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What is LipoDissolve and what does it treat?

LipoDissolve is a cosmetic procedure that is commonly used to remove unwanted body fat. When performed correctly, LipoDissolve may be effective at the removal of small fat deposits from areas that do not respond well to exercise. These areas include the thighs, abdomen, arms, chin, and deposits of fat beneath the eyes.

LipoDissolve may also prove effective in treating scars, stretch-marks, and any fat left behind after liposuction. Since the procedure is non-surgical and does not require anesthesia, it may offer patients an alternative to more invasive procedures like liposuction.

Who is an optimum candidate for LipoDissolve and who is not?

A good candidate for LipoDissolve is only seeking to remove inches of fat. Those looking to remove pounds of fat may actually be better candidates for liposuction or weight loss surgery options instead.

Before LipoDissolve is actually performed, the cosmetic surgeon conducts a thorough examination of the patient to assess whether or not they are a good candidate for the procedure.

Patients who should avoid body contouring treatments such as LipoDissolve include women who are pregnant or nursing and individuals who are overweight. Those suffering from the following conditions should also avoid such treatments: HIV, Hepatitis C, recurrent infections, autoimmune diseases, active cancer, heart disease, thyroid disorders, vascular disorders, bleeding disorders, liver or kidney disease, cardiac rhythm abnormalities, diabetics, and those with a history of blood clots or strokes.

Candidacy for LipoDissolve is a determination made by the practicing physician. There are a significant number of factors that must be considered for each patient including age, health factors, diet and family history that must be addressed for any patient that is considering undergoing the LipoDissolve procedure.

What is needed to prepare for LipoDissolve and how is LipoDissolve usually performed?

During the consultation visit, the treating physician will establish which areas of the body the patient would like treated. Before the procedure, the areas indicated by the patient are marked and photographed by the physician. Anyone preparing to undergo LipoDissolve will be advised to eat a healthy diet and maintain a regular exercise regimen prior to receiving treatment.

The actual procedure itself involves the injection of a mixture of fat-dissolving medications directly into the deposits of fat in the affected areas. These injections are relatively painless and should cause little to no discomfort.

The substances that are used in the injections contain a mixture of ingredients that may help the body to liquefy the excess fat and flush it naturally out of the body. The main component in the formula is phosphatidylcholine (PCDC), which is a combination of soy and a naturally occurring chemical called deoxcholate.

Other ingredients that may potentially be included are: antibiotics, enzymes, hormones, multivitamins, alpha lipid acid, plant extracts, anti-inflammatory, and non-steroidal medications.

What may I expect during recovery?

Since LipoDissolve is a non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure, a minimal recovery time is involved. Although individual results may vary, some patients may begin to notice a difference in as soon as three weeks after undergoing treatment.

Some patients may notice that the most visible results become apparent over the course of a few months. Most patients will require repeat treatment sessions in order to achieve the most effective results.

What risks and concerns may be involved?

As is the case with any medical procedure, there are a number of risks and concerns involved with LipoDissolve that patients should be aware of. One concern is the potential side effects that may occur as a result of the injections. These side effects include: bruising, swelling, allergic reactions, redness, hives, infection, sweating, fever, diarrhea, fainting, and lumps.

Patients should also be aware of the research that has been performed concerning the nature of the injections used when performing LipoDissolve.  Tests evaluating the ingredients used for injections have not been conducted to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the procedure. LipoDissolve is not FDA approved.

There are currently no regulations in place to establish what the correct ingredients and dosages of the injected formula should be. The specific mixture may vary depending on the treating physician and facility which may impact results. It is thus important to have a thorough consultation with the treating physician to discuss the procedure and any long term side effects associated with LipoDissolve.

How does LipoDissolve compare to Mesotherapy?

LipoDissolve and Mesotherapy are often confused with one another. Although they may share several similarities, they are still two different procedures.

Both treatments involve a series of injections into layers of fat beneath the skin. However, while LipoDissolve is used to address fat deposits deep within the skin, Mesotherapy is used on deposits closer to the skin’s surface known as cellulite. LipoDissolve is not generally considered to be an effective treatment for cellulite.

Another difference between the two procedures is the ingredients used in the injections. Instead of the PCDC used in LipoDissolve, medications used in Mesotherapy include aminophylline, phosphatidylcholine, hyalurondase, and L-Carnitine.

What is the cost of LipoDissolve?

LipoDissolve costs vary based on location, the cosmetic dermatologist, demand, the time and effort required during the procedure, as well as what is required during the procedure from start to finish (lab fees, anesthesiologist, hospital stay fee, etc.)

Generally, spending anywhere from $400 - $1,500 can be expected. The exact cost of your procedure is of course highly variable and based on your specific situation.

Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.

By Anti-Aging Staff
Updated: November 10, 2008

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