How to use Deoxycholic Acid in Body Sculpting?

Deoxycholic acid injections are one of the most effective methods used for body contouring or body sculpting as it targets and destroys fat cells without any invasion.

At Aesthetic Academy Asia, we have a team of Certified doctors that impart comprehensive clinical knowledge and hands-on-training to doctors, dentists, Aesthetic Nurses, Aestheticians, and spa owners in the field of Aesthetic medicine. Aesthetic Academy Asia is based in Malaysia and receives Aesthetic students from the Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, and other parts of Asia. Assoc. Prof Dr. Morthy is the lead trainer and course director for the region. He is also the medical director of Global Aesthetic ( which offers advanced Aesthetic medical procedures. Aesthetic Academy Asia with the insignia of “Be Certified, Be Recognized” has always stressed the importance of structured Aesthetic medical education with international recognition in Aesthetics and for those opting for a career in Aesthetic medicine.

Under our advanced Medical Aesthetic Certification programme in Malaysia and our International Online Aesthetic courses, Aesthetic students are trained extensively on the application and benefits of various non-surgical body sculpting techniques that would offer a targeted way to reshape areas such as the jowls, submental fat, abdomen, love handles, thighs and upper arms.

In today’s article, we will talk about body sculpting, deoxycholic acid, its various types and why you need proper training in body sculpting.

What is Body-Sculpting?

Body-sculpting commonly refers to Aesthetic medical procedures which are carried out to shrink and reshape areas of stubborn body fat. It mainly involves facial areas such as double chin and jowls. However, it can also be used to reshape the abdomen, thighs, bottom, thighs, and upper arms among other areas of the body to give it an overall slimmer appearance. Body sculpting helps in breaking down the fat cells that are eventually flushed out of the body over the course of a few weeks to months. One of the main advantages of body sculpting treatment is that it is non-invasive, which means there is no cutting of the skin involved in the procedure. In contrast to Cryolipolysis, there is also no inherent risk of frostbite or skin necrosis with deoxycholic acid treatment.

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About Deoxycholic Acid

Deoxycholic acid which is also commonly known as deoxycholate and cholanoic acid is a secondary bile acid that is produced by the intestinal bacteria acting on primary bile acids secreted by the liver. In the digestive tract, deoxycholic acid breaks down fat by destroying the cell membrane. Deoxycholic acid emulsifies fats to aid their overall intestinal absorption. When injected into the subcutaneous fat layers of the skin, deoxycholic acid tends to destroy the adipocytes or the fat cells present in the human body. The inflammatory tissue reaction then leads to an overall reduction of fat deposits with minimal scarring. The dissolved fat which is now cellular debris gets cleared into the lymphatic and circulatory systems by the specialized immunologic cells present in the human body. This happens gradually over the span of several weeks. As for deoxycholic acid, it follows the same path. It gets metabolized and broken down.

Administration of Deoxycholic acid injections for non-surgical body sculpting procedure should be performed by a trained doctor with a sound understanding of physiology and adipose tissue anatomy. The target is the superficial within the treatment area. A topical or local anaesthetic agent is used to minimize the discomfort. An ink ‘tattoo grid’ can be applied to the area to be treated to guide the delivery of injections; this is removed with an alcohol-soaked swab after the cosmetic medical procedure. Deoxycholic acid is then injected subcutaneously.

The procedure often has slight side effects like pain, bruising, numbness and tenderness or redness and swelling, but sometimes may also lead to induration or depression at the site of injection, dysphagia, nerve injury causing temporary numbness, or in some rare cases, even skin ulceration.

Advantages of Deoxycholic Acid

Deoxycholic acid is used to prevent and dissolve gallstones that form in the gallbladder. In the field of mesotherapy Deoxycholic Acid is administered to perform lipolysis (eg, as non-surgical treatment of lipoma).Deoxycholic acid is less destructive in skin and muscle tissue due to the nature of protein binding. Kybella® is a proprietary formulation of purified synthetic deoxycholic acid that was initially developed for therapeutic use but has gained much popularity for lipolysis nowadays.

Why is training important?

As mentioned earlier, administration of Deoxycholic acid injections for non-surgical body sculpting procedure should be performed under certified Aesthetic practitioners who are trained and skilled to perform procedures with adequate knowledge about the treatment and complications. During the training, we will teach our doctors and students the type of Deoxycholic Acid, concentration, volume, dosages, and injection technique. The training includes scientific mapping and calculation of dosages based on various factors - ranging from age, skin thickness, and body weight. It is also important to understand the maximum permissible dosage. Thus, proper education is very important in order to not only avoid but also to teach them to manage these complications.

At Aesthetic Academy Asia, the aesthetic doctors & aesthetic dentists are intensively trained in theory as well as clinical skills under our advanced aesthetic courses in body sculpting so that they can execute the cosmetic procedure, safely and effectively.

Similarly, Aesthetic nurses, aestheticians, and spa owners are also trained to understand the basic principles of chemical peel under our cosmetology certification programme in body sculpting.

The advanced aesthetic courses in the body sculpting curriculum include:

  • What are the types of body sculpting agent?

  • What are the layers of the skin and subcutaneous fat?

  • What are the principles of body sculpting?

  • What is chemical-tissue interaction?

  • How does Deoxycholine work?

  • What are Deoxycholine complications?

  • How to avoid Deoxycholine complications?

  • How to treat Deoxycholine complications?

  • Which are the safest body sculpting agents?

Aesthetic Education at Aesthetic Academy Asia

At renowned Aesthetic Academy Asia, may it be for students from the Philippines, Myanmar, India, Cambodia, Indonesia or any part of the world, we take Aesthetic education with utmost seriousness and help our students learn and practice effective Aesthetic procedures so they are confident enough to start their career in Aesthetic. Our students are well versed to handle any situation, simply because we focus on teaching the fundamentals and principles of the Aesthetic procedures before venturing into clinical skills. Our students learn advanced and new skills and techniques that are different than the textbooks. We teach them safe, effective, and affordable ways to perform Aesthetic procedures. In addition to the Professional Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine for Doctors & Dentists and Professional Certificate in Advanced Aesthetic for Nurses, Aestheticians and Spa Owners, Aesthetic Academy Asia also conducts specialized and advanced training such As Non-Surgical Body Sculpting, Dermal Filler (Restylane, Juvederm, Teosyal, Bellotero), Botulinum Toxin (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin), Skin Boosters (Restylane Skin Booster, Profhilo, Rejuran) Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Threadlift (PDO, Aptos, Happy Lift) and more. Now with the current pandemic, the Academy is conducting online Professional Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine and online Professional Certificate in Advanced Aesthetic courses using state of the art virtual meeting technology.

The Academy has produced have some of the finest Aesthetic graduates in the world who have graduated from our professional aesthetic courses with dual international certificates.