What is the principle of LipoLift?
LipoLift is a procedure which involves micro-injections of a formulation consisting of two naturally occurring chemicals, phosphatidylcholine and deoxycholate, into the fatty areas. It basically involves a series of miniscule injections of chemicals which dissolve localized areas of fat deposits. These chemicals act like detergents and have the ability to dissolve fat. Both these substance are normally secreted and stored in the gall bladder and help in the digestion of fat.
What happens during the initial procedure?
Generally a brief examination of the body is done and all possible areas are photographed and marked. Because the results are gradual, most physicians tend to record size of the lesions and obtain pre and post procedure photographs.
How much area can be treated in one session?
Generally 2-3 large areas are treated in one session. The swelling and tenderness does increase with the volume of injection and this is a limiting factor for therapy.
Which part of the body can be treated with LipoDissolve?
LipoDissolve can be used to treat fat deposits in the:
* Thighs and hips
* Double chin/neck
* Fat around the cheeks and mid-face
* Fat deposits of the lower eye pads
* Upper and lower arms
* Upper and lower abdomen
* Fat deposits of the back
* Knees and legs
What other conditions can be treated with LipoDissolve?
LipoDissolve has also been used to treat the following:
* Gynecomastia (male breast enlargement)
* Fat mound in the pubic/genital area
* Skin retraction
* Scar revision
* Unevenness that occurs after lipoplasty or liposuction
Can skin or muscle be dissolved with LipoLift?
Generally, proper and safe injection of the solution does not affect the skin or muscles.
Who is a candidate for LipoLift?
Generally LipoDissolve is a minor procedure and unlike surgery is used to remove small amounts of fat in localized areas. The physician will examine you prior to the treatment and determine if you are a suitable candidate. Unlike liposuction, LipoLift is only meant to remove small pockets of fat in the body.
What happens to the fat after LipoLift?
The LipoLift breaks down the fat which is later cleaned up by the body's scavenging cells. This scavenging process takes a few weeks and cleans up the treated area. The removal of fat is permanent and the surrounding areas become flat and compact. Often LipoLift has been used to correct the unevenness seen after liposuction and lipoplasty.
Is LipoLift Effective?
The results of LipoLift are variable and the results are dependent on the size of the area treated. The majority of individuals show a loss of at least 2-6 cm per treatment. The highest fat loss typically occurs in the waist/belly and the lowest fat loss occurs in the legs.
Is LipoLift treatment permanent?
Unfortunately not so. If the individual gains weight the fat will return. The best results are obtained when physical activity and dietary changes are continued after LipoLift.
How many treatments are required?
This depends entirely on the area and size of the fat deposits, in most cases, 1-4 sessions may be required. Each session lasts about 30-45 minutes. At least 4-6 weeks are required in between each session to allow for the full effect of the therapy.
What are side effects of LipoLift?
The procedure is associated with mild pain during the injection. After the procedure, some individuals may complain of a mild bruising, swelling, tenderness and a burning sensation in the area of injection. The mild soreness and bruising usually dissipates in over 4-7 days.
When will I see results?
The results of LipoLift are gradual and take a few months to become obvious. Results of smaller areas become more noticeable in a few weeks but most individuals require a few months. A loss of 2-3 inches of fat usually requires at least 2-4 sessions of therapy and results may take a few months.
When can one return to normal activity?
The majority of individuals can return to normal activity within 1-2 days. For those with facial bruising, the cosmetic features may appear unattractive until the bruising subsides in such cases, a week to 10 days should be allowed to recover. However, most people can return to work within 3-4 days.
Is LipoLift safe?
Yes, it is considered very safe. It is a mixture of naturally occurring substances that are found in the body. The mixture that is injected is primarily a combination of naturally occurring chemical (phosphatidylcholine also known as soy lecithin) and vitamins. These supplements are essential for numerous functions of our body. Todate, no major side effects or complications have been observed with LipoLift.
What is difference between LipoDissolve and mesotherapy?
Mesotherapy is a slower process and requires the use of stronger chemicals. The procedure requires numerous sessions and is much more expensive than LipoDissolve. LipoDissolve contains a standardized mixture of naturally occurring chemicals, requiring smaller injections, fewer sessions and the response is much more rapid.