We are always looking for the quick fix, especially when it comes to weight loss. But quick fixes don’t last and they usually don’t even work! And if they do work, how safe are they?
Extreme diets and detoxes like the Master Cleanse Diet and the Grapefruit Diet are designed for quick, instant gratification. You may lose 5 pounds in a week, but that weight creeps right back on within days of going off the diet. It’s not healthy, it doesn’t work, and it’s a big waste of time. Luckily, this kind of quick fix isn’t very dangerous – it’s just silly. But now there’s a new fix on the market that takes all of this to a new, dangerous level.
It’s called lipodissolve, and it’s a tempting premise: Just get a series of drug injections and pockets of fat on your body will just dissolve for good. The process is also known as injection lipolysis, lipozap, lipotherapy, and mesotherapy. Medical spas who perform the procedure say it is safe and effective, and superior to other fat-loss procedures including liposuction, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) disagrees. It is not FDA-approved; in fact, the FDA is alerting consumers about false and misleading claims being made about these products.
“We are concerned that these companies are misleading consumers,” says Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “It is important for anyone who is considering this voluntary procedure to understand that the products used to perform lipodissolve procedures are not approved by FDA for fat removal.”
FDA is alerting consumers that:
-it has not evaluated or approved products for use in lipodissolve
-it is not aware of evidence supporting the effectiveness of the substances used in lipodissolve for fat elimination
-the safety of these substances, when used alone or in combination, is unknown
-it is not aware of clinical studies to support medical uses of lipodissolve
The FDA is also reporting of unexpected side effects in people who have undergone the lipodissolve procedure. These side effects include permanent scarring skin deformation deep, painful knots under the skin in areas where the lipodissolve treatments were injected, permanent scarring, skin deformation and deep, painful knots under the skin in areas where the lipodissolve treatments were injected.
Do a quick search for lipodissolve reviews, and you’ll see a few positive remarks, but you’ll see even more bad reviews from people who didn’t see results, suffered from painful blistering and soreness, and even some who had to have corrective surgery.
Is it worth it?