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Fat Dissolving Injections

At Thames Skin Clinic, we offer fat dissolving injections with Aqualyx as part of our body wellness and weight management portfolio.

Aqualyx treatment is a fat dissolving treatment to assists the removal of stubborn fat from different areas of the face and body.

An excellent treatment for stubborn fat, remaining even after losing weight or frequent exercise, often genetic or hormonal in origin. Troublesome, unsightly fat deposits that are extremely difficult to remove without surgery.

Aqualyx is a long-term solution provided you retain a stable weight, eat healthily, and continue exercise as usual as it leads to a permanent reduction of fatty tissue; once removed, fat cells will not reappear.

Alternative options such as undergoing liposuction can be daunting to some people, which is why we want to offer an alternative non-surgical solution. Aqualyx treatment is preferable to liposuction as it also tightens the skin, reducing sagging skin once the fat has been removed. The results are more contoured and skin more toned in the treated area.

How does Aqualyx work?

The Aqualyx treatment is injected into the area of concern where a specially formulated solution called Deoxycholic acid emulsifies fats and causes your body to break them down, naturally destroy fat cells and excreting them naturally through your lymphatic system and liver.

The Aqualyx solution is derived from natural plant-based ingredients. The active component occurs naturally in the body and is therefore extremely safe.

Over the course of a month, Aqualyx is able to break down unwanted fat. Treatment starts working as soon as it is injected.

Aqualyx treatment eliminates tiresome fat deposits while offering skin tightening, body sculpting and contouring. It’s an excellent choice if you aren’t keen to experience prolonged downtime and pain associated with liposuction.

Our practitioners at Thames Skin Clinic are very happy to see you for an initial skin consultation where we use our THAMES consultation program to discuss your concerns and assessed your suitability for fat dissolving treatments.

AQUALYX can be administered all over the entire body but common treatment areas include:

  • Double chin
  • Prejowl sulcus
  • Upper arms
  • Bingo wings
  • Arm pits
  • Chest
  • Waist
  • Muffin Top
  • Adbominal Pouch
  • Hips
  • Saddle bags
  • Inner knees
  • Augmented fat depots located on buttocks
  • Inner thighs.

It is also a possible treatment of pseudo- gynecomastia and buffalo humps.

How safe is treatment?

All treatments are performed by or under the supervision of Dr Anna Hemming. Thames Skin Clinic is regulated by the CQC and is registered with safety in beauty.

Aqualyx is a safe, natural alternative to traditional liposuction. It’s effective for dissolving fat in unwanted areas of the face and body. In the UK, Aqualyx has been CE approved which means that it meets the required safety standards for use.

Treatments have been used in 50 countries across the globe and over 2 million procedures have been successfully carried out. The after-effects are fairly minor and there is less downtime associated with this treatment compared to liposuction.

Please note Aqualyx treatment is not for weight loss. Please consult us for our weight management program if you want to lose weight.

How long does treatment last for?

If you remain a healthy weight after Aqualyx treatment, the results you’ll see are as good as permanent. We recommend you continue to live a healthy lifestyle as part of the process of treatment.

A poor diet and little or no exercise is the recipe for an unhealthy weight and a disproportionate amount of fatty deposits on the face and body.

If you’re looking to commit to a long-term solution for unwanted fatty deposits on the face and body, then this treatment could be just what you’re looking for. The Aqualyx treatment is known to produce results that last. This means that you can banish fat for good in the areas you’re concerned about.

Please note an average of 4 treatment is normally required for most patients.

When does treatment start working?

Once injected, Aqualyx starts working immediately in the treated area and carries on working over the next 4-6 weeks, which is when we then advise to have a 2nd treatment in your course.

Aqualyx treatment is the perfect nonsurgical solution when a non-invasive alternative to liposuction is desirable.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments you need is going to depend on how much fat there is in the problem area. A consultation with your practitioner is required to determine an individualised plan.

After the first treatment has been settled, 50% of people to notice an external reduction of fat in the treated areas.

Areas such as the chin will need as many as 4 Aqualyx treatments. Larger areas (like the thighs for example) may benefit from up to 8 treatments.

Will I feel any pain or discomfort during my treatment?

Our commitment to you is to perform as comfortable as Aqualyx treatment as possible.

Local anaesthetic is used for all fat dissolving treatments.

We ask all our patients whether they felt pain with Aqualyx treatment, the average pain score was 1-2/10. This shows how comfortable Aqualyx fat dissolving injections are to receive.

Aqualyx treatment is fast and efficient, taking between 15 and 45 minutes depending on area.

The process takes longer when larger areas are being treated.

Most areas of treatment need a small number of injections, your practitioner will ensure you are comfortable for the duration of treatment.

Are there any side effects to treatment?

The main side-effects of Aqualyx include swelling, bruising and sensitivity (sometimes pain) in the treated area. These effects can last for anything up to six weeks post-treatment.

With Aqualyx, there’s a small risk of getting an infection as with many procedures.

Face treatments with Aqualyx tend to recover slightly quicker than treatments performed on the body as Aqualyx treatment is more aggressive when the body is being treated and you’ll experience some pain and swelling for a number of days post-treatment.

It’s important to start wearing a compression garments as soon as the procedure is complete. We recommend Spanx  type compression for waist, abdomen, buttock and hip areas and under chin compression for double chin treatments.

In most cases, patients tolerate the bruising pretty well, along with any downtime, as they are looking forward to seeing great results. If tolerated Paracetamol can be used after treatment, we do not recommend using Ibuprofen.

Do I need skin tightening after fat dissolving?

Contrary to liposuction, where there is usually saggy skin in the area that was treated, Aqualyx treatment is effective in producing tightening and contouring effects to the skin in the treated area.

Sometimes additional skin tightening is required for extreme skin laxity which may be more suitable if skin tightening rather than fat dissolving is required.

Thames Skin Clinic offers excellent skin tightening treatments such as Secret Pro & HIFU if required.

Your doctor will discuss the most suitable treatment for you at your initial consultation.

Who is the perfect patient for Aqualyx Treatment?

The perfect patients for Aqualyx Treatment are



Exercise regularly

At their ideal weight

Have tried through diet and exercise to reduce the areas of fat they are concerned about without success.

Have genetic predisposition to the areas of fat deposit they wish to remove.

Our doctors can demonstrate 3+cm thickness of fat (rather than skin laxity) on examination.


At your consultation, we will discuss your concerns with you and ask you about your medical history. This gives us the opportunity to record your weight, give you an examination, and take photographs before the treatment starts.

At your Aqualyx appointment, the area causing concern is marked. Next, we ask you to look in the mirror to confirm that the areas of fat marked correspond to your concern.

You will then be invited to  lie down on the couch and be made comfortable, whilst giving us access to the area being treated.


What to do after treatment

  • We recommend wearing pressure garments of some description to improve your comfort. This could be a pair of Spanx, or we may suggest using chin compression, a fabric headband your chin overnight to help reduce swelling.
  • Please bring compression garment for your treatment area to clinic on the day of treatment.
  • Drink plenty of water after your Aqualyx treatment.
  • Follow a low-fat diet for the period between your Aqualyx treatment and your follow-up appointment. This is because you do not want to cause additional stress to your liver by having to cope with processing two sources of fat
  • Massaging or pinching the treated area can continue stimulating it. This will improve the body’s response to the Aqualyx.

What NOT to do after treatment

  • Until the initial swelling and redness have resolved, do not expose the treated area to intense heat (e.g. sauna, solarium and sunbathing).
  • We would suggest avoiding exercise on the day of treatment. After this you can resume gentle exercise as and when you feel ready. You may not feel ready for strenuous exercise for the first week, as you may feel a little tender.
  • Avoid taking any anti-inflammatory medication as this will dampen your body’s response to the Aqualyx and potentially mean you do not respond to treatment as well as you would otherwise have done.
  • Do not use any cosmetics or make up in the treated area for 24 hours.

We often get asked about the cost of treatment. At Thames Skin Clinic we pride ourselves on results rather than focus on the price of a treatment, it is more important that we get the correct quality of product rather than offer cut price treatments, products and services (especially when it comes to medical treatments). You will never see Thames Skin Clinic advertising services on social coupon sites such as Groupon as we believe they have a negative impact on our customer safety, results and satisfaction. We also wish to abide by the advertising regulator and work in a safe ethical manor.

Our prices reflect the skill, training and premier product choices we have made as well as the true reflection of the beautiful bespoke clinic surroundings.

To discuss fat dissolving treatment and for a detailed consultation regarding the best options for your treatment please call us today and book an initial consultation with our specialist practitioners. There is a charge for appointments with our medically qualified professionals including Dr Hemming.


Aqualyx Prices

Single vial: £470

Sub-mental (under chin, double chin) course of 3 sessions 1 month apart: £1350

Body package 1.  6 vials over 3 sessions 1 month apart: £2500

Body package 2.  9 vials over 3 sessions 1 month apart: £3500

Body package 3.  12 vials over 3 sessions 1 month apart: £4250

Note: 2 single areas can be injected at one appointment session

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Fat dissolving injections for face & body

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Initial appointment

New Patient consultation 45 minutes

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Treatment takes

15-45 minutes (depending on treatment, following consultation)

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Follow up

Treatments can be repeated every 4 or 6 weeks until all the small pockets of fat are reduced.

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Results take

4-6 weeks

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2-28 days

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