What Does It Do?
Sometimes called "non-surgical" liposuction, Lipodissolve is able to melt away small areas of unwanted fat from certain areas of the body. Differing significantly from Mesotherapy, Lipodissolve is performed with a carefully formulated mixture that is injected just below the skin. The result should be an even and long-term reduction of fat in the area of treatment.
What body areas are appropriate for Lipodissolve?
Probably the best areas are small, soft collections of focal fat deposits in normal or near-normal weight healthy persons. These commonly include the hips or "love handles," the lower abdomen or tummy area, back or bra "roll" areas, and the inner thighs. If the fat of the male breast, the upper arms or the lateral thigh areas is soft, these are potentially other good areas for Lipodissolve.
Additionally, the area under the chin and in many cases a small area of jowls of the lower cheek are also excellent areas for treatment.
There is also evidence that Injection Lipodissolve can cause skin tightening in areas of cellulite or laxity.
You will need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Yarish to give you the best idea how well an area is likely to respond to treatment.
Are you a candidate?
If you have small areas of excess subcutaneous fat that is resistant to diet and exercise, you may be a candidate for Lipodissolve. One of the most important critera for treatment is an honest understanding of what can and cannot be achieved. If you are significantly overweight, looking for an immediate result or expect to treat a large area, you are likely to be dissapointed. Liposuction is a much more effecient and less time consuming method for the removal of large volumes or of large areas.
If, by contrast, you have smaller areas for treatment and understand the anticipated treatment course and the likely need for more than one injection session (range is typically 1-4 injections in the area of treatment), you may be an ideal candidate.
How is the procedure performed?
Lipodissolve is performed on healthy individuals as an outpatient treatment, and takes a few minutes to perform. You will be able to drive yourself home after the treatment.
The actual treatment is performed with tiny needles to inject a solution containing Phosphytidlcholine in a mixture with Deoxycholate (or PCDC) about 10mm below the skin into the subcutaneous fat.
What is Phosphatidylcholine Deoxycholate (PCDC) and is it safe?
Phosphatidylcholine Deoxycholate (PCDC) has been established in well over 50,000 treatments of Lipodissolve as a safe treatment with an extremely low rate of complications.
Phosphatidylcholine has been used for many years as in intravenous therapy to treat fat blockage of arteries (fat embolism), and is an integral fatty acid occurring naturally within our bodies. The "DC" of PCDC is Deoxycholate, a detergent that is felt to enhance the effectiveness of Phosphatidylcholine based Lipodissolve.
What is Mesotherapy and how does it compare with Lipodissolve?
Mesotherapy commonly refers to the injection of up to 200 or more different compounds into the skin (or "mesoderm") for homeopathic indications to cure or treat a number of medical ailments. By contrast, Lipodissolve refers to a specific treatment using a precisely prepared PCDC compound injected below the skin.
What is recovery like?
Initial discomfort from injection is typically minimal. After injection, a slight burning sensation is noted that generally diminishes within the first hour. For the next several hours and days, recovery is not unlike recovery from liposuction (although commonly liposuction is performed over a larger area or number of areas).
Swelling and a variable amount of bruising is expected, and is evidence that fat cell lysis is indeed occurring! It is uncommon to have any significat pain after lysis is completed by about three days. During this time, ibuprofen or a mild narcotic provide pain relief, and dressings most commonly consist of taping of the skin or a compression garment.
The final result is seen gradually over a period of 6-8 weeks, at which time an additional Lipodissolve treatment can be performed.
How does LipoDissolve differ from liposuction?
LipoDissolve is designed to remove isolated areas of unwanted fat. Because the treated area is injected with a material that gradually dissolves the fat, more than one session is required and the number of treatments depends upon the overall amount of fat one would like to shed. The process is a gradual one and a measure of patience is required. Liposuction, on the other hand, removes much larger volumes from a great many areas at one time and is best for those who desire immediate gratification. Since liposuction removes the fat cells completely at the time of the surgery, it is generally a one step process with results that are immediately remarkable and continue to improve over a period of two to three months.
Following a consultation, we can make a recommendation that best fits your needs and goals. Because there is no anesthesia or operating room fee and the injection session is relatively brief, Lipodissolve is accordingly less expensive than surgical liposuction although the area treated are much smaller. We will be pleased to give you detailed information at the time of consultation and if desired help you obtain financing as needed.