Celebrity secret to burning fat
stretch marks to cellulite, a treatment called Lipodissolve
is being touted as a non-invasive alternative to Liposuction.
And with celebrities such as Britney Spears rumored
to have brandished this weapon in the battle of the
bulge, a growing number of Americans are embracing the
trend, choosing to “buy the burn” rather
than feel it. In fact, according to the American
Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, which does
not endorse the procedure, approximately 28,000 Lipodissolve
treatments were performed in 2006.
Lipodissolve calls upon a series of injections that
promise to dissolve localized fat. Other purported
Lipodissolve benefits include the improvement of skin
tone and elasticity. And unlike Liposuction, Lipodissolve
is said to treat stretch marks and cellulite.
The key ingredients in Lipodissolve can vary based
on both the area to be treated and the doctor performing
the treatment. Typical ingredients include the likes
of Phosphatidlycholine (a soy lecithin), alpha
lipid acid, and plant extracts. The fat dissolving compound
is then injected into fat layers and connective tissue.
It’s important that consumers considering this
treatment ask their doctor what ingredients he or she
uses in Lipodissolve injections.
Anesthesia is not typically used, although many doctors
recommend the use of over the counter pain killers pre-procedure
as well as topical anesthetics. Using very thin needles,
the compound is introduced to the body via a subcutaneous
injection, an injection just under the skin. Within
an hour of the treatment, the treated area should swell.
That’s said to be the first sign that the procedure
is working as the injections cause a reaction in the
treated areas that dissolve fat. The fat which is released
is then naturally metabolized by the body.
Within three weeks of the procedure, benefits from
Lipodissolve should begin to emerge. Several treatments,
two to four weeks apart, are usually needed to produce
optimal results. And in another one of life’s
little cruelties, consumers with a lower Body Mass Index
will see better results with Lipodissolve. In fact,
some doctors only guarantee results for clients with
BMIs of 28 or lower.
Liposuction vs. Lipodissolve
- Liposuction permanently removes fat cells,
Lipodissolve does not.
- Recovery from Liposuction can be significant; Lipodissolve
is marketed as a no down time procedure.
- Lipodissolve can be an effective supplement to liposuction,
dissolving smaller pockets of fat and serving as a
post lipo body sculpting method.