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Liposuction has been very popular since the late 1980’s and is now one of the top cosmetic surgery procedures performed. Over time, techniques have evolved resulting in immensely greater predictability, more refinement of results and lower risks such as with ultrasonic assisted liposuction. This is more likely to be true when performed by experienced, well trained plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Unfortunately, there are physicians not formally trained in surgery and “investors” who see fat removal in people as a lucrative venture and are willing to do whatever it takes to get a piece of the action. That is the essence of the “lipodissolve” and its allure to these non-surgeons despite no scientific evidence of its effectiveness, studies on its safety and lack of FDA approval. This hasn’t deterred them from claiming that by simply injecting specially formulated medication into one’s fat, it can be melted away resulting in the outcome that you were looking for. They have often touted it as essentially equivalent to liposuction in many situations except that it doesn’t require surgery, there is little associated pain and minimal down time.

Lipodissolve ads were ubiquitous several years ago ads were proclaiming the spectacular contouring results that could be obtained by simply injecting special medication into one’s fat. Most all the spas that were offering this have closed or declared bankruptcy. The FDA has also been issuing warnings and taking action against the remaining facilities and practitioners who still advertise this technique stating that the drugs used have not been proven to be safe or effective. This government agency also states that the claims made about lipodissolve amount to false and misleading advertising and that there is no credible supporting evidence including clinical results.

So, if you are considering removing unwanted fat, it would be safer, more prudent and to your benefit to choose the gold standard with a long and successful track record: liposuction performed by a board certified plastic surgeon such as me. Otherwise, buyer beware!

If you have any questions regarding liposuction including ultrasonic assisted, tummy tucks or other body contouring procedures or you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with me, please call my office at 480-451-3000.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.

For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.

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