What Is Aqualyx?

Developed by Professor Pasquale Motolese, president of the Italian Society of Aesthetics and Medicine, Aqualyx was first introduced in 2009 and is sometimes referred to as ‘Motoleses’s Solution’.

Aqualyx is a compound solution from the deoxycholate family that has been physically modified. This has been done by creating a slow release sugar-based system, and means that the biological half-life is reduced, which results in minimal side effects. It is being marketed for ‘Aqualysis’ or ‘Aquaplasty’ treatment as a means of body contouring. This is a form of injection lipolysis, lipotherapy or intralipotherapy.

Clinical data and research shows that the application of Aqualyx effectively leads to an increasingly contoured appearance and is safe.

Aqualyx works by dissolving fat through injections

How Does Aqualyx Work?

Often when we lose weight we are plagued by problem areas that do not seem to respond well to dieting or exercise, areas such as the lower stomach or “saddlebags”. Developed by Professor Pasquale Motolese, Vice President of the Italian Society of Aesthetic Surgery and Medicine, Aqualyx is a new fat reduction injection treatment that works by “dissolving fat” in these problem areas.

When you ingest food, your body breaks down and absorbs the fats in your diet through the help of bile acids, which are made naturally in our body. Aqualyx is a kind of modified bile acid that, when injected directly into your fat deposits, works in a similar way, causing your fat cells to break down. As it is administered directly into fatty areas, Aqualyx solution can help to remove those stubborn deposits that are resistant to exercise and diet. Because it is so precise and targeted, the treatment is aimed at reducing problem fat deposits, rather than an overall weight loss treatment.

Ingredients In Aqualyx

Aqualyx is made up of ingredients that come from a compound found in plants.

These ingredients within Aqualyx are said to be able to bind with certain tissues that stick or line fat to our cell walls. Once the solution has been bound, the plant polymer splits. This dissolves the fat, which is then excreted out of the body through the urination process.

The ingredients are a polymer from 3, 6-Anhydro-L-Galactose and D-Galactose (0.5%), buffer systems (4.2%), sodium salt of (3α, 5α, 12α) - 3, 12-dihydroxy-5-cholan-24-acid (7.5%), water for injection purposes (87%) and sodium chloride (0.8%).

The ingredients are a polymer from 3, 6-Anhydro-L-Galactose and D-Galactose (0.5%), buffer systems (4.2%), sodium salt of (3α, 5α, 12α) - 3, 12-dihydroxy-5-cholan-24-acid (7.5%), water for injection purposes (87%) and sodium chloride (0.8%).

What Areas Can Aqualyx Target?

Aqualyx has been shown to be effective in a number of problem areas, such as:

  • Thighs and “saddlebags”.
  • Stomach.
  • Chin.
  • Knees.
  • Gynocomastia (more commonly known as “man boobs) in males.
  • Upper arms and underarm fat.
  • Buttocks.

The treatment is recommended for those who which to see noticeable reductions in fat without undergoing more invasive procedures and who are generally aged between 18 and 60.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The number of treatments you need depends on how much fat you are carrying and the desired degree of loss you desire. An average course of Aqualyx injections would be one injection per month for three to five months. One of the major benefits of the treatment is that the results are generally permanent and do not require long-term upkeep with an unending treatment cycle.

What Does Aqualyx Feel Like?

When you undergo Aqualyx treatment, your specialist practitioner will place a cannula directly into the fat in your target area, through which the Aqualyx solution is administered according to a specific protocol. They may also give a local anaesthetic to numb the area. Whilst the solution is being given you will likely feel a warm sensation they may itch or slightly sting. This process will then be repeated one to three times in different regions of your target area, depending on size.

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How Much Does Aqualyx Cost?

The cost of Aqualyx injections will vary between providers, but will typically cost around £350 per session, with an average course of treatment involving around 5 sessions. This means the total average cost is around £1500, up to £1000-2000 cheaper than an equivalent invasive liposuction procedure.

After Your Treatment

After your treatment the injection area may be slightly red or swollen for a few days. You may see a noticeable reduction in the target area after just one session, but after you have undergone a number of sessions you should see a real difference in size as the fat deposits begin to “dissolve” and optimal fat reduction results are achieved.

The Risks

Aqualyx has full CE approval for use within the UK, which means that the injections meet certain safety standards that apply to all the countries of the EU and can be given without further testing or modification.

There are certain side effects that can arise with the use of Aqualyx, including an allergic reaction to the local anesthetic or even to an ingredient in the injection itself.

Other side effects include can include redness and swelling at the sites of the injections, pain and general discomfort, a condition known as skin nercosis (dead and peeling skin), and in rare cases, scarring and changes to skin pigmentation around the site of the injections. In rarer circumstances, there may be a risk that the patient suffers from permanent fibrosis – thickening and scarring of connective tissues – or other irregularities in the treated target area. A medical professional will be best placed to discuss whether further treatment is needed.

Possible Side Effects

With over 2,000,000 vials sold across 40 countries, Aqualyx is now a tried and tested treatment. As a minimally invasive procedure, the treatment only causes slight side effects such as skin irritation, minor swelling or bruising which will mostly resolve after a few days. Compared to more invasive or even permanent weight loss procedures available these side effects are very minimal, and the procedure therefore involves no recovery time or significant lifestyle changes.

Long-term Effects

Dr. Alexandrides and Dr. Arun have spearheaded concerns over the long-term effects. The former argues that there has not been enough research done into the long term effects or effects as a result of the consistent use, while Dr. Arun argues that other treatments that claim to do the same thing as Aqualyx don’t work or have possibly dangerous effects.

Dr. Arun states that injections would send cholesterol levels ‘sky high’ due to reabsorbing fatty acids into the blood stream, and if the fat is also broken down into glucose, it could lead to diabetes. The Aqualyx manufacturers don’t warn against the procedure for diabetics and don’t state whether this is an issue.

Prior to committing to any medical procedure, you should always ask for an opinion by a medical professional.

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