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Road Test: Fat-dissolving injections

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With the launch of fat-dissolving injections, Amanda Whitley road tests the treatment that can help achieve a slimmer and more contoured body shape—at Artisan Aesthetic Clinics.

Fat-dissolving injections target and effectively reduce small and stubborn fat pockets, resulting in a tight and more contoured appearance. The treatment is often described as ‘non-surgical liposuction’ because of its ability to reduce fat without surgery or downtime.

The tester

Amanda is 46-years-old and is our CEO and Founder. She explains why she was interested in testing fat-dissolving injections with Artisan Aesthetic Clinics.

“I’ve always struggled with my weight, but excess fat had always stuck mainly to my thigh and butt area, which I’ve pretty much come to terms with! But since hitting early menopause a couple of years ago, that fat has started to stubbornly distribute itself around my stomach area.

“Thanks to two emergency caesareans, I have a scar that acts like a shelf for my stomach fat, which I really don’t love.

“I make sure I’m active every day, teach and dance Zumba a few times a week, and eat well, but I’m up for trying anything non-surgical that might also help me lose some centimetres around my abdomen.

“Having grown up with the belief that the only way to shed unwanted fat is to exercise and ensure a calorie deficit, I was keen to find out if this new generation of treatments can have real results.”

What are fat-dissolving injections?

Fat-dissolving injections contain a substance called phosphatidylcholine (PC), which is a natural compound derived from soybean. When injected directly into fat pockets, it causes the fat cells to rupture and breakdown via the body’s natural metabolic process.  As a result, your body recognises the destroyed cell and will eliminate them over a period of time resulting in a more contoured shape.

Fat-dissolving injections can be used to treat any part of the body where there are small, defined fat pockets. Common areas often include stomach, under the chin, under the belly button or love handles.

What actually happens during a treatment?

Dr Andreas Fox at work.

If you’re thinking of fat-dissolving injections, the first step is to talk to an expert that you can trust. It’s important you understand what the treatment involves and whether you are a suitable candidate.

“My consultation began with an in-depth consultation with Dr Andreas Fox, a treating doctor at Artisan with over 20 years’ experience in both surgical and non-invasive aesthetic treatments. He was honestly such a delight and put me immediately at ease,” says Amanda.

“He asked about my areas of concern (my stomach) and explained how the treatment works, what would happen during the procedure, what I might expect in the first few days post-procedure, and what results I would realistically see.

“Dr Fox also took care to ask if I considered my weight ‘stable’—that is, had I done my best to reduce fat through diet and exercise to ensure at the time of treatment was I in a ‘steady state’.

“He then examined my stomach area and gave me an honest opinion on just what could (and couldn’t) be achieved with fat-dissolving injections. Essentially, he said that if I was expecting an overnight success then this treatment was not going to deliver. However, if I was wanting to reduce those stubborn pockets of fat and increase tone—that I hadn’t been able to achieve through diet and exercise—then fat-dissolving injections were definitely worth a shot.

“I was really impressed with how he told it ‘like it is’, explained everything in a very clear manner, and encouraged me to ask questions.”

When it comes to the procedure, much will depend on the size of the treatment area. Logic dictates that the larger the treatment area, the greater the number of injections—so Amanda’s stomach needed quite a few!

Dr Fox mixed up the solution into syringes—adding in some pain relief—and fitted a multi-pronged injector which meant treatment could be done five times faster than individual injections! He then injected the solution across the treatment area.

So, did it hurt?

“I can quite honestly say that I didn’t find the procedure painful,” says Amanda.

“I barely felt the injections close to my belly button, whereas the area closest to my c-section scar was the most sensitive, and there was a stinging sensation as the needles were inserted.

“I’m not squeamish about needles, so I found the experience completely comfortable, and Dr Fox was lovely company, indulging my writer’s habit of turning every conversation into an interview about their life,” she laughs.

What side-effects can you expect?

You can expect swelling, bruising, itching, pain, sensitivity to pressure and excessive warmth at the injection sites, which are usually resolved within two to five days.

“For me, the day or so after the treatment was quite uncomfortable. Within about an hour, my stomach felt quite hot and tender, and I started to develop some pretty impressive bruising—Dr Fox assured me this was totally normal, as fatty tissue has lots of blood vessels, tenderness tells him it’s working,” says Amanda.

“However, I instructed Zumba 24-hours after treatment and was able to jump around as normal, which was great news for my class (or perhaps not—depends who you ask),” she says with a grin.

It’s now a week after treatment and Amanda says the bruising has faded to almost nothing, and the itching and tenderness have subsided.

When can you expect to see results?

Results vary depending on the area treated but are typically visible after four to eight weeks with optimal results at 12 weeks. Results last up to two years.

Amanda is booked for her review in early December and will be reporting back with her results! Stay tuned to hear how she went.

How many treatments do you need?

Again this depends on the area being treated but often one to four treatments, spaced six to eight weeks apart, are recommended to achieve the best result.

Who is the ideal candidate?

Let’s ask the expert, shall we?

Dr Fox says that fat-dissolving injections are “a reasonably good and effective method of reducing pockets of fatty tissue, which works a little bit more effectively in smaller concentration pockets.”

So, it’s good for someone who may have a fatty pocket under their chin, under the bra strap, love handles, or underneath or above the belly button.

Dr Andreas Fox.

It also works reasonably well on larger areas like the stomach, where there is a much broader distribution—but it is likely to take at least three sessions in order to reduce the amount of fatty tissue, which can then make modalities such as TruSculpt iD even more effective.

Dr Fox says that it’s important for clients to have realistic expectations of the likely results from the treatment—and he believes it’s his role as a doctor to ensure his patients understand that fat-dissolving injections are not a panacea, but should be used in combination with diet and exercise to achieve the best result.

“The important thing, really, is to assess the client properly, do the right thing for the right person. And also have the courage to say to someone, ‘This isn’t the right thing for you.’ I would send a patient away if I really felt their expectations would not be managed with a nonsurgical modality.”

Want to know more?

You can discover more about Fat Dissolving treatments at artisanclinics.com.

Book a consultation online or call your local Artisan clinic.

This is a sponsored post but opinions remain the author’s own. The interviewee received her treatments free of charge from Artisan Aesthetic Clinics for review purposes. 

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