Fat removal without Surgery?
This treatment breaks down fat, which is then discharged over the liver and metabolized. It has been authorized for intravenous use to prevent and treat fat embolisms and liver diseases. Lipostabil® is currently only licensed as an intravenous medicine, for the prevention and treatment of blood vessel blockages by fat particles (fat embolism).
The concept is appealing. However, the use of this treatment to reduce subcutaneous fat must be critically analyzed in the scientific literature. The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) received FDA authorization to initiate a double-blind, placebo-controlled 46-week study to examine the safety and efficacy of these injections (also marketed as Flabjab™, Lipomelt, Liposdissolve and Fat-Away). Results are still pending.
Current concerns around injection lipolysis for subcutaneous fat include :
Lack of evidence-based scientific data
Technique in early stages and has not been evaluated for safety and reliability
No long-term results available
Not FDA approved for cosmetic treatment
Severe caution in patients with liver disease
Performed by non-physicians
Requires multiple treatments
Causes local inflammatory reaction, with possible hyperpigmentation or scarring
Injection lipolysis will not replace any traditional liposuction, but may be helpful in the future for very specific fat deposits in select individuals. It is not approved or licensed for cosmetic use. Product safety has not been established for subcutaneous use for cosmetic purposes. Consumers should be aware of this if offered the product.