AQUALYX®: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS AQUALYX®?
Aqualyx is a safe & effective fat dissolving injection treatment that reduces fat cells in the treated area. It produces long-lasting results, which means you can permanently dissolve fat in the areas treated.
Aqualyx can be used to address small, exercise-resistant, pockets of fat around the chin, chest, abdomen, thighs, knees and ankles. This treatment is not suitable as a weight loss aid, but rather an effective means of eliminating localised pockets of stubborn fat.
Aqualyx is made up of a number of different plant-based compounds that have been refined in a lab environment. These compounds dissolve the membranes of fat cells in the treated area. The fat cells become unstable and break open. The fatty acids contained within the cell are then eliminated by the lymphatic drainage system.
WHO IS SUITABLE FOR AQUALYX®?
If you are maintaining a healthy lifestyle and have isolated stubborn areas of fat, Aqualyx could be the ideal treatment for you. Popular areas that we treat include double chins, "moobs", saddlebags, inner thighs, "love-handles" and the abdomen - including defining a six-pack.
If you have significant weight Aqualyx may not be suitable for you, but other body contouring treatments we offer maybe. If you have recently lost significant weight then the area concerning you may be loose skin which we can improve with skin tightening treatments.
A consultation with our clinical director will determine the correct treatment plan for you.
Aqualyx is not suitable if you:
- Have diabetes.
- Have liver or kidney disease.
- Have an active skin problem in the area to be treated.
- Are taking blood-thinning medicine e.g Warfarin.
HOW SOON DO YOU SEE RESULTS?
The number of Aqualyx treatments required varies depending on the size of the fatty deposit. Typically 1-3 treatments for small areas, such as the jowls and under the chin, and 2-8 treatments for larger areas such as the thighs. Treatments are spaced at 6 weekly intervals. Your result will show 6 weeks after your final treatment which is when you will have a complimentary review with your practitioner.
DOES TREATMENT WORK ON CELLULITE?
Yes, as cellulite is made of adipose cells and deoxycholic acid causes these to break down.
CoolCell® sessions in-between Aqualyx treatments are recommended to further assist with cellulite removal.
Learn more about CoolCell® here: https://www.gtaesthetics.co.uk/coolift-treatment-pricelist
ARE AQUALYX® RESULTS PERMANENT?
Whilst the body can regenerate fat cells - the process is very slow. So once fat cells are removed from a localised area your results are as good as permanent. However, if you do not continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle then your body will put on weight in other areas of your body where fat cells remain.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN TREATMENT RECOVERY?
Immediately after treatment, you may appear red and swollen with some bruising on the treated area. Aqualyx works by causing an inflammatory reaction in the fat cells which can result in swelling for 3-5 days. Therefore, if you intend to have a facial treatment, e.g. double chin where the swelling may be obvious, you may wish to organise time away from work or social engagements.
You will be able to reduce the swelling by using a cool pack wrapped in a clean cloth for a maximum of 20 minutes each day. You cannot use anti-inflammatory tablets for 48 hours after treatment as this will work against the treatment. The treated area may feel tender and firm for up to 8 weeks post-treatment.
During recovery we recommend that you avoid:
- Swimming pools, spas and saunas for 3 days.
- Physical exercise for 10 days.
- Any other aesthetic treatments for 2 weeks.
HOW DO I KNOW AQUALYX® IS SAFE?
Aqualyx was developed by Professor Pasquale Motolese, Vice President of the Italian Society of Aesthetic Surgery and Medicine who presented it at the Aesthetic Medical International Congress in Milan in 2004.
Aqualyx has been given CE approval for use in the UK which means it meets the health and safety standards required by the European Union. Since 2009 Aqualyx has been used in over 2.5 million treatments in over 50 countries. It has a strong safety record supported by sound medical science and research.