As we all know, the country which has the highest rates of obesity and overweight population is the United States. This may be attributed to lifestyle and eating habits, including the lack of exercise. When a person has already acquired and built-up fat deposits in his or her body, chances are, diet and exercise could no longer prove enough to address the concern. Hence, aside from being overweight, the most common problem lies on the ability to lose weight or the most effective method to do so. Today, a lot of individuals are getting more conscious and vainer that they are always in search of ways, methods, tricks, and medical treatments to get rid of excess fat.

Alongside with this increase in the demand for certain cosmetic medical treatments, health experts and providers as well did not stop in devising new methods and treatments, to be able to meet such demand, and thus today, there are a number of cosmetic surgeries that a patient can opt. Some are categorized as general surgeries, the less invasive, and the non-invasive treatments. One of the newest and perhaps most controversial addition to these cosmetic treatments is the Lipodissolve fat removal treatment.

What is Lipodissolve?

Lipodissolve is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment primarily composed of certain drug mixtures which had the primary goal of dissolving and wiping out localized fat deposits on most parts of the body, even those fats which diet and exercise failed to address. Medical Proponents of this treatment claim that this type of treatment is not intended for weight loss but merely to shape up or contour the body. This treatment originated and is popular in Europe but in the United States, it did not pass FDA’s approval yet due to some concerns.

The ingredients of the drug mixture are left for the surgeon to determine but two naturally occurring chemicals, phosphatidylcholine and deoxycholate are always present. This treatment is commonly used to address minor fat problems like double chins, excess fat on the jowls, upper arms, bra rolls, abdomen, inner thighs, outer thighs, hips, love handles, knees, cellulite reduction, contouring of male breast, and treatment of gynecomastia. Lipodissolve is not a replacement to liposuction or liposculpture, but merely represents a milder and non-invasive alternative.

How does Lipodissolve work?

Lipodissolve treatment is completed not only with a single injection or session but would require subsequent injection as what the surgeon may deem necessary. Said procedure plan shall be discussed by the doctor to a patient prior to the actual treatment itself. The procedure can be as quick as 15 to 30 minutes and is dependent on the number of body parts the patient wants to improve. During the lipodissolve procedure, the drug cocktail or mixture prepared by the surgeon is injected into the fat layers as well as the connective tissues. The procedure is relatively painless and can be administered even on the absence of anesthesia.

Upon injection, the drug cocktail produces certain chemical reaction that causes agitation or dissolving the localized fats in the area. When it comes to the specifics, on where the dissolved fats go, medical experts have distinct explanations. Some surgeon claim that dissolved fats combines with fat cells and travels to other areas of the bodies like the arteries, some claim that these fats are melted and naturally excreted from the body. Wherever these fats are taken, all of them agree though that they are already dissolved to the minutest parts that they can no longer pose a threat or cause any health problem.

Is Lipodissolve treatment effective?

In Europe where it originated, Lipodissolve is known to be effective in getting rid of localized fat problems in most body parts. The results of this treatment is said to be variable and heavily dependent on the size of the area or body part being treated. Based on observations, patients have been noted to loss at around 2 to 6 centimeters of fats with every treatment. Among the body parts, the highest percentage of fat removal is observed round the waist or belly, and the least is observed on the legs.
Though there are numerous claims of Lipodissolve’s effectiveness, there are still some heavy clouds put over the treatment’s safety and effectiveness. It can be noted that in Canada and Brazil, this treatment was banned by the authorities. On the other hand, the United States Food and Drug Administration did not issue an approval yet on this treatment still due to issues clouding the effectiveness of the treatment and the ingredients or substances used in lipodissolve. That Lipodissolve is still on the research phase where the safety of the substances is not yet concluded by the FDA.

Based on patient reviews like those coming from, only 33 percent of Lipodissolve patients confirmed the effectiveness of the treatment, the larger 67 percent claimed otherwise. Here’s what a satisfied patient says: “Anyway, it’s been 2 weeks since my second and final lipodissolve injections and my double chin is gone. I feel 15 years younger. My doctor charged $350 for each round of injections. For me, lipodissolve was worth every penny I spent.” On the other hand, a dismayed patient says: “I wish I could take this back and had never done this. Such a mistake to have any procedure done that is not FDA approved.”

Who may undergo Lipodissolve treatment?

Ideal patients for the Lipodissolve treatment are those that are not considered overweight, patients who are bothered by localized fats on certain body parts where exercise and diet did not seem to work. Aside from self-assessment, consulting a doctor on the patient’s suitability to the treatment is a must.

Lipodissolve risks and hazards

FDA has identified certain risks and health hazards related to the treatment. These include permanent scarring, skin deformation and deep painful knots under skin areas where the treatment was administered. Said government agency hasn’t still established the treatments long term risks and health hazards.

How much does Lipodissolve cost?

The usual price range of the Lipodissolve treatment ranges from $375 to $2,700 per session or treatment. On most cases, the average number of treatment is 6 sessions. Of course there shall be other cost factors to be considered like the availability of surgeon, equipment, the drugs, the size of the body part to be treated, etc.

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