Fat dissolving injections: How do they work? Are they safe? And where can they be used?
Until fairly recently, those wishing to erase stubborn pockets of fat had only one truly effective quick-fix option: surgical liposuction. Now, however, there are many treatment options to choose from, all of which require minimal downtime and make treating problem areas easier than ever before. Belkyra is a fat-dissolving injection that does just that. Made from deoxycholic acid, a component of your own natural bile, Belkyra is a breakthrough injectable that has created significant interest in neck rejuvenation. But how does the treatment work? Is it safe? And what should you expect in terms of results?
What is Belkyra?
The idea of fat-dissolving injections sounds almost too good to be true, but they can be very effective. The star ingredient is deoxycholic acid, which breaks down fat cells – and any other tissues that they are injected into, so make sure you are in experienced, medical hands. Belkyra targets fat by dissolving the outer covering of the fat cell, bursting it like a tiny balloon. The fat from the cells is released into the bloodstream and carried out of the body by your lymphatic and renal systems.
Is the treatment safe?
Belkyra has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for adults with moderate-to-severe fat below the chin, which means it has undergone extensive testing to make sure it’s safe for patients. Side-effects are relatively minor and easily managed. The treatment can cause some swelling that lasts for up to 10 days, although this kick-starts the skin’s healing processes, improving its quality over time.
Who is suitable for treatment?
You’re likely a good candidate for Belkyra if you’re generally in good health but are bothered by the appearance of fat beneath your chin, especially if it doesn’t respond to changes in your diet or exercise. It isn’t suitable for everyone – there needs to be enough fat to treat (at least a pinch), but too much limits the success of results, so a healthy lifestyle is always the first step.
When will I see the results?
Results begin to become apparent after two to three sessions – and these sessions should be at least four weeks apart. But depending on the size and severity of the area, you may require up to six sessions.
Belkyra has been shown to be highly effective at reducing and eliminating the double chin and excess fat on the jowls and neck area. Once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, as they are broken down and flushed out by the body. The treatment can be used on its own or in combination with injectable fillers or Botox, and skin tightening devices such as Profound RF and Sofwave.
Belkyra vs Aqualyx – What is the difference?
Both products are formed with the same active ingredient, Deoxycholic Acid, a molecule that occurs naturally in the body and helps us breakdown and absorb fat in our diet. The main difference between the two is that currently, only Belkyra is FDA approved. However, Aqualyx is a very safe treatment and can be very effective for reducing stubborn pockets of fat. Therefore, the best choice for you depends on your unique concerns and requirements, so we recommend having a consultation with a medical practitioner to determine the right treatment for you.
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Disclaimer: Please be aware that results and benefits may vary from patient to patient taking into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and medical history.