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Looking to treat stubborn, localised fat on your body? Our Aqualyx® expert doctors perform fat dissolving injections that permanently destroy fat cells by liquefying them. The broken-down cells are naturally eliminated through the lymphatic system. Please note that Aqualyx® is a body contouring treatment, not a weight solution, and is only suitable for small, localised areas. Patients should already be within 1 stone of their ideal weight.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do Fat Dissolving Injections Work?

The main component of Aqualyx is deoxycholic acid (DC). This is a secondary bile acid found naturally in the body. When deoxycholic acid is injected into the subcutaneous layer of fat, it disrupts the fat cells and causes them to dissolve permanently. They are then released and drained away by your lymphatic system, which is why we always recommend drinking plenty of water after your treatment and avoiding alcohol. 

Your comfort is always our priority, and we will stop at any time during your treatment. An anaesthetic agent is added to the Aqualyx solution to help relieve any discomfort, and our Doctor will also use topical numbing cream on your skin before injection.

Am I a Suitable Candidate for Fat-Dissolving Injections?

If you’ve been wondering, “do fat-dissolving injections work?” the answer depends on your suitability for this type of treatment. Injection lipolysis may be a good fit for you if you’re struggling to achieve your desired weight despite having made healthy lifestyle changes for example, if you’ve tried changing your diet and are exercising more but are still struggling to get rid of localised pockets of fat.

It’s essential you don’t see fat-dissolving injections as a quick and easy way to lose weight. But if you’re close to your ideal body weight but need an extra push to achieve the look you want, Aqualyx fat reduction injections are an excellent option. 

If you’re over the higher end of your ideal body mass index (BMI), a non-surgical medical weight loss treatment such as Saxenda medical weight loss injections, Orlistat tablets or appetite suppressants may be a better option and our Doctors are able to prescribe this. These can also provide more impactful results and accentuate the outcome of fat-dissolving injections.

How Soon Do Results Show after Fat-Dissolving Injections?

Fat-dissolving injections are repeated every three to four weeks until your desired look is achieved. During your consultation, you will be advised of how many sessions you will likely require to obtain your desired body shape. Results are not immediate. 

Because your lymphatic system has to drain away the dissolved fat deposits naturally, you can typically expect to see results around eight weeks after your first treatment. Normally at least two treatments are needed to see visible results. But this will also depend on other factors, such as the lifestyle changes you make to complement the procedure.

Are Fat-Dissolving Injections Safe?

Aqualyx fat-dissolving injections have very low associated risks and complications. Approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA),  minimal side effects have been reported globally since the introduction of Aqualyx. Minor side effects that may occur following Aqualyx are temporary skin irritation, mild bruising and swelling around the injection site. These will ease within a few days.


Is there an alternative to Aqualyx?

There are other fat dissolving products on the market like Lemon Bottle, we don't offer the Lemon Bottle treatment at our clinics because there is no scientific evidence it works. Although its very popular across social media Miss Amber strictly stands against products which are not approved.

How Much Fat Can Fat-Dissolving Injections Remove?

We always ensure you have a clear idea of what to expect from your treatment. The amount of fat dissolved by one Aqualyx fat reduction treatment will vary depending on different factors.

Four of the main factors that will affect how much fat is removed are:

  • The area of the face or body treated 

  • How many sessions you have

  • Drinking enough water to help with lymphatic drainage 

  • Your individual physiology and general health

Do Fat-Dissolving Injections Work to Remove Fat Permanently?

Once the fat is dissolved following Aqualyx fat reduction treatment and dispelled by your lymphatic system via your urine, it is permanently removed. However, fat reduction injections will not prevent you from putting weight on. The fat can return if you eat foods high in fat and sugar or do not regularly exercise.


If you’re thinking about fat dissolving arrange a complimentary consultation for a no-obligation quote. Our trusted medical professionals will create a personalised treatment plan just for you and help you achieve your desired look.

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