There’s no shortage of liposuction alternatives promising to offer a safer and less painful method for weight loss. And one of these popular alternatives is Lipodissolve. It does not require invasive surgery and offer less complications compared to liposuction.
What is Lipodissolve?
Lipodissolve is fat loss procedure that utilizes a mix of chemicals and solutions that are injected to the body to eliminate fat deposits. However, there are no standard mixes and solutions are entirely up to the discretion of the providers. One active ingredient commonly used in Lipodissolve is phosphatidylcholine that is derived from soya beans. This component is responsible for destroying fat cells and is FDA approved for breaking down fats located in the blood. Another common ingredient Lipodissolve solution is deoxycholate which can be found in cattle bile.
Safety and complications
There have been documented cases of Lipodissolve going wrong. This is largely attributed to the lack of regulation with regards to the use of solutions used in Lipodissolve. However, the procedure is not recommended for pregnant women, diabetes, HIV or existing medical conditions.
- Allergic reactions – the most life threatening complications from Lipodissolve comes in the form of allergies. This could result to anaphylactic shock, a condition where major organs of the body shut down.
- Necrosis or tissue death – the use of unregulated solutions is responsible for tissue death in areas of treatment. There might also be errors in where solutions are injected, missing the target areas completely. This has resulted to skin grafts, or the removal of large sections of tissues and subsequent replacement of tissues in the area. Lipodissolve unlike standard medical procedures are not regulated.
- Pain – a major selling point for Lipodissolve is its claim that it less painful because it is non-invasive. But patients have frequently complained about pain days after treatment.
- Infection – this is a common complication for any type of treatment. Great care is always done to ensure that all instruments and the area used are kept sterile.
- Diarrhea – patients can experience diarrhea as a result of fats being eliminated from the body. Fats removed during Lipodissolve are eliminated normally through bowels. Fever, nausea and dizziness could also result from the body’s reaction to the injected solutions.
- Uneven body contours – as large amounts of fats are removed, the skin is unable to keep its normal tone. This is especially true when fats are not equally removed in an area.
No long term studies have been made on the effectiveness and safety of Lipodissolve procedures. The absence of regulations has also contributed to the many cases of Lipodissolve treatments gone wrong. There are no accepted standards when it comes to the solutions used. This has made it impossible to determine what the exact causes of complications seen in Lipodissolve.
The use of Lipodissolve has been banned in some countries. Some states have also considered banning Lipodissolve treatments altogether. Because of the many gray areas and lack of regulation or medically accepted procedures, Lipodissolve has not been accepted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.