Hot Button: Lipodissolve

Even as liposuction technology advances and becomes less invasive, there’s a push for non-surgical liposuction alternatives. To get patients in the door, some medspas and other practices have been offering a procedure called Lipodissolve (also referred to as injection lipolysis or mesotherapy), billing it as a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. But now, the FDA has issued letters to several spas that their Lipodissolve claims could be misleading and is cautioning the public that Lipodissolve has not received clearance for fat reduction.

What Is Lipodissolve?

Lipodissolve procedures vary from practice to practice, but basically involve a cocktail of several chemicals (primarily phosphatidylcholine and deoxycholate) injected into fat deposits. Proponents of Lipodissolve claim that the injections “melt” or “dissolve” fat.

Red Flags

The FDA has received reports of a variety of complications from Lipodissolve treatments. People reported scarring, indentations, lumps under the skin and other unpleasant side effects of treatment. The FDA has determined that there are absolutely no scientific facts or studies to support claims that Lipodissolve is either safe or effective for fat reduction.

You Have Options

At present, there is just no replacement for liposuction. However, for San Jose patients seeking non-surgical alternatives, I do explain that there are minimally invasive options out there – options that do not share the dangers of Lipodissolve. For instance, at my practice, I offer ZERONA®, a system that uses low-level laser energy to help slim body contours (such as the waist, hips, and thighs) without surgery. Clinical trials support its safety and efficacy. ZERONA can’t accomplish the same degree of improvement that can be achieved with liposuction and multiple treatments are required, but the fact that it doesn’t involve surgery or scarring is appealing to many women and men.

I encourage you to talk with a board-certified plastic surgeon and discover the range of body contouring options that would work for you.

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