Deso® is used to ‘dissolve’ stubborn pockets of fat which remain resistant to diet or exercise.

The product a formulation containing deoxycholic acid. This is a secondary bile acid which the body naturally produces to liquefy the fat in the gut.The injections liquefy the fat cells, destroying them permanently and releasing lipids which are then expelled by the body through the lymphatic system.

This is not a weight loss treatment or an alternative to diet and exercise; but can be very helpful in refining body shape by tackling those areas that are stubborn.

The treatment is suitable for tackling areas around the face or  body, including;

  • stomach or abdomen

  • hips

  • thighs – including inner thigh area

  • knees

  • buttocks

  • upper arms

  • double chin

  • jowls

What is Deoxycholic Acid?

Deoxycholic acid normally emulsifies and solubilises dietary fats in the intestine, and when injected subcutaneously, it disrupts and destroys fat cells in that tissue making it the perfect agent to remove stubborn pockets of fat. Like most non-surgical fat reducing procedures, intralipotherapy using DESO FACE and BODY is not intended for the obese body but does target the fat at cell level making it one of the most successful formulas for targeting specific areas.

Side Effects & Complications

Serious risks of DESO treatment are extremely small, but these include redness, pain, irritation, allergic reaction, pigmentation, tissue necrosis (very rare) and temporary nodules. There are special aftercare instructions you would have to adhere to and the drainage of the treated fat cells can be improved by adding other therapies (e.g. compression and/or ultrasound).


DESO injections are contraindicated in pregnancy and breastfeeding, acute/untreated hormonal disorders (e.g untreated thyroid disease, advanced organ disease (e.g. renal/hepatic failure), allergy to the substance or materials necessary for the procedure, severe autoimmune disease, immunosuppression, active infection and Body Dismorphic Disorder (BDD).

Following DESO fat dissolving injections we would advise that you:

  • Avoid Aspirin for pain to reduce the risk of bruising or bleeding. Paracetamol is acceptable. Intermittent cooling with ice can be used by applying for 5 minutes post-procedure. A simple fan can also be helpful for discomfort.

  • Bruising may occur. Avoid direct sunlight, sunbeds and heat therapies during the treatment period.

  • Avoid hot baths and showers (tepid water only) for 5 days.

  • Nodules are not uncommon. They can last up to a month and usually disappear without any intervention. However, your Practitioner would need to assess anything unusual.

  • A compression garment may be worn for 2-5 days following treatment (this will be guided by your Practitioner’s recommendation).

  • Contact your Aesthetic Practitioner with any concerns without delay.

A course of 3-5 treatments on the body and 1-3 on the face is usually advised for the best results, spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Each treatment session takes around an hour to complete.