Intralipotherapy is an increasingly popular procedure in the UK, and it is considered a great cost-effective alternative to liposuction. Read on to find about intralipotherapy.
What is Intralipotherapy?
Intralipotherapy is essentially the injection of an acid into stubborn pockets of fat to remove the fat tissue. Another generic term for this procedure is fat-dissolving injections.
What are fat dissolving injections?
Fat dissolving injections are solutions with a substance called deoxycholic acid, which is naturally found in the body to help the body absorb fat.
This acid works by destroying the fat cells in the area that is injected, it then liquefies the fat cells, and the lipids are then released and drained through the lymphatic system.
What is the procedure like?
A sodium deoxycholate based solution is injected under the skin directly into the fat layer with a needle or cannula. The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic, to reduce pain and discomfort for the patient.
You should avoid anti-inflammatory medications before and after the treatment.
What are the risks and side effects?
Bruising is frequent after the procedure, so compression garments are usually recommended after the treatment to reduce the bruising.
Other side effects include swelling, pain for a few days after treatment, and redness. Your doctor should take you through all the side effects before the procedure. You should also inform your doctor of any allergies, pre-existing medical conditions and medication that you take, so that they can determine if this procedure is right for you.
Fat-dissolving injections are not suitable for everyone, for example if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you take blood thinning medication, you have excessive skin laxity, and so on. Therefore, it’s important that you disclose any medical conditions.
Your doctor should take you through the aftercare instructions for intralipotherapy, too.
What parts of the body can you get fat dissolving injections?
You can get fat dissolving injections in most parts of the body where there are stubborn pockets of fat. However, they are mainly used on the thighs, knees, arms, buttocks, hips, stomach, and chin.
What fat dissolving injections can you get?
At Refine, we have a few different fat-dissolving injections, that can be used to reduce fat deposits, and reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Aqualyx can be used to remove stubborn pockets of fat, that are difficult to lose despite a healthy lifestyle. It works by breaking up and liquefying the fat cells, destroying them permanently. The lipids are released and then drained naturally via the lymphatic system.
Deso Body is another fat dissolving injection, which is used to destroy stubborn pockets of fat and reduce cellulite. It works similarly to Aqualyx, by liquefying and draining the fat cells.