FDA warns fat-melting injections not proven safe or effective

April F on 7 Apr 2010 at 12:00am

The FDA issued warning letters to six medspas on Wednesday for lying to consumers about the safety of LipoDissolve "fat-melting" injections.

According to the FDA, the businesses cited misled consumers by touting LipoDissolve as a safe, effective liposuction alternative although no credible scientific evidence exists to substantiate claims of safety or efficacy.  The FDA hasn't evaluated LipoDissolve, and the fat loss procedure has never been studied in research trials.

LipoDissolve has been surrounded by on-going controversy since the popularity of the treatment rose in 2007, largely due to the marketing efforts of MedSculpt and Fig Advanced LipoDissolve Centers. Later that year, RealSelf outed Fig for posting fake reviews, and both MedSculpt and Fig filed for bankruptcy.

Current LipoDissolve ratings on RealSelf reflect that, of nearly 200 reviewers, only 32% said LipoDissolve was worth it. Several RealSelf members also discussed their poor LipoDissolve experiences in an ABC 20/20 special.

The vast majority of expert physicians participating in the RealSelf Q&A Forum have shared their concerns regarding LipoDissolve openly with the RealSelf community for years.

In 2008, Knoxville plastic surgeon Dr. David Reath posted this statement in response to the question, How can I get safe Lipodissolve?:

"The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery have all issued patient safety warnings against the use of injection fat loss treatments. Each organization discourages doctors from giving the injections, and patients from pursuing the treatment. [LipoDissolve] has been banned in Brazil and Canada, strongly discouraged in England, and the subject of judicial review in Kansas and Nebraska."

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