Aftercare Guide: Fat Dissolving Injections

By Dr. Aaron Stanes

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    So, now that you’ve undergone fat dissolving injections, you’ll want to ensure that things heal quickly and your result looks great.

    Here at Cosmetic Connection, we believe that patient education is one of the most important parts of your treatment journey. While the procedure may be minor and non-surgical, it is vital that you know how to make the most of your treatment by carefully adhering to the aftercare instructions for your fat dissolving injections.

    Following the fat dissolving injections aftercare is an effective way to achieve and maintain a great and long-lasting result.


    What should I avoid after fat dissolving injections?

    Until the day after your fat dissolving injections, you should avoid:

    • Applying makeup to the treated areas
    • Lying down with pressure on your lower face and neck
    • Massaging or putting pressure on the treated area

    For the first 24 hours after your fat dissolving injections, you should avoid:

    • Intense exercise
    • Excessive alcohol
    • Smoking
    • Sleeping to vertically (1-2 pillows is fine)


    How to reduce swelling after fat dissolving injections

    Here are some great ways you can minimise any swelling from your fat dissolving injections:

    • Avoid hot environments until the swelling has resolved. This includes hot showers, saunas and sitting out in the sun.
    • You can take an antihistamine on the day of your treatment, as long as you are medically suitable.
    • Avoid touching, scratching or picking at the skin of your jawline.
    • Gently apply a wrapped ice pack intermittently (10 minutes on, 10 minutes off) for the first 4 hours after your fat dissolving injections.


    How to reduce bruising after fat dissolving injections

    If you are worried about bruising from fat dissolving injections, consider following these steps:

    • Avoid excessive alcohol for 24 hours
    • Avoid intense exercise for the first day
    • Gently apply a wrapped cold pack intermittently for the first few hours after your fat dissolving injections (be careful not to apply any pressure).

    If you have bruising after your fat dissolving injections, you can cover it with makeup the day after your treatment.


    What to expect in the first few months after fat dissolving injections

    In the first few days, there will be some swelling and tenderness. As this settles, you’ll notice the skin of the treated area may feel firm and numb to touch. This is to be expected, and will gradually improve over the following few weeks. The final result will be visible 8 weeks after your procedure.

    Generally, at least 2 sessions of fat dissolving injections are recommended at a minimum. Those with more fat, more fibrous fat, and those who want to achieve a more pronounced result will need more sessions.

    As fat dissolving injections permanently remove treated fat cells, the result is also permanent. However, future weight gain may mean that you can put fat on in the treated area, but it will be much less compared to if you hadn’t undergone the treatment.


    Are there any side effects with fat dissolving injections?

    All cosmetic medical procedures have potential side effects.

    When performed with skill, caution and care, fat dissolving injections is categorised as a low-risk procedure. You can reduce the risk of side effects by following proper fat dissolving injection aftercare.

    While it is unlikely, some fat dissolving injection side effects that you may experience include:

    • Skin redness that will gradually improve in the first few days.
    • Bruising which has about a 5-10% risk and can be covered with makeup.

    Double chin fat injections also have a rare risk of temporary lower lip weakness.

    If you ever notice any rashes or skin discolouration after fat dissolving injections, it is important that you get in touch with us for an assessment. You can send a photo of your concerns using our contact form.


    Why is fat dissolving injection aftercare important?

    No matter if it’s your first fat dissolving injection treatment or your tenth, following the fat dissolving injection aftercare is very important.

    Following these aftercare instructions for fat dissolving injections is the best way to care for your result, reduce the chance of side effects.

    While these aftercare steps may seem minor and trivial, not following them may compromise your result.

    We want you to achieve the best result possible and love your new look, so please, take care.


    Fat dissolving injections to remove stubborn fat

    Here at Cosmetic Connection, fat dissolving injections are one of our most popular treatments, and a favourite among our clinical team.

    It is a great option to reduce areas of stubborn fat that just won’t shift no matter how much you diet and exercise.

    Fat dissolving injections are most commonly used to reduce double chin fat, jowl fat and bra bulge fat. However, any small and stubborn area of fat can generally be treated, even pockets missed during liposuction.

    Check out our comprehensive fat dissolving injection page for more information on this procedure.

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