A little trip back memory lane and you’d remember this….
“A report from Daily mail in 2014 claimed that a new product “aqualyx fat melting injection” which its makers claim dissolves fat cells can allows us to pass them out of our bodies when we urinate”
The new Aqualyx fat melting injection treatment, was touted to be an effective alternative to liposuction.
Fast forward some years now…what have reports shown so far?
First here are the claimed benefits this fat dissolving injection claims to provide (in case you are learning about Aqualyx for the first time!)
Aqualyx Fat Melting Injections – Who needs liposuction?
Aqualyx is a CE-marked drug used for localized adiposity reduction. It is touted as a safer and effective alternative to liposuction with none of the associated downtime and a much friendlier price-tag!
Manufacturers of this product say it is designed to eliminate stubborn local patches of fat below the skin in different parts of the body, such as the stomach, back, chin, under the buttocks, thighs, hips, and knees.
Aqualyx fat melting injections contain an aqueous microgelatinous solution comprised of the following:
- polymer of 3:6-anhydro-L-galactose and D-galactose
- buffer systems
- 3-alpha-12alpha-dihydroxy-5-beta24-oico cholanic acid sodium salt
- and saline solution
Aqualyx – Positives and Setbacks
- Imagine successful nonsurgical removal of stubborn fat from areas that are hard to modify with diet and exercise(like a double chin).
- Downtime can be minimal, depending on how your body reacts.
- No separate anesthesia is required, and discomfort is minimized with a numbing agent in the solution.
- Results are typically permanent (if you keep your weight steady).
- Results from individual sessions can be subtle. Most people need multiple treatments, six to eight weeks apart, to see their desired result.
- If you’re being treated for a double chin, you may have more downtime than you would with chin liposuction, which usually produces less significant swelling.
- Some patients can experience severe swelling for several weeks to a month after their treatment (known as “bullfrog neck”).
- It’s not the go-to option for large pockets of fat due to the expense of multiple vials and treatment sessions, as well as the long timeline to see full results.
It is said that
- Good candidates for Aqualyx fat melting injections are those close to their ideal body weight but have small stubborn areas of fat that have resisted a healthy diet and exercise. Like other body contouring procedures, the treatment isn’t intended as a weight loss solution.
- Good skin elasticity is also key. For patients with too much skin laxity, there’s a risk of sagging skin once the fat has dissolved. It’s possible to follow aqualyx with a skin-tightening procedure, but that can significantly add to your cost.
Possible events during and after an Aqualyx treatment
First, the solution is mixed with a local anaesthetic to keep any discomfort to an absolute minimum. Most patients report discomfort levels of 1–3 on a scale of 1–10 (10 being severe). Then your provider will make a series of Aqualyx injections with multiple vials (enough to match the size of the treated area and volume of the fat deposits).
Some people feel a stinging sensation as the solution begins to work, but it shouldn’t be too painful.
Treatment time ranges from 15 to 30 minutes, depending on how many injections you have.
Common Aqualyx side effects include swelling, tenderness, or light bruising in the treated area. Some patients also have temporary numbness.
The tenderness and bruising usually resolves within a few days to a week, but the numbness can last several weeks and swelling can take up to a month to fully resolve, depending on how your body reacts.
You’ll feel physically fine to return to your daily routine quickly, but the swelling can be very noticeable, especially under the chin where it’s harder to hide.
To help reduce the swelling, wear loose clothing and avoid heat and vigorous exercise during the first week.
If your face or neck was treated, avoid makeup and use only a gentle cleanser for at least 12 hours, to prevent further irritation.
How many Aqualyx treatments might you need?
Claims are that some people do see the results they want within six weeks of a single session, but most might need multiple sessions to see noticeable fat reduction.
The number of recommended sessions typically depends on the size of the area being treated. Small fat pockets on the jowls or chin may require only two or three sessions, while larger areas, like the thighs, may require up to eight.
When will you see results from Aqualyx?
Once the fat cells have been liquefied, it is claimed that your body will metabolize and excrete them. This process might take six to eight weeks.
The treated fat cells are destroyed, so your results should be permanent if you maintain a healthy weight. Advice given is to stick to a healthy diet and get regular exercise, since the remaining fat cells can expand with weight gain.
Estimated Aqualyx weight loss injections cost
Aqualyx fat melting injections cost will vary from clinic to clinic and depending on your location but prices range between $900 to $1800 per session. Most practitioners agree on the recommended two treatments.
- Average Cost: $1,000
Some providers charge by the area, while others charge by the vial. Ask about a potential discount if you would be paying for multiple treatment sessions up-front.
Next, we look at available supporting research evidence and share everything you need to know before putting your neck on the line. (But first, a quick disclaimer: As with every cosmetic procedure, we totally support your right to take it, leave it, or simply just learn about it. Your body, your choice. No judgment.)
Have there been research works to confirm all of these claims?
Unfortunately, there has been very little double blind research on the use of aqualyx fat melting injections. What we have are few clinical documented cases in journals and a whole lot of positive reviews by clinics that make use of this product.
A quick look at a few case reports indicates a level of optimism. Here is what we have know so far
One study noted that it causes mild to moderate swelling and reddening of the skin which resolved 3 to 5 days after injection, it still concluded that aqualyx solution might be effective for medical treatment of fat reduction.
Another case report discovered that injecting Aqualyx to reduce localized adiposity can result in adverse events such as skin necrosis. Even though this instance of post-Aqualyx skin necrosis appears to be the only documented case worldwide, it presents a reason to tread with caution if you are planning on using this fat dissolving injection.
One encouraging more recent report was that done to access the effectiveness of an injection of Aqualyx in removal of lipomas. Results show that response to treatment was achieved in all cases with a complete removal was achieved in 70.59% of lipomas and the remaining 29.41% of lipomas were significantly reduced in size.
As mentioned earlier, the truth is that there really have been no published, peer-reviewed medical studies conducted specifically on fat-melting injections.
Without a pinch of bias, something doctors say leaves us with little or no information on how they really work.
“We know, for example, that these injections do liquefy fat, but what we don’t know is where it goes or how the body deals with it, and if there are any long- or short-term dangers associated with treatment,” says Ellen Marmur, MD, chief of dermatologic and cosmetic surgery at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.
Among the possibilities, she says, is that the liquefied fat is filtered through the liver — which, she says, might contribute to a fatty liver. Another possibility is that it ends up in the kidneys, or more likely, says Marmur, in the blood vessels, where it could create or add to existing fatty plaque, thus increasing the risk of heart attack or stroke.
“At this point, we really don’t know for certain where the fat goes because there have been no direct studies of liquefying fat and its potential for long-term harm,” says Marmur.
Still interested in trying out Aqualyx fat melting injections?
If you still want to try out this treatment, do not forget these suggestions and reminders.
- Make sure and reconfirm that your treatment will be performed by a doctor or by a trained physician’s assistant or nurse with a doctor on the premises.
(At times, you might want to confirm how many of this type of treatment has the expert done successfully, plus exactly which part of the body was treated)
- Have your treatment done in a medical environment to ensure sterility and infection control.
- Be realistic about your expectations. At best this procedure is meant to “sculpt” areas of the body, not drop you down two jean sizes.
- Inform the doctor doing your treatment of any drug allergies or other medical conditions.
- Avoid fat-busting injections if you suffer from HIV, hepatitis C, active cancer, liver disease, kidney disease, bleeding disorders, diabetes, thyroid disorders, or if you are pregnant or nursing. You should also use caution if you suffer from heart disease, a cardiac rhythm abnormality, or if you have a history of blood clots or strokes.
- Report any signs of infection following treatment to your doctor. These include pain, swelling, or redness at the site of injection, fever, aches and pains, or headaches.
What we’ll advise
Please always take sensitive decisions regarding any procedure with a fat dissolving weight loss injection you want to undergo with a trusted health professional.
The Best Alternative to Fat Melting Injections
The best alternative to fat dissolving weight loss injections is also the safest and most simple one.
On top of that, it’s the cheapest. It’s diet and exercise, with or without the support of a quality diet pill.
We stand by this statement 100% and we are not alone in that. Many medical professionals and nutritionists would tell you the same thing.
Fat loss injections are other treatments that promise to provide rapid weight loss are often attractive to people seeking a quick-fix solution.
There are no quick-fix solutions.
Treatments of this nature may provide a fat loss shortcut, but they are unlikely to deliver lasting results because a quick fix does not address the real problem—unhealthy lifestyle choices.
When people lose weight with diet and exercise the process takes time, determination, and commitment.
Adopt healthier habits. If while on diet pills, you eventually achieve your weight goals, you will still find out that once the pills are removed from the equation, your healthy habits will keep you fit.