What are your thoughts on injectable fat-dissolving products?
The main indication of injectable fat-dissolving products is for minimal facial or body contouring
. These products are not designed to remove large areas of fat or to be used as a weight loss
system. The best results are achieved when dealing with stubborn small areas of fat resistant to a well-balanced diet and consistent exercise program. For example, sub-mental fullness (fat under the chin); bra bulge; abdominal fat (stomach roll or love handles); upper inner and outer thighs and arm fat
. To maintain good results, it is recommended to continue to follow a healthy, active lifestyle, with good nutrition and plenty of exercise.
Are they safe?
Yes, it is fair to say that injectable lipolysis systems are safe, as long as they are administered by a fully qualified, trained and certified medical injector. Lipolysis systems such as Lemon Bottle have been around for 10 years which is how we know that the above-mentioned factors are extremely important for an effective, lasting result.
How do they dissolve the fat?
Lemon Bottle uses ingredients to break down the membranes of the fat cells to release the fat (apoptosis) and then maintains liquification of the fat (and decomposed cellular products) until it is removed naturally through the body's lymphatic system. This process can take up to 12 weeks.
How can patients be sure that the areas of fat they want will be targeted?
There is never any guarantee of a result with this type of fat removal when compared with treatments such as targeted surgical liposuction. It is important to choose a qualified medical injector with the appropriate training for the use of this product. The technique is very specific for each different area to be treated and should be fully discussed at the consultation.
What are your recommendations for people wanting to slim down certain areas of their body? i.e. chin, stomach, arms etc
Proper nutrition and an active lifestyle; smaller areas or stubborn small pockets of fat are suitable for Lemon Bottle; for larger areas, I would recommend surgical liposuction
performed by a doctor.
Do you offer this treatment or anything similar in the clinic?
I don't personally carry out any fat-dissolving procedures, but they are very popular.
We have recently spoken to Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon, Mr Naveen Caval who has issues a warning against this latest TikTok trend:
"It's being touted as the fastest fat dissolver there is, but it doesn't appear to have clinical evidence behind it to lay claim to this," states Mr Cavale. "My advice would be don't rush in for it. It still needs assessing and regulating before it would appear on my personal roster of treatments. It might turn out to be great, it might also be a disaster, so I would personally say it’s not worth rolling the dice.”