What is Spot Fat Reduction?

Spot Fat Reduction

Spot fat reduction, otherwise known as Lipotherapy, is the elimination of excess localised fat by injection of fat dissolving drugs. Although not a treatment for general obesity, it can significantly reduce localised deposits and unsightly accumulations of fat. Significant fat reduction and improvement in cosmetic appearance can be achieved in localised areas such as the cheeks, jowls, under the chin, neck, under the eyes, upper arms, the back and front of chest, the abdomen, loins, buttocks, thighs and knees giving pleasing improvements in body contour. See Facial Remodelling section under Treatments

How does it work and what does it do

The fat dissolving drug is injected into the fat present under the skin. This causes the fat cells to break down locally and the fat is subsequently mobilised and removed by normal metabolic processes. The overlying body contour is improved as the fat is mobilised and reduced. The substance injected is made up of a number of ingredients including a phospholipid and a naturally occurring emulsifier originally developed to lower cholesterol and fat levels in the blood.

Is it suitable for me

Nearly every local area of the body can be treated. Caution has to be exercised in certain areas and areas like the lower legs should be avoided. Treatment is suitable for most individuals. Fat dissolving injections is not suitable for treating large areas of accumulated fat eg the abdomen where the problem of girth is related to layers of fat within the abdominal cavity and not simply to beneath the abdominal skin. See section below for elaboration. For further information please contact us today.

Will losing weight generally help me lose some of the localised areas of fat

If you are overweight, general weight loss will help you lose some of the fat located in some of these difficult areas to one degree or another. Much excess body fat is localised around the vital organs of the body and in the abdominal cavity and there is a direct relationship between this and the risk of weight related disorders. A weight control programme involving dietary modifications, a change in lifestyle and exercise habits together with a prescribed medicine to help you control your appetite may prove to be helpful. For further details about this please contact us today

Are there alternatives

Until recently the treatment for collections of fatty tissue has been confined to surgical procedures such as liposuction and although the method is popular there is a lot of downtime and morbidity associated with this invasive procedure. Other methods now include the use of lasers and the use of ultrasound and radiofrequency energy to break down and dissolve fat cells. These have their advantages and disadvantages specific to the areas being treated. You will need to discuss these alternatives with the clinic doctor for more detailed information.

How long does it take to work and will the benefits last

You can expect to see progressive improvements beginning about 2 – 4 weeks after each treatment. Once the fat has been mobilised and the accompanying retraction has completed, which usually occurs 6 – 10 weeks after any particular treatment, the effect is essentially long lasting provided you ensure that new fat deposits are not allowed to build up through poor diet and insufficient exercise. Subsequent treatments, however, are helpful in dealing with any build up that has occurred.

What does the procedure involve

Treatment involves injecting the fat dissolving preparation directly into the fat layers of the skin using a very fine hypodermic needle. Each treatment takes form 10 to 60 minutes and is minimally uncomfortable.

Repeat treatment schedules involve two or three visits spaced a month or so apart. A small proportion of clients may need more than three treatment courses in order to achieve a satisfactory result.

Is there any pain or discomfort

The injection of the preparation into the fat is relatively painless. There are very few side effects to this procedure. During the procedure you may experience some itching and a mild burning sensation followed by a dull ache which subsides and diminishes usually within a day or two depending on the amount that is used. Some swelling is inevitable and is variable in intensity. It may take several days to diminish. Some bruising is likely to occur in places but this will also resolve in a matter of days.

Are there any contra-indications

Contra-indications include known hypersensitivity to soya or egg or any of the substances contained in the preparation.

Are there any complications or risks

The risk of complications arising from the preparation alone is rare and is usually related to the site of the injection and the structures surrounding it. Infection and abscess formation is a rare occurrence.

Will treatment interfere with my daily activities – the downtime

Yes there is some downtime depending on the area being treated and the amount of swelling that occurs. For a lipoma, a fat lump, there is virtually no downtime but for areas around the face and neck and larger areas elsewhere the downtime can vary from a day or two to many days whilst swelling and bruising resolve.