Lipodissolve is a non-surgical treatment that dissolves small collections of fat from areas such as the saddle bags, love handles, abdomen and chin. Lipodissolve originated in Europe, and has been developed further over the last decade in the United States and Latin America. It uses a mixture of standard medications to dissolve unwanted fat. These medications include phosphatidyl choline (PPC) and bile salts. PPC is a natural compound produced from soy beans. The body uses PPC in a number of processes, including fat metabolism and digestion. Because of its ability to break down fat, PPC has been prescribed either orally or intravenously for over 30 years for patients with high cholesterol, fat embolisms, fatty liver disease, arterial wall fatty deposits or plaques and lipid atheromas. It is approved in some European countries for cardiac use.
Lipodissolve is not a miracle treatment for weight loss. Nor is it a cure for obesity or a substitute for liposuction, which is a surgical treatment in which large amounts of fat are removed at one time. Instead, lipotherapy / lipodissolve is a safe, minimally invasive alternative with no downtime that gradually dissolves localised areas of fat that are resistant to diet or exercise.
- One session $400 (2gm phosphatidyl choline injected)
- 3 treatments $1050, save $150.
How does it work?
PPC is thought to exert its effect by breaking down fat cell membranes, resulting in the death of the fat cell and the release and elimination from the body of its fat content. Commonsense suggests that healthy diet, adequate fluids and gentle exercise will assist this elimination process.
What does the treatment involve?
A number of tiny injections of PPC are placed directly into the fatty tissue. Most patients tolerate this treatment extremely well. At the completion of treatment normal activities may be resumed as there are no special requirements after this procedure, other than to avoid heat, saunas and sunbathing for one week. You may experience short term mild discomfort and swelling after each session.
Because of individual factors, not everyone will achieve the same results over the same number of treatments. As a rule, 2 – 6 treatments spaced at 8 weekly intervals are required to achieve the desired result.
Since the body can tolerate only a certain volume of PPC at any one time, the number of sessions required will depend upon body region, body size and the amount of fat to be treated. Maintenance treatments may be required at infrequent intervals to maintain desired body contour
What areas can be treated?
Commonly treated areas include localised collections of fat in love handles, upper and lower abdomen, backs, chins, buffalo humps, arms, legs and lipomas.
How do I prepare for lipodissolve?
What are the side effects?
Specific body areas determine typical responses. Most patients will experience some degree of redness, swelling, itching, bruising or tenderness temporarily. Discomfort peaks at about 45 minutes following treatment and can take up to 24 — 48 hours to subside. Bruises and tender areas can last days to weeks. Many factors influence persistence of bruising: aspirin and similar drugs, certain vitamins and herbs, garlic supplements, certain topical preparations, diet and heredity factors as well as specific medical disorders. Small tender lumps may form under the skin and may take a month or more to settle.
What are the risks?
PPC has been used for medical applications for more than 30 years and to treat localised collections of fat for about 10 years in countries such as Sth America and many European countries. It has yet to be approved in Australia for cosmetic applications. This should be considered as a general risk, in common with other medical treatments that are administered for cosmetic applications for many years before they receive official approval. Muscle relaxant injections for wrinkles, for example, were used for a range of medical conditions for years before receiving official cosmetic approval. The metabolism of PPC and its elimination from the body have been fully investigated and documented and have revealed no serious problems. No long-term adverse effects have been identified to date with use of PPC for medical indications. The doses used for dissolution of fatty deposits do not exceed those used for therapeutic ends.
As with any injectable procedure there is a small risk of allergy, infection, scarring or skin discolouration. Very rarely, short term nausea and/or abdominal pain may occur.
What happens to the skin over the fat?
Unlike liposuction, the skin over the treated area tightens as the fat dissolves, leaving no additional looseness. Unlike liposuction, lipodissolve can also improve the appearance of surrounding cellulite.
Are the results permanent?
Fat cells in the treated area are destroyed and permanently removed. Weight gain following treatment will be evenly distributed amongst remaining fat cells throughout the body and will not tend to accumulate as easily in previously treated trouble spots. This results in a better balance in body shape than existed prior to treatment. As we are only born with a certain number of fat cells and these do not multiply in adults, results are permanent once the cells are removed. Long term studies confirm that results from lipotherapy / lipodissolve were persistent 7 years after the treatment was performed.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t have this treatment?
Lipodissolve is not suitable for those who are pregnant or breast feeding, are insulin dependent diabetics, obese, suffering acute or chronic liver or kidney disease, immune deficiency disorders or other illness, or have moderate or severe loose skin, previous surgery in the area or allergies to soy or PPC.
What is the success rate?
PPC has been used in many European, North and South American countries for up to 10 years. In 2004, Network Lipolysis, an international association of doctors who practice lipotherapy / lipodissolve, determined that over 90% of patients were satisfied or very satisfied with their results. Their combined experience would suggest that 80% of patients are very satisfied after 2-3 treatments. 15% will see changes after one treatment, 40% after two treatments, and most by three sessions. Additional treatments may be needed depending upon the extent of the condition and the expectations of the individual concerned. 5% of patients do not respond. The reasons for this are unknown. Consequently, HeberDavis suggests discontinuing treatment if significant improvement has not been achieved by the fourth session. Women tend to respond better than men due to differences in fat metabolism. Long-term follow up of patients treated with PPC to reduce local fat deposits indicate that results are permanent, provided body weight remains constant.