Because of the many drawbacks of invasive plastic surgery, non-invasive surgery is growing in popularity. Then again, people should not be blind to the fact that non-invasive surgery also has shortcomings. Is it worth the tradeoff, though? Let’s find out. For those who aren’t very fond of going under the knife no matter how small the incision is, then the new lipodissolve (sometimes called lipostabil) procedure promises comparable results to liposuction surgery without any incisions. Then again, “comparable” in this context means that you’ll have to settle with a non-FDA-approved procedure. Known mainly as a “targeted fat loss” or “spot fat loss” operation that’s executed via a series of injections specially formulated to melt areas of fat, lipodissolve can produce uneven contours after multiple injections. Usually, there’s a need to receive over nine sessions to get the desired outcome, so just having one or two lipodissolve treatments is probably not enough to handle major fat removal cases.
Things to remember before treatment
You should be eighteen years old or older to undergo lipodissolve treatment. Standard operating procedure for liposuction treatment dictates that you must first consult your healthcare physician before undergoing the lipodissolve process, especially if you have a history of medical conditions. More to the point, you shouldn’t have lipodissolve if you are pregnant/nursing/HIV positive, have bleeding disorders, possess any form of liver or kidney disease, are suffering from Hepatitis C, have an active cancer, or have recently undergone surgery.
Once your doctor approves of this operation, you must remember the following important points: You should not submit yourself to any type of arduous or exhausting activity for two days straight, even though there’s no need for you to stay in the hospital or spend your days in bed after having this procedure. Furthermore, you should also expect a lot of pain in certain mesotherapy injection areas, especially considering the fact that this process doesn’t use any anesthetics at all. Normally, a slight burning sensation will happen right after the procedure. Lipodissolve’s main objective involves removing small areas and pockets of unwanted fat from the patient; straying from this goal and using it to remove extravagant amounts of fat will cause uneven or unsatisfactory results. When it comes to results, it differs from individual to individual. Click Here to view our Liposuction Gallery.
Lipodissolve Cost and Preparation
Costs for this process vary significantly from doctor to doctor. For example, a typical session can cost between four hundred to twelve hundred dollars. From there, multiply those figures with the fact that it may take at least six sessions or up to nine sessions to get your desired results.
When it comes to choosing which lipodissolve physician to pick, you should first review your doctor’s experience (that is, the number of times he has performed the operation), sample before-and-after photos of his patients, training, certifications, education, and other credentials. You must also straightforwardly ask your plastic surgeon about how many sessions it will take before you get the desired results as well as mention any sicknesses or allergies you may have and any drugs you are currently taking; it’s only par for the course.
Before starting the operation itself, Dr. Agha will give you a preliminary health screening. You will then work together to determine where the areas containing small to medium amounts of fat buildup are. The targeted portions of your body should mostly be localized instead of generalized (for instance, a large, broad belly or oversized love handles are not feasible target areas; love handles can still be treated, but they should be at a certain size first because of lipodissolve’s natural limitations). Dr. Agha is a Board Certified plastic surgeon and can advise you as to the best course of action for your particular case and goals for treatment results.
Lipodissolve Procedure Details
Lipodissolve mostly relies on multiple injections containing a variable cocktail of homeopathic agents (usually Vitamin B complex and phosphatidylcholine or PPC) and drugs (usually the prescription medicine Trental or a similar drug that’s diluted in a saline solution). Trental is used to improve blood circulation and help break fat cells faster. Vitamin B complex assists the liver when it comes to metabolizing fat cells, and PPC is the main fat-dissolving agent. The concoction is not FDA-approved, nor is the treatment itself.
Your doctor will execute a series of injections into the target areas, delivering the compound at a subcutaneous level (the point just below your skin), which is where all your fat deposits are stored. Afterwards, the area will harden before it altogether breaks down within a period of two weeks. After the initially solidified fat is liquefied—an event that breaks the bonds that connect fat molecules together—it is gradually absorbed by the lymphatic system and sent to the liver, where it is processed, filtered, and removed from the body through urination over the course of a couple of weeks. Finally, the processed remnants of these liquefied fat cells are removed from your body by the natural waste elimination cycle. If Lipodissolve is not the best option for your case, Dr. Agha will inform you as to the variety of other surgical options available to remove stubborn fat. Call (949) 644-2442 to schedule your complimentary consultation.
Pros and Cons of Lipodissolve Injections
The difference between lipodissolve and other liposuction techniques lies with the fact that anesthesia is not required. It’s an outpatient treatment that takes less than an hour to accomplish, which has earned it a nickname of “lunchtime liposuction” that it shares with laser liposuction.
Women who’ve just given birth usually choose the lipodissolve technique for the stubborn fat on the lower abs. Then again, UAL is truly the more practical choice in that regard because of its overall versatility and the fact that you can get more bang for your buck-or more fat out of you per sessions.
The success of the procedure however depends not only on the number of sessions you have, but also on the patient’s personal, physical characteristics as well as expectations. Since this is a low-to-medium-grade fat-removal treatment, you shouldn’t set your expectations too high; removing large pockets of fat should be done via tumescent liposuction or ultrasound-assisted liposuction instead. Your doctor should also enforce breaks in between each session: for example, every procedure is done eight weeks apart for the same area of treatment, while separate areas need at least a two week gap before treatment is resumed.
Non-Invasive Body Contouring Procedure
In order to ensure your safety, a hundred cubic centimeters is the approved maximum amount of medication that can be injected into you in one sitting; it cannot go any higher than that without dire consequences to your health. Usually, half a cubic centimeter is injected every half an inch, which will involve a grand total of two hundred, non-anesthetized injections per session.
Even though lipodissolve doesn’t cause much swelling and tissue damage when compared to traditional liposuction, UAL and laser liposuction are still has the cumbersome injection-based mesotherapy beat when it comes to safety, effectiveness, and recovery time (the former more so than the latter). In addition, UAL is also superior to lipodissolve when it comes to postoperative success, because instead of waiting for four to seven weeks to achieve noticeable results (there are even some patients who report not getting any results), UAL immediately suctions the melted fat right after it’s disintegrated. Do you have more questions about lipodissolve or liposuction? Call to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Agha at (949) 644-2442.
Dr. Siamak Agha, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, MD, PhD completed his 7 years of medical education at the prestigious University of Cambridge, England.
His residency in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery was completed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, one of the most respected and comprehensive Plastic Surgery training programs in the United States.