Lipodissolve has become accepted as a safe, minimally invasive injectable alternative to surgical Liposuction throughout the world. It was introduced to the United States several years ago and is gaining in popularity among American physicians. Lipodissolve had already been used for 10 years in South America, primarily by Dr. Patricia Rittes, who founded the International Meso-Lipotherapy Society. The optimal patient has small areas of fat rather than overall weight to lose. Liposuction may be recommended for patients with larger areas to treat.
Lipodissolve treatments involve a series of small injections used to sculpt areas where stubborn fat does not easily respond to diet and exercise alone. Research primarily done at UCLA by Dr. Adam Rotunda, has indicated that Phosphatidyl Choline solubilized with deoxycholate, is effective in removing small collections of fat. The detergent effect of the emulsifier deoxycholate, accounts for this effect. When injected sub-dermally (into the fatty tissue), there is an increase in the rate of cellular fat breakdown and the fat is released from the tissue and later excreted from the body.
Treatment areas include the jaw line, backs of arms, midsection, and parts of the thighs, including inner thighs, saddlebags, and around the knees. Treatments begin at $250 and take approximately 15-30 minutes, making this a quick and easy, no downtime procedure. A minimum of 4 treatments is recommended, spaced one week apart. Results will begin to be seen 2 weeks following treatments and continue to improve for 6 months. Women and men benefit equally from this treatment.
There are no known long-term systemic side-effects of Phosphatidyl Choline, but some patients do experience transient tachycardia, dizziness, diaphoresis, or nausea, particularly if the treatment has been performed on an empty stomach. Lowered cholesterol levels have been reported. Chemically, Phosphatidyl Choline is the chief component of soy lecithin and is considered safe as an injectable. The treatment is contraindicated if patients are pregnant or breastfeeding. Short-term inflammation in the area being treated is to be expected. Anti-inflammatories are not recommended, as they may decrease the effectiveness of the treatment. A balanced diet as well as cardiovascular activity will help to expedite fat removal.
Many people in the U.S.A. use the terms Lipodissolve and Mesotherapy synonymously, however, Mesotherapy employs a completely different set of ingredients and injection method to treat surface fat/cellulite.
Q – What is lipodissolve?
Lipodissolve is a safe, minimally-invasive liposuction alternative which involves a series of small injections to dissolve stubborn fat and sculpt areas of the body.
Q – Who is a candidate for lipodissolve?
Candidates for lipodissolve include healthy men and women who have small areas of stubborn fat that they would like to improve. For patients with larger areas of excess fat, traditional liposuction may be recommended. Treatment should not be performed on patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Q – What areas of the body can be treated with lipodissolve?
Lipodissolve can be used on many areas of the face and body including the jaw line, the backs of the arms, midsection, inner thighs, outer thighs and knees.
Q – Where is the lipodissolve procedure performed?
Lipodissolve is performed in the office setting.
Q – How is lipodissolve performed?
During the lipodissolve procedure, a series of small injections are administered into the fatty tissue beneath the skin of the treatment area. The injections contain Phosphatidyl Choline solubilized with deoxycholate which effectively increases the rate of cellular fat breakdown and releases the fat from the tissue. The fat is then later excreted from the body.
Q – How long does the lipodissolve procedure take to perform?
The lipodissolve treatment takes just fifteen to thirty minutes to perform.
Q – What is the recovery like after lipodissolve?
There is minimal downtime or recovery associated with lipodissolve. Some patients experience temporary side effects like tachycardia, dizziness, diaphoresis and nausea, particularly when treatment is performed on an empty stomach. Other side effects may include lowered cholesterol levels and short-term inflammation at the treatment area.
Q – When will I be able to go back to work after my lipodissolve treatment?
Patients can immediately return to work and other normal activities after their lipodissolve procedure.
Q – How many lipodissolve sessions will I need?
A minimum of four lipodissolve treatments is typically recommended.
Q – When will I see the results of lipodissolve?
Patients will begin to see the results of their lipodissolve procedure after two weeks and continued improvement will occur over the next six months.
Q – What are the risks or complications of lipodissolve?
Lipodissolve is a very safe procedure with no known long-term side effects. Temporary side effects may include tachycardia, dizziness, diaphoresis, nausea, lowered cholesterol levels, and short-term inflammation at the injection site.
Q – Can I finance my lipodissolve procedure?
Financing is available for many plastic surgery procedures, including lipodissolve. Visit our financing options page to learn more about available financing options.
Q – What is the price of a Lipodissolve treatment?
Lipodissolve is relatively lower priced than liposuction and other body contouring treatments and can be a great alternative to surgery. Prices can range from $250-$600 depending on what area is treated, how large of an area it is and what formula is used. Keep in mind that not all Lipodissolve treatments are the same. Also, if you have allergies to soy you may not be a candidate as most formulas of lipodissolve are derived from soy.