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Are you battling with your love handles?

battling with love handlesLove handles are something we certainly don’t ‘love’ and for some of us, they can really get us down. No matter how much time we spend in the gym, how healthily we eat or how much water we guzzle every day, somehow, those unsightly pockets of fat, simply won’t budge. It can seem like an uphill struggle and sometimes we just feel like giving up the battle. However, hope is not lost and at Dr Anita Dhunna’s clinics in Essex, London and Hertfordshire, we offer fat dissolving injections using Deoxycholic Acid, for stubborn pockets of subcutaneous fat.

There are several products to choose from, when it comes to fat dissolving injections with Dr Anita Dhunna, all of which contain Deoxycholic Acid. Dr Anita Dhunna will choose from her preferred range, such as Kybella, Celluform, Deso Face and Deso Body. The way the substance works is within the body is that it mimics a naturally occurring component in the body which helps absorb fat. When the chosen solution is injected in to the treatment area, it destroys the fact cells and firms up the tissues, so no more jiggling love handles! Other areas that can be treated with fat dissolving injections include the thighs, buttocks, stomach, chest (men), muffin tops, bingo wings, knees and a double chin.

Am I suitable for fat dissolving injections with Dr Anita Dhunna?

As with most medical procedures for cosmetic enhancement, there are some contraindications with fat dissolving injections. These include pregnant or breast feeding women, acute or untreated hormonal disorders, such as thyroid disease; advanced organ disease, allergies to the substance used, severe autoimmune disease, immunosuppression and active infection in the treatment area/s. A full consultation will be carried out, prior to any treatment for unwanted fat being agreed, here at Dr Anita Dhunna’s clinics. She will examine the areas to be treated, discuss your medical history and explain the treatment protocols and any aftercare required, during this initial meeting. Once both the doctor and you are happy that a fat dissolving treatment using injectable Deoxycholic Acid will be safe and effective for you to undergo, you can book your treatment appointment.

What happens during a treatment using fat dissolving injections?

The skin around your love handles will be sterilised and cleaned. After which, Dr Anita Dhunna will use either a needle or a cannula (a blunt-ended needle, designed to minimise bruising and trauma to the tissues) to inject the fat dissolving substance. If there are particularly large areas to be treated, Dr Dhunna will place strapping to secure the treated area. The fat dissolving substance is combined with local anaesthetic, so that these injections are more comfortable for you. If you are particularly sensitive or nervous about discomfort, Dr Anita Dhunna can apply some topical anaesthetic, around 30 minutes prior to the injections being carried out. This will completely numb the upper layers of the skin, for a more comfortable treatment.

How many treatments with fat dissolving injections will I need?

Every patient is different in how many treatments they will need, however, in most cases, at least 2 treatments with a 6 week gap in-between usually yields successful results. The number of sessions you will require will be discussed in your initial consultation with Dr Anita Dhunna.

When will I see the results from my fat dissolving injections?

You should see optimal results at around 6 weeks, following your final treatment with fat dissolving injections. However, many patients claim to see some results within a couple of weeks of their initial treatment. Everyone is unique in how quickly they respond, so it’s important to be patient and the doctor will take before and after images, so you can see your progress as the weeks pass. Measuring the area treated beforehand as well as periodically after your treatment is also a good indicator of how much fat is dissolving in the treatment area.

Is there any downtime?

There is no ‘clinical’ downtime, following fat dissolving injections. However, you might wish to take things a little easier for a couple of days after your treatment. You might experience some slight swelling or bruising, which can be limited by taking arnica tablets before the treatment and applying arnica gel in the days following. Avoiding alcohol for 48 hours pre-treatment also reduces the risk of bruising. For love handles, some discomfort might be experienced and you may need to wear supporting pressure garments. This will be discussed in your pre-treatment consultation with the doctor.

How long will the results last from my fat dissolving injection treatment?

It’s important to remember that a treatment with fat dissolving injections is not a weight loss treatment and if you gain weight due to certain lifestyle choices, you will put the fat back on more readily on your love handles. It’s vital to maintain a healthy eating plan and exercise regularly to maintain results, for your confidence and wellbeing.

Fat dissolving injections can be a fast and easy way to get rid of those annoying love handles but it takes some dedication and determination on your part, to maintain these great results. Finally, you can wave farewell to your love handles – no love lost there!