7 Myths about Aqualyx Fat Removal Treatments

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Updated May 2023

If you’ve tried improving your diet and are exercising until you’re blue in the face, yet you can’t seem to shift that stubborn unwanted fat, you may have considered fat removal treatments. Although liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures, with advancements in non-surgical fat reduction treatments, you can reshape your body with minimal pain and downtime. 

Liposuction and cosmetic surgery procedures like a tummy tuck removes fat cells and excess skin to contour the body if necessary. In some cases, surgery may be needed, but several minimally invasive fat reduction treatments may give you the same results. 

One of the most popular options is Aqualyx — a non-surgical fat reduction treatment that dissolves fat cells when injected into tissue under the skin. This non-surgical way to reduce body fat has become increasingly popular due to its minimally invasive nature and excellent results. Also known as injection lipolysis, Aqualyx fat removal treatment is one of the most popular fat reduction treatments at our London clinic. 

The procedure involves injecting a solution that breaks down fat cells into targeted areas, which are then naturally excreted by the lymphatic system. Aqualyx is targeted fat removal in specific areas, which can contour the body and provide excellent results for women and men. Although Aqualyx injections have proven to be safe, popular and effective, the benefits of this treatment have been clouded by several myths. This article explores and debunks the top seven myths surrounding Aqualyx fat removal treatment.

If you’re interested in a fat removal procedure or have questions about the different fat reduction or aesthetic treatment options available, book a free consultation or call us on 020 8127 8840 to talk to our friendly aesthetic specialists about aesthetic treatments at our London aesthetic clinic.

Myth #1 — Fat Removal Treatments Are Harmful

We’re naturally sceptical of the unknown, and you may be worried that fat removal treatments like Aqualyx will cause permanent damage to your body. This is not true.  Approved by the CE, Aqualyx has been through extensive studies to prove that the active ingredients, including deoxycholic acid solution and plant-based compounds, are safe. 

Aqualyx fat reduction injections were approved in the UK in December 2012. Since then, thousands of people have had this treatment, and ongoing research indicates it is a well-tolerated, effective and safe fat removal treatment.

Myth #2 — Aqualyx Is a Painful Procedure

One of the most common misconceptions about Aqualyx is that it is a painful procedure. However, the truth is that Aqualyx injections are generally painless. The treatment is performed using very fine needles, and most people describe the sensation as a slight pinch or sting. 

A local anaesthetic cream can also be applied to the treated area before the procedure to minimise discomfort. After the injections, you may experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the treated area for a few days. However, these side effects usually subside within a week, and you can continue with almost all daily activities immediately after treatment. 

Myth #3 — Aqualyx Can Cause Skin Sagging

Another common myth is that Aqualyx can cause skin sagging. However, this is not true. Aqualyx injections only target fat cells leaving the surrounding skin and tissue unaffected. These areas include the stomach, hip, chest, inner and outer thighs, upper arms, knees, ankles and under the chin (the jowls). Aqualyx can help improve skin elasticity and firmness by stimulating collagen production in the treated area.

Myth #4 — Results Aren’t Permanent

While liposuction is a permanent way to remove fat cells from targeted areas of your body, Aqualyx does the same thing, just in a different way. Instead of “sucking” out fat cells, they are destroyed inside the body and then excreted in your urine. Once they are destroyed, they are permanently removed. All you need to do to maintain the results is to lead a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and regular exercise. 

It is not safe to remove all of the fat cells in any specific body area. This means that if you put weight on, the remaining fat cells will grow in size. However, this also happens following liposuction, which is why cosmetic surgery or non-surgical fat removal treatments aren’t recommended for weight loss.

Myth #5 — Fat Reduction Treatments Are a Quick Fix

Aqualyx fat removal treatment can typically be administered in under an hour. However, it is not a treatment that provides instant results. But if you plan ahead, it is an effective solution if you are trying to drop a few pounds before a big event.

Most patients see visible results within four to six weeks after the first treatment session. The number of treatment sessions required to achieve optimal results varies depending on the amount of fat to be removed and your individual goals.

Myth #6 — Aqualyx Fat Removal Will Not Work for Larger Areas

While Aqualyx injections are not designed to help you to lose weight, they can still be used to remove fat from larger areas, such as your stomach. Usually, multiple sessions will be needed, depending on the size of the targeted area and the desired outcome, with larger areas requiring more treatments. 

You can receive up to eight treatments, three to five weeks apart, which allows your lymphatic system to excrete the dissolved fat cells in your urine naturally. Results generally show four to six weeks after each treatment, and on average, two to five Aqualyx fat removal treatment sessions are required. 

Myth #7— Fat Removal Treatment Can Help You with Weight Loss

Aqualyx is designed to target small, stubborn areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. It is not a weight loss solution and cannot remove large volumes of fat. Instead, it is a body contouring treatment that can help improve the shape and definition of more isolated areas of the body.

If you want to lose a significant amount of weight all over the body, non-surgical fat removal treatments may not be suitable for you. But if you are at a healthy weight and want to address a stubborn area of fat that won’t shift, then fat reduction Aqualyx injections could be the perfect solution. 

Should You Have Aqualyx Fat Removal Treatment?

Aqualyx fat removal treatment provides an effective alternative to surgical fat removal treatments such as liposuction. It is a safe way to target specific areas of stubborn fat with minimal pain and downtime. 

But if you are struggling with your weight and would like to reduce your overall body fat, rather than just targeting one area, Saxendra medical weight loss injections may be a more suitable treatment to support you with your weight loss journey.

Interested in fat reduction treatments or Aqualyx injections? Get in touch with our weight loss clinic in London today to set up your free no-obligation consultation. Our qualified Harley Street doctors will discuss your needs and recommend the best fat removal treatment for your needs.

Founder at Harley St M.D.
Dr. Chia Tan is a UK trained medical doctor that specialises in cosmetic and aesthetic medicine and testosterone replacement therapy. He is qualified as a medical doctor since 2003 and has since trained extensively. He has been featured in several leading magazines as well as invited to appear on TV to discuss aesthetic medicine and the latest cosmetic procedures.
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