Injection Lipolysis

Small pockets of fat can be detrimental to a slim and contoured face, and obscure an otherwise defined jawline. This typically affects under the chin (Double chin), and may be genetic, weight related, or accumulate with age. Permanent reduction of this existing fat can be achieved by injection a compound that destroys fat cells. Dr Aaron prefers to use a super charged custom formula that may reduce the number of treatments required and achieve a better outcome than the current standard treatment seen in most clinics. The procedure is relatively pain free with anaesthetic being used as required, and normal activity can be resumed immediately. This treatment can also be applied to small pockets of fat on the body, such as ‘bra fat’, the lower abdomen, and the ‘banana roll; behind the thigh, to improve subtle contour irregularities in these areas, without the need for liposuction.

FAQs

The procedure takes about 15 minutes. Dr Aaron injects local anaesthetic first to significantly reduce pain and discomfort. Many other clinics rely on ice only, but Dr Aaron believes that his patients should be as comfortable as possible, and has had very positive feedback regarding this approach. The product is then injected. The anaesthetic will last around an hour, and mild discomfort will be noticed thereafter. It has been described as a tightness, and bruised sensation. Dr Aaron may follow up his Fat Dissolving patients at the 8 week mark for a repeat treatment. All patients will require at least 2 treatments to achieve the best results.

Fat Dissolving is a safe treatment, with minimal risks and side effects. Some side effects of the treatment are as follows.

  • Numbness.
  • Firmness at the treatment site.
There are a few very rare side effects. Smile asymmetry and swallowing difficulty. These are transient and will wear off on their own. Infection is rare, but will require antibiotics. There is a rare risk of hyperpigmentation and hair loss in the treated area. This treatment is strictly not performed in people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, having IVF treatment, or planning any of the aforementioned; or in those who have taken prescription acne medication from their Dermatologist in the preceeding 3 months.

Fat Dissolving treatment is permanent. At least 2, and up to 6 treatments are required, with 6 weeks between treatments.

There are a few steps to take before your Fat Dissolving treatment to ensure the best outcome, and the lowest risk of side effects. They include:

  • Ceasing all anti-inflammatories, aspirin, herbal supplements, fish oil, krill oil, glucosamine and vitamin E 1 week before your treatment (Unless you have been advised to take these by a Medical Practitioner).
  • Avoiding alcohol for 2 days before your treatment.
  • Shave your beard/facial hair the day before your procedure.
If you do not adhere to the above your treatment may still proceed, but you will have a higher risk of side effects.

Following your treatment you will be provided with full aftercare instructions. You will be able to resume most normal activity immediately. You will be numb around the treatment area for up to an hour due to the effect of the local anaesthetic. There may be discomfort as the anaesthetic wears off. Swelling is common, and may last around a week on average. The most important instructions are the following:

  • Apply an ice pack gently for any discomfort.
  • Do not massage the treated area.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours.
  • Avoid alcohol for 24 hours.
Multiple treatment sessions may be required at 8 week intervals.

There are two treatment options when proceeding with Fat Dissolving treatment.

  • Deoxycholic acid. This is TGA approved and has been tested for efficacy, quality and safety.
  • Compounded phosphatidylcholine, deoxycholic acid, caffeine and vitamins. This is a compounded medication (Custom made) that has not been tested by the TGA for efficacy, quality and safety. This may be more appropriate for your treatment depending on treatment area and size, and treatment effectiveness. Despite not being TGA approved, it is used by Doctors in Australia and Internationally. Dr Aaron will discuss the details of this option during a consultation, and will only use this if the implications are clearly understood by you.