Lipodissolve is a chemical formula that contains phoshatidylcholine – an essential molecule in the body’s cell membranes that helps to break down fat. While it is not licensed in the UK, it is licensed in Germany where it is injected to remove localised fat deposits on the chin, stomach, love handles, arms, saddlebags and knees. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) does not approve of its use for cosmetic reasons and has prosecuted doctors for advertising and offering the treatment.
They are concerned about its safety when injected in to the subcutaneous (fatty layers) of the body after reports of allergic reactions. Doctors have argued that they should be allowed to use the drug in whichever way they choose if they deem it to be safe and appropriate for the patient. Although the idea of having injections to melt your fat away may sound tempting, it is best to avoid this unlicensed treatment. There are many other safe, proven treatments if you want to tackle areas of unwanted fat, such as mesotherapy, radio frequency, ultrasound, laser lipolysis and liposuction.
Common Questions The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) provide responses to some common questions concerning lipodissolve/Lipostabil.
Risks and Complications The safety of lipodissolve injections as a cosmetic treatment is not yet known. The treatment has been known to cause lumps under the skin at the injection site, redness, itching and infection, and the MHRA has ongoing concerns about the procedure causing allergic reactions. If you want to get rid of excess fat, you are best advised to speak to a cosmetic practitioner who can discuss alternative invasive and non-invasive treatments that may provide a safer solution to your problem.