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Fat Dissolving Treatment

    • Targets fat removal from stomach, chin, back, arms and thighs
    • Non-invasive alternative to liposuction.
    • Outstanding patient care before, during and after your procedure
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Cosmetic Treatments
What you need to know at a glance – Fat Dissolving Treatment
Typical Waiting Time
No waiting list
Procedure Type
Outpatient
One-off or Multiple Surgeries
Typically require 2–3 treatments
Procedure Time
30- 45 minutes
Anaesthetic
Local anaesthetic and topical numbing cream.
Results
1-2 days
Recovery Time
Avoid touching the treatment area for 6 hours after the treatment
Back to Work
Immediately
Full Recovery
Immediately
Duration of Results
Permanent under the condition of maintaining a healthy diet
Risks & Complication
Minimal. Some redness, swelling and tenderness

Fat Dissolving Injections

Despite exercise and a good diet, excess fat in localised areas can be an issue for many men and women,  These localised fatty deposits are sometimes hard to remove.  Aqualyx Fat Dissolving Treatment is an alternative to liposuction which may seem too invasive and extreme a treatment.

Aqualyx Fat Dissolving Injections is a fat dissolving treatment that targets fat removal from certain areas. Lipolysis is particularly successful when used to treat submental fat in the area beneath the chin. This will improve and refine the patient’s jawline and profile.

Lipolysis consists of an aqueous compound solution, with slow-release sugar that minimises side effects. It contains deoxycholic acid which has been used in various fields of human medicine since its discovery. Present also in the human body, deoxycholic acid is used in the emulsification of fats for the absorption in the intestine.

Lipolysis Treatment Areas:

  • Stomach (Inc. six pack definition)
  • Love handles
  • Arms
  • Chin
  • Flanks and waist
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Underarms and armpits
  • Under-bra area

Procedure Time

The time taken for a treatment session will depend upon the size of the area being treated. Treatment can take between 30- 45 minutes and you will typically require 2–3 treatments, 4 weeks apart.

Result Duration

The results of Aqualyx  are permanent under the condition of maintaining a constant weight measurement (i.e. assuming you do not gain weight). Once the freed fatty acids have been processed through the body’s lymphatic system, they don’t reappear. However, the procedure is only permanent if you follow a healthy diet and exercise frequently following treatment. If you regain weight, it is likely that the fat pockets will reappear. If a healthy lifestyle is maintained, the results should be permanent. It can take up to 3-4 weeks after the first treatment before you see results  a course of is recommended

Anaesthetic

Local anaesthetic and topical numbing cream.

Back to work

You can resume normal activity immediately following the treatment.

Sensitivity, side effects and risks

People treated with Aqualyx will typically experience minimal side effects when compared to more invasive procedures, such as liposuction. Side effects include some redness, swelling and tenderness in the treated area. Some people may experience some light bruising, but this and any other side effects will usually resolve within a few days. You may need to take over the counter painkillers to control any pain-related side effects.

Contraindications

As long as you are generally healthy and don’t have any skin diseases or infections in the area treated, there are few medical reasons why you should not undergo this treatment. However, Aqualyx is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breast feeding; patients with auto-immune disease, diabetics and patients who have had severe anaphylactic reactions and allergies. It is also not recommended for those people who have been diagnosed with lipodystrophy or any pathological conditions.

Who performs the treatment?

One of our trained Consultant Surgeons.

Lipolysis Aftercare Advice

Immediately after treatment, there may be slight redness, swelling, tenderness and an itching sensation in the treated area. The results directly after the treatment should not be seen as the final result. Avoid touching the treatment area 6 hours after the treatment.

Chin Fat Dissolving Injections

TREATMENT FOR DOUBLE CHIN

Belkyra is the first and only FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration) approved injectable treatment that destroys fat cells in the treatment area under the chin to improve your profile.

Cosmetech are the first clinic to offer this treatment in Northern Ireland. The clinic also offers other brands of fat dissolving injections including Aqualyx that are used to treat areas on the body.

How the treatment works?

The active ingredient in fat dissolving injections is synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected it dissolves the fat resulting in a noticeable difference. Once destroyed these fat cells can no longer store fat.

What area does it treat?
Fat dissolving injections are used to treat the appearance of moderate or severe fat located on the face. It is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction which carries fewer severe risks.

Treatment areas include:

  • Inner thighs
  • Abdominal areas
  • Upper arms
  • Back fat
  • Double chin
  • Knee areas

Procedure time

30 -45 minutes

How many treatments are required  ?

Each treatment session involves multiple injections in the specific area. Most patients will require 2-3 sessions with an interval of 4-6 weeks apart, some patients may decide they don’t need to do more. Up to a maximum of 6 sessions can be performed.

When can you see results ?

Fat dissolving injections work over 4 to 6 weeks, patients will have a review after this time with their doctor to determine if they need further treatment.

How long do the results last?

When injected fat dissolving injections cause the destruction of fat cells after treatment the fat cells can no longer store fat. No maintenance or upkeep treatments are required.

Is local anaesthetic required?

A local anaesthetic is used to numb the treatment area.

What is the recovery time and side effects ?

Patients can experience the following side effects  numbness, redness, nodules bruising and firmness at injection sites which normally resolves over 4-6 weeks.

Who performs the procedure?

Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon Mr Gerard Smith, Consultant Plastic Surgeon’s Mr Christopher Hoo and Dr Victoria McAfee  are Trained and Certified Doctors and eligible to use  the product . Their completion of the training programme has put them amongst the elite group of Doctors in the UK who can use this medicine. The treatment may  be right for you if:

  • Your bothered (unhappy, self- conscious or embarrassed) by localised areas of fat.
  • You feel the condition makes you look older or heavier than you actually are
  • You don’t want to have surgery
  • You eat well and exercise, but the localised areas of fat do not go away

Aftercare Advice

Do not apply any cosmetics onto the treated area within the following 12 hours and avoid all direct sources of heat and radiation (sunlight, UV-radiation, sauna etc.) Furthermore you should abstain from particularly demanding physical exercise for 7 days.

If you would like to book an appointment or require further information on the available options, please do not hesitate to contact our private patient booking team via our online enquiry form.

Alternatively, email Kingsbridge Cosmetic Clinic

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Treatment Locations

Kingsbridge Private Hospital at Maypole

5-7 Shore Rd, Holywood, BT18 9XH

Healthcare Professionals & Consultants

Mr Chris Hoo

Consultant Plastic & Breast Surgeon

Dr Victoria McAfee

Aesthetic Practitioner

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Patient Testimonials

"I had surgery here at the weekend and I can't recommend this place highly enough. They took great care of me and kept me at ease throughout my stay. The staff were brilliant, really friendly and chatted away and the food was top class. This hospital was better than any hotel I wonder could I book a weekend away in it when I fully recover?" Mr McGinnity, Kingsbridge Patient
"EXCELLENT - Had surgery today under the very caring Dr Stewart and her team. I cannot thank her enough for all she’s done for me over the past few months. Everything was explained to me in detail and all my care was considerate, professional and compassionate. Everyone I’ve met today has been beyond kind from Will the Anaesthetist, the Nurses and theatre staff, the catering staff - there has been no exception. Thank you all for taking care of me so well today - look forward to getting home tomorrow x" Mrs McAleavey, Kingsbridge Patient
"Hospital spotless and clean.   Staff were so caring couldn’t do enough for me and made sure I was comfortable. Give the place 10 out of 10. Had surgery yesterday and treatment was first class" Ms Demirtas, Kingsbridge Patient
"Their service was excellent and convenient location!" Ms Kneale, Kingsbridge Patient
"Just received surgery at this hospital and I couldn't have been made to feel any more comfortable from the minute I stepped in until the minute I left. All the staff are wonderful and so friendly I will highly recommend this hospital to everyone" Ms McGivern, Kingsbridge Patient
"Had eye surgery here twice for cataracts and lens replacement. Super smooth service from start to finish. Very happy" Ms Jones, Kingsbridge Patient
"As hospitals go this one is pretty amazing! Had surgery with Mr Molloy at the end of October and have another one the end of this month. Mr Molloy is a gentleman who puts you at ease right away and ensured my last procedure went smoothly! From start to finish all the hospital staff go above and beyond to make your stay as comfortable and stress free as possible. The facilities are brilliant with the rooms spacious and modern to recover in. Keep up the good work!" Ms Roulston, Kingsbridge Patient
"My mother had a total hip replacement surgery. We stayed for three days and were discharged today. Honestly, words can't describe the quality of the job and care they do. The doctors Roger Wilson, Sherman, David, the nurses Susan, Sinead, Siobhan, Andrea, the catering staff who provided customised halal food, and the remaining team whose names I cannot remember were the kindest, nicest, politest, the most caring, professional and pleasant people we have ever come across in healthcare environment. These are true gems and real stars. We are indebted to their treatment.
They are 7 star people. We love you!" Mr Yourish, Kingsbridge Patient
"Great friendly staff the nurses go way and beyond.  The hospital is spotless, and the service is second to none." Ms Croke, Kingsbridge Patient
"Currently just back from recovery on the ward. I have just had ACL reconstructive surgery on my left knee. What can I say? This place is brilliant. I arrived at 8.35am, taken to the ward at 8.45am (my admission time was 9am). Tended to by a lovely Nurse. Dr Roger Wilson spoke to me around 9.45am, in Theatre for 10am, recovery for 11.10am and now currently back on ward. These guys are awesome. From the consultant to anaesthetist to nurses to cater assistants. Absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much. I am so grateful to everyone at Kingsbridge for the service." Mr McNicholl, Kingsbridge Patient
"I just had a total hip replacement done by Mr Molloy.  He made me feel totally at ease (a real gentleman). I had 1st class treatment and as for the staff they couldn’t do enough for me. My experience was excellent from the time I arrived until the day I left for home. Thanks a million to all involved." Miss Bennett, Kingsbridge Patient
"Excellent experience with Kingsbridge Hospital, my dad had a day procedure here recently and not only did he receive fantastic care, but so did myself and my mum. The staff were so understanding and without saying anything could see I was looking after my mum also who has dementia, they went above and beyond to make the time spent waiting on my Dad as pleasant and stress free as possible, I will never forget the extra mile they went to, to support us. Many thanks x" Ms Forde, Kingsbridge Patient
"I have just been discharged from Kingsbridge today after surgery and was in for 3 days. From start to finish my experience was excellent. From catering staff up to senior nurses and doctors they were all fantastic and made my stay a positive experience. As a nurse myself I probably have high expectations of care and I certainly experienced the best of care in Kingsbridge who have staff they should be proud off.  Great teamwork." Ms Armstrong, Kingsbridge Patient
"I recently had my gall bladder removed. All of the staff I had to deal with were excellent and professional. It was the best treatment I have ever received." Ms Burrows, Kingsbridge Patient
"I got my tonsils out yesterday, all the staff were so pleasant and nothing was too much for them. I really did receive one to one care. They just had so much time for me. The food was lovely and the staff from the kitchen where first class. Glad I received my surgery here." Miss Wright, Kingsbridge Patient
"The service and staff are first class.  Had my cataract operation done on the 20th of January and I would like to thank all the staff of this fantastic hospital for giving me my life back.  You are all a credit to your profession.  Excellent service and I would highly recommend you.  Once again thank you so much and I am truly grateful to you all." Mr Doolan, Kingsbridge Patient
"Amazing 5-star hospital.  Have had other surgery here before on my back.
Yesterday's was a neck disc replacement operation.  I would highly recommend this hospital like a hotel manner. Thanks again guys." Mr Phillips, Kingsbridge Patient
"I recently got an MRI scan at Kingsbridge and was very impressed with how simple the process was and how little time I had to wait. The staff were friendly, and it was an all-round pleasant experience." Mr Sharkey, Kingsbridge Patient
"Can’t praise Kingsbridge Private Hospital enough!! I had an operation a couple of weeks ago and I was so well looked after. My surgeon Mr Rashid was fantastic, and the nursing staff was also fabulous. I found they communicated very well to each other, so everyone knew when my meds were due, my allergies etc. They were so kind, so lovely, constantly checked to see how I was i.e. my temperature etc. The food was fabulous and the catering staff very helpful having had an operation were very happy to accommodate ... Thank you to all!" Ms Cheong, Kingsbridge Patient
"Staff very friendly and very efficient. Surgeon and surgery top class. Big thanks to the Nurses for all their care and patience" Mr Howard, Kingsbridge Patient
"I was in your facility yesterday for a day procedure (operation on my left arm). I wanted to write and express how impressed I was with the facilities and more importantly the staff on the Ward.

Everyone was excellent, and I mean excellent, i don't normally write congratulatory e-mails so this is high praise in my view. The Senior nurse was excellent, as was the Theatre nurse and the anaesthetist. Even the assistants that helped with catering and other duties. All came together to form a great impression of the establishment." Jason Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Kingsbridge Patient
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