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Does having Fat Dissolving Injections hurt?

Eveyone's experience and threshold is different, whilst many find it fairly painless, it is common to experience some slight discomfort. 

How long does it last?

The results can last permanently, if you maintain a healthy and active lifestyle as the fat cells are safely destroyed using Deoxycholic acid (which is naturally produced in the body).

Please note, this treatment is not designed as an alternative to weight loss, healthy eating or exercise, but is designed to target stubborn fatty areas and pockets. Ideal candidates should have at least 1inch of pinchable fat, it does not treat loose skin - for loose skin we recommend Plasma Fibroblast.

How does it work?

Fat dissolving injections, also known as lipolytic injections, destroy fat cells by damaging the fat cell membrane and liquifying the fat in the treatment area. The destroyed fat cells are then broken down and removed naturally through the body’s lymphatic system.

What happens after the procedure?

Fat Dissolving injections cause an inflammatory reaction in the fat cells which can result in swelling that lasts 3-5 days. This swelling can be obvious when having facial treatments (e.g., chin). During this time, you may want to organise time off work / social engagements. There may be itching, stinging, redness, or warmth in the treatment area post treatment (similar to the look and feel of sunburn) and the skin may feel tender to touch. This may last between a few hours to a couple of days. Swelling and bruising are normal and can reside for several days post treatment and may last for 2-3 weeks depending on the extent/ areas treated. There may also be tension aches and pains, and the treated area may feel tender and firm for up to eight weeks after your treatment.

How many treatments will I need and when will I see results?

Results are not instant and will take several few weeks to be fully seen. Best results are seen after a course of 2 or more sessions. However, 3-8 sessions are usually required for optimal effects. Results will vary from client to client, and the client’s age and condition. The number of treatments required varies depending on the thickness of fat to be removed. Typically, its: • 1-3 treatments for small areas (e.g., chin) • 2-8 treatments for larger areas (e.g., abdomen) at six weekly intervals.

What areas can be treated?

On the face: • Double chin

On the body: • abdomen

• muffin top • hips

• love handles (fat accumulation around the abdomen and hips)

• saddle bags (fat stored on your thighs just on the side of your buttocks).

• underarm bra fat

• inner thighs • outer thighs

• back of thighs

• upper arms

• back rolls

• buttocks

• banana roll (bulges of fat under the buttocks)

• pseudo- gynocomastia in men (man boobs)

• buffalo hump (bulge of extra fat around the neck and upper part of the back.)


NB. Fat Dissolving Injections are NOT carried out on any of the following areas of the body: • Underarms (armpit)
• Behind the knees (popliteal)

• In the groin/ testicles

• Female genitalia

• Hands

• Ankles/ cankles


Before your Fat Dissolve appointment:

  • Appropriate clothing should be worn on the day of treatment to allow modest access to the area and not be too restrictive or cause discomfort.

  • • It is important to avoid anti-inflammatory medications (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or diclofenac) for at least 5 days prior to treatment unless it is prescribed for a medical indication. • Similarly, avoid alcohol for 48 hours prior to treatment as this increases the risks of bruising and bleeding. Arnica may be taken 5 days prior to treatment to lessen the risk of bruising

  • • Compression garments are strongly recommended to enhance the result and reduce swelling and bruising

  • You may wish to apply a topical numbing agent which can be purchased from the chemist approx 1 hr prior to your treatment (only use if you are safe to do so and have spoken to the pharmacist)



(reasons you may not be able to have the treatment)

Pregnancy, breast feeding or undergoing IVF (It is advisable to leave fat dissolve treatments until 6 months from the birth or 6 months post breast feeding to allow the clients hormones to regulate)

• Clients with a medical history of severe anaphylactic reactions and/ or severe allergies

• Clients with allergies against one or more of the components

• Auto-immune disease

• Clients with diabetes (check blood sugar levels are controlled well)

• Anyone with lipodystrophy (medical problem where there is an abnormal distribution of fat in the body. This can refer both to fat loss (lipoatrophy) and abnormal accumulation of fat tissue

• Clients with severe organ disease (liver or kidney disease)

• Active skin conditions in the area to be treated

• Acute or chronic skin disease in affected areas

• Hernia in the treatment area

• Area unsuitable for treatment (alternative treatment options can be recommended)

• Blood thinning medications e.g., warfarin (as these prevent the blood from clotting)

• Blood borne disease (haemophilia)

• Clients must be over 18

• Any open skin wounds including broken skin, scabs, wounds, bleeding skin and blisters should be avoided

• Rashes, psoriasis, eczema, pustular or nodular rosacea and fungal infections should all be avoided

• Contagious skin conditions should be avoided

• Raised moles, warts or moles that have changed shape or colour and unidentified skin growths should be avoided

• Bruised skin can be painful to treat and should be avoided

• Skin cancer must be avoided

• Keloid scars are a strict contraindication

• Any medications that cause photosensitivity as this can lead to Post Inflammatory Pigmentation (PIP)

• Areas where topical medication is being applied as the product can be forced trans-dermally and may cause unwanted side effects

• Cosmetic treatments such as micro-dermabrasion, IP, chemical peels, or cosmetic surgery until all signs of inflammation has gone

• Excessive skin laxity

• In cases where excessive weight loss is indicated​

If you have any concerns about the above, please reach out to discuss in advance before booking


  • Avoid touching the treated area for up to 6 hours; you can wash the area with a mild soap, but avoid scrubbing, just gently dab the area for 3- 5 days

  • • Avoiding showering for the first four hours following treatment

  • • Avoid hot showers or baths on the day of your treatments

  • • Avoid active creams and exfoliants for 1 week until the skin has fully healed. Avoid self-tan in the area for at least a week

  • • Do not apply make-up or skincare to the treated area for at least 12 hours

  • • Avoid any other aesthetic treatments in the area for 2 weeks

  • Wear a compression garment after the treatment for 72 hours e.g., spanks (pressure is recommended for the first 48 – 72 hours to help reduce pain, swelling and increase lymphatic drainage.)

  • • It is important to drink plenty of water (1-2 litres per day) to help the body remove the excess waste

  • • Minimise alcohol consumption

  • • Avoid excessive exercise for the first few days after treatment

  • • Avoid swimming for 3 days post treatment • Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medication for the first 48 hours (paracetamol may be taken if required)

  • • Avoid sun exposure or sunbeds for at least a week post treatment to reduce the chance of hyperpigmentation.

  • • A healthy diet and light exercise should be maintained throughout the course of treatment. • Massaging the area daily can aid in the process of fat elimination.

  • • Arnica cream may be applied to help reduce any bruising


  • If you experience any complication or unexpected signs or symptoms, it is important that you contact your practitioner immediately.


  • NB. In rare cases nodules, necrosis, abscesses, hematomas, or infection may occur. If you experience anything that concerns you, please seek medical attention immediately.


  • All side effects must have fully resolved before a further treatment can be performed. Please schedule your complimentary review four to six weeks after the final treatment.