For every invasive plastic surgery method, there later comes a non-invasive alternative for those who dont feel up to going under the knife. A new technology, aptly named LipoDissolve (sometimes referred to as LipoStabil), promises comparable results to Liposuction surgery.
What is LipoDissolve?
LipoDissolve is a spot-fat loss or targeted fat loss treatment administered through a series of injections which dissolve unwanted localized areas of fat, giving the area a firm, better toned appearance. The treatment requires no surgical incisions (traditional liposuction techniques do), but rather a series of injections of a combination of homeopathic agents and FDA approved drugs.
What ingredients are used in LipoDissolve?
Various providers of LipoDissolve use slightly different agents to make the solution. The main ingredients contain two homeopathic agents, most commonly Phosphatidylcholine (PPC) and vitamin B complex, and the prescription medication Trental, or a similar drug, diluted with a saline solution.
–Phosphatidylcholine (PPC)- causes fat cells to dissolve
–Vitamin B complex- supports the livers breakdown process of fat cells
— Trental- prescribed for poor circulation, also assists in breaking down fat cells faster
How does LipoDissolve work?
LipoDissolve solution promotes a process known as lysis, or the dissolution of fat from fat cells. The fat is converted to its liquid form, a process in which the bonds that connect fat molecules together are broken. This liquefied fat is then taken by the lymphatic system to the liver, where it is metabolized and then naturally filtered out of the body through urination over the course of a few weeks.
Is LipoDissolve the same as Mesotherapy?
No. The procedures may appear similar, but the number of treatments and the depth at which the solution is administered are different. In Mesotherapy, the medication is delivered in small amounts. In contrast, the LipoDissolve solution is injected in a higher quantity, as well as deeper into the fat wall.
What is entailed in a normal LipoDissolve procedure?
The LipoDissolve procedure consists of a series of injections, made with a small syringe. Most patients typically undergo between only 1-3 treatments. The number of these treatments depend upon the individuals personal body, and the desired amount of weight-loss.
When several visits are desired, the treatments are usually applied 8 weeks apart for the same area of treatment, and 2 weeks apart for separate target areas.
For safety reasons, the maximum amount of medication introduced at one time can be no greater than 100cc. Typically, ½ cc is injected every ½ inch, for a total of 200 injections. On average, patients experience 1 inch of weight-loss for every 100cc of medication.
Unlike liposuction, LipoDissolve procedures have no downtime after application. You should be able to go about your normal day right out of the office. Also unlike liposuction, there is no swelling afterward.
Results become apparent usually 4-7 weeks after the initial visit, although some patients report no noticeable results until up to 12 weeks after the treatment. LipoDissolve is advertised as having permanent results. This can be true because the fat cells treated are totally dissolved and flushed out of the system. However, if one does not exercise, maintain good health, and/or develops or continues poor eating habits, new fat cells can form.
What parts of the body can benefit from LipoDissolve?
Who should NOT receive LipoDissolve treatments?
–Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding
— Individuals diagnosed with cancer, diabetes, or AIDS
— People with allergic reactions to eggs or soy
— Individuals with poorly controlled hypertension, or who take blood-thinners
— People with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30 should NOT consider LipoDissolve.
What are the side-effects of LipoDissolve?
While there are no reports of permanent or life-threatening complications, some side-effects may be experienced. Some of these include lumps, bruising, or skin-tenderness at the injection site, and allergic reactions.