Lipotherapy treatment is a non-surgical procedure where a medication is applied to reduce fatty tissue. It can be used to treat stubborn fat areas that are difficult to reduce with diet and exercise only. Treatment can be carried out on various areas of the body, including the hips, thighs, knees, the area under the buttocks, the abdomen, the back, the chin, and the area under the chin. The treatment dissolves or liquefies the fat cells, and the resulting fatty acids can then be excreted through the body’s lymphatic system. Lipotherapy is not a weight loss solution and can only be used by doctors specialised in aesthetic medicine and trained in the procedure.
Lipotherapy treatment typically consists of two application sites. A local anesthetic, lidocaine, is usually applied prior to the treatment. This method would reduce discomfort during the procedure.
The time required for a session will depend on the size of the area and the indication being treated.
A session can last between 30 to 60 minutes. You can usually see significant results after one or two sessions. However, for best results, 2 to 8 treatment sessions are usually required, each session 4 weeks apart .
Treatment for areas of fat below the neck and chin, for example, may require 1-3 treatment sessions, while treatment for fat on the hips and thighs may require up to 6-8 treatment sessions.
The results of a Lipotherapy treatment are usually permanent if you maintain a healthy lifestyle and a constant weight control. Once the fatty acids released have been processed through the body’s lymphatic system, they do not reappear.
However, the procedure is only permanent if you follow a healthy diet and exercise frequently after treatment. If you gain weight, the fat deposits are likely to reappear.
Patients treated with Lipotherapy injections typically experience minimal side effects compared to other more invasive procedures.
Side effects include redness, swelling, and tenderness in the treated area.
Some individuals may experience small bruises or blues, but this and other side effects usually resolve within a few days.
For individuals in good general health and without skin diseases or infections in the area to be treated, there are few contraindications to the treatment.
However, Lipotherapy is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breast-feeding. It is also not recommended for those people who have been diagnosed with lipodystrophy or other pathological conditions. It is not advised either in people under 18 or over 60 years of age.