Fat Dissolving Injections

Fat Dissolving Injections:

Fat dissolving injections are a very good treatment for localized fat deposits of the chin, saddle bag, bra area, abdomen, and thighs. The medication (PC/DC) is composed of naturally occurring proteins and enzymes that emulsify and destroy fat cell membrane and its structures that keep the fat together. Once the mechanism of action occurs, the detroyed fat is absorbed back into the body. Some are reused by the liver, some digested by other cells, and the rest are excreted by the kidneys. Phosphatidylcholine (PC) is the active ingredient and each injection covers a treatment area about the size of a quarter. Multiple injections (# of treatments) are required every 2 weeks and may not work effectively on older patients, lax skin, and for patients looking for instant gratification. The treatments are very effective at melting layers of fat away but are a series of injections over a period of weeks to months. This is one of the most effective off-label treatments for localized fat and results are dependent upon compliance of following through the series of injections.

Who can have fat dissolving injections?

Adults between the ages of 18 – 75 and in good health are candidates.

Is there anyone who cannot have fat dissolving injections?

Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding, patients who are on blood thinners, insulin dependent uncontrolled diabetes, any active cancers or in remission, any active infection or skin disease, or anyone who is immunosuppressed, patients with AIDS, patients with coronary artery heart disease, heart dysfunction or arrhythmias, with a history of blood clots or strokes, patients with autoimmune diseases or organ transplant recipients and patients with skin conditions including: herpes & psoriasis

What areas can be treated?

Area underneath the eyes and chin, arms, chest, abdomen, love handles, Bra bulge, saddlebags, and thighs, inner thigh bulge, back, buttocks, knee pads, double chin, face and neck. Cellulite can be treated as well.

How many treatments will I need?

Anywhere from 1 to 10 treatments. The number will vary depending on the area you are treating and your treatment goals.

 

Are the injections painful?

Needles are small and thin (similar to acupuncture needles) in addition to topical anesthesia, most patients do not notice the injections themselves.

How would I feel after the injection?

Most patients will feel sore, warm, and swollen in the area treated. This usually lasts 1-5 days. Most patients do not need to take any pain medications, but if needed, Tylenol is usually sufficient.

Do I need to be on a special diet?

No. A low salt diet is recommended to limit the swelling after the treatment. Drink 6-10 glasses per day to assist in flushing away the broken-down fat.

What results should I expect?

Results are measured in inches and with pictures.  Results will vary from patient to patient. The speed of results depends on the area treated and the extent of the problem. Fat under the eye will usually show visible improvement after the first 1 - 2 treatments. Other areas should show visible improvement after 2 – 4 treatments.

Will my results be permanent?

For the results gained from localized fat removal to be permanent requires the patient maintains their weight. A regular exercise regime, including cardio and resistance training and the implementation of a healthy diet, that places emphasis on lean protein and low carbohydrates.

 

Are fat dissolving injections FDA approved?

PC/DC is not FDA approved for off label purposes. However, the individual medicines used are FDA approved for their own individual use. For example, phoshotadylcholine (PC), is FDA approved as an intravenous treatment to break down fat emboli in the bloodstream. 

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