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The fat dissolve treatment is a minimally invasive non-surgical medical procedure for targeted fat reduction (lipodissolve). The procedure involves injected the medication into small fat pockets to permanently dissolve the fat.
What is PC-DC?
PC-DC is a mix of two active ingredients: sodium deoxycholate (DC) and phosphatidylcholine (PC). [I know, those words are a mouthful, easier to just say PC-DC].
Deoxycholic acid (DC) (this is was is in Kybella TM in the USA / Belkyra TM in Canada) works by disrupting the fat cell membrane causing its death. Phosphatidylcholine (PC) is naturally found in the human body where it is involved in different body functions, such as being a component of the cellular membrane or metabolizing cholesterol. It is thought to cause the lysis (breakdown) of fat cell membranes. PC is extracted from soybean where it is abundant. PC-DC are thought to work well in combination, with DC breaking the fat cells and PC helping to metabolize them.
Lipodissolve Treatment Areas
PC-DC is a wonderful aesthetic tool that may have health benefits and provide a less invasive alternative such as possible complications from surgery or the loose skin from traditional liposuction. The results have been found to be quite exceptional. PC-DC, either together or each on their own, have been used for several years internationally for lipodissolve.
PC-DC has been used off-label, depending on each country’s approval, for the treatment of localized small fat deposits. (If an area could/should be treated with liposuction, it is not a candidate for injection lipodissolve).
Common treatment areas are:
· Submental fat a.k.a. double chin
· Infraorbital fat pads a.k.a. eye bags
· Other facial fat deposits such as cheeks and jaw fat
· Axillary fat pads a.k.a. armpit fat
· Male gynecomastia
· Upper back fat rolls
· Bra fat rolls
· Upper arm fat
· Waistline fat
· Abs and six pack definition
· Male and female abdominal fat
· Male and female flanks
· Buttock fat and cellulite
· Thigh fat and cellulite
· Knee fat
· Upper calf fat
· Lipoma (benign fat tumor)
Q: Can lipodissolve treatment be used to treat other areas other than submental fat?
A: Any other treated area would be considered off-label, talk to your practitioner.
Q: What are the common side effects?
A: Swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, areas of hardness, tingling or itchiness in the treatment area.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: The chin profile will gradually improve over a number of treatment sessions customized by your health care provider. Typically, 2-4 treatments are recommended which are administered at 4-6 week intervals. Up to 6 treatments may be administered.
Q: When will I see results?
A: Your appearance will gradually improve with each treatment session. Many people see visible improvements in just 2-4 treatments. After the injection, the process of eliminating the fat cells occurs over the next 4 weeks. Optimum results will be seen 4-6 weeks after your treatment.
Q: Is it permanent?
A: It is! Once your goals are achieved, re-treatment is not expected. The fat cells are permanently removed from your body and you cannot produce more fat cells. Should you gain weight, your existing fat cells can increase in size, so a healthy lifestyle is recommended to maintain optimal results.
Q: How effective is it?
A: Almost 80% of people who undertake lipodissolve treatment reported satisfaction with the appearance of their face and chin. People reported improvement in their self-perception, including feeling happier and younger, based on their chin profile.
Q: How do I know if lipodissolve is right for me?
A: Lipodissolve might be right for you if:
Q: How is lipodissolve treatment administered?
A: Lipodissolve treatment is completed through a series of injections into the fat pocket. Treatment typically takes 15-20 minutes. Topical / injectable freezing can be done beforehand to increase comfort.
Q: Is there downtime?
A: For most people, downtime is typically 1-2 days and occurs most commonly after the first treatment session. Side effects are usually less severe with subsequent treatments. Swelling and bruising are very common, especially the next day; so keep in mind your social & work plans when scheduling your treatments.
Q: Will it hurt?
A: Prior to the lipodissolve procedure, your health care provider can apply a topical anesthetic as well as use an ice pack to make the treatment more comfortable for you. You can also take Tylenol prior to your appointment (AVOID NSAIDs - e.g. Advil/ ibuprofen, alcohol, etc.). The injections are felt mildly, usually most people find it very tolerable; however, post treatment intense heat is felt in the area. It is recommended that you apply an ice pack to the area for 10-15 minutes after the treatment to ease the discomfort. Ice packs and Tylenol (acetaminophen) help and often are taken for 1-2 days post treatment.
Q: Who is not recommend for lipodissolve?
A: Do not undertake lipodissolve treatment if:
- If you are allergic to sodium deoxycholate (DC) and/or phosphatidylcholine (PC) formulation.
- Have an infection in your chin or area where the product will be injected.
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding.
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