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What Is Lipodissolve
Lipodissolve is a non-surgical treatment used to reduce cellulite and reduce stubborn fat in certain areas. The treatment is a form of mesotherapy, and may also be known as lipolysis or Lipostabil, which was developed in France in the 1950's. During the procedure, a mixture of chemicals are injected into the fat layers of the body. Doctors will create their own mixture of chemicals to inject but typically it includes vitamins, enzymes, plant extracts, a soya bean extract known as PC and a derivative of bile known as DC. The treatment is not considered to be painful although a local anaesthetic cream may be applied to the area as patients can feel a slight sting. The injections are made in the areas to be treated typically the abdomen or under the chin or thighs, although it is not limited to these areas.
How Does Lipodissolve Work
Cellulite is a type of fat, especially common on women, where the subcutaneous fat takes on a dimpled effect. Lipodissolve works works by breaking down the fat and in the case of cellulite the connective tissue. The broken down fat is then excreted by the body. Patients will need a course of treatments, usually four to six weeks apart to get the result they want. The results of treatment are usually visible after three to four weeks. There is no recovery time after the treatment although some patients might experience mild bruising at the injection site. Not all doctors are convinced of the efficacy of the treatments, but it is commonly used in many European countries.
What Can Be Treated?
Lipodissolve is used to treat the hips, thighs, upper and lower arms, the abdomen, waist, back, knees and legs. It is also used to treat double chins and to remove excess fat from the neck and chest areas. It can also be used as a treatment of pseudo gynecomastia, cellulite and fat mounds that can occur in the genital area as well as to reduce fat cheeks. The results will vary from patient to patient and will also depend on the expertise of the surgeon carrying out the procedure.
Preparing For Lipodissolve
You will have a formal consultation ahead of your lipodissolve procedure, during which you will learn more about what to expect on the day and how to prepare for your treatment.
As lippodissolve is a gentler alternative to other weight loss treatments, the results appear gradually, and so several sessions will be needed. In this consultation, your doctor will take measurements and determine how much fat needs to be targeted, and provide you with an estimate of how many sessions you will need to achieve your desired weight loss goals.
As lipodissolve is not actually a surgical procedure, the patient does not have to undergo any specific preparation as they would for other cosmetic procedures. For example, you don’t have to fast or adhere to dietary restrictions as you would with other weight loss surgery. On the day itself, it s recommended you drink plenty of water to reduce any bruising that can appear around the sites of the injections.
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Risks And Benefits
Also known as mesotherapy, Lipodissolve is an alternative to liposuction.
Non-invasive and non-surgical, there are no incisions, but instead the fat reduction is achieved through a series of injections. The solution contained in these injections however is not FDA approved, and so there is the potential for a number of risks to be associated with the injections. Short-term risks include swelling, redness and tenderness around the sites of the injections, although these will normally subside within a few days of receiving the treatment. Long-term and more serious repercussions include a negative reaction to a pre-existing medical condition, or the body may have an allergic reaction to the solution contained in the needles.
Generally speaking, patients who have received the treatment have been happy with the results, which are quick to appear and natural looking. However, owing to the number of risks, most surgeries will offer FDA approved alternatives such as VelaShape or Body by Thermage instead of Lipodissolve.
As lipodissolve is not a surgical procedure, the recovery time is very quick. It can often be termed a “lunchtime treatment”, as patients can return to work and regular activities on the same day as receiving lipodissolve. With that said, some patients do experience some discomfort in the form of a burning sensation around the sites of the injections. This is normal, and the feeling can be lessened with the application of an ice pack and the help of over-the-counter pain medicine as needed. While not common, swelling and bruising can also occur.
A small number of patients can experience nausea, dizziness, sickness and fever following lipodissolve injections. You may be advised to wear a compression garment following your injections, as this can help your body conform to the new contours, and it can also reduce any pain or swelling.
Costs Of Lipodissolve
The cost of Lipodissolve in the UK varies between clinics and on the patients requirements. As it is a non invasive procedure, treatments are much less costly than for liposuction. Clinics will give individual prices during the consultation appointment as the area to be treated affects the price, for example, the cost of removing saddlebags would be much greater than treating a double chin. Lastly the doctors individual injection mix will affect the price. A single treatment can cost upwards of £100. If a patient, books a course of treatments then many clinics offer a discount. Side effects to this treatment are rare, but allergic reactions to the ingredients injected are possible, so it is crucial that you know you are paying for an experienced practitioner who has been properly trained.
Alternatives To Lipodissolve
For more significant fat deposits, the main alternative procedure is liposuction. Like lipodissolve liposuction is effective at removing stubborn fat deposits that are not reducing with diet and exercise. In this treatment, a patient is given local anaesthetic then medications are injected into the fat to break it down. Finally, the fat is sucked from the body using a fine needle called a cannula. The fat removal in liposuction is permanent if the patient maintains a healthy diet.