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Mesotherapy and Lipodissolve: Aren't Worth the Risk

Posted by Chrissie Cole
Thursday, January 22, 2009 11:02 PM EST
Category: Major Medical
Tags: Diet Safety, FDA and Prescription Drugs, Women's Health, Mesotherapy, Cosmetic Procedures

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IMAGE SOURCE: iStockPhoto / woman’s belly fat / Jsheets19

Belly fat can be hard and stubborn to lose and often prompts people to seek help to shed those pesky middle pounds.

When researching a new slimmer look, many dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons suggest avoiding lipodissolve – a shot that allegedly dissolves stubborn fat deposits.

This shot is often part of "mesotherapy" -- a shallow injection of a cocktail of substances using a fine needle into fatty areas of the skin. These substances act like detergents that have the ability to dissolve fat.

The procedure is used to promote weight loss, eliminate cellulite, treat aging and/or sagging skin and rejuvenate the neck and hands.

Mesotherapy is a general term used for a variety of minimally invasive techniques in which medications are directly injected into the skin and the layer beneath the skin for reasons ranging from cosmetic conditions to neurological problems. It is a slower process than lipodissolve which requires stronger chemicals, numerous sessions and it is more expensive.

Lipodissolve, also known as Lioptherapy, refers to the treatment of fat deposits thorough injections. Lipodissolve contains a mixture of naturally occurring chemicals, requires smaller injections, fewer sessions and the response is quicker.

“At present, there is not a single scientific study to show the procedures are effective,” Dr. Malcolm Roth, director of plastic surgery at Maimondes Medical Center in N.Y. says.

"We don't know much about this product, because it has not been clinically studied. There might be some long-range problems, but again, we don't know. If this product is as effective and safe as its proponents say, then let's have some clinical research."

“Lipodissovle is one of the most ill-advised treatment plans available today,” said And Dr. Carolyn Jacob, a board certified dermatologist in Chicago

“This is non-FDA approved use of a material called lipostabil, which can dissolve fat and other structures,” she said. “However, it can cause hard lumps, ulcerations of the skin, pain, swelling and other adverse effects.”

Despite the dangers presented by the procedure, a growing number of clinics offer lipodissolve in the United States. The procedure is banned for cosmetic purposes in other countries including Brazil.

If you do decide to have lipodissolve, look for a board certified plastic surgeon that is approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties. And most importantly, keep in mind that while liposuction is approved by the FDA, lipodissolve is not. #


2 Comments

Posted by Dr. Franz
Monday, January 26, 2009 9:46 AM EST

Lipodissolve: First my introduction - I am medical director of "Network Lipolysis" www.network-lipolysis.com which is a society of more than 1400 phsicians in 59 countries all over the world who have been properly trained to perform injecting lipolysis.
The number of documented treatments exceeded 100.000 last yaer. The rate of non expected side effects was at o,o17% and the patient´s satisfaction percentage was nearly 98%. If I read above article I cannot but think that the autor has never done injecting lipoysis or never delt with this therapy at all. There are quite a number of scientific publications, I myself published 6 articles and various books, also in aesthetic surgery journal and other acknowledged peer revied papers. The list you can find in above mentioned homepages. You never should mix up mesotherapy with injecting lipolysis, which are entirely different treatments, about one third of network members are plastic surgeons who offer this method with very good success to their patients. Unfortunately there were a lot of irresponsible cowboys, especially in the USA, who wanted to make the bg money wihout training and scientific background. If you speak of that group of "healers" - then I agree with you! But this is not enough for the article " mesotherapy and lipodissolve: aren´t worth the risk" - because its simply wrong what you write! Learn it, try it, read the publications and then you will write another article which the headline: " No risk with invasive therapies - do lipodissolve!"
Dr. Franz Hasengschwandtner
Director Network Lipolysis-Germany
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Posted by penmaster
Friday, February 27, 2009 11:17 AM EST

Dr. Barry A. S. Lycka is one of North America's foremost authorities on cosmetic, skin cancer, reconstructive and laser surgery of the skin. He has written an article called Is Lipodissolve safe? In the article he states:

The American Society of Aesthetic Lipodissolve ASAL has compiled an advisory board that includes highly credentialed physicians with diverse but relevant backgrounds in the fields of dermatology, aesthetic surgery and internal medicine.

These individuals are experienced clinicians, speakers, writers, researchers and teachers, and provide advice regarding the procedure and its evolution. They conduct training workshops for other physicians in the U.S. So far the North American advisers have performed more than 2,000 Lipodissolve procedures with satisfactory results in more than 90% of the patients – without any serious side effects. The ASAL has an on going monitoring process to record these events.

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