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Cellulite reduction by lipodissolve
It's a tempting statement: Get a series of small drug injections and see cellulite reduction on your body go away for good.
But the consumers’ should be aware that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting consumers about false and misleading claims being made about products used in lipodissolve.
Recipients of lipodissolve get a series of drug injections intended to dissolve and permanently remove small pockets of fat such as cellulite bumps from various parts of the body. The process is also known as injection lipolysis, lipozap, lipotherapy, and mesotherapy.
What is Lipodissolve treatment for cellulite reduction?
Lipodissolve involves a series of medicated injections that may melt away unwanted small, localized areas of fat. Some of the spas offering this treatment claim: it melts your cellulite for good. While the ingredients used in lipodissolve cellulite reduction treatment may vary depending on the doctor and the area being treated, the chemical cocktail typically includes phosphatidylcholine/deoxycholate (PC/DC), multivitamins, alpha lipid acid, enzymes and plant extracts. Phosphatidylcholine is a soybean extract, and deoxycholate is a bile derivative. Some doctors may also add non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, antibiotics and hormones to the mix.
These chemical cocktails typically are prepared in compounding pharmacies, which specialize in customizing formulations of drugs based on a doctor's orders. There is no standard ingredient list. Many of the individual ingredients are not FDA-approved on their own, let alone as part of a chemical cocktail.
What are the safety concerns associated with lipodissolve cellulite reduction treatment?
The overall safety of lipodissolve products is not known. There are reports in the scientific literature of complications and adverse effects ranging from injection-site reactions, skin reactions and skin infections. These adverse events may be attributed to the drugs injected, injection technique, or the formulation of the solution.
There is concern regarding unknown interactions between the various combinations of drugs used in lipodissolve procedures and maintenance of sterility of these injectable products. In addition, there is a lack of standardized formula and protocol for the injection of lipodissolve products in cellulite reduction procedures.
Medical professionals and organizations, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) have also issued position statements regarding lipodissolve that raise the following important concerns:
- The amount of fat that is dissolved
- The problems that might evolve from injecting an uncontrolled amount of PC into subcutaneous tissue; and
- Short- and long-term adverse effects.
What Consumers Should Know – FDA Alert
- The FDA has not evaluated or approved products for use in lipodissolve
- The FDA is not aware of evidence supporting the effectiveness of the substances used in lipodissolve for fat elimination or reducing cellulite
- the safety of these drugs, when used alone or in combination, is unknown
- The FDA is not aware of clinical studies to support medical uses of lipodissolve
In addition, FDA has reports of unexpected side effects in people who’ve undergone the lipodissolve procedure. These side effects include:
- permanent scarring
- skin deformation
- deep, painful knots under the skin in areas where the lipodissolve treatments were injected
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