What Is Lipotherapy?
Lipotherapy is an alternative cosmetic procedure to liposuction which reduces fat in a specific area of the body. It can be used to remove fat in places that are difficult to firm up by just losing weight, such as love handles, double chins, thighs and underneath the eyes. It is not possible to guarantee specific results as individual responses can vary but a large amount of people experience an inch loss on the area receiving treatment. It is necessary to follow a healthy diet and programme of exercise alongside receiving the treatment to experience the best results as not gaining a large amount of weight will maintain the loss.
How Does Lipotherapy Work?
Lipotherapy involves injecting a solution including Phosphatidylcholine and sodium deoxycholate into the parts of the body where the fat is to be removed from. These injections cause the fat cells to separate and then dissolve. This is done by destroying the membrane around the fat cells allowing the acids contained in the cells to be reabsorbed into the body and removed from it over a number of weeks. These injections need to be administered on a fortnightly basis with five injections to the area of treatment being the maximum. These injections can dissolve the fat cells continually for a maximum of six months depending on the individual response of each patient. This procedure will also help to reduce cellulite.
Does It Hurt?
It is normal to experience discomfort during lipotherapy, with patients often experiencing a burning sensation as the injections are administered.
This feeling only lasts for a few minutes, and your nurse may apply ice packs to ease the discomfort. The skin around where the injections have been administered may also turn red and swell, but this should also decrease thanks to the placement of the ice packs. You may feel tenderness for 10 to 15 minutes following the injections, but this will subside. Lipotherapy is often referred to as a “lunchtime treatment” because it is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can normally leave within 15 to 30 minutes of undergoing it. You can resume normal activities right away, although you may experience some ongoing swelling around the treatment sites in the days following your procedure. If nodules (small swellings of cells) form under the skin, these can cause discomfort that can last for a few months after the procedure.
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Who Is A Suitable Candidate For This Procedure?
To be able to undergo lipotherapy it is necessary for your body mass index (BMI) to be thirty or under and for you to be aged over eighteen. Anyone with a BMI higher than that would lose insufficient fat to obtain the results they desire. It is also a procedure that is not recommended if you suffer from cardiac problems, diabetes or HIV or take medication that thins the blood.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
How many treatments you will need will generally depend on the size of the area being treated, along with how much excess fat needs to be removed.
Another consideration is whether you are male or female, as fat cells and tissue are structured differently. Lipotherapy therefore tends to work better when used to treat women than men, however, studies have shown that 80 per cent of all patients saw satisfactory results after just four treatments. As every individual case is different, your practitioner can give you a better idea of how many treatments will be needed to meet your weight loss goals.
What To Expect Following The Treatment?
As lipotherapy is an outpatient procedure, you can return home following the treatment.
It is normal to experience pain, tenderness, bruising and swelling in the treated areas. Whether you choose to return to work the same day or come home to recuperate is completely up to you. If you want to spend the day recovering, you can apply ice packs and take anti-inflammatory medication to assist with your recovery. It is recommended you avoid hot baths, and resume exercise to stimulate blood for as soon as possible.
It’s important to note that lipotherapy around the eyes can cause swelling and redness, and this can last for up to a week. If you have had the treatment carried out to remove fat from under the eyes, you may wish to schedule appropriate time off to recover.
Are There Any Side Effects?
It is normal to experience an itching or burning around the injection site each time an injection is administered. This will last for at least twenty minutes after each injection and is the bodies reaction to the solution working on the fat tissue. Once the first hour of treatment is complete you should be able to feel that your legs are firmer and slimmer and that your trousers will fit more comfortably. These initial results will only last for a couple of days but the more the treatment is repeated the more permanent the reductions become. It is possible to drop a dress size and lose inches of your hips and thighs after the first month although this will vary depending on each patients reaction to the treatment.