Side Effects

The possible side effects of the injection are rare and include:

  • Flushing of the face for a few hours
  • Small area of fat loss or change in skin colour around the injection site
  • A temporary increase in pain 24 – 48 hours after the injection. If you experience
    increased pain for a longer period of time then please contact us for advice
  • Patients with diabetes may notice a temporary increase in blood sugar levels. If you have
    diabetes, you are advised to check your blood sugar levels the evening after having the
    injection
  • Temporary bruising or bleeding in the injected area, especially if you are taking antiplatelet medicines (such as aspirin) or anticoagulant medicines (such as warfarin).
    Please advise the team if you are taking any of these medicines
  • Infection: If the area becomes hot, swollen and painful for more than 24 hours, or if you
    feel generally unwell, you should contact David or doctor immediately. If they are unavailable, you should seek advice from your GP or A&E department
  • Slight vaginal bleeding / menstrual irregularities
  • Allergic reaction to the drug: This will usually happen immediately so you will be asked to wait for a short time after your injection to check for any reactions. If you have any signs of an allergic reaction after you have left the clinic then please seek medical advice

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