Deoxycolic Acid is a molecule that naturally occurs in our bodies, helping us to break down and absorb fat in our diet. This is the active ingredient in Aqualyx, an injectable solution capable of dissolving fat in stubborn areas that seem to be resistant to exercise and diet.

It is also the same element found in Kybella, a similar fat dissolver, which is used here in the United States. In fact, Aqualyx is only used in the U.K. and Europe, as the FDA hasn’t approved it for use in the U.S.

So how do these fat melting injections work. This post gives a more scientific rundown of the process:

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The Aqualyx molecule attaches itself to the membrane of fat cells in the area of injection, and starts to dissolve the membrane surrounding the cell. This causes the fat cell to become unstable and to break open. The fatty acids contained within the cell are then eliminated by macrophages (part of the body’s immune system). The fat is ultimately eliminated from the body by the liver.

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Even though it is considered a minimally invasive procedure, there is some pain and swelling involved. However, it is nothing like the recovery time of having liposuction.

The key is that the patient continues to massage the area several times a day for approximately five minutes a time, as this helps the fat to dissolve quicker. Mild swelling can last for up to two weeks, but most patients are able to return to work right away.

This cosmetic surgeon from London provides more details about the injectable solution, answering the question – what is Aqualyx and how does it work:

Aqualyx has been approved in many areas of the world as a safe way to dissolve smaller pockets of fat, such as under the chin but has also been used on other areas like the stomach, hips, and thighs. It usually takes at least two treatments to show good results, and sometimes up to eight return visits are required.

Because of this, the cost is always a question on everyone’s mind. Compared to an all-out surgical procedure, such as liposuction, the cost is more affordable and you don’t have to go under anesthesia to have it done.

Although, if you have to have the treatment done repeatedly, it can still get rather pricey. The next post gives an idea of what to expect with the cost:

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The first concern we have is the Aqualyx price. According to our Research Editor, “The actual cost of these fat-loss injections is $600 to $700 per treatment, which is unaffordable for many people.”

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So, if liposuction costs between $2,000 to $8,000 depending on the area you are having worked on, it is probably still more cost effective to do an injectable, especially if you consider the recovery time.

On the other hand, if you have to keep coming back numerous times for more injections, eventually you might want to weigh the pros and cons. Always consult with a reputable cosmetic surgeon about what is the best solution for you.