More about Aqualyx Fat Dissolving

How does it work?

We have lots of different types of cells in our body- these are the building blocks of everything. Each cell has a cell membrane which protects the cell and helps keep everything inside that should be. It is also the gateway so substances can go in and out of the cell (depending on what the cell needs).

In the outer layers of our body, we have lots of different layers of skin cells, each with their own characteristics and underneath these layers are a layer of fat cells we refer to as: this is what Aqualyx targets. 

Aqualyx works by breaking down the cell membrane of these fat cells. This leads to the contents spilling out and being collected by the bodies waste and filtration system (known as the lymphatic system.) This is then filtered through our kidneys and removed from our bodies through our urine. This is why we always tell our clients to drink lots of water for the first week- it helps flush everything out!


How is it carried out?

The first thing we do it take pictures of the area. This is the best way to assess improvement because similar to liposuction, you are very unlikely to notice a different through measuring or on the scales.
After we have taken pictures, we will cover the area in numbing cream and will go through the paperwork with you. This will include confirming that you understand both the risks and benefits, the alternatives, knowing the side effects and what can be expected from the downtime period. We will also go through what you are hoping to achieve from your treatment to ensure that you are not over promised, or under delivered.

After we have gone through everything, we will wipe down the area and disinfect it, we will then grid the area using lots of little squares (about 1.5cm2 in size). Due to the fact Aqualyx take a lot of preparation, we often pre-make out syringes on the morning, this ensures that we can spend more time explaining everything thoroughly to you and give you the chance to ask questions. If you would like to watch us make this up in front of you, please ask, we do not have a problem doing this and we will make sure this happens.

We will then inject the area (which can quite a few times depending on the area!) and watch where we have been to make sure your reaction is what we would expect. We then wipe down the area and rub some special balm over the top to keep you comfortable.

Finally, we re-go through everything you should expect, make sure you are happy and give you an aftercare pack to ensure your downtime goes as smoothly as possible!

What doesn't it do?

Aqualyx is not a fat loss treatment and should be considered under the same umbrella liposuction i.e a body contouring treatment.

If you have a high BMI is best to adopt a healthy lifestyle and use Aqualyx when you are down to your idea body weight as a way of tweaking minor areas.

How quick will it work?

This depends on so many factors but not limited to:

  • Your metabolism
  • How much water you drink
  • Your own condition of health (some medical conditions may have an affect)
  • The area of the body treated i.e The chin area can take several treatments to see a difference (although we have also had clients notice a difference in one). In comparison, the tummy area tends to respond the best and the quickest and you can notice a difference within a few days of your first treatment.

Is it safe for me to have?

There are several groups of people who would avoid Aqualyx completely and include:

  • Pregnant and Breast feeding women- we usually suggest to wait 6 weeks after birth or after stopping breast feeding
  • Those who suffer from lipodystrophy (this is where your body struggle to make and keep fat cells)
  • Those currently suffering from skin conditions in the area
  • Those who suffer from pathological conditions such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis,
  • Those under 18 or over 60 years old. 


Are there side effects or risks?

Not everyone experiences side effects, however when they do, it tends to be some redness and swelling (although how much depends on the area treated) and sometimes the area feels very sensitive and tender. You also might get some bruising, but all of these effects tend to go away within a few days.

The manufacturers have reported that there are no major side effects, however, if you are feeling a bit tender, you are always welcome to take antihistamines and painkillers (but not anti-inflammatory because they tend to encourage bruising).


Does it hurt?

We will always numb the area before we inject, however you are welcome to buy your own numbing cream and place it on the area a couple of hours before we see you.

We also, always infuse our aqualyx with lidocaine (not all practitioners do this) and whilst it does mean you might swell a little more, it makes everything a lot more comfortable! 

Will the fat come back?

No, as long as you maintain your weight and a healthy lifestyle. Once the fat cells have been destroyed and filtered, they cannot come back.

How can I prepare for my treatment?

Firstly, ask questions and make sure you are 100% happy!

Ladies- avoid your time of the month!

If you would like to, you can buy Emla cream from the pharmacy- you may find some pharmacies will not give it to you unless it’s for a blood test. 

Do not drink alcohol for a couple of days before your treatment and don’t plan on going swimming or doing anything where water or chemicals might touch the treated area.

Take an antihistamine and some paracetamol a couple of hours before you see us. 

Look at our contact us page to find out about where all our local car parks are.


Are there any restrictions for after?

Avoid rubbing the area

Avoid any treatments in the area a couple of weeks either side.

Avoid alcohol, smoking and anti-inflammatories for a few days afterwards.

Avoid swimming, steam rooms and saunas and going to the gym for a few days. 

Do not have a shower or bath for a couple of days


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