Fat-dissolving injections are a good option if you’re not a good candidate for liposuction but want something similar to reduce the size of your fat cells. In this post, you’ll go through everything you need to know about this procedure and what can be expected.
You must be a good candidate.
When considering fat dissolving injections, it’s important to know they’re not for everyone. If you’re thinking of getting fat-dissolving injections, ask yourself:
- Are you in good health?
- Can you afford this procedure and the time off from work?
- Do you have a strong support network of family or friends who can help you through difficult times?
- Are you committed to this process and willing to change your life based on what comes up during treatment?
If you answer yes to all these questions, you may be a good candidate for fat dissolving injections.
Expect a size reduction, not the disappearance of fat.
Fat dissolving injections can reduce the size of your fat cells, but they can’t completely remove them. And expect that size reduction to be temporary. The fat will return once you stop taking the injection—and that’s not even because you may need to take pills or apply a cream daily to maintain results!
The bottom line is this: if you want permanent results, get ready for some hard work. You’ll have to start eating healthier foods and exercising regularly—and if you do this consistently over time, then eventually, those stubborn areas of fat in your body will disappear permanently!
You might need more than one treatment.
While fat dissolving injections are considered an effective treatment, they may not be a one-time procedure. You might need more than one treatment to get the results you want.
The number of treatments you’ll need depends on the size of the area you want to be treated and your body’s reaction to it. For example, if you’re getting a liposuction injection in your stomach, it only takes two or three shots to dissolve all the fatty tissue in that area. It’s unlikely that more will be necessary for some time (unless new fat deposits grow back). But if there’s still a lot of excess fat after four shots have been administered over several weeks, additional sessions will likely be required until all traces are gone from your body.
It’s not painful.
The procedure is painless, and the area will be numbed with a topical cream. For those who are sensitive to pain or have a low threshold, it is recommended that you take an over-the-counter painkiller like Tylenol or Advil before the procedure.
Once the needle has been inserted into your fat cells and dissolved, there will be virtually no discomfort during this part of the procedure.
However, once you leave the clinic and return home after your treatment session (usually within an hour), some people experience mild to moderate tenderness in their treated areas for about 24 hours afterwards. This pain should go away quickly if you take it easy and don’t engage in strenuous physical activity for a day or two after treatment.
You can go home the same day.
The procedure takes around an hour, and you can return home the same day. You can also return to work the next day and resume normal activities, including exercise, once your body has fully healed.
It’s important to understand that liposuction results are not permanent and that fat will return if you don’t change your lifestyle. Therefore, think carefully about whether or not you want to undergo this procedure before proceeding.