What Is LipoTherapy?
LipoTherapy is a treatment utilizing a combination of naturally occurring compounds administered through a series of micro-injections for the purpose of fat reduction. LipoTherapy injections reduce the size of localized fat deposits in body regions where treated. It is an excellent non-surgical alternative for those patients seeking minimally invasive techniques to improve body contour. It is not a treatment for weight reduction but rather a procedure for improving shape and reducing targeted fat.
What Can LipoTherapy Do?
- Dissolves Fat
- Quick Results
- Targets Problems Areas: Double Chin, Stomach, Thighs
- Improves The Appearance Of Cellulite
- Improves Self Esteem And Confidence
What is being injected?
LipoTherapy is a compounded solution that consists of naturally occurring substances within the body. The solution comprises up to 60% of cell membranes, facilitates cell membrane transport, and is a component in bile that is responsible for preparing the fat we consume in our diet for absorption. As with most injectable fat reducing formulas, our solution is derived from the soybean lecithin. Other components aid in the breakdown of fat consumed in our diet.
How does it work?
First the injected solution disrupts the fat cell membrane layer. This causes the cells to burst, releasing their enzymes and fatty content. Second, an inflammatory response develops allowing the debris to be “cleaned up” in the injected area. This inflammation is responsible for redness and soreness, but also allows for tissue retraction. Lastly, new collagen is formed in the area, causing skin retraction with denser, firmer skin character. The fat and cellular debris that are removed are collected as waste and excreted through the body’s normal metabolic pathways (urine and feces).
Is this procedure safe?
LipoTherapy is very safe when injected inappropriate candidates by trained health professionals using a compounded solution. It is supported by clinical studies and research in the United State, Europe, and South America. In 1988, the first injections for cosmetic uses where reported with success. As of 2005, in the U.S. and other countries, more than 50,000 patients have been treated with successful cosmetic improvement and no long-term side effects or complications.
Does it hurt and what are the side-effects?
Several injections are delivered in the treated area using a small gauge needle. Most people experience only mild discomfort that is very tolerable. Common side-effects are a burning or stinging sensation that can last for a few hours after the injections. Taking Tylenol before treatment can help minimize this. Some patients will notice bruising or discoloration that fades with time. All patients experience mild to significant localized swelling and redness in the treated area. This is normal and expected. The majority of the swelling will subside after 2-3 days. Occasionally, an itching sensation is described as the inflammation resolves, taking Benedryl can help alleviate this. Patients will notice the formation of slightly tender lumps or nodules under the skin, which is expected as the fat is dissolved. This reaction is temporary.
How do I know if I am a candidate?
Each patient will receive a complimentary consultation and medical evaluation by our certified medical professionals. During this meeting, a medical history questionnaire will be reviewed with you allowing any concerns to be addressed. There are some medical conditions that will prevent a patient from being treated and these will be discussed with you at the time of the evaluation. The ideal candidate is healthy and is within range of their medically ideal body weight with respect to their height. This procedure works best for those with isolated problem areas that are resistant to diet and exercise and not for those seeking to lose weight.
What are the areas that can be treated and how often?
LipoTherapy is ideal for treating the chin, abdomen, upper/lower back, upper arms, hips, thighs, knees, buttocks, and love handles. The frequency of your treatments will depend on the body area and how much fat needs to be dissolved. Typically patients will return every 2-4 weeks for 4-6 treatments.
Is there any downtime and how soon will I see results?
One of the advantages of LipoTherapy versus surgical alternatives is that it is minimally invasive and patients can typically return to normal activity immediately. While some tenderness and discomfort is to be expected, overall the treatments are very tolerable. Perhaps that is why some have dubbed this procedure “lunchtime lipo”. The minimal disruption in their daily schedule is why most find this procedure very appealing. On the average, patients begin to see noticeable improvement after 2-4 treatments. While many experience results sooner, we cannot guarantee this. Often, we inform patients that for the first several weeks while the body’s inflammatory response is prominent, they will feel “bloated” in the treated area. This is expected and only temporary. Once the body begins metabolizing the fat, contour improvement occurs.