Fat Dissolving Injections


What are fat dissolving injections ?
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, Mr Andrew Diver 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.