The solution that is used in lipodissolve, or mesotherapy, injections is not approved by the FDA. There is not enough evidence showing that the injections are effective or safe. Lipodissolve alternatives include liposuction, Body by Thermage®, VelaShape™, and Zerona®.
Although lipodissolve is a non-surgical procedure, for optimal results, it should still be performed only by a properly trained medical professional who knows how to minimize lipodissolve risks. Lipodissolve safety should be as high a priority as the achievement of aesthetic improvements. The lipodissolve procedure has many benefits, and patients who select a qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist to perform the procedure are usually quite happy with the results. As with almost any cosmetic treatment, some short-term side effects such as lumps and bruising can occur in some cases. Have a candid conversation with your doctor about any expected and possibly unexpected discomfort that may occur after you have the procedure performed.
Lipodissolve Safety Information
Lipodissolve is a relatively new cosmetic treatment in the United States, although it’s been lauded by European patients and cosmetic physicians since the 80s. Lipodissolve is still in the process of being studied and reviewed for approval by the FDA. When performed by a qualified Lipodissolve professional, the safety of the procedure is unparalleled by other fat reduction treatments. However, because the government does not yet regulate who is allowed to perform the procedure, it is important to properly research and screen the cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist who will be overseeing your treatment to ensure that the doctor has the proper experience, training, and medical expertise.
Lipodissolve is a non-invasive treatment, and there has been no record of permanent or life-threatening side effects since the procedure began being offered in Italy in the 1980s. An unqualified doctor is more likely to achieve no positive results than he or she is to actually cause harm, but it is always best to take precautions. Unlike cosmetic surgical procedures such as liposuction or tummy tucks, lipodissolve seldom requires that any conscientious preparation be done by the patient in the weeks leading up to the treatment. Patients are advised to hydrate themselves on the day of the procedure to decrease the likelihood that bruising will occur at the injection sites.
You should also be sure to disclose all pertinent medical information to your doctor prior to having the procedure performed. Patients with certain medical conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, and other disorders can experience unexpected complications if they attempt to undergo a lipodissolve procedure. You should also inform your doctor of any medications you’ve been taking and any allergies to medication that you are aware of. As long as your doctor has all the necessary information about your medical history, he or she can warn you if you are not a good candidate for lipodissolve treatment. Your doctor will also be able to make any necessary safety preparations to accommodate your individual medical needs. Those who are obese should not undergo lipodissolve treatments for reasons of safety and decreased effectiveness. Diet and exercise and/or liposuction are better alternatives for these patients.
Lipodissolve offers many possible benefits. To maintain the proper level of self confidence for daily business and social interactions, individuals need to feel comfortable and satisfied with their body features. Diet and exercise are time-tested methods for improving how you look and feel, but they are not always able to combat persistent fat deposits. Lipodissolve offers a non-surgical method of enhancing your appearance where your previous efforts have failed. Because the fat is gradually chemically liquefied and removed by the body’s own processes, the treatment is gentle. The fat melts away evenly with natural looking results. The skin is even slightly tightened around the areas treated by injections because the same chemical that breaks down your fat can also stimulate the production of new collagen. Lipodissolve can be used to correct a double chin, puffiness under the eyes, a slightly protruding belly, cottage cheese thighs, an overly thick waist, and many other areas of the body where fat deposits tend to accumulate.
Lipodissolve Risks: Possible Side Effects
Lipodissolve risks are surprisingly minimal for a procedure that offers such impressive benefits. Some side effects can occur, but in a vast majority of cases they are minimal and temporary. Within the first few hours of undergoing treatment, a minority of patients experience symptoms of dizziness, fever, sweating, or fainting. Some short-term side effects at the injection sites may include mild swelling, bruising, itching, and general discomfort in the area that was treated. These symptoms could last up to three days following treatment. You may also experience mild, intermittent diarrhea as your body converts the broken down fatty structures into waste products. Some women have reported the occurrence of intermenstrual bleeding as a result of hormones secreted by the broken-down fat cells. Lipodissolve risks are greater for anyone who has undergone surgery in the six weeks prior to treatment. Although the possibility of experiencing complications is actually fairly remote, lipodissolve is not recommended for anyone who currently has any of the following medical conditions:
- Hepatitis C
- Active cancer
- Liver disease (active or end-stage)
- Kidney disease (active or end-stage)
- Bleeding disorders
- Thyroid Problems
Some patients who have undergone lipodissolve report feeling lumps deep under the skin. Described as being similar to calcium deposits, these nodules under the skin might be slightly tender. However, they are a common (and temporary) result of lipodissolve. The lumps develop as the fat is dissolved and dissipate soon after the body has completed the process of filtering out the remaining fat in the treated area.
Over the many decades during which the procedure has been performed, first in Europe and now in the United States, a few cases of allergic reaction to the chemicals used in the treatment have been reported. This is extremely rare, but if you have a history of medication allergies, you should discuss this possibility with your doctor.
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Be sure to discuss lipodissolve risks and benefits, lipodissolve safety precautions, and the potential for lipodissolve side effects such as lumps or bruising with your doctor prior to treatment.