Lipotherapy is a method of localized spot fat reduction that
shrinks areas of the body, such as double chins, under the eyes,
the lines between the nose and the corners of the mouth, arms,
love handles, and buttock folds, that are hard to firm up or
reduce through weight loss alone. About 75-80% of patients have
a significant, visible reduction and loss of inches to the areas
being treated. Because of the nature of individual response,
specific results cannot be guaranteed.
Lipotherapy works by causing emulsification and lysis, or dissolution,
of fat cells. The fatty acids are then slowly reabsorbed and
flushed from the body over a period of weeks. Phosphatidylcholine
(PC) and sodium deoxycholate (DC) are injected into the areas
where you want fat reduction. PC is a surfactant that is natural
to the body and a component of bile acids and the membranes of
all cells. DC is an emulsifier necessary to make PS into an injectable
Injections are given every two weeks with a maximum of five
treatments per area. The number of injections required depends
on the thickness of the fat layer and individual response. The
PC and DC will continue to work on dissolving fat for up to six
months. If necessary, the series can be repeated again every
six months but this is rarely the case.
Itching and burning sensations at the site of injection for
about twenty minutes or longer are common side effects that will
happen after almost every injection.
Lipotherapy is not for everyone. To be eligible, you must be
at least 18 years of age and have a body mass index (BMI) of
30 or less. If your BMI is higher, the results of the lipotherapy
will not be sufficient to produce the desired visual results.
In addition, patients with diabetes, HIV, kidney disease, severe
hypertension, cardiac problems, hemophilia, on blood thinning
medications, or with unrealistic expectations are all unsuitable
for the procedure.