What's The Deal With Lipodissolve?

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Lipodissolve, also known as mesotherapy or injection lipolysis, is a procedure where a mixture of medications are injected into certain areas of the body with the purpose of dissolving unwanted fat.  The mixture often contains chemicals such as phosphatidylcholine and sodium dioxycholate.  Many proponents claim it is a safe and a less expensive alternative to liposuction.  Unfortunately, there really is a distinct lack of credible evidence to back up their claims.  As a recent ASPS Technology Brief states, ”Neither the injection mixture nor the method of treatment is standardized, and the procedures are not approved by the FDA for any purpose.”

Somewhat complicating the issue, many med spas are now offering lipodissolve treatments.  Their websites often make claims that liposuction is excessively painful, and that it can be avoided by instead opting for simple fat dissolving treatments with minimal or no down time.  Fortunately, the FDA has begun to crack down on med spas who are making these unsubstantiated claims.

As a board certified plastic surgeon, I have been performing body contouring procedures such as liposuction and abdominoplasty for more than seven years.  To be completely honest, I have never attempted lipodissolve.  However, I have taken care of numerous frustrated patients who were led to believe they could avoid surgery, and found the treatment to be extremely disappointing.  Currently, liposuction is the only treatment which has been shown to be a safe and effective means of removing undesirable areas of fat.

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Yuba City Plastic Surgeon