Achieving the body shape you desire without surgery
The first revolution in body contouring was the introduction of liposuction in the late 1970′s. For the first time we could permanently alter body shape by surgically sucking out localised deposits of fat from areas that have proven difficult to remove by diet and exercise. The second revolution is now here!
Lipolysis provides these amazing results without surgery. Through this innovative treatment, the localised fat deposits are injected and then dissolved, transforming your body contour. ‘Lipo’ means fat and ‘lysis’ means dissolving; so basically Lipolysis treatment is the process of dissolving fat by means of injection.
What is fat?
Like all other body tissues, fat is composed of cells. These fat cells are called adipocytes and are designed to store surplus energy for our body’s future use. When we eat more than we need, the surplus food is converted to fatty substances called lipids. The lipids are then stored inside these cells. When this happens repeatedly the fat cells will bloat up with lipid material and become thicker. The opposite happens when we don’t eat enough or we exercise more. The cells give up their stored lipid and become smaller and so our fat tissues become leaner. What is important to note is that the number of fat cells present does not change, only their size changes.
Why am I this shape?
Genetically we inherit our parents’ characteristics. For example, if your family trait is to have large arms or large thighs, then chances are that you will inherit the same shape. When this occurs it means that you have been born with greater numbers of fat cells in these areas making them larger. Since weight control and exercise can only change the size of each fat cell but not the number of cells present, your basic shape remains the same. This means that your arms or thighs still remain proportionately bigger despite exercise and dieting. The only way to change your shape is to remove fat cells from the affected areas to reduce their numbers. The only two ways that this can be done is through surgery (Liposuction) or by dissolving away the cells (Lipolysis).
How does Lipolysis work?
We have compounds in our digestive systems designed to digest and break down the fat component in our food to enable it to be taken up by the liver and used for energy and other purposes. By modifying these compounds and injecting them directly into the fat tissue, the fat tissue will be similarly digested and broken down. As the fat cells are broken down their lipid content is released to the liver where it is used up for energy in much the same way as the dietary fat. The result is that fat cells are physically broken down and removed permanently.
Lipolysis should not be considered as a treatment for general weight loss as this should be done by diet and exercise. The ideal candidate is a person who is within 10 kg of his or her ideal body weight and who exercises regularly and maintains good eating habits but is unable to lose persistent localised areas of fat deposits. Lipolysis is carried out in the office and does not require a surgical theatre, anaesthesia, incisions, compression garments, antibiotics or time off work. The risks associated with Lipolysis are minimal.
What will I experience?
Freshly prepared solutions are injected and dispersed through the fat layer by multiple injections. The area starts to swell within a half hour and some bruising is common afterwards. There is only modest pain or tenderness for an hour or two which is readily controlled by a single dose of simple analgesics such as paracetamol or ibuprofen if needed.
The swelling, bruising and tenderness settle quickly (usually within a few days) and there is little change apparent for the next 4 weeks so it is better not to keep checking (“the more you look the less you see”). The main ‘melt down’ period for the area treated is between 4 – 6 weeks and the cycle is complete at 8 weeks, after which another treatment can be carried out if required.
There is a recommended maximum amount of fat that can be treated at any one time so that the liver processes are not overloaded when burning up the fat. Depending on how much fat needs to be removed, most areas only require 1 – 3 treatments.
For more information on our range of cosmetic treatments and services, please contact our Randwick Surgery on 02 9399 6444 or our Campbelltown Surgery on 02 4627 2000 or contact us online.
Disclaimer: Individual results may vary. Surgery and all health regulated services may carry some risks which you can discuss with our doctor.