AQUALYX is a fat-dissolving injection, used to address difficult to shift pockets of fat, e.g. under chin, upper arms or abdomen. It has been used safely for many years in Europe and the USA. After dissolution of the targeted fat cells, the body expels the released fatty acids naturally (mostly through the urine). Aqualyx contains a form of bile acid (deoxycholate) which occurs naturally in the body.
The molecule is encased in a sugar coating which helps to release the deoxycholate slowly and minimise side effects.
AQULAYX is intended for patients with localised adipose (fat) tissue not responding to diet or increased physical exercise. AQUALYX is not intended for weight loss but rather to improve and alter the contour of the body by removing stubborn areas of fat.
Following 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. 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-fat diet can help to increase the effectiveness of AQUALYX. Long-term benefit is possible with a healthy lifestyle. The doctor will see you again after 4-6 weeks for review and to consider further treatment.
AQUALYX is injected directly into the fat tissue via 1-2 jabs per treatment area. Common treatment areas include the chin, upper arms, abdomen and the ‘love handles’.
The procedure is generally not uncomfortable and most patients report discomfort levels of 1-3 on a scale of 1-10 (10 being severe). The solution is mixed with a local anaesthetic to keep any discomfort to an absolute minimum while we are dissolving away the stubborn areas of fat.
While results can’t be compared to surgical liposuction, where large amounts of fat are permanently removed from the body, the results of AQUALYX 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. As with all medical therapies there is no guarantee of fully successful treatment. Some patients get good results from a single treatment, but many required 2-3 treatments for facial areas. Up to 8 sessions are required for body areas. The recommended interval between repeat treatment is 4-6 weeks. No major untreatable side effects have occurred in over 2 million treatments worldwide so far. Not one single incidence of overdose or toxic effects has been recorded.
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