Surgical liposuction remains a popular method for body sculpting for patients requiring substantial fat reduction in the United States. Liposuction is associated with the highest potential for significant cost, recovery time, complications, morbidity, and mortality. This has resulted in patients looking for less invasive methods of body sculpting.
Treatments called “injection lipolysis,” "lipotherapy," and "fat dissolving injections" have been commonly associated with the term “mesotherapy” as a nonsurgical alternative to liposuction to reduce or eliminate unwanted local accumulations of fat and improve areas of asymmetry.
Mesotherapy describes a method of delivery of medications by injection; it is a technique, invented in 1952 by Dr. Michel Pistor, where medication is injected into the mesoderm (the layer of fat underneath the skin). In the 1980s, usage was initially reported for aesthetic purposes at the International Convention of Mesotherapy in Paris. In the mid-1990's, a Brazilian dermatologist, Doctor Patricia Rittes, published usage manual for removing infraorbital fat tissue. In 2006, Doctor Franz Hasengschwandtner from Austria published his findings that 441 patients who received lipolysis injections all experienced a lipolysis effect. He described in his article that this lipolysis injection therapy is very safe, as all but 6 patients who were enrolled in his study were satisfied with their results.
Results of injection lipolysis are measured in inches, not pounds.
Lipolysis is not considered a painful procedure. Most patients do not need any pain medications; for those that do, tylenol is sufficient.
The lipolysis medication is administered through several separate small needle injections directly onto the fat deposits of the body. The procedure is completed in a matter of minutes.
There is generally no need for compression garments, as the skin will tighten over time while treating the fat.
For maximal results, you will need to follow a high protein/low fat diet and exercise is encouraged (starting 48-72 hours after your procedure).