Lipo-dissolve is advertised as a surgery free way of losing inches from any area that plagues you. Love handles, inner thighs, even the jawline have been treated using the lipo-dissolve method, causing the fat, in the words of one commercial, “to melt away”. What treatment centers aren’t so quick to advertise is lipo-dissolve is a series of injections that breaks down fat cells using a procedure isn’t yet regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.
Before considering lipo-dissolve, you must already be fit. Overweight people are not eligible for treatment. Lipo-dissolve is only used to treat small areas of fat that are resistant to exercise or diet. And although you might be very close to your ideal weight, some argue that even losing as few as 5 pounds can make an enormous difference in these areas, saving you thousands of dollars.
Another thing to consider is lipo-dissolve does not work for everyone. Even if your treatment center offers a money back guarantee, keep in mind that your idea of success may not match theirs. A treatment center may also offer additional injections in lieu of a refund. This can be problematic if you experienced a lot of discomfort or an allergy to the initial treatment. And while you may lose a few inches, bigger fat deposits still must be removed with liposuction.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery started tracking the procedure in 2005. In addition to the lack of data, another hurdle for FDA approval is the lack of a standard injection formula. The unregulated nature of the treatment means that any series of injections can be labeled lipo-dissolve. Some treatment centers argue that many of the injections called lipo-dissolve are actually mesotherapy, a combination of drugs and vitamins. Many treatment centers that offer true lipo-dissolve use phosphatidylcholine -deoxycholate. You might hear it referred to as the abbreviation PCDC.
Another thing to think about is who will be doing the procedure. Courses are offered to teach how to do these injections, but they are not limited to doctors familiar with cosmetic procedures. The expensive nature of lipo-dissolve attracts all kinds of medical professions who are looking to cash in on the thousands of dollars spent treating each area.
A typical lipo-dissolve treatment will require multiple injections and four to eight appointments to treat the area. The drugs are directly injected into the subcutaneous fat. For people who wish to avoid the feeling of the injections, a topical anesthetic can be used. This anesthetic does not protect against the actual effects of the drugs, which includes soreness and swelling in the injected area. Patients also report bruising, itching, redness, and even an allergic reaction to the chemicals used in lipo-dissolve. Lipo-dissolve treatments are normally spread out over two to three weeks, which means it will be months before the effectiveness of the treatments can be measured.
Despite the swelling that lasts for months, lipo-dissolve has devotees who believe that the final results were worth the discomfort. They cite the lack of down time required after each treatment, which has earned the procedure the name “lunch hour lipo”. And despite the lack of FDA approval for lipo-dissolve, the drugs individually are approved, making advocates for lipo-dissolve say the risk is minimal.
If you are thinking about trying lipo-dissolve, talk to your regular doctor and do your research. Any cosmetic procedure has risks, be sure to know what those risks are and how to minimize them. Even though the results may be less dramatic, traditional methods of diet and exercise can also reshape your body while benefiting your health. You might decide to save the money you would have spent on lipo-dissolve for some extra sessions with a personal trainer.