What are Fat-Dissolving Injections?

what are fat-dissolving injections

Everything You Need to Know about Fat and Weight Loss Treatments

Fat-dissolving injections and non-surgical weight loss treatments have become popular for those looking to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat. Aqualyx fat-dissolving injections are among the most popular treatments for sculpting the face and body. This post explores how fat-dissolving injections can sculpt the body and face and the potential side effects of treatments like Aqualyx. 

To help you make an informed decision, we’ll also explain the differences between Wegovy weight loss treatment and Aqualyx fat-dissolving injections, covering their effectiveness, side effects, and how they compare to other weight loss methods.

What Is The Process Behind Fat-Dissolving Injections?

Fat-dissolving injections are a non-invasive treatment that works by breaking down cell membranes to liquefy fat cells, destroying them permanently. Once destroyed the lymphatic system naturally eliminates the released fat lipids through urine. The procedure involves administering a series of Aqualyx injections, typically three to five, spaced around four weeks apart. 

Areas Treated with Fat-Dissolving Injections

Fat-dissolving injections can target various areas of the body and face to reduce stubborn pockets of fat. For most areas, a series of at least two to three injections is usually required to see noticeable results.

Here are the specific areas where Aqualyx fat-dissolving injections can be applied, along with the potential results.

Fat-Dissolving Injections for the Stomach and Hips

Aqualyx fat-dissolving injections are ideal for reducing love handles and flanks, which can be particularly resistant to diet and exercise. By targeting these areas, the injections help enhance the contours of the waist, creating a slimmer and more defined silhouette. This treatment is especially beneficial for those looking to refine their midsection without invasive procedures. 

Fat-Dissolving Injections for the Back and Under Bra Area

These injections are effective in smoothing out bulges around the back and under the bra area, which can be a source of discomfort and self-consciousness. By reducing these stubborn fat pockets, patients can achieve a smoother, more streamlined appearance in the upper body, making clothing fit better and feel more comfortable.

Fat-Dissolving Injections for the Arms 

Targeting the upper arms and underarm regions, fat-dissolving injections help create a more toned and slender look. This is particularly appealing for those who struggle with “bingo wings” or excess fat that can accumulate in these areas, often despite regular exercise.

Fat-Dissolving Injections for the Legs 

These injections are effective on both the inner and outer thighs, and the knees. This treatment can help achieve a more balanced and proportionate leg shape, reducing stubborn fat that often remains, even after weight loss. For individuals who want to slim down their legs, this is an excellent solution.

Fat-Dissolving Injections for the Face 

Commonly used to reduce a double chin and contour cheeks, fat-dissolving injections can significantly enhance facial definition. By targeting localised fat deposits, these injections can create a more sculpted and youthful appearance, improving overall facial harmony.

Fat-Dissolving Injections for the Neck  

Fat-dissolving injections help in defining the neck by reducing excess fat, often leading to a more refined and elegant neckline. This treatment can be particularly effective for those who have developed fat deposits in the neck area, which can be resistant to diet and exercise alone.

Fat-Dissolving Injections for Men

Fat-dissolving injections are not just for women; they are increasingly popular among men looking to refine their physiques. These injections can effectively target and reduce stubborn fat in several key areas. 

For men, three common treatment areas include the following:

1. Abdomen and flanks: Effective at reducing fat that can accumulate around the abdomen and flanks to create a more defined stomach and waistline. 

2. Chest: An alternative to surgery for addressing gynecomastia or excess fat around the pectoral muscles to create a more defined chest and get rid of the appearance of “man boobs”.

3. Back: Particularly effective for treating the lower back to achieve a smoother, more streamlined appearance. 

Aqualyx Side Effects

While fat-dissolving injections like Aqualyx are generally considered safe, they can have potential side effects. Common side effects that may occur around the injection areas and will typically resolve within a few days include:

• Swelling
• Redness
• Bruising
• Itching or a burning sensation.

Although rare, more serious side effects such as infection and nodule formation,  nerve damage, skin necrosis and scarring can occur. However, the risk of these serious side effects can be significantly reduced by choosing a medically qualified and experienced aesthetic practitioner. It is essential to discuss any concerns and medical history with a qualified professional before undergoing treatment to ensure the safest and most effective outcomes.

Fat-Dissolving Injections vs Weight Loss Injections with Wegovy 

Weight loss treatments can vary widely in their methods and outcomes, making it crucial to choose the right one for your needs. Fat-dissolving injections, such as Aqualyx, are specifically designed to target and reduce small, localised fat deposits. These injections are ideal for body contouring, effectively eliminating stubborn fat in areas like the chin, thighs, and abdomen. They are not suitable for individuals who need to lose a substantial amount of weight, as they are not designed to produce significant weight loss results.

In contrast, Wegovy is available through the NHS in the UK and works by regulating appetite and food intake. Wegovy contains semaglutide, a compound that mimics a hormone to influence the brain’s control over hunger, leading to reduced calorie intake and significant weight loss. This treatment is aimed at individuals who are obese or overweight with associated health issues and is part of a comprehensive weight management plan that includes diet and exercise.

Fat-dissolving injections provide targeted fat reduction, making them ideal for those looking to refine specific body areas. Wegovy, on the other hand, supports overall weight loss by addressing the root cause of overeating and helping to control hunger. Therefore, if your goal is to contour specific parts of your body, fat-dissolving injections might be the right choice. However, if you need to lose a significant amount of weight, Wegovy would be more appropriate. 

Fat-Dissolving Injections Results: What to Expect

After undergoing fat-dissolving injections, most patients start to see results within six weeks, with optimal results visible after around two to three months, depending on how many are required. The treated area will gradually become slimmer as the body processes and eliminates the dissolved fat cells. 

The results are permanent, but it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to prevent new fat deposits from forming. Aqualyx is not a long-term solution for weight loss and should be used alongside a healthy diet and regular exercise to maintain the results.

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Alternative Fat and Weight Loss Treatment

Treatment with Aqualyx fat-dissolving injections or Wegovy weight loss injections are not the only options available to help you achieve your desired body shape and weight loss goals. 

cryolipolysis fat freezing

Fat Freezing and Shockwave Therapy

If you would prefer to undergo a treatment that doesn’t require injections, cryolipolysis and shockwave therapy at Harley Street MD in London are effective fat loss and body contouring treatments.

One significant advantage of cryolipolysis, commonly known as fat freezing, combined with shockwave therapy is that it is a needle-free treatment. Additionally, this combination is effective for treating areas with a small amount of lax skin. This is because the shockwave therapy helps to encourage the production of new collagen fibres following cryolipolysis, which results in skin tightening.

The treatment is relatively quick and involves cryolipolysis, which uses applicators placed on the target areas to create a vacuum environment that draws the fatty tissue into the cooling plates. The suction and freezing temperatures numb the area, resulting in some sensation but no pain. With the new duo cryolipolysis feature, two areas can be treated simultaneously.

Following this, shockwave therapy is applied to the treated areas. This therapy uses pulses of radial pressure waves (RPW) that penetrate the skin, creating vibrations that release the contents of fat cells into the lymphatic drainage system. This process improves blood flow to the skin, stimulates collagen production, tightens the skin and helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Clinical studies have demonstrated that cryolipolysis can reduce subcutaneous fat at the treatment site by up to 25% after a single session. When combined with shockwave therapy, this approach becomes even more effective, promoting skin tightening and reducing cellulite for optimal results.

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Fat and Weight Loss Treatments Take Away

Fat-dissolving injections offer a promising solution for those looking to sculpt their bodies by eliminating stubborn fat areas. Whether it’s for the stomach, back, arms, legs, face, or neck, Aqualyx injections can provide a non-surgical option to achieve desired body contours. 

For the best results, always consult a qualified aesthetic practitioner to determine if this treatment is suitable for you. During your consultation, your practitioner should review your medical history and provide comprehensive information about the expected outcomes and any potential side effects. For those seeking comprehensive weight loss solutions, exploring options like Saxenda or Wegovy with your GP might be more beneficial than treatment with Aqualyx fat-dissolving injections.

Fat and Weight Loss Treatments FAQ

Do Weight Loss Injections Work?

Yes, both fat-dissolving and weight-loss injections can be effective. Fat-dissolving injections target specific areas to reduce fat deposits, while weight-loss injections like Saxenda and Wegovy help with overall weight reduction by controlling appetite.

Where Can You Buy Wegovy?

Wegovy is available via prescription in the UK and can be obtained through the NHS or private clinics specialising in weight management.

What are Lemon Fat Dissolving Injections?

Lemon Bottle fat-dissolving injections is another term used to describe a specific type of fat-dissolving injection that claims to include natural extracts and ingredients. Currently, in the UK there is no regulation around this product’s ingredients and who can administer it. 

Due to the lack of scientific evidence supporting Lemon fat-dissolving injections, the risk of products that could contain potentially harmful ingredients and the reported side effects, we do not offer or endorse this treatment at Harley Street MD in London.

On March 26, 2024, the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products (Swissmedic) issued a warning against using the “Lemon Bottle” injections. Swissmedic stated that the product has no scientifically proven medicinal effects, the quality of its ingredients has not been tested, and its use may pose health risks. Swissmedic’s analysis of various samples found significant discrepancies in ingredient declarations, with some samples containing none of the listed ingredients, such as bromelain, lecithin, and riboflavin.

Evidence-Based Research and Studies

The research and study references we used, in addition to our internal research, are all referenced here; most of them have an external link to the scientific publication. We work hard to bring you the most recent, impartial, factual, and evidence-based information to help you make informed decisions.


• Chronic Infection and Nodule Formation following Deoxycholate Injection. From: PMC
• Skin Necrosis Following Adipocitolitic Solution Injections. From: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
• Treatment Obesity. From: NHS
• Body Contouring with Cryolipolysis and Shock Wave. From: Research Gate
• Cryolipolysis for non-invasive body contouring: clinical efficacy and patient satisfaction. From: NIH
• Switzerland warns against using “Lemon Bottle” fat-dissolving injections. From: Swissinfo.ch
• The licensing of non-surgical cosmetic procedures in England. From: Department of Health & Social Care.

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.
Dr. Chia Tan
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