Lipo Dissolve (LipoDissolve®) works through a series of two to six treatments, each of which requires multiple passes of a needle. In fact, each treatment of large areas, such as the stomach, can require as many as 120 injections. The injections typically contain a mixture of phosphatidylcholine and sodium deoxycholate, the later of which is a bile salt and aids in waste removal.It is important for the consumer to also understand that although this is a non-surgical technique, each of the two to six treatments that are required can cost from $300 to $1,500, therefore, requiring a substantial financial investment for the patient. Since this is a new treatment modality, many concerns have arisen.
The officials of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons, and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery have brought forth two main issues. First, and foremost, is for the safety of the patients. LipoDissolve® is prepared in compounding pharmacies, which are small pharmacies who typically prepare small quantities of drugs for specialized treatments. Quality control and sterility have been a key issue with these compounding pharmacies in the past. This concern has been brought to the forefront of discussions since numerous reports of bacterial infections, granulomas, and localized tissue necrosis have been reported following the use of LipoDissolve®. The second issue is that, to date, no scientific data proving the effectiveness of this treatment modality has been presented. In an attempt to determine both the safety and efficacy of this treatment modality, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is presently sponsoring a small placebo-controlled study under the supervision of the FDA. In an effort to keep the public informed, The Williams Center Plastic Surgery Specialists will continue to follow this study and once the results have been compiled, we will update our website with the findings.