Lipodissolve – How Safe Is It Really?

Lipodissolve, a revolutionary felt-melting treatment, is one of the preferred alternatives to liposuction.  

If you’re considering this treatment, this is what you need to know.

Lipodissolve explained

Following a series of medicated injections, Lipodissolve is meant to melt away small, localised areas of fat. Some of the ingredients that can generally be found in Lipodissolve injections include phosphatidylcholine, multivitamins, alpha lipid acid and enzymes. Phosphatidylcholine, which is the main ingredient, is a soybean extract that is meant to break down blood fats.

There isn’t a standard ingredient list though as many doctors will also add different hormones and sometimes antibiotics to the mix too.

During your treatment session, your doctor will inject this cocktail into your fat layers. Since the injections are relatively pain-free, there’s no need for any anaesthesia. Most patients will start seeing results within 3 weeks but several treatments will be required about 4 to 6 weeks apart.   

The Lipodissolve treatment doesn’t require any downtime.

In terms of where the fat goes, some researchers say that it migrates to different areas of the body, however, the amount of fat is so small that it doesn’t cause any issues. Other studies say that the fat is simply excreted from the body naturally.

Is Lipodissolve a safe treatment?

At the moment, Lipodissolve is not FDA-approved and is merely experimental. There are several studies that are currently underway in the United States that are looking at the safety of the procedure, with a number of experienced & specialised practitioners that are also working on protocol improvements. Dr Saras & Co are specialists in fat dissolving injections in Sydney and are currently doing the same.

A study by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery saw them inject seven participants with a standardised Lipodissolve cocktail in one half of their abdomen over a period of eight weeks. After the results were analysed, participants were allowed to request treatment in the other side of their abdomen.

It was found that Lipodissolve treatments eliminated one centimetre of fat in the abdominal area, with the majority of participants opting to treat the other side of their abdomen. Swelling, redness, bruising and mild pain were some of the side effects of this treatment. More studies will still be conducted.

Lipodissolve is not a treatment that should be pursued by pregnant or breastfeeding women, obese individuals or those with autoimmune diseases.

Asking your surgeon about Lipodissolve

Before you decide to use Lipodissolve to treat stubborn areas of fat, it’s best to review your doctor’s credentials, training and experience.

It’s also recommended that you ask about the ingredients they will be using in the injections and how many treatments you will need to achieve your desired result.

You should only ever consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist who is familiar with this procedure. If you have any questions or concerns, it’s best to discuss them with your doctor to determine whether this is the right treatment for you.  


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