Whether its love handles, stomach, or saddle bags, we all have those “problem areas” that wont go away no matter how much we work out!
Traditionally, these problem areas are perfect candidates for liposuction, but recently there has been quite a bit of buzz about treating these areas with fat dissolving injections! However, this treatment has not been FDA approved yet… so is it worth it, or is it better to stick with regular liposuction?
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What is LipoDissolve?
This non-surgical alternative to liposuction is known as mesotherapy or injection lipolysis, where products (such as LipoDissolve) are injected into problem areas and thought to melt away the fat. Mesotherapy has been used for over 50 years in Europe, South America, and more recently the United States. LipoDissolve typically consists of a cocktail of ingredients (in no particular combination), and many physicians add in other products, such as anti-inflammatory drugs and antibiotics. Over the years, Mesotherapy has been scrutinized because it often does not work, has not been thoroughly researched, and is not FDA approved.
How does LipoDissolve work?
LipoDissolve is injected in a series of treatments about 6-8 weeks apart, and is supposed to melt away fat from small areas. There are a few theories for where the fat goes. Some say that it migrates to other areas of the body, including arteries and blood vessels, while others say that the melted fat is naturally excreted from the body. The chemicals that supposedly dissolve the fat are similar to the enzymes found in the gallbladder, which is the organ that is responsible for aiding digestion of fats in the intestine. Whether or not these enzymes are safe to use outside of the intestine is the subject of great debate.
Is LipoDissolve safe?
LipoDissolve is currently considered experimental, and is undergoing extensive research to determine whether it is both safe and effective. It is not FDA approved, so in order to get this treatment, you have to either become part of a study, or have the treatment by someone who is not supposed to using the product (not a good idea!).
How much does LipoDissolve cost?
The cost of LipoDissolve depends on the area that is being treated. For example, your stomach will cost more than under your chin. Typically the cost ranges from $375 to $1,500 per treatment, and it may require up to 6 treatments.
Is LipoDissolve better than Liposuction?
In my opinion, not yet. Everyone wants a quick fix for the extra fat and problem areas, but the truth is that there is no easy fix. LipoDissolve and other mesotherapy products sound great, but by the time you pay for 4-6 treatments, the cost is about the same as liposuction, and you don’t have a guaranteed result… or guaranteed safety! LipoDissolve may be effective once the right combination of ingredients is determined, but until that cocktail is figured out, I would stick with liposuction to fix those problem areas. It’s safer, more effective, and it might even be cheaper when you factor in the cost of having several sessions of injections!
Shea Slaymaker, PA-C
Physician Assistant, Beauty Expert
Manhattan Aesthetic Surgery
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