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Oct022007

Lipodisolve is popular despite obsticles

 Via USA Today: Lipodissolve proves popular despite lack of FDA nod

The American Society of Non-surgical Aesthetics, a trade group, estimates that 50,000 to 100,000 lipodissolve treatments have been performed in the USA and Europe. That's nothing compared with the 300,000 liposuction procedures performed last year in the USA, but the lipodissolve group predicts its U.S. market will grow to 500,000 a year.

Lipodissolve practitioners inject small amounts of a chemical found in lecithin — better known as a food ingredient derived from soybeans — into pesky protrusions of pudge, aka love handles, muffin tops and bra

Reader Comments (12)

Does anyone know if docs are doing the injections at the Fig centers? I checked the website and it has them listed as "advisors."

10.3 | Unregistered CommenterFiona

obsticles? is that like testicles?

10.16 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous

Lipodissolve is on the rise thats great news.

Hi,
Does anybody
have experience injecting upper back? How deep should you go?
Anything I should be particular careful about? Thanks a lot for your help.

11.4 | Unregistered Commenterolga777

Just watched a segment on CBS 2 news here in So Cal... they researched lipodissolve (from fig) and lipozap and found horrible results.. patients in the ER, with an abdomen that looked pregnant after treatment, etc. I think it'll be uploaded to CBS 2's website later. It was disasterous!!!

11.8 | Unregistered CommenterCali

Here it is ... read it!!! About lipodissolve http://cbs2.com/topstories/local_story_312011353.html

11.8 | Unregistered CommenterCali

http://www.cbs2.com/video/?id=52189@kcbs.dayport.com

11.8 | Unregistered CommenterCali

Mesotherapy has been around in Europe, specifically France, for 50 years. Although Lipodissolve (a type of mesotherapy) is new here to the States, it appears to be catching on (probably thanks more to celebs like Brit-Brit and Roberta Flack than to positive results). Still it's increasing in popularity, according to Aesthetic Society Cosmetic Surgery stats which show Americans received 4,773 and 28,000 meso injections in 2005adn 2006. I work with several plastic surgeons across the country, including one who performs Long Island plastic surgery, and these doctors don't like and don't offer lipodissolve.In the Nov issue of Allure, there was a great article that really went into detail about a lot of the horror stories of patients.

11.14 | Unregistered CommenterMike

After much research I decided to do Lipozap. My final reasoning was my doctor, Dr. Susanne Trout was on staff as Medical Director, and I felt, if she's backing this procedure, it's gotta be good. I started Lipozap Treatments Feb. 07. Lower abs, upper abs and back bra line ($2800), The nurses and tech’s are incredibly thorough, and their customer service skills are comparable to any 5 star hotel. My first treatment was to my lower abs. They did not lie. The procedure was virtually painless. However by the time I returned home 30 mintues later it was all I could do to get through the front door. When I complained I was told the first treatment is always the hardest. My 2nd visit was to treat my upper abs and bra line. Again, little pain during the actual procedure, but, I was in so much pain on the way to the parking lot I felt as though I might pass out and seriously considered calling the paramedics. By the time I got home the tears were rolling down my cheeks. I stayed on my couch for 3 days, trips to the bathroom were my only exercise as I couldn’t even bear eating. It was agony. The uncontrollable spasms in my legs curled my toes and made my right shoulder ache. I spent considerable time discussing my pain with the nurse who called to do the follow up. The following week I spoke with an Administrator. She stated ½ treatments would remedy the pain and swelling and made jokes about a man who'd gone snow skiing the day following his treatments. They did their best to console me. I asked for a refund but they assured me 1/2 treatments with longer intervals between treatments would remedy the situation.Treatment #3 & 4 were halved. However nothing changed. Pain, swelling, spasms. Again I spoke with nurses and Admin. The head nurse laughed and told me she'd had the procedure and not only finished her work day, but had even returned to work the following day with no pain and minor swelling. A few days later, still in severe pain I again asked for a refund. This time I spoke with the Retention Administrator who after discussing my situation for 45 minutes became thoroughly upset when I suggested getting my orthopedic surgeon involved, She went so far as to began screaming at me. After calming her down, can you believe I had to calm her? She offered to refund a VERY small portion of my fully paid treatment. Now 3 months later, with no treatments since March, "maybe" I see some results. I've spoken repeatedly with Admin. Staff, they've REFUSED, even though their advertisments state, "Money Back Guarantee if not completely satisfied". Now the interesting thing is I've had major back surgery and this procedure is causing horrible swelling in my back culminating in severe spams to my legs. To put it mildly, I hurt. The ab swelling has gone down but the lumps are still present, and my back still hurts. Since they won't return my money I had decided to continue treatment, however, yesterday (6/29) I had 1/2 treatment # 5. I feel like I was kicked in the back & yes, I do look like I'm 6 months pregnant. – I Would NOT recommend Lipozap. - TO MY WORST ENEMY! - I'm seriously considering seeking legal remedies. - Dr. Adams has promised to call me this coming Monday with info. regarding re-imbursement. - As of today July 12th, I'm still quite swollen and very lumpy, I have yet to hear from Dr. Adams or for that matter anyone on the staff including the young lady who has until this point made follow up calls. By the way Dr. Trout is no longer on staff. Anyone know why? - Kinda makes you wonder................. Additionally I have suffered severe Urinary Tract Infections with each and every treatment. After many phones calls I have now been told I will receive a form in the mail to request a refund and someone will in 4 to 6 weeks to make a final determination as to whether I will be permitted any kind of refund. Even though I’m only halfway through treatment.

11.16 | Unregistered CommenterKristeen

I saw the California news about Lipodissolve and Lipozap on TV as I was in California for the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicines 5th Anual Congress in Long Beach that week from New York City. Most of the complaints were for Lipozap. The only complaints I heard from patients about the Lipodissolve is that is didnt work. Before and after photos are essential. It does work. It doesnt work in about 4 percent of people. Some physicians experience has been slightly higher. These complaints are probably coming from patients who were not told by their physians that they may be one of the few it doesnt work in. I always tell my patients about the possibility of it not working. I only use Lipodissolve and am certified in the procedure by the American Academy of Aesthetic Lipodissolve. Its important for the patient to go to someone who is certified. Also treatments should be no closer than one month apart. I feel Lipodissolve is effective and safe and can result in patients satifaction if performed by a certified trained physician and all risks benefits and alternatives are discussed with the patients as well as realistic results and possible lack of results. To all the physicians who are not certified and dont know what they are doing and how deep to inject etc I say (Quit using the product and go get trained). Lipodissolve from what I have read is a much much safer alternative than liposuction which can result in lidocaine toxicity from the tumescent irrigating solution after the patient goes home (not to mention the more invasiveness of liposuction and post operative bleeding potential and lack of safe patient selection inadequate office based suites in certain cities due to the lack of office based regulations by the local medical boards and states.) Im based in New York City (Manhattan).

Happy Holidays!

Bryan Lee M.D.

Does anyone have experience with Vaser Technology which uses ultrasond to emulsify fat?

How does this technology compare clinically to SmartLipo?

12.5 | Unregistered CommenterCurious

It's been 5 days since my first Lipo Dissolve treatment in my lower abs. I am really scared. My stomache is still a little swollen but what little muscle tone that before seems to be jello now. Is this normal? Will this go away? I still can't fit into my normal work clothes. When will I be back to the size I was before 5 day's ago? Will this get better. I believe in my doctor. I'm just running out of time.

Please let me know your thoughts....

12.11 | Unregistered CommenterLH

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