Have you been looking for an option to banish your flabby arms? You might have received advice to have arm sculpting surgery. But you are concerned about the risks. The idea of having a noninvasive procedure is, therefore, often very attractive. There are various options being advertised these days as noninvasive alternatives to liposuction. One of the latest options to hit the market is fat dissolving injections. However, do they really work? Let’s take a closer look.

What Is Lipodissolve?

Lipodissolve is a form of lipolysis or mesotherapy treatment. It uses a cocktail of chemicals delivered in a set of four to 10 injections. There are several salons and medi-spas now offering this treatment to various body parts.

However, while these injections may work, there are some significant concerns about their use. There have been several unpleasant complications associated with these injections. From disfigurement and infections to inflammation and even tissue death, these injections may not be all they’re advertised to be. In fact, there are so many concerns among medical professionals that the treatment is no longer offered in Brazil. Germany and the United Kingdom, too, have curtailed promoting these treatments.

Here in the United States, the ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) has warned consumers about these treatments. It has recommended against having them because of the high risk of complications.

What Is Mesotherapy?

Fat-destroying injections all come under the heading of “mesotherapy.” It first appeared back in the 1950s in France. The word “mesotherapy” means to inject something into the skin. However, while there have been numerous studies to prove mesotherapy is safe, none has specifically focused on fat-destroying injections. While it’s known the injections liquefy fat, it remains unknown how the body processes it. The dangers of this are also largely unknown. The body could filter the fat via the liver, and this could cause fatty liver. The body could also process it through the kidneys or blood vessels. There, it could create fatty plaques that increase the chance of strokes and heart attacks. There is also a real chance of infection when injecting substances.

What Is PCDC?

The most commonly used chemical for melting fat is PCDC. This is made from phosphatidylcholine and deoxycholate. It isn’t an approved chemical and the government doesn’t regulate it. This means it can have different concentrations. And, each may cause a different reaction in the body.

PCDC injections cause only a small amount of discomfort and there is almost no downtime at all after treatment. However, there are a number of short-term side effects. Some people have reported having redness, swelling, hives, dizziness, fainting, sweating, diarrhea, fever, and even hair loss. Bruising and lumps are common, and granulomas have occurred. Surgery removes these.

Should I Have Fat-Busting Injections?

It is easy to see why so many people are enthusiastic to try fat-busting injections. Their great attraction is that they are minimally invasive. They are quick to have carried out and there isn’t any downtime. Patients can simply return to normal activities afterward without any worries. There is no need to wear compression garments as would be necessary after traditional arm sculpting surgery. However, there are a lot of downsides to keep in mind.

At present, these treatments are unregulated and aren’t approved by the FDA. While they may destroy the fat, the associated risks remain largely unknown. You may, therefore, be putting yourself at risk of both short-term and long-term complications. Some of the reported side effects of this treatment are quite unpleasant and hard to live with.

Also, since these treatments are frequently carried out in salons or medi-spas, there is no guarantee of professionalism. Sterility of the needles may be a problem, and infections are likely. It is also important to note that your expectations should be realistic. This procedure won’t cause huge amounts of fat reduction. If this is what you need, liposuction is really the best option for you.

If you have any conditions, such as hepatitis, liver disease, cancer, kidney disease, thyroid problems or diabetes, avoid this treatment. You should also avoid it if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. It’s also wise to be cautious if you have a history of strokes, heart disease or blood clots.

Having Arm Sculpting Treatments

If you’re concerned about the appearance of your arms, upper arm sculpting surgery is often the best answer. If you choose a skilled cosmetic surgeon to carry out your arm sculpting surgery, you’re guaranteed an impressive result. Here at ArtLipo, Dr. Su is an expert in creating a beautifully sculpted appearance for the upper arm. You are sure to be delighted by your new smooth contours and slimmer appearance. You will also be avoiding the potential risks of having untested fat-busting injections. Contact us today to learn more about arm sculpting surgery costs.