Aqualyx is a fat dissolving treatment which is provided via an injection. It uses a deoxycholic acid solution, and can be effective in eliminating small fat pockets which exercise and diet changes have failed to combat. Manufactured by Marllor, the Italian company, Aqualyx has been available in the UK since 2013.

The treatment is designed to target hard-to-reach, localised pockets of fat under the skin's surface, and can be used to target fat pockets in the chin, buttocks, back, thighs, hips, knees, back and stomach.

Aqualyx is sometimes used to treat pseudo-gynaecomastia in men, a condition which is characterised by fatty tissue development around the nipples.


Aqualyx should not be considered a weight loss treatment; rather, it is a body contouring technique which can complement weight loss methods such as physical exercise, dietary changes and lifestyle changes. You may be a good candidate for Aqualyx if you are already maintaining your weight via regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle. Those who have reached, and are maintaining, their desired weight, will be best placed to assess the effectiveness of the Aqualyx treatment in addressing stubborn fat pockets.

You may not be suitable for Aqualyx if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or have been diagnosed with certain pathological conditions or lipodystrophy. Aqualyx is only typically recommended for people between the ages of 18 and 60.

In many cases, joint problems can lead to pain in other areas of the body, such as the lower back, legs, buttocks, and groin. Joint injections - typically administered at the foot, knee, shoulder or hip - can help to ease these symptoms, too.