Fat-dissolving injections are a quick and relatively painless way to get rid of unwanted fat. Additionally, they are much easier procedures compared to plastic surgery with fewer side effects. Now, this may all sound a bit far-fetched and too good to be true! Here’s the lowdown on everything you need to know about fat-dissolving injections, including procedure, cost, and if they really work.
Like many of you, I try my best when it comes to fat and weight gain. I exercise, cut down on sweets, and take it easy on the alcohol. However, it seems that my body has hit a plateau and simply refuses to rid itself of extra weight. If you’ve looked into treatments like liposuction, you know they can be invasive and costly. Plus, there’s an unfortunate bit of downtime afterward.
If I’m preaching to the choir here, there may be a treatment for you: fat-dissolving injection treatment.
Author disclosure: I love letting you in on beauty treatments and what you can expect should you want them. Having written that, each and every one of you reading this post is gorgeous just the way you are. Please, don’t think you need fat-dissolving injections or other treatments on my account. I want all of us to live our best lives. If making alterations to your appearance makes you feel like the goddess you are, then go for it!
What Are Fat-Dissolving Injections?
Also known as lipolytic injections, the process is pretty simple. Once inserted in areas of concern, fat-dissolving injections make a beeline for fat in that area. Using deoxycholic acids, the injections turn solid fat into a liquid state, where it’s easily flushed out of the body via the lymph system.
Okay, but what are deoxycholic acids, and why do they work? The type used in fat-dissolving injections is made to emulate the naturally-occurring acids present in the body.
Treatment sessions run from three to six injections per round at four to six-week intervals. As for downtime, there’s practically none. After the injections, you’re able to go straight back to work. They’re reported to last between 2-4 years, but they may last longer with proper diet and exercise.
Am I a good candidate for fat-dissolving injections?
Keep in mind these injections of deoxycholic acids are not to be used as a weight loss treatment. They are best used only after you’ve already tried losing areas of fat to no avail.
It’s also important to note that fat-dissolving injections aren’t practical for women over 60. This is due to the lessening of skin elasticity. You know those pesky things called jowls? Well, they can get worse if you remove the fat and plumpness from them. Lastly, if you have a high degree of weight fluctuation, you’re probably not a good candidate.
Where Can Fat-Dissolving Injections Be Placed?
Fortunately, there are several common areas of concern that fat-dissolving injections may be used:
- The Face – Think double chin, one of the most common places to have injections
- The Waist – If you’re not in love with your love handles, injections may work well here
- Stomach – Used to slim down a poochy belly
- Back and Bra Area- If it looks like you have hidden bra straps, this may be a good spot to slim
- Arms – I’d love to get rid of my “Bye Bye” arms. You know, the part that keeps swinging after you’ve waived?
- Thighs – Inner thigh fat be gone!
Who Shouldn’t Get Fat-Dissolving Injections?
Sadly, there are a few rare possibilities that may prevent someone from being able to receive the injections.
- An allergy to deoxycholic acids
- Target area infection
- If you’re pregnant (or plan on becoming pregnant). I know that’s not the time of life we’re in right now, but I’m putting it out there just in case.
- Breastfeeding women or those that plan to breastfeed
- If you’ve already had surgery in the target area, getting the injections is a big no-no.
- Signs of infection in the area of concern
Side Effects of Fat-Dissolving Injections
Again, there are a few common side effects, but most are more of an inconvenience than anything else. Should you have any of these symptoms after treatment, please contact your doctor straight away:
- Swelling in the injected area – The most common of the side effects, it generally goes away after a few days.
- Numbness – May be slight and last for less than 30 days
- Itching and/or bleeding
- Headaches and Nausea
- Warmth and/or Redness in the injected area
How Much Do They Cost?
While they may be far less invasive than liposuction, having multiple rounds of fat-dissolving injections can cost about the same as the fat-removing procedure. Each treatment can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $2,400 per session.
The average amount of sessions is around three, so you’re looking at a number that’s at least $3,000 at the low end.
I’ve done my research on fat-dissolving injections. I know we can purchase them from third-party websites, but please don’t do it! There are so many things that can go wrong with purchasing and administering them yourself. I’d hate myself if I didn’t warn you about the risks of using them at home.