Injection Lipolysis: How Effectively Can We Lose Unwanted Fat?

Lipolysis is a non-surgical method of dissolving small to medium unwanted localized fat deposits unaffected by diet or exercise. Lipolysis treatments are the most cost-effective, non-surgical, aesthetic, fat reducing, and safest fat-reducing procedures. Small injections of natural medicine are administered locally to target the fat accumulation and destroy it. 

How Does Lipolysis Work? Is It Effective For Fat Reduction?

By injecting the active substance called deoxycholic acid directly into the subcutaneous tissue, local fat deposits are destroyed, allowing the fat stored in the cell to get released, resulting in a reduction of the body circumference in the treated area. Deoxycholic acid is an artificial product similar to fat-burning substances found in our bodies. Its main role in the body is to help dismantle and break down fat and cholesterol, which are naturally absorbed by the body. The destroyed fat after absorption is utilized by the body. 

How Many Treatment Sessions Are Required?

You can notice visible fat reduction after about 2-3 treatment sessions. The number of sessions needed varies from person to person and depends on the treatment area. For instance, larger fat pockets are more stubborn than the smaller areas of fat. Another reason for this variability is individual responses to the medications and the type of fat being treated. Soft fat or subcutaneous fat works very well with Lipolysis, while fibrous fat is more difficult to treat with Lipolysis alone. During the consultation, the professional doctors at Cutera Aesthetics will inform you how many sessions you may need to achieve your desired result and answer any concerns you may have regarding the treatment. There should not be any doubt about the effectiveness of this treatment, but the main question is how many treatments are necessary for visible results. 

Are There Side Effects, And Is It Painful?

Today, the procedure is mildly painful compared to most cosmetic and aesthetic body procedures. There have been no reports to date of severe adverse complications. Usually, patients experience soreness, bruising and mild swelling in the areas treated, lasting for about a week. Sometimes small lumps are felt in the area; these are painless, invisible, and short-lived. Uncommon side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and infection. But there is no chance for severe side effects or long-term body damage. 

A slight burning sensation during the injection is expected.

How Does The Lipolysis Treatment Work?

The fat-dissolving substance is injected with a fine needle after the area into the treatment site. Multiple injections are administered according to the fat present in the body area with a spacing of about 1.5 cm per injection. You will usually be lying down during this process and will need some time to recover before you are able to drive yourself home. We prepare to provide about 2-5 treatments per area at monthly intervals, although most patients require just 2-3 treatments. 

The number of treatments varies from person to person, depending on the region and the size of the area. Women usually respond better to the treatment than men due to the difference in the structure of connective tissue and fat cells. But all in all, this non-surgical body contouring alternative is suitable for all. Lipolysis results are permanent if you keep a healthy diet and exercise regularly.

Can Anyone Undergo Lipolysis?

Although injection lipolysis is a safe way of eliminating stubborn fat deposits, it still has its limitations. The following types of patients cannot undergo Lipolysis treatment:

  • Pregnant women and breastfeeding moms
  • Diabetics
  • Patients with Cardiovascular diseases
  • Patients with certain allergies
  • Patients who currently have or used to have malignant disorders
  • Patients with a blood disorder
  • Patients with kidney diseases, etc. 

Lipolysis: Pre and Post-Treatment Instructions

Pre Treatment

  • Avoid certain foods and alcoholic beverages within 48-24 hours before your treatment.
  • Avoid anti-inflammatory drugs at least one week before treatment. This will reduce the possible side effects of bruising and swelling in the treated area(s).
  • Avoid products/treatments that boost metabolism (Diet pills) one week prior to treatment.

Post Treatment

  • The first two hours post-treatment, you may feel a slight itching and burning sensation. Only 4% of all patients need a pain-killer on the first night after treatment, but it is generally unnecessary to take such medication. 
  • You must ice the area for 24 hours post-treatment to increase the procedure’s effectiveness. 
  • After your treatment, you may experience redness, itching, swelling or bruising. This should last less than seven days. Cold compresses may be used immediately after treatment to reduce swelling.
  • Avoid touching the treated area for six hours following the treatment. After that, you can wash the area gently.
  • It is important that the amount of movement in the area injected be as less as possible for the next 48-72 hours.