Weight loss injections are becoming increasingly popular – largely due to some pretty aggressive media sponsorship.
In this article we take a look a three of the most popular Fat dissolving injections: Saxenda, Aqualyx and Kybella.
There are lots of ways to lose weight, the most natural and efficient method is to use a calorie controlled diet to elicit an energy shortage within the body that forces the burning of fat.
The process can be improved by the addition of regular exercise and, if required there are diet pills and other supplements that can ease the process by providing hunger control, boosting the metabolism and providing support in other ways.
People who lose weight via diet and exercise are actually reversing the process that caused them to gain weight in the first place and weight that is lost in this way is more likely to stay off because it forces dieters to address their eating habits and make changes for the better.
Unfortunately, some people are not willing to go this route because it takes time, so they opt for a quick-fix solution, like liposuction, that can suck the fat from under their skin and remove it in a single procedure.
Fat dissolving injections are a newer and somewhat less invasive weight loss technique that’s becoming increasingly popular in the USA and Europe.
Saxenda Weight Loss Injection
Not to be confused with other types of weight loss injection, such as Saxenda, which can be self-administered and works by regulating the appetite, fat dissolving injections have to be given by suitably trained medical professionals.
The fat dissolving drug is introduced directly to the problem area and, when it enters the fatty tissue, the drug breaks down the fat cells and reduces them to a liquid.
The resulting acid is then reabsorbed into the body, enters the blood, and is eventually passed from the body as waste.
Specific Target Areas
Fat dissolving injections can be used to target fat build-up in a number of areas of the body including the chest/breast area, thighs, buttocks, lower abdomen, hips, waist, upper arms, and chin.
Are Fat Dissolving Injections Safe?
The two most common fat dissolving drugs are Aqualyx and Kybella.
Aqualyx provides 12alfa-dihydroxy-5beta-24-oico cholanic acid sodium salt.
Kybella provides a deoxycholic acid solution, that is only approved for use as a treatment for double chin.
Although both types of fat dissolving injections have been approved for use in the USA, UK, and many other European countries, use of the technique is frowned upon by many medical professionals who are concerned the use of fat dissolving injections may elevate cholesterol and blood sugar levels and present an increased risk of diabetes.
Speaking in an interview with the Daily Mail, Dr Arun Ghosh from Spire Hospital Liverpool said: “It’s so dangerous to reabsorb fatty acids into your bloodstream as if it’s dissolved down into salt it would send your cholesterol levels sky high.”
Common Side Effects
Fat dissolving injections are still a relatively new weight loss treatment, so it’s impossible to say with any certainty what kind of negative issues their use is likely to entail.
Time will tell. However, if you lay aside the concerns that have been raised by Dr Ghosh and other members of the medical community, the simple truth of the matter is, the use of fat dissolving injections is known to present a number of unpleasant side effects.
Within just a few hours of receiving the treatment, a minority of patients experience side effects that include feelings of dizziness, feverishness, sweating and even fainting.
It’s also not unusual for patients to experiences bruising, itching, swelling, and discomfort around the treatment area.
Fits of intermittent diarrhea can also become a problem as the body converts the broken down fat into waste products.
Can Anyone Receive Fat Dissolving Injections?
This kind of weight loss injection is not suitable for everyone.
People who are suffering from certain health conditions may find their medical status makes use of the treatment unwise.
Anyone who has a pre-existing medical condition will need to discuss the matter with their doctor and let their doctor decide if the treatment is a viable option.
This is not a complete list, but fat dissolving weight loss injections are not recommended for pregnant or nursing mothers or for people suffering from the following medical conditions:
- Active cancer
- Hepatitis C
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Thyroid Problems
- Bleeding disorders
How Many Injections are Needed?
There is not a set number of injections that is specific to all.
The amount required will depend on how much fat there is to be removed and the area of the body where the treatment is required.
Some people can get by with only three treatments, others may need up to 12 and, with a cost of around $450 to $650 per session, this kind of weight loss injection is an expensive way to go.
So expensive, in fact, that, for some people, it may work out cheaper to pay for liposuction.
Is the Fat Gone for Good?
Fat dissolving injections destroy fat cells completely.
Once they are gone, they are gone for good, but there is nothing to stop your body from creating fresh fat cells to take their place.
People who gain weight do so by making unhealthy lifestyle choices that cause their body to obtain more calories than it needs. Those extra calories are always stored as fat and if it can happen once it can happen again.
The Best Alternative to Fat Dissolving Injections
The best alternative to fat dissolving weight loss injections is also the safest and most simple one.
On top of that, it’s the cheapest. It’s diet and exercise, with or without the support of a quality diet pill.
We stand by this statement 100% and we are not alone in that. Many medical professionals and nutritionists would tell you the same thing.
Fat loss injections are other treatments that promise to provide rapid weight loss are often attractive to people seeking a quick-fix solution.
There are no quick-fix solutions.
Treatments of this nature may provide a fat loss shortcut, but they are unlikely to deliver lasting results because a quick fix does not address the real problem—unhealthy lifestyle choices.
When people lose weight with diet and exercise the process takes time, determination, and commitment.
It involves adopting healthier habits and even people who use diet pills to ease the process will find, once the pills are removed from the equation, their healthier habits will stick.