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We know you're bombarded with medical news whether on television or in the paper that sometimes sounds improbable. So, we try on this show to make sure anything that does sound fantastic, really is.

But even therapies that seem great now may have unknown long term effects. That's why you have to be cautious and not jump at the latest fad. For example, what if I told you a simple injection would dissolve fatty tissue?

It may sound too good to be true but it's a therapy being marketed today. Lippodisolve, as it's called, is injected directly under the skin's surface into a layer called the mesoderm. This procedure is also marketed under names like Lipostabil, Lipo-zap, flabjab and meso therapy. But none of it has been researched fully or approved by the FDA.

The societies for plastic surgeons and dermatologists are wary and say it's too early to call the procedure effective or in the long term - SAFE. The reported complications include bacterial infection, significant inflammation and localized tissue death - serious stuff.

Lippodisolve involves injecting chemicals into fat tissue just under the skin into subcutaneous fat. You don't need anesthesia but it does require multiple injections. For example a fatty jaw line calls for more than 50 shots. Wow, this is not for anyone afraid of needles!

Right now Lipodissolve is administered in one to three treatments about every six weeks. If you did a search of the web you will find people who say they had great results and that the procedure changed their lives. Others are less enthusiastic.

If it works and is proven safe, it is a great alternative to liposuction and spares patients the pain and risks of surgery. But for now, Lippodisolve's effectiveness and safety remain questionable.

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Remember, this type of therapy that reportedly helps to eliminate fat tissue is known by several name including mesotherapy, "ThinJection", "Lipodissolve", "Lipotherapy", "Mesoplasty" and of course, "Flabjab" and there are likely other synonyms.

Although Wikipedia is an open source encyclopedia, it can be a starting point for information over a broad and diverse range of health care and biomedical science topics. It should however, be used with caution, since there is no guarantee that the information there is accurate. However, it can provide information that can help you search for information from more reliable sources. The entry for lippodissolve is here.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has issued a policy statement on the safety and efficacy of mesotherapy. The pdf of the statement is available for download and you need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open it, download this program free here.

Then read the ASPS policy statement here.

Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of virtually every type of complex illness. As part of their mission is in research and education, their websites are a good source of accurate healthcare information. They offer a webpage about lippodissolve.
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American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA) was created to: promote the educational and professional interests of dermasurgeons; provide a vehicle for advocacy and public education efforts on behalf of dermasurgeons and their patients. Their wepage about mesotherapy can be read here.

 
 

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