Lipodissolve refers to a nonsurgical method of body contouring as an alternative to liposculpture where SMALL deposits of fat are involved.
Lipodissolve injections are based on a mixture of medications that are administered directly into the excess fatty deposits to initiate the breakdown of fat. Lipodissolve originated in Europe in the mid 90’s and was developed further in the United States and Latin America. It is proving to be a popular quick procedure that can be performed in a short appointment here at Norwood Day Surgery in Adelaide.
What is the substance used in Lipodissolve?
The main component of Lipodissolve is Phosphatidylcholine, which is a natural compound produced from the soy bean. The body uses the same substance in a number of chemical pathways, including fat metabolism. It is licensed in Australia as a cholesterol dissolving agent so its fat dissolving use is off label.
To ensure a smooth reduction of the fat deposit, it is important to achieve an adequate and necessary concentration of Phosphatidylcholine in every part of the treated area, thus requiring a specific multi-injection technique. At the time of consultation Dr Marzola will calculate the required dosage per area and provide you with accurate pricing. The amounts of Phosphatidylcholine injected into one fat deposit range between 4 ml and 80 ml per application according to your individual needs.
Is Lipodissolve for me?
Both women and men who have small pockets or areas of stubborn fat or need to smooth out irregularities, are suitable for Lipodissolve. It is a method of fine tuning your body shape and repeated treatments are possible and necessary in some cases to achieve the best results. Areas such as upper abdomen, back, lower legs or areas that have been treated before will be more fibrous and may need more treatments to dissolve the fat.
How does Lipodissolve work?
In our procedure room at Norwood Day Surgery, the area to be treated is photographed, marked out and cleaned. Multiple injections with a very fine needle are placed in the fat deposits which creates a sensation similar to mosquito bites with very little discomfort. A bandage or garment may or may not be necessary after the procedure.
After the Lipodissolve procedure
As the Phosphatidylcholine dissolves the fat cells, an inflammation takes place. The area may appear red, swollen, tender and bruised for a few days, then itchy as it settles in about one week. Depending on the size and location of the area treated and the healing process, 3 days to one week of discomfort can be expected but little to no time off work is required. Two months later we will see you again for a follow up appointment and take the “after” photo.
Other than the temporary inflammation described above there are no significant side effects recorded. It is theoretically possible to have lumpy nodules, infections, abscess formation, pigmentation and allergic reactions in the injection areas, and treatment should be avoided altogether if you have a history of soy bean allergies (which is a contra-indication).
Who isn’t a Lipodissolve candidate?
The absolute contraindications of fat reducing treatment include patient’s age under 18 years, pregnant women, nursing mothers, certain diabetic patients and patients with current infections or patients suffering from severe immune deficiency disorders. You must declare any of these to your doctor along with any medications you are currently taking especially anticoagulants.
Please note that the results of every procedure will vary from patient to patient. Norwood Day Surgery can neither predict nor guarantee success, please book a consultation to find out if this procedure is right for you.