Lipo Dissolve vs Liposuction – Major Differences Between Two Fat Loss Treatments

You may have heard about one of the newest crazes in plastic surgery called lipo-dissolve. This is not to be confused with the tried and true mechanism of fat removal called liposuction. While both of these methods remove unwanted fat in “problem” areas of the human body, they are distinctly different in mechanism, side effects, safety and FDA approval status.

Liposuction was originated by a French physician and became increasingly popular in the eighties and nineties. The procedure can be done in a plastic surgeon’s office and does not typically require a hospital stay.

A liposuction patient has their “problem” area properly marked, sterilized with Betadine and is given a local anesthetic or complete anesthesia. The physician takes a small stick-like suction device called a cannula and removes the unwanted fat in the designated problem area. The fat is literally vacuumed out by the cannula while the patient’s vital signs are continuously monitored. This usually involves an infusion of fluids into the marked area of fat removal to help loosen the fat cells while keeping the patient’s fluid balance in check. This type of procedure is known as a wet or super wet and is more commonly used.

Liposuction is an approved method of cosmetic surgery by the federal Food and Drug Administration in the U.S., also known as the FDA. The fat removal procedure is not intended to replace diet and exercise and is limited in the amount of fat that is removed. Typically, liposuction does not remove more than five liters of fat per patient. The greater the amount of fat that is removed the greater amount of risk is involved.

Unlike liposuction, the new fad of lipo-dissolve is not approved by the FDA. This form of fat removal has been around for a significantly less amount of time and has had no sustaining clinical trials to prove its safety or long-term effects. Additionally, Kansas has attempted to pass legislation barring its physicians from giving PC/DC injections, the standard lipo-dissolve treatment. A Kansas court, however, blocked the legislation from taking effect while the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts solicits public opinion and holds further discussion on the merits and dangers of this currently unapproved therapy.

Lipo-dissolve businesses claim that the procedure is another way to remove fat from “problem” areas. But unlike the invasive liposuction procedure, it involves injections to kill the fat cells, or as some lipo-dissolve ads claim “melt the fat away.” The injections can consist of various concoctions that can kill fat cells and most doctors urge patients to learn what is in the syringe before they agree to a lipo-dissolve injection. The most common formula used for injections is a combination of phosphatidylcholine and sodium deoxycholate (PC/DC). Most of these injections are taken as a series requiring multiple injections for one area. It is important to note that the FDA has repeatedly issued statements that “Consumers need to know that this is a buyer-beware situation. These are unapproved drugs for unapproved uses and we can’t guarantee consumers’ safety.”

The amount of fat that is removed with the injections is markedly smaller than the amount removed from a liposuction procedure but many people are finding that the injections are a nice alternative to the more aggressive liposuction.

There have been many positive results reported from people who have taken the injections, but concerns remain over its safety. Dr. Michael Olding, Chief of Plastic Surgery at George Washington University, stated on a program about lipo-dissolve for the Washington Post, “My problem with the technique [lipo-dissolve] is that its safety and effectiveness has not been investigated thoroughly enough.” Leading medical societies agree and have issued warnings to patients about the use of it.

Both procedures offer individuals an opportunity to sculpt their fat but neither one should be considered as a form of weight loss remedy.

The Verju Green Laser: Non-Invasive Cellulite and Fat Reduction!

Is it even possible – a true reduction in cellulite, and a true reduction in troublesome fat deposits with measurable losses of inches, via a simple, completely non-invasive, 100% painless, convenient office treatment? The short answer is yes! The long answer should start with a very brief review of how this all came about.

The Zerona is a medical device that came into public use about 5 years ago. It is a low level laser therapy (LLLT) device which uses a familiar red colored (635 nm) surface laser – a so-called “cold” laser – that generates no heat and no burning as it shines on the skin’s surface (i.e., completely non-invasive and completely painless). Yet, the laser light energy passes harmlessly through the skin and is absorbed by the fat cells just underneath, “tricking” them into melting themselves! Based on over 15+ years of research and 20+ peer reviewed medical journal articles demonstrating its validity, the Zerona received FDA 510(k) clearances between 2010 and 2013 for the “non-invasive reduction of arms, waist, hips, and thigh circumference” via fat reduction. Follow-up studies have replicated significant circumference reductions (such as a 3.5 total inch loss vs. 0.6 inches for placebo!) resulting from a full course of treatments (typically a series of 5 – 6 treatment sessions) and with the results documented as persisting out long term for at least one year! This is not a temporary fat “redistribution” or a temporary decrease in tissue fluids. Studies were done with participants agreeing to NO CHANGE in diet, NO CHANGE in level of activity or exercise, and NO adjunctive therapies on board in order to be able to see what the true results due to the Zerona LLLT treatments alone would be. Results were often noted to be visible in as little as 2 weeks! Consider that the loss of 3.5 total inches seen in the research subjects corresponds to a loss of approximately 12,600 calories! That’s the equivalent of 42 cheeseburgers or 72 cartons of ice cream! 12,600 calories represents a loss of about 2000cc’s (that’s 4 – 5 pounds!) of pure fat! If one were exercising in an attempt to burn this number of calories it would take 40 hours of swimming, 18 hours of jogging, or some 21 hours of tennis!

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) causes transitory, lipid draining pores to open in the fat (adipose) cells just under the skin – there is no necrosis, no thermal damage, no cellular disruption, destruction or lysis. Lipid liquefaction is stimulated and the stored fat slowly but surely leaks its way out. All the affected cells are drained of their fat and as they become more and more empty, the fat cells begin to collapse and shrink. These laser stimulated leaky pores stay open for about 48 hours or more leading to more and more fat cell emptying and shrinking for some 2 – 3 days after treatment. A well-known natural enzymatic-like compound of the body – cyclic AMP – is the key in all this. The laser light absorption flips this enzyme switch on, causing something called cytochrome C oxidase activation which then directly opens all the pores. This is the same exact mechanism triggered by aggressive dieting or exercise! After treatment, microscope histology studies actually show the pores opening! Thereafter, we can actually see and track the fat cells – hundreds of thousands of them – all collapsing and shrinking as their lipids are released, followed by a 25% decrease in the subcutaneous fat layer thickness. Dr. Rodrigo Neira’s research showed that the pores open and the fat cells begin to empty themselves after just 18 minutes of the skin being exposed to LLLT! He also showed that although the fat cells empty their contents, the cells still remain viable and undamaged. Fat cells are involved in hormone production/regulation and many other key body functions. We don’t want them killed or gone, we just want them to be as small and as emptied of their fat stores as possible! Dr. Neira’s results have been independently confirmed by other researchers. MRI’s have demonstrated fat emulsification (fat melting/draining) as deep as 5.0 cm (2- 3 inches) under the skin.

You’ve heard of the Marvel superhero “The Green Lantern”? Well we’ve dubbed the Verjú device our superhero “Green Laser”, because Verjú is the next step in the evolution of this amazing breakthrough non-invasive fat melting technology! The Verjú Green Laser uses a unique green (532nm) low level (16mW) diode laser light that generates about as much discomfort on your skin as would shining a flashlight upon it ( i.e. none!). Verjú delivers about 25% more pore opening, fat melting energy to the fat cells than any red laser (even the Zerona). This translates into a decrease in the total therapy time needed over Zerona to achieve the results. In a 2014 study reported in the prestigious American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery, 4 total inches in circumference reduction were seen in just 2 weeks! Studies have also shown a 0.25 inch to one inch reduction with just one treatment session! Only patients with significant, advanced cellulite (Nurnburger-Muller Scale cellulite classification stages 2 or 3) participated in the cellulite part of this study. These patients demonstrated that at 2 weeks 65% had significant improvement in their cellulite (vs. 3% improvement in placebo group!) At 4 weeks there was an 89% satisfaction rate (vs. 26% satisfaction rate in placebo group). There are no known side effects with Verjú. The Verjú Green Laser does not damage any tissue whatsoever. Patients can continue all their typical daily activities without interruption i.e. there is no down time or recovery period of any kind!

How does the Verjú Green Laser work? As you relax, lying on a comfortable table/bed checking your email or watching a movie, 5 green laser light patterns controlled by a computer dance their way harmlessly across your skin, absorbing into the fat and cellulite underneath. Your waist, abdomen, hips and thighs start to shrink as fat is melted and cellulite is diminished. Total treatment time is about 30 minutes. Read, sleep, talk on your iPhone – you can do whatever you like while you lie there as it works. Galvanic lymphatic massage of each area is done afterwards to assist in the absorption and processing of the dissolved lipids and fat. These lipids are processed the same way as all lipids are normally processed by your body’s lymphatics and delivered to the liver – eventually burned off as carbon dioxide. That’s right, you will literally be breathing your fat away! No pain, no heat, no freezing, no discomfort, no needles, no injections, no incisions. Zero pain, Zero surgery, Zero downtime. Continue your daily routine immediately following a treatment session. Although no changes in your diet or exercise are required, for best results and maximum benefit it is highly recommended that you optimize these as well. Where can Verjú go to work for you on improving cellulite and reducing fat? The stomach(abdomen), the back/flanks, the hips, the thighs, the buttocks, the love handles, hips, arms and cellulite pretty much anywhere!

More and more exciting news about the Verjú Green Laser is emerging these days. Leptin is a hormone released by fat cells. Leptin stimulates hunger and increases appetite. Preliminary studies of leptin levels after Verjú Green Laser fat cell shrinking have indicated a reduction in these leptin levels! Other ongoing studies suggest that there are real and measurable decreases happening in cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL levels after a series of Verjú Green Laser treatments! And what news could be more intriguing for diabetics to hear than better Hgb A1-C levels, and better glucose levels were seen following Verjú Green Laser treatments for cellulite and fat reduction!

The Verjú Green Laser was 510(k) FDA cleared in January 2014 for non-invasive cellulite reduction as well as for non-invasive fat reduction body contouring for the waist, hips, and thighs. The Verjú Green Laser was featured on “The Doctors” TV show in May 2014. To date, Verjú is the only non -invasive FDA cleared device for treating cellulite. The Verjú Green Laser harmlessly and elegantly seems to be a great and completely non-invasive way to reduce excess body fat and reduce the appearance of cellulite!