You’ve probably heard the word “liposuction” for years now, and maybe you have some idea of what it is. But now you’ve also heard the word “lipodissolve” every now and again, and that’s probably less familiar. So what is it, and what’s the difference between the two?
If you’re a tad confused, we get it. Lipodissolve and liposuction both help get rid of unwanted fat, and they certainly sound similar. But the two procedures are very different. Below, we break down some basic differences between them.
Lipodissolve consists of a series of injections to remove fat from the treated area. The injection formula contains vitamins, enzymes, and a natural substance called phosphatidylcholine (the main chemical component in soya oil).
Lippodissolve breaks down the bonds that maintain the solid form of body fat and turn them into liquid. The body then uses the liver, intestines, and other waste-filtration organs to flush out the fat. The fat removal process takes weeks and maybe months to complete, so unlike liposuction, the results are not immediate.
Lipodissolve also helps to treat cellulite, diminishing the dimpled effect and tightening your skin over the treated area.
The procedure takes about 15 to 30 minutes, though it can take up to an hour depending on the number of areas treated. Most patients require more than one session, each spaced 6 to 8 weeks apart, to achieve optimal results.
Lipodissolve is best for smaller areas of stubborn fat deposits, such as:
- Under the chin
- Baggy eyes
Lipodissolve is not effective for treating larger areas of fat, such as those found in the lower body.
Recovery from lipodissolve requires very little downtime, if any. You may experience some swelling and tenderness for a day or two after the procedure, but you can return to your normal activities right away.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure for removing fat deposits located between the skin and the muscle. It involves the use of a small, stainless steel tube (cannula) that is inserted into the fat through small incisions in the skin. An attached suction pump helps the cannula remove fat strategically so you’re left with a more appealing body contour.
Times vary for liposuction procedures, depending on the area of treatment, but the surgery normally runs 2 to 3 hours.
Liposuction is best for fat removal from:
It can also be used for:
- Upper arms
- Parts of the face
Liposuction is not effective for the treatment of cellulite or sagging/loose skin.
Recovery from liposuction will require at least a few days off work and a couple of weeks before resuming regular activities. Liposuction patients can also expect mild bruising and swelling following the procedure.
Let’s talk about which treatment is right for you
If you’re still reading this post, then chances are you’re thinking seriously about getting rid of stubborn and unsightly fat deposits that are getting in the way of you feeling great about yourself. And maybe you know exactly which procedure suits your needs best.
In that case, give us a call at Viva Wellness in San Diego and let’s get you scheduled!
But if you’re still not sure which treatment you should look into further, come on in and see us. We’re happy to talk it through with you, answer your questions, and come up with a plan you are excited about.
At Viva Wellness, we can’t wait to help you find your way to where you want to be.
*It’s important to remember that although lipodissolve and liposuction are wonderful treatments and can have a huge impact on the way you look and feel, they are not treatments for obesity or substitutes for proper diet and exercise.