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Mapping The Way: Part 3 of The Guide To Non-Invasive Body Contouring Aftercare

Posted by Dr Ash Dutta on 30 January 2019

In the third part of ´Mapping The Way: The Guide To Non-Invasive Body Contouring Aftercare´, we look at what these range of options are.

Deoxycholic Acid

Deoxycholic Acid or Cholanoic Acid is a matter made within the body which helps to disrupt the membrane of fats. It is also known under several brands such as Kybella, Celluform Plus and Belkyra. The substance works to destroy the membranes of fat cells when it is injected into the body and it is primarily used to decrease the appearance of fatty deposits that hang below the chin, commonly referred to visibly as the ‘double chin’. Although the substance has been widely used in Europe and America, there are several derivatives of the medium and great care must be taken to ensure that both the correct application of injections and dosages are used (with 2-5 treatments being the recommended norm). Deoxycholic Acid has also been approved within Europe and having attracted the CE certification.

Optimal results are noted when treatments are spaced over several weeks and there are however, some side effects that have been recorded following the treatment; such as pain to the localized area of the injection site, redness and swelling. Further reactions with Kybella have also been noted; it can cause an uneven smile and facial weakness along with possible swallowing difficulties. Generic complications can also include pain, bruising, redness, numbing sensations and even Alopecia or hair loss. It is most important to avoid all alcohol consumption for a day following the treatment and to avoid blood thinning agents such as Aspirin for several days after.

These actions will help to avoid severe bruising, but oral pain medication or anti-inflammatory tablets may be taken if required. Ice packs applied directly to treatment areas are also effective along with sufficient normal hydration and the application of a high quality moisturiser. Adverse effects can be significantly reduced by avoiding exercise following treatment and preventing the rubbing, scrubbing or massaging of injected areas for at least a full day. The use of facials, chemical peels or laser treatments should be avoided for at least fourteen days after the initial treatment for safety.

Low Level Laser Therapy

Low level laser pulses a safe low intensity light wave below the skin surface at a frequency that is used to over-stimulate fat cells, causing them to open and collapse with the fat being disposed of in the normal way by the body’s Lymphatic system. The main target areas of the body for this treatment are the hips, waist and thighs; but virtually any area such as the chin or back can receive an application as the laser does not come into direct contact with the body and therefore does not cause any surface damage, so healing time isn’t an issue. Another benefit of this laser therapy is that the light stimulates the red blood cells, increasing oxygen and nutrient flow thus helping the metabolism.

LLLT has found numerous applications in the medical and sports world. In terms of normal body contouring, multiple treatments combined with a healthier diet and exercise regime can aid results. With regards to aftercare, sometimes a slight tingling sensation has been reported during treatment, but the main advantages are that no heat is generated and the procedure is pain free. There is also the added bonus that the anti-inflammatory nature of treatment can aid recovery to damaged tissue areas. If the nature of the body contouring is causing any post-operative issues then the patient will be encouraged to rest and move the treated area or limb gently within its normal scope, but not so much as to exert undue strain or pressure.