In addition to CoolSculpting, another nonsurgical method at Skinspirations for reducing resistant fatty areas is Injection Lipolysis, which dissolves fat with medication.
Kybella® is the first FDA approved medication to treat submental fullness, otherwise known as a "double chin". It consists of deoxycholic acid, a substance naturally found in the body that causes fat cells to dissolve. Most people can get significant improvement in two to four treatments, spaced a month or more, apart.
Several sessions of Injection Lipolysis can also shrink small, stubborn fat deposits on other areas of the body, as well as lipomas (round, soft rubbery masses under the skin) and irregular fatty areas resulting from previous liposuction.
What Should You Expect During an Injection Lipolysis Treatment?
Injection Lipolysis consists of a medication naturally found in the bile that kills fat cells, mixed with an anesthetic.The medication is injected through tiny needles into fatty areas that must be at least 1/2 inch thick and located above the knees. In the first few hours after a treatment, the area injected becomes pink & and a burning or itching sensation develops, which is uncomfortable but tolerable, and most patients continue with their usual activities.
There is some swelling & possible bruising with the treatments but the swelling resolves over the following few days. With body treatments, it's not uncommon to feel some bumps under the skin for up to a few months, but they're usually not visible & will eventually disappear. In the weeks following the treatment, the treated fat cells break apart and are processed by your body like the fatty acids in your diet.
When Will I See Results?
Like CoolSculpting, the results of Injection Lipolysis appear gradually over a few months, as the fat cells die & disappear. Results vary of course, but in our experience, patients average a loss of about 1/2" in the circumference of their their thighs or abdomen, after four treatments.
Injection lipolysis using phosphatidyl choline and deoxycholic acid, was first described in the medical literature by Brazilian dermatologist Dr. Patricia Rittes in 2001. Dr. Elliott attended one of the first U.S. injectable lipolysis training seminars taught by Dr. Rittes and other world experts in 2008, and has performed over 900 lipotherapy treatments safely since then.
How Do I Choose Between Injection Lipolysis & CoolSculpting?
In Dr. Elliott's personal opinion, larger body areas like the abdomen, flanks & thighs get faster, more consistent results with CoolSculpting & no injections or anesthetic is required. Results from CoolSculpting treatments can be seen in the first three months after a treatment whereas Injection Lipolysis is usually done in a series with final results not reached for several more months.
Call us at 727-571-1923 soon for a complimentary consultation to learn what nonsurgical body contouring method is best for you.