Fat Dissolving Injections

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What are Fat Dissolving Injections?

DesoBody and DesoFace Fat Dissolving Injections (otherwise known as Intralipotherapy) are the newest, second generation of fat dissolving treatments. The injections contain deoxycholic acid; a bile salt produced by the gallbladder, which is used to break down the fats that we eat.

When injected locally into adipose tissue (fat), DesoBody and DesoFace dissolves the outer membrane of the fat cells, thus no longer providing a structure for the injected fat cells, which then dissolve and are safely and naturally excreted from the body over 3 – 6 weeks.

Although results can be seen from one treatment, a course of at least 4-6 treatments is typically required.  This is a revolutionary, amazing treatment which has just arrived in the UK.

What are they used for?

Fat dissolving injections are used for fat reduction, body contouring and inch loss. DesoFace can be used to reduce localised fat deposits found under the chin, neck, jowls and jawline.  This can be taken as an individual treatment or along with with dermal fillers to provide a complete jawline restructuring/rejuvenation service.

DesoBody can be used on the upper and lower abdomen, flanks, hips, upper and lower back (‘love handles’), inner and outer thighs, arms, buttocks and calves. A course of 4-6 treatments is recommended, with treatments every 4 weeks for the face and 6 weeks for the body.

Who is suitable for this treatment?

Fat dissolving injections are suitable for anyone over the age of 18 who is not pregnant or breastfeeding.  A full clinical consultation is required to determine suitability and rule out any contraindications to treatment.

For DesoBody, candidates need to have between 1.5cm and 10cm pinchable fat (as measured by calipers).  DesoBody is not suitable for general weight loss – the ideal candidate would be someone who has localised pockets of fat, resistant to dieting.

For DesoFace, the treatment area would need to be sufficient to be able to pinch the fat away from the chin and jawline.

Is It Safe and Does It Hurt?

The procedure is extremely safe; data published in the US demonstrates that the risks are very low and side effects are mild.  These will be discussed with you during your consultation.

Lidocaine is added into the deoxycholic acid for your comfort.  The procedure is very well tolerated and almost pain free.  However, there will be a little discomfort (aching, swelling and tenderness) and potential for bruising post treatment for up to 7 days.

What is the downtime after treatment?

There is no downtime as such, clients can go back to doing their normal routine straight after treatment.  


What Aftercare is Recommended?

It is recommended that an elastic compression garment is worn post treatment for several days to get the best results and reduce swelling.