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Here's some information on some of the new services we offer.
(originally posted by Anna; Reviewed by V. Papadopoulos, MD)
We now offer Aqualyx! Dissolve desposits of stubborn fat for good.
WHAT IS AQUALYX?
If you’ve never heard of Aqualyx before, its an injectable solution manufactured by Marllor Biomedical, an Italian Laboratory. Aqualyx helps you dissolve stubborn pockets of fat: if you’ve tried every diet and weight loss program available to you, and still cannot get rid of fat on your thighs, knees, stomach, buttocks, back, arms and chin, then Aqualyx can permanently dissolve that fat.
Once the formula is injected into the desired site, it releases the fatty lipids shifting them into the lymphatic system and eventually urinating them out of the body. A safe way with no reported major side effects and results take shape within only a few weeks.
WHAT IS KYBELLA?
Kybella is manufactured by Allergan, and can also dissolve fat via an injection. Its main indication is double chin removal, although it can also work on thighs, knees, stomach, buttocks, arms and back.
FAT DISSOLVING INJECTIONS
When you hear this expression, it may remind you of other things that are too good to be true, like free money or artificial sweeteners that taste exactly like real sugar. There’s no way to just dissolve fat, is there? It has to be burned off via hours of running and sit-ups. Yet the very type of fat that fat dissolving injections are meant to treat is the resistant kind, the type that is difficult to eliminate even with exercise and a healthy diet. These injections are useful not only for reducing the accumulation of fat, but also for helping improve the appearance of cellulite. They can be a great ally if you want to change the appearance of your body and you want to do it without surgical procedures like liposuction.
(Fat dissolving injections, injection lipolysis, mesotherapy, intralipotherapy — practitioners do refer to this type of treatment by more than one name. Patients also often treat these terms as though they are synonyms. )
TYPES OF FAT DISSOLVING INJECTIONS
The substance most frequently injected is a pharmaceutical component called deoxycholic acid. It is a bile salt that is generated in the liver. The body utilizes it to break up fat particles so that they can later be absorbed in the intestine.
Deoxycholic acid has the ability to dissolve fat cells for good. When this acid is injected into the fat tissue, the fat melts and is then eliminated naturally through the lymphatic system and the body’s metabolic processes. Some fat dissolving injections, such as for example Aqualyx, contain sodium deoxycholate, which is a modified form of deoxycholic acid that also causes the destruction of fat cells.
WHAT'S THE DOWNTIME FOR TREATMENTS?
Fat dissolving injections are considered an ambulatory “lunchtime treatment” because they can be administered in about half an hour. There’s almost no downtime, although doctors do suggest that, post-injection, you take it easy for a few days. Compare this with liposuction, which is actual surgery.
To minimize the risk of side effects like swelling, bruising, or redness, the injector who carries out the procedure should always be an expert practitioner. They will apply local anesthetic onto the injection sites so that any pain is minimized. General anesthesia is not necessary.
Depending on the individual case, the doctor will recommend anywhere from two to six injection sessions, spaced three to four weeks apart.
WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?
The treated area may be slightly swollen after treatment, so you shouldn’t expect to see any immediate improvement. In fact, the elements in fat dissolving injections often work bit by bit within the tissues. So, the process of fat removal may take a while, and it could be four weeks or more until you see a clear decrease in fat volume after a cycle of injection sessions. However, an added benefit you’ll love is that as the fat dissolves, your skin’s natural elasticity will cause it to contract, thus giving the area better tone and overall definition.
WHAT ABOUT A DOUBLE CHIN?
DEOXYCHOLIC ACID FOR MENTOPLASTY
All surgeries come with downsides. There’s a need for anesthesia and a need for down time in which to recover. That’s why people look for non-surgical alternatives.
In the case of chin reduction, that alternative would be a substance known as deoxycholic acid. It occurs naturally in the human body, but synthetic deoxycholic acid is sold under the brand names of Kybella and Belkyra. Both are injectables that target the localized submental fat responsible for a double chin. They work by dissolving the membranes of the fat cells. This allows the fat to pass through the body and be reabsorbed as opposed to being physically removed, which is what happens during a submentoplasty.
Furthermore, deoxycholic acid injectables have the effect of tightening the skin over time. This helps redefine the jawline. Doctors recommend these injectables for cases of moderate to severe double chin that have not been responsive to changes in diet or to weight-loss efforts.
An individual receiving a deoxycholic acid injectable should expect to have two to six treatment sessions, spaced four to six weeks apart. Because of the greater number of treatments and the fact that time must pass between each treatment, deoxycholic acid doesn’t provide fast results. In fact, a patient can expect to wait weeks to begin seeing noticeable effects.
WHAT IS MENTOPLASTY PROCEDURE LIKE?
Surgeons perform chin reduction procedures general anesthesia. The procedure takes an hour or two. To reduce movement after the surgery, the doctor may place a facial support band under the chin and jaw. A hospital stay is not required.
A submentoplasty is minor surgery that takes about 45 minutes but necessitates fewer sutures than a mentoplasty. It typically requires oral sedation, which means you’ll need someone to drive you home after the procedure. Swelling and bruising go down noticeably after two or three days.
In contrast to surgical solutions, each deoxycholic acid injection session takes only about 20 to 30 minutes. The practitioner will administer a local anesthetic such as, for example, EMLA cream, and do a series of 20 to 30 injections. Even though it’s not a surgical procedure, there may be pain, and it’s not unusual for swelling and a certain amount of discomfort to last for up to 10 days afterwards.
If you’re unsatisfied with your prominent or double chin, which of these options is right for you? Because every case is different, your best bet is a consultation with a qualified cosmetic medicine professional who can assess your facial profile, your goals and comfort level with surgery. Together, you can choose a course of action that will improve your chin’s appearance.
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