What is fat-dissolving treatment?
Fat-dissolving treatment is a non-surgical procedure which involves injecting deoxycholic acid into suitable areas of stubborn fat. Deoxycholic acid is naturally present in our body, where its primary role is the breakdown of dietary fat. When injected directly into fat cells, deoxycholic acid breaks these fat cells down, resulting in a visible reduction of volume in the injected area. It is great for stubborn sub-mental fat and may help reveal a more sculpted jawline.
Areas of treatment include:
Sub mental fat beneath the chin
*Other areas available via consultation.
Which product is used?
The primary ingredient of fat-dissolving is deoxycholic acid. Unfortunately, Australian legislation prevents medical professionals from advertising brand names of schedule 4 medications outside of private consultation. The exact brand names will be discussed during
your appointment. During your consultation, you will be talked through the difference between them and how to select the right one for you. If you require this information before booking, please contact the clinic directly.
It is my first time with you, do I need to book a consultation beforehand?
Welcome! It is not necessary to book a separate consultation in addition to treatment time. Each appointment is flexible and includes ample consultation time. Of course, if you are unsure and would like some time to think your options over before proceeding, you are more than welcome to book in for a no-obligation consultation.
How long does the appointment take?
Each fat-dissolving appointment takes approximately 30-45 minutes including consultation time. The actual injecting component generally only takes a few minutes depending on the area being treated. Please allow approximately 60 minutes due to the unpredictable nature of medical appointments.
What can I expect after treatment?
Immediately post treatment, swelling, lumping and bruising may be present. Results are seen at approximately the 4-6 week mark after our body has metabolised the injected fat cells out. 1-3 treatments are generally required for best results.
How long do results last?
Results are permanent if diet and exercise are maintained.
Will I bruise or swell?
Some bruising and intense swelling may occur post fat-dissolving. The treated area may feel swollen and lumpy for 1-2 weeks post treatment. Therefore, it is recommended treatment is conducted at least one month before any important events. If you bruise easily, you may be at higher risk of bruising. The risk of bruising may be lessened by avoiding blood-thinning vitamins, medications and foods for 1-2 weeks prior to treatment. Vigorous exercise, caffeine and alcohol should be avoided for 24 hours prior to treatment.
Are there any risks?
As with all medical procedures, fat-dissolving treatments do offer rare, but possible side-effects. These are discussed in detail during consultation and include the possibility of ongoing swelling, bruising, lumps, localised numbness and unsatisfactory aesthetic result. All potential risks and side-effects are discussed in detail during each appointment.
Is there anything I should do to prepare for my appointment?
It is preferable you attend your appointment make-up free. If this is not possible, make up in the targeted areas will be removed by our practitioners prior to treatment. If you wish to minimise your chances of bruising, it is also recommended that, where medically suitable, you avoid blood thinning medications and vitamins for 1-2 weeks prior. You should also avoid alcohol and caffeine in the preceding 24 hours and not partake in any heat inducing activities, such as heavy workouts, the day of treatment.
What are the after-care instructions?
Remain upright for 6 hours post treatment and avoid activities that involve bending down for longer periods of time for 48 hours (gardening, cleaning etc).
Avoid any heat-inducing activities for 48 hours post treatment. These include intense exercise, steam rooms, saunas, spas.
Avoid makeup for 24 hours post treatment.
Avoid blood thinning medications, vitamins and food for 48 hours post treatment.
Avoid placing any pressure on treated areas for 1-week post treatment. This includes vigorously rubbing or massaging the area unless instructed otherwise. If desired, ice may be gently applied to the treated area to help with any bruising or swelling.
Is the treatment painful?
Almost all patients find fat-dissolving treatments very comfortable. A very strong numbing cream is applied topically, and local anaesthetic is injected to completely numb the area. Depending on your own pain tolerance, some gentle pinches or small pricks may be felt but the treatment is very quick, and for the most part, very tolerable.
I’m needle-phobic, can I still have treatment?
Of course! Cosmetic Nurse Jana specialises in treating nervous patients and has many techniques to ensure your complete comfort. Please make sure you have a big meal prior to treatment.
I’m flying in to see you, can I have treatment on the same day?
Cosmetic Nurse Jana has many clients fly interstate to see her. Generally, she prefers patients to avoid flying for 24-48hours post treatment and to be available for a 2-week review if needed.
Who can’t have treatment?
Anyone under 18, pregnant or breast-feeding women, anyone unwell and anyone undergoing dental work or facial surgery 2 weeks either side of their appointment. It is the patient’s obligation to inform the practitioner of all medical issues and medications. All patients are consulted with a doctor prior to treatment where any individual medical issues or potential contraindications can be discussed.