Liposuction vs. Lipodissolve: Body Contouring by Sucking vs. Melting Away The Fat

Lipodisolve (mesotherapy) is the injection of solutions to help dissolve the subcutanous fat.

The lure of a well chiseled figure drives people to seek many different solutions, and there are minimally invasive surgeries as well as non-surgical options to trim away the fat.

Liposuction is the minimally invasive method (approved by FDA) done through small incisions through which the fat is removed from the problem spots. The basic method called “dry technique” requires hospitalization and general anesthesia for every patient.

Today simpler and safer options are available for liposuction. Tumescent liposuction limits blood loss during and after the surgery by injecting large volumes of fluid into the area to be treated to plump it up and is the safest and most commonly used form of liposuction available today. This procedure  eliminates the need for general anesthesia, and allows for a faster recovery time.

Before and after liposuction

A small thin hollow tube called cannula is placed under the skin through which a fluid consisting of lidocaine (an anesthetic), epinephrine (used to constrict capillaries) and saline. The cannula is moved in and out repetitively to cause the fat to break loose, and the fat is then sucked out by the powerful suction pump connected to the cannula. The epinephrine helps shrink capillaries, causing minimum blood loss during the procedure and speeding up the recovery time.

Around 5–6 liters of fat volumes are removed in a single operation. Results are more pronounced in the neck, stomach, waistline, outer thighs, and knees, and somewhat modest results are seen in the arms, back, inner thighs, and buttocks.

In Smart Lipo, a laser is inserted through tiny incisions in the skin. When the laser is fired, it melts the fat  tightening the skin at the same time.

In Lipodissolve, also known variously as mesotherapy or injection lipolysis (breakdown of lipids or triglycerides into free fatty acids), a mixture of PCDC or phosphatidylcholine, a soybean derivative, and sodium deoxycholate, a bile salt, are injected under the skin into problem areas such as ‘love handles’, ‘bra bulge, ’saddlebags’ etc. The injections cause an inflammatory response that ruptures and/or causes cellular death. The breakdown materials are then carried to the liver, where they are processed before being excreted. 

A patient may feel burning and irritation at the injection site and experience swelling for some time. She may need about 5-15 set of treatments spaced 1–2 weeks apart.

The fat may reappear once again unless diet restrictions and the prescribed exercise regimen is strictly adhered to. Critics to the yet-to-be-FDA-approved method are plastic surgeons who point out that too little is known about the efficacy and long-term effects of the procedure.

Since liposuction and lipodissolve remove fat by different methods (mechanical vs. chemical), they are best used for differently-sized fat issues. LipoDissolve is for small fat areas that are not worth a surgical effort, whereas larger fat areas still require traditional liposuction.

Moreover, lipodissolve is cheaper compared to liposuction.

The procedure carries the risk of inflammation that could limit mobility of the muscles, tendons, and joints, depending on where the material was injected. Allergy reactions are also possible in certain cases.

Patients with auto-immune problems, serious liver/kidney diseases and acute infections, and those allergic to soybean, pregnant or nursing mothers, children and diabetics or those with vascular disease cannot use lipodissolve.

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  1. Thanks for the share, very informative!

  2. This really caught my eyes Uma! A fantastic share here!

  3. I had seen liposuction therapy been broadcast on a reality show. The doctors just go on injecting fat absorbing liquid through a tube in the areas where we desire to improve our physique, which more looks like killing with a knife on and on. That scene was so horrible. It’s better to loose weight the old-fashioned way than this absurd way. Natural ways take time, but they last for ever, unlike these synthetic ways.

  4. Useful share for the people having obese problem, thanks for sharing the latest techniques for melting the fat away from the body.

  5. I agree with Kai Vicky, I will lose weight the old fashioned way. But your article was super, I never heard of half of these ways. Maybe that is a good thing =)

  6. It,s Go0D…….:-)

  7. I am a fan of the old method of diet and exercise. But for those people considering these options, this is very good article, delivering current information and making it easy to understand the differences between these procedures.

  8. Liposuction sounds scary to me. Everyone wants a trim figure but any kind of body invasion can be dangerous.

  9. Thank you for this.

  10. very nice article ;) Liked it

  11. Liposuction/lipodissolve is not to be considered a replacement for diet and exercise but a supplement to them. For people who undergo these procedures: models, actors or celebrities, minor cosmetic details matter a lot. These procedures are only for small areas of the body.

  12. I think I’ll stick with the traditional means of fat reduction. Guess that means the 5 cookies I just ate have to be a last time binge.

  13. Both my wife and I did a full course of lipodissolve and it never worked at all. We were shown the before and after pictures and it actually looked like I gaiodyned fat. Even with watching my diet carefully and exercising every day.they tell you it may not work with everybody as a caveat. However, I haven’t found anybody it worked with. My advice is get liposuction it actually removes fat.

  14. Very informative, Uma

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