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October 2009
Lipodissolve for Problem Fat Zones
Dr Shahin Nooreyezdan
When you look at yourself, do you – like many others – see certain parts of your body that you are not altogether happy with? Have you also found that even with strict discipline, changing your eating habits and special exercises, there are certain regions where the fat deposits simply don't go away – even though you have succeeded in losing weight?
All this has changed – now you can decide from where all you want to get rid of the fat deposits.

Simply dissolve excess fat - with lipolysis injections

What sounds like a dream, is in fact a fascinating idea that was first tried out in 1988 by an Italian professor, Sergio Maggiori, and then successfully tested in practice in 1995 by the Brazilian dermatologist Patricia Rittes. The method involves injecting phosphatidylcholine (PPC), a natural substance obtained from soya beans, directly into the unwanted deposit of fat. The same substance, in the same chemical composition, is also produced naturally by the body, where it performs a wide range of functions, especially in connection with fat metabolism. It has also been used medically for many years as a liver-protective substance and as a means for preventing fat embolism in the blood. Thanks to further development of this therapy by Dr. Franz Hasengschwandtner of Austria, who is one of the most experienced therapists in this field in Europe, and other qualified physicians in the NETWORK-Lipolysis, it has now become possible to achieve faster and better treatment results, and also to standardise the therapy.

Injection lipolysis is, however, not a new miracle method for losing weight. What the therapy does do is to enable the fat in specific, individual regions of the body to be broken down and then absorbed by the body's metabolism. The active substance is injected via very thin needles directly into the area concerned, causing the fat cells to be dissolved. The fat which is released, is then naturally and permanently disposed off by the body. The body circumference in this region is measurably reduced. Because of its elasticity, the skin in the area concerned tightens again, so creating a smooth and firm surface.

Suitable regions for treatment with lipolysis injections

Facial region: Double chin, cheeks, neck. Body: Upper and lower abdomen, thighs (outside and inside), lower buttocks and hips, fat deposits on the upper arms, knees, and back.

As a rule, two to four treatments are necessary at intervals of eight weeks in order to successfully complete the therapy. This is an out patient procedure and takes only 20 minutes to perform. Over 80 percent of patients are very satisfied with the results after two to three treatments.

Possibilities and limitations
What is special about injection lipolysis is that it allows you to decide which deposits of fat should go. In other words, this therapy can help you to get rid of smaller deposits of fat that are susceptible neither to change in diet nor special exercise – and not just temporarily, but permanently.

This form of treatment therefore offers an ideal addition to dieting and physical exercise. It can also be used to accompany your efforts in combating medium-sized fat deposits. And following liposuction therapy, injection lipolysis can be used as a means for dealing with any remaining fat deposits as well as smoothing out bumps, hollows and steps. Good success can, if the correct injection technique is applied, also be achieved in treating cellulite because, as the fat cells dissolve, the skin also contracts elastically to leave a smooth, homogeneous surface. In general, injection lipolysis therapy is ideally suited for treating small, clearly defined zones of fat.

However, the method is not suitable as a means for general weight reduction or for treating obesity. Injection lipolysis is not suitable for, and must not be carried out on adolescents or children, pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers, or in the case of people with diseases. More precise information on whether the therapy is suitable for you or not, is provided by the certified NETWORK-Lipolysis doctor during the course of a personal consultation.

However, no fundamental health risks at all have been found by the members of NETWORK-Lipolysis. The active substance itself and its metabolisation have been thoroughly studied and documented in connection with the treatment of fat embolism using intravenous injections. For subcutaneous injection into the fatty tissue, we so far only have our own practical observations to rely on – but these are based on a very large number of treatments. Further scientific studies are currently in the course of preparation in Germany, UK, the USA and Italy.

The NETWORK therapy
NETWORK-Lipolysis is a worldwide physicians' network for lipolysis and aesthetic medicine. All doctors in NETWORK-Lipolysis have undergone comprehensive, high-quality training, and have contributed significantly to improving the therapy results and reducing the sideeffects.

This intense research work has led to the only worldwide standard for injection lipolysistherapy which has currently been adopted, and is being applied, by over 950 doctors in 53 countries. All the individual aspects of the therapy, such as dosage, injection techniques and treatment intervals, were put up for review and subjected to careful scientific scrutiny. This standardised therapy is only available from NETWORK-Lipolysis doctors who are organised in the International Society of Lipolysistherapy.
Dr Shahin Nooreyezdan is Senior Consultant, Cosmetic Surgery at Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi

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