If you have areas of your body that have more fat than you would like and just won’t budge — no matter how much you diet and exercise — our non-surgical weight-loss treatments may be right for you. Two of the most popular treatments in our clinic are fat dissolving injections and fat freezing. These are great for people who are at a healthy BMI but have small pockets of fat they want to get rid of — “love handles”, the double chin, extra fluff around the hips and thighs, the upper arms, knees and ankles. These two treatments are not recommended for those who are overweight or obese, as these patients may require surgical inventions.
So if you have stubborn areas of fat that just won’t slim up — even with a great diet and exercise routine — you’ll want to consider fat freezing or fat dissolving injections. These fat loss treatments are great for giving your body the shape you’ve strived for by contouring only where you need it most. Technology has come a long way, and surgical options like liposuction are not the only way to get rid of fat on the body. So, fat freezing vs fat dissolving injections — let’s discuss the differences between these two treatments to find out which one is best for you.
Fat freezing or Cryolipolysis is a fat loss treatment that uses a special machine to freeze fat cells, which are then disposed of by the body’s lymphatic system. Fat freezing technology was invented by Dr Dieter Manstein and Dr Rox Anderson around 2008. They created the device and technique called “Coolsculpting”, which chills targeted areas of fat to around -5ºC in a controlled, precise manner to kill fat cells without damaging important surrounding structures. Each session can take up to an hour in the clinic, so plan accordingly. While bruising, numbness and redness can occur for some people, there is no downtime, so you can return to your daily life after.
What Areas Are Best for Fat Freezing?
Fat freezing can be better for medium and larger body areas over fat dissolving injections, as it’s not efficient to give so many injections to a bigger area. This is why we prefer fat freezing for areas like the hips, stomach, arms, back, buttocks and thighs. The procedure is totally safe, and there is no risk of infection since it’s non-invasive.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
The number of sessions needed will depend on the area being treated and other personal factors. You can even have two areas treated at one time! Generally, clients need multiple sessions to get the desired results, and each treatment should be spaced out three months apart. You’ll see your final results around 12 weeks from your last session.
Fat Dissolving Injections
Injection lipolysis (Aqualyx) is a fat dissolving injection that can help shift stubborn fat, such as a double chin, upper arms, stomach and other small pockets of fat that won’t budge. Lipolysis injections work by hydrolysing the wall of the fat cells, making it release its lipid content within. The substance breaks down the fat cells, literally melting the fat away while removing them from the body naturally and permanently. These specific fat cells will not come back, but you must keep up your results with a good diet and exercise.
What Areas Are Best for Fat Dissolving Injections?
Fat removal injections are particularly good for the area under the chin, affectionately called the “double chin”. Both women and men are self-conscious of their double chins, which affects people of all shapes and sizes. It’s natural as we age for the skin under the chin and around the neck to lose its elasticity. This body area is impossible to manipulate with exercise, hence making it one of the most popular areas to treat with lipolysis. Other smaller areas are well suited for fat dissolving injections, like around the knees and ankles.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
Fat loss injections are a more invasive treatment than fat freezing and can take longer for recovery, which is something to consider when comparing the two procedures. Most clients will need three to five sessions spaced out every three to four weeks. The results are not immediate, so you have to be patient. If you have a big event or beach holiday that you are preparing for, make sure you give yourself enough time to recover from all treatments. There may be some swelling after treatment, so you won’t see the full scope of the procedure until four or so weeks after the last session.
Which Fat Loss Treatment Should I Get?
If you are struggling with problematic fatty areas, contact Harley Street MD today to book a free, no-obligation consultation. We can discuss your needs to figure out what would be the best course of action. Both options we discuss here require multiple treatments to get your desired effect. When comparing the two, fat dissolving injections are a bit more invasive because we inject a substance into your skin. However, we will do everything we can to ensure your comfort during the procedure. Fat freezing will be cheaper and have a faster recovery time.
Fat dissolving injections use needles, which may cause more pain and distress for some people, while fat freezing is a longer procedure but uses a machine. So this might be more appealing to those clients afraid of needles. With fat freezing, there must be enough fatty tissue present for the machine to grab onto, so it works well with larger areas.