Rare Side Effect: Tissue Necrosis

Treating the correct target zones and for the correct reason is extremely important to reduce the risk of complications. One of the worst complications that can occur is skin necrosis. It is extremely rare and uncommon and there are few studies linked to fat dissolving and necrosis. To keep the treatment as safe as possible, it is highly recommended not to treat fat around the kneecap or below the knee at all.

Symptoms of necrotising skin infections often begin just as a common skin infection (cellulitis). The skin may look pale at first but quickly becomes red or bronze and warm to the touch and sometimes swollen. Later, the skin turns violet, often with the development of large fluid-filled blisters (bullae).

Other common symptoms include

  • Pain 
  • Redness of the skin
  • Swelling
  • Blisters 
  • Fluid collection
  • Skin discolouration
  • Sensation
  • Numbness

Tissue necrosis symptoms come on over several weeks, and not days. Many have often seen bruising, and blanching swelling following a fat-dissolving treatment. In most cases  this is completely normal. However, if you or your client have any concerns, it is important that you review the treatment site and symptoms as soon as possible and ensure the client seeks medical attention.