Beware Of Fake/Cheap Aqualyx – Choose a Trusted Provider

UK customers have been warned to choose Aqualyx providers with care, as one of the leading industry suppliers raised concerns last summer about non-medically qualified practitioners and unregulated imports. 

Aqualyx fat dissolving treatment offers clients a non-surgical way of tackling localised pockets of fat.

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    The special injections are ideal for the double chin and jawline area and have become popular very quickly as clients realise the potential to improve the contours of their face.

    However, the warnings issued by Healthexchange Pharmacy UK remind patients of the importance of choosing a trusted practitioner. Aqualyx is an injectable treatment of deoxycholate solution (containing deoxycholic acid). It is a potentially powerful treatment in the right hands, but can be dangerous if injected inappropriately and experts advise choosing an practitioner who is not only medically qualified but also trained in Aqualyx injections.

    The dangers of

    Healthxchange Pharmacy UK Ltd issued a statement to the aesthetic sector last summer, which explains further:

    “We are increasingly concerned about the unlawful supply of Aqualyx – not only to non-medically qualified practitioners, but also in the manner which it is imported to the UK.

    “There are strict controls through the MHRA and UK/EU law for the supply of medicines, and for very good reason. Increasingly, the public are at risk of falsified medicines, and those who import outside the regulatory framework put both patients and practitioners at risk.

    “As a responsible pharmacy, we manage this product as an unlicensed medicine and take great care to only supply those correctly qualified and trained. The current law and classification of this product determine this legal status.”

    The statement continues to expand upon the risk of fake product:

    “We have encountered packaging being made available on the UK market which looks very similar to the original, but on closer inspection it does not appear to be the same as those supplied to the Healthxchange Pharmacy – the authorised supplier – by the manufacturer…

    “This product in the wrong hands or used incorrectly may result in serious adverse effects and even death. We all have a responsibility to protect the public.”

    So Is Aqualyx Safe?

    In the right hands and using genuine product, Aqualyx is a safe and effective procedure. It can deliver excellent results in getting rid of a double chin and delivering a more contoured jawline.

    It is a great choice for clients who are struggling with fatty deposits in this area or who lack definition around the jawline.

    The procedure is priced at £395 per session at SkinViva based in Manchester. Discounts apply when a course of 3 sessions is purchased.

    Find out more about Aqualyx fat reduction injections.

    Unregulated Market

    Aesthetic medicine is an unregulated market, which means that anyone seeking treatment should not automatically trust the provider. There is no law requiring injectors to be medically qualified, but leading experts in the industry believe this needs to change for the future in order to protect patients.

    Equally it is relatively easy for unqualified injectors to import product from overseas which may not be authentic. The combination of unqualified injectors and dubious product is very dangerous.

    Providers You Can Trust

    The best way to protect yourself is to choose a reputable provider. Look for:

    • Medically qualified clinicians – doctors or dentists have done extensive studies in anatomy and physiology. They are far better placed to understand the biology of injectables and also to assist in case of complications
    • Additional specialist courses – being a doctor or dentist alone doesn’t make a person a great aesthetician. Good aesthetic clinicians will have also pursued additional training in aesthetics, understanding the laws of beauty and how to create effective results that are balanced against going too far
    • Reputable products – ask where your injector source their products from. They should be able to name a good UK pharmacy, not ‘I got it on the internet’ or ‘I get it sent in’
    • Suitable insurance – your provider should have insurance specific to carrying out aesthetic procedures. It is not enough to have business insurance


    Naturally, SkinViva tick all the boxes.

    Visit one of our clinicians and you can be sure that they are medically qualified with additional training and expertise in carrying out aesthetic and anti-ageing treatments including Aqualyx. We only buy product from major UK aesthetic pharmacies and both the company and all our clinicians are fully insured.

    SkinViva Manchester

    SkinViva was established in 2008 and has an excellent reputation for offering high quality skin treatments in the North West.

    Their team offer free consultations at their main clinic in Manchester. A consultation is always required prior to any cosmetic treatment and this is arranged with an experienced aesthetic clinician. The same individual would carry out treatment and this can normally be done at the same appointment if required.


    For further information or to arrange a confidential consultation with an aesthetic clinician, please call 0161 865 1141, email



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