Can I really have an injection to help get rid of my fat?
We get asked this a lot, whilst we would always recommend a healthy life style with regular exercise sometimes we just need a little help. The answer is Yes! At the clinic we have a treatment designed to help you lose those persistent pockets of fat (love handles, inner arms, areas between the thighs, tummy fat etc) that are normally difficult to get rid of despite diets and exercising.
How does it work? We use a brand called Deso but you may also have heard of Aqualyx and Kybella. The active ingredient is deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a ‘cytolytic’ medications, this means it helps break down certain cells (fat cells in the case of Deso). After numbing cream is applied we inject the area with Deso. This process takes around fifteen minutes. After a few weeks, you will notice the fat disappear. A course of six will be needed at four weekly intervals for fat pockets on the body and a course of two to four for double chins.
Who can’t have Deso? Pregnant or breastfeeding patients. Patients with a blood disorder such as low platelets (thrombocytopenia) or patients on blood thinning medications such as warfarin or rivaroxaban.
What are the risks of Deso? There is a small risk of bruising at the injection sites; risk of infection to the surrounding skin, minimal because of the environment in which you will be in at the time of treatment; here is a small risk of lumpiness under the chin (not usually visible to others) but this settles with time over a few weeks.
Come in and see Dr Becky or Dr Nathalie if you would like to discuss this in some more detail and see what we can do for you.