Lipodissolve is a minimally invasive procedure designed to dissolve fat under the skin. It is an alternative liposuction  which may be considered by patients who do not wish to undergo surgery. It does require injections, but it does not require incisions or the surgical removal of fat.

During the procedure, chemicals are injected that break down fat and allow it to be flushed away naturally by the body. The main ingredient is phosphatidyclcholine, which is purported to make cholesterol more soluble, allowing fat to break down. Phosphatidyclcholine and other ingredients are injected into subcutaneous fat in the specific areas where fat reduction is desired. Popular areas for treatment are the thighs, arms, abdomen, back, hips, and chin.

Injections are given over the course of several weeks. Micro needles are used to minimize pain and to deliver precise amounts of phosphatidyclcholine to specific areas of the body. No anesthesia is given. Patients can return to normal activities immediately following treatment. Side effects include pain, swelling, and bruising at the site of the injections. In rare cases, an allergic reaction may occur.

The results can be reduced fat and precise body sculpting in the targeted areas. More than one treatment is needed to achieve fat loss. Results may take up to 12 weeks to fully develop.

Lipodissolve is performed by a trained specialist in a clinical setting or doctor’s office. Perspective patients should seek a doctor with the specific training and experience necessary to perform this procedure.

Lipodissolve is different from mesotherapy, though both are liposuction alternatives. Mesotherapy is also designed to dissolve fat in localized areas, but the ingredients injected are different. Mesotherapy injections often include pharmaceutical and homeopathic ingredients whereas phosphatidyclcholine is the main component of the Lipodissolve injection.

Both procedures are very different from liposuction, which is a surgical fat reduction procedure. Liposuction permanently removes fat and fat cells from localized areas of the body through surgery.