FDA Takes Steps to Dissolve Claims on Lipodissolve

The Mesotherapy mantra:  Inject to eject fat and cellulite from the body.

Liposuction and tummy tucks have always been the plastic surgery forerunners when it comes to  quick-fix weight loss.  But what if you could lose inches and sculpt the “perfect” body merely from a few injections that aim to melt away the fat? Sounds promising,  doesn’t it?  But this procedure, known as Lipodissolve or Mesotherapy, has been a hotly-debated topic that’s recently caught the attention of the FDA.

Mesotherapy is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure developed in France during the 1950’s,  whereby a cocktail of vitamins, herbs,  and fat emulsifying chemicals such as phosphatidylcholine or sodium dioxycholate are injected superficially in the subcutaneous layer (the layer of fatty tissue just underneath the skin).  Mesotherapy boasts the ability of being able to reduce fat in “spot” treatments,  particularly in problem areas such as the “love handles,” thighs, buttocks,  arms, neck, and chin. Additionally, it is claimed that mesotherapy can drastically reduce cellulite, eliminate wrinkles,  remove scarring, and even stimulate hair growth.  The main goal of injecting these substances is to dissolve the fat layers by breaking down the bonds in fat cells into liquid form that can be eliminated from the body through  1) the kidneys and 2) the bowels.

Is it safe? 
That’s the issue that caught the attention of the FDA.  Mesotherapy is the subject of much debate and critique because many establishments have been advertising it as an alternative to traditional plastic surgery and liposuction. When prospective patients are hear the magic words “painless,” “safe & effective,” “no surgery,” “no down-time,” and “no anesthesia,”  of course it sparks an immediate interest.  What prospective patients need to be aware of is that although the substances and chemicals used in the mesotherapy “cocktail” may be FDA approved,  these substances are being used off-label,  and not for treatments they have been approved for. It is also important to know that the “cocktail” recipe is dependent upon the discretion of the injector;  he or she chooses the substances and concentrations.  Therefore,  there is really no regulation or standard as to what is being injected into the body.  Furthermore,  very little research has been done on how these chemicals positively or negatively affect the body and its systems.  Additionally,  people need to be aware of unexpectedside effects that may result from this procedure.  Side effects include,  but are not limited to:

  • permanent scarring
  • allergic reactions
  • skin deformation
  • Skin ulcerations
  • deep subcutaneous painful knots at injection sites


Because of the potential dangers associated with this treatment,  the FDA is cracking down on some medi-spas that assert that mesotherapy is “safe and effective” and “superior to liposuction.”  On April 7, 2010  the FDA issued warning letters to six medi-spas and a Brazilian company regarding unsupported claims and misleading statements used in the procedure. These establishments were instructed to respond within 2 weeks about how they will correct these violations and prevent future ones from occurring,  and failure to do so will result in legal action. Kathleen Anderson, deputy director of the FDA Division of New Drugs and Labeling Compliance states, “They make it sound so good and so safe.[It is claimed to] dissolve fat– melts it away with no side effects– and they have done thousands of procedures,  and it really sells well.  We are concerned because we have had reports of complications and we have no good data that say this is safe and effective.”

There is really not enough data to prove how safe mesotherapy injections are,  despite the all the hype and promises.  Many companies are unethically promoting treatments that have no substantial proof of safety or efficacy,  and certain chemicals that are FDA approved are being utilized for other things.  The public needs to be aware of the truth and  have a bit of skepticism about such procedures so they can avoid being lured by misleading information and fancy marketing.  The bottom line is,  quick-fix body sculpting has its risks,  and the only way to safely reach that dream-bod without any health risk is through a healthy diet, traditional exercise, discipline, and the occasional blood, sweat, and tears!




Credits:
FDA Warns About Lipodissolve Product Claims. http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/default.htm
cosmesurge.com
http://ehub.journalism.ku.edu

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Online Editor, Beauty Writer at Beauty-Goodies
As a New York City-based registered nurse with backgrounds in pharmacology, medical research, medical spa aesthetics, and cosmetic dermatology, Cristal became interested in the ways people go about achieving beauty. When she's not working full-time at Cornell Medical Center or performing aesthetic treatments at a midtown NYC medical spa, she daylights as a beauty writer, and has a penchant for scoring sample sale treasures, bellydancing, playing dress-up, and of course, chatting about beauty goodies.
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17 thoughts on “FDA Takes Steps to Dissolve Claims on Lipodissolve

  1. Marlene Naeve

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  2. MAS

    This is a very important topic… thank you for discussing it in an honest unbiased way, and thank you for pointing out the MAIN ISSUE… safety! Everyone is always focused on whether or not these nonsurgical treatments work, but the first thing we should figure out is whether or not they are safe. As you pointed out, there are no regulations or standards for dosages, concentrations, or even who is qualified to administer these treatments. This should be a red flag for all of us.

    There are some other excellent articles about this subject on http://LipoBeauty.com for anyone interested.

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  4. Emily

    This is a very important topic… thank you for discussing it in an honest unbiased way, and thank you for pointing out the MAIN ISSUE… safety! Everyone is always focused on whether or not these nonsurgical treatments work, but the first thing we should figure out is whether or not they are safe. As you pointed out, there are no regulations or standards for dosages, concentrations, or even who is qualified to administer these treatments. This should be a red flag for all of us.

    There are some other excellent articles about this subject on http://LipoBeauty.com for anyone interested.

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