FDA warns consumers about Lipodissolve

Posted on April 19th, 2010 by Michelle

The US Food and Drug Administration issued a rare warning to consumers to be aware of “false and misleading claims” regarding a process called lipodissolve.

The treatment, sometimes called injection lipolysis, lipozap, lipotherapy or mesotherapy, involves injecting a chemical cocktail into pockets of fat so they will melt away.

“It is important for anyone who is considering this voluntary procedure to understand that the products used to perform lipodissolve procedures are not approved by FDA for fat removal,” says Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research in a press release issued by the FDA.

According to the FDA, the drugs most often injected for lipodissolve are phosphatidylcholine and deoxycholate (commonly called PC and DC).  The FDA says neither PC nor DC have been evaluated or approved for this use; the safety of the substances hasn’t been determined; and FDA isn’t aware of evidence of effectiveness or clinical studies supporting this use of the products. Further problematic is that some doctors add other substances to the mix, reports Denise Mann for yourplasticsurgeryguide.com. Substances like multivitamins, plant extracts, enzymes, even hormones, antibiotics or anti-inflammatory drugs.

There have also been reports of unexpected side effects like permanent scarring, skin deformation and deep, painful knots under the skin where the injections were made.

Hmmm … if that’s not enough, yourplasticsurgeryguide.com notes that another problem with lipodissolve is that nobody really knows where the melted fat goes.  If it goes to the liver, it could lead to scarring and liver failure; if it goes to the blood vessels and adds to existing fatty plaque, it could increase one’s risk for heart attack or stroke.

And did we mention that lipodissolve only earned a 32 percent satisfaction rate from RealSelf.com reviewers?  A couple of them wrote that the process nearly killed them.   Admittedly there are a few people who rave about about the procedure on RealSelf, but if the FDA feels strongly enough to issue warnings, we should pay attention.  There are plenty of other fat-reducing processes out there.

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