Lipodissolve is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. The main ingredient in Lipodissolve is phosphatidylcholine. Phosphatidylcholine is a natural product found in your own body. Its main role in the body is to help emulsify and breakdown fat and cholesterol and is a key constituent of our cell membranes and high density lipoproteins (the good cholesterol). The phosphatidylcholine that is used is derived from soybeans and has the same molecular structure as the phosphatidylcholine in our bodies.
When injected directly into fat deposits, Lipodissolve helps breakdown and emulsify the fat deposits. It uses the bodies own natural methods of excreting fat to permanently reduce fat deposits. Permanently! Lipodissolve has two ends which act like the ends of a magnet. One end is attracted to water, and the other end is attracted to fat. After injection, phosphatidylcholine surrounds the fat cell, and because of this property, it allows the fat cells to become emulsified and soluble in the circulation where it is then removed permanently by the liver, bowels and kidneys.
At Face Today we have found it is especially effective for the treatment of problem areas that may not be eliminated with diet and exercise alone. It has been used for reducing fat deposits for about 10 years now, but has been used for other medical purposes for much longer.
No exercise for the first 48 hours after the treatment.
- Take anti-inflammatory (such as Neurofen, Voltaren, etc) or Arnica for a natural alternative.
- Wear loose fitting clothing to reduce discomfort.
- Ice the area on/off for the remainder of the day after the treatment to minimize swelling.
- Avoid jogging and climb stairs slowly to reduce “jiggling” and discomfort.
- 5 days after treatment, begin daily deep massage of the area for two weeks (will be tender)
The treatment requires no downtime and the patient may return to work or resume normal activities (apart from exercise) directly after treatments. Approximately 20 minutes post injection the patient will notice some redness, swelling, slight bruising and experience a stinging sensation, and this will get worse for about the first 8 hours. The next day the area can be quite swollen (minor swelling can take 6 weeks to resolve) and tender (up to 6 weeks to resolve) and more bruising may have developed. Discomfort may be felt if wearing tight clothes or under a belt (if waist treated) as well as during the night if sleeping on the treated area especially the first 3 nights. By one week most of the skin changes (bruising/redness/tenderness) reduce and rarely require more than 2 weeks to resolve completely, however, some mild tenderness can persist for several weeks as the fat continues to melt.
Most patients will reach their goals within 3-6 treatments per area (average size love handle). More treatments can be done if required for more reduction or to target larger volumes. It is a low cost, effective technique. It is a great alternative to liposuction for small areas.
Each area needs a 6-8 weeks “rest” for the fat dissolving process to complete but other areas can be treated during this time. If the area is still tender or swollen after 6 weeks then it is best to wait a few weeks longer.
Lipo-Dissolve is a type of mesotherapy focused on dissolving fat specifically. By definition, mesotherapy is the practice of using micro-injections of conventional or homeopathic medication and/or vitamins into the middle layer of skin to deliver healing or corrective treatment to a specific area of the body.
The treatment is not painful however there is inflammation the following few days after that can be uncomfortable. A very small gauge needle is used to inject the medicated solution into the treated area. The sensation can be likened to a bruise combined to a mild burning sensation.
The fat cells in each area don’t regenerate. However, due to ageing, lack of exercise and poor diet, people may want further treatment over the years. We do offer an ongoing home care solution to maintaining your results. You can ask your practitioner during consultation.
Lipo-Dissolve treatments are extremely safe. There have been rare reports of minor skin colour change. This treatment has been used successfully in Europe and South America for over 10 years. Some temporary lumpiness may be experienced from time to time. This is totally normal and resolves spontaneously within the 6-8 weeks of the fat melting. Deep tissue massage (not for the first 48 hours) will assist speeding up the breaking down of those lumps.
Initial results usually become apparent after completion of the first or second treatment. It takes 6 weeks for each treatment to reach its full effect. The results accumulate over time with each additional treatment.
Lipo-Dissolve is not recommended for minors, pregnancy or trying to conceive, lactation, insulin diabetics with vascular concerns, persons with autoimmune diseases, severe liver disease, persons who are obese/gaining weight or anyone with acute or chronic infection.
The Medical Term for Cellulite is Dermatomyoliposclerosis (DMLS). Cellulite is a skin condition affecting over 90% of most post-pubescent women. Even those with a slim figure often complain about cellulite’s external visible symptoms — its lumpy, dimpled appearance. Cellulite commonly appears on the hips, buttocks and legs, but is not caused by being overweight, as many believe. Fat cells are arranged in chambers surrounded by connective tissue called septae (fibrous bands). As water is retained, fat cells held within the perimeters of this area expand and stretch the connective tissue. Eventually this connective tissue contracts and hardens (sclerosis) holding the skin inwards, while the surrounding tissue continue0s to expand with weight, or water gain. This results in areas of the skin being held down while other sections bulge outward, resulting in the lumpy, ‘cottage-cheese’ appearance. (“Like fat pressed up tight against chicken wire”). So reducing the “bulging” fat will reduce the unevenness of the skin surface although it won’t remove the fibrous connective tissue but can smooth the surface of the skin.