequency) or a thread-lift after treatment.
Is there a guarantee?
As with all medical therapies there is no guarantee of fully successful treatment. Some patients get good results from 3-4 treatments, but many require more treatments. In larger areas more sessions will be required. Up to 8 sessions are required for difficult areas in some cases. The recommended interval between repeat treatments is 2-4 weeks.
Is it safe?
It is only sold and delivered by medical professionals in the UK.
No major untreatable side effects have occurred in over 2 million treatments world wide so far.
Not one single incidence of overdose or toxic effects has been recorded.
In fact the dissolving ingredients gradually work over a period of 2 weeks after the injection. This helps to improve safety and minimise side effects.
Is it costly?
The charges are per injection area per session. Prices start from £800 per session. It can be costly if large areas persist. Whilst in some patients results maybe visible after just one session in some further sessions are required with the added costs.
What happens after treatment?
You will have swelling and redness in the area where we dissolve the fat for a few weeks. This starts to settle after a few days and is normally gone in 3–4 weeks.
You may have some discomfort but this is not usually severe.
A little bruising is expected, especially if blood thinning agents such as aspirin, Ibuprofen (Nurofen or Advil), fish or krill oil, flaxseed oil or multivitamins have been ingested in the previous two weeks.
About 1 in 5 patients get a numb sensation in the treated area, which settles after a few weeks or months in all cases.
As with any injections, an allergic reaction can occur. Please tell your doctor if you are allergic to any substance.
Rarely, ulceration and subsequent scarring can occur and tender persistent lumps in the area injected have been reported.
The result can also occasionally be uneven, and if this is the case, further injections may be required.
Post Injection care
You should not exercise for 5 days and some patients find mild compression clothing (e.g. Spandex) helps for non-facial treatment areas.
A low calorie diet can help to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.
Complete the recommended course of therapy. Remember that good results will require at least three treatments, ideally two to four weeks apart.
Massage the treated area 5 minutes a day, 5 times a day for 5 days.
Tender lumps may be palpable for up to a month after treatment which is indicative of fat necrosis or fat cell death. It is normal for this to sometimes occur.
Moderate alcohol consumption post treatment is acceptable.
Some people experience some palpable lumps or unevenness after injectable Lipolysis/Mesotherapy. Massage (manual or a hand held massager) is helpful to increase circulation and smooth out any unevenness. This “lumping” will improve naturally over time.
Extended bruising or brown discoloration in the area treated can occur. This will settle with time.
Some itching similar to that experienced with hives can occur and is not a reason for concern. This usually lasts two to three days and can be treated with an antihistamine and a topical hydrocortisone cream, both available over the counter at your pharmacy if required.
Cosmetic improvement takes approximately three months to begin in majority of cases and final results in a selected few may not be seen for up to one year after treatment.
Fat dissolving injection treatment does not work on about 5% of patients.
Long-term benefit is possible with a healthy lifestyle.
The doctor will see you again after 2-4 weeks for review and to consider further treatments.
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