Targeted fat burning: Not possible without intervention
Patients who specifically want to get rid of their double chin or lose their abdominal fat, but are otherwise satisfied with their physical appearance, have long been faced with a dilemma.
After all, it is not possible to specifically boost fat burning in “target areas” such as chin, belly or hips.
It is true that you can force yourself into an energy deficit through diet and exercise and thus generally burn more fat.
But it is not possible to predict with certainty which fat pads the body will tap into in order to release stored energy, and whether you are more likely to lose belly fat, get rid of your excess double chin or whether thick upper arms will appear firmer.
However, for those who wanted to do just that, the only option left was liposuction, a quite severe surgical intervention with corresponding risks and hefty costs.
The alternative: fat removal by injection
For a long time, alternatives have therefore been researched and found in the non-surgical fat-removal by injection. The injection of fat dissolving agents can remove local fat without surgery.
Non-surgical fat reduction follows the same natural process that is behind the body’s own fat burning.
This explains why the fat-removal by injection has not led to any serious complications since its approval, and why I have had only positive experiences with the fat-removal injection in my practice in Munich since 2017.
In medical terms, the proper name for the procedure is “injection lipolysis”. Lipolysis (fat dissolution) describes the natural process of fat burning. It is normally controlled by the hormones insulin and adrenalin.
Lipostabil: Fat dissolving power made from soya beans
In fat-removal by injection, on the other hand, an active ingredient combination of lipostabil and deoxycholic acid is used.
The latter is a bile acid and first dissolves the fat cell membranes so that lipostabil, which is similar to lecitin and is extracted from soybeans, can bind to the exposed fat and transport it to the liver. Where it is then metabolized in the exact same way as in natural fat burning.
Natural fat dissolution takes time
B ecause fat-removal by injection mimics the natural process of lipolysis, it does not produce dramatic results overnight. For visible results, more than one session is required, usually between 2 and 4.
This may be seen as a disadvantage. However, you will realize that natural fat burning takes time. After all, you are spared a risky and costly surgical procedure. Especially for people of normal weight, the non-surgical alternative is an interesting option.
Injection lipolysis is suitable for various problem areas of the body: in addition to the double chin as a classic application, it can also be used to specifically lose abdominal fat, tighten thick upper arms or reduce lipomastia (male breasts) in men.
Getting rid of abdominal fat, removing a double chin
The possible applications of fat-removal by injection are versatile, as long as local fat tissues are concerned.
For example, while I have recently had good experience with treating patients on the mons pubis, the attempt to reduce fat across the entire lower abdomen would probably be an equally complex and unpromising undertaking.
This should make it clear that fat removal by injection is not always suitable to replace invasive techniques such as liposuction.
Instead, it is an excellent alternative for patients who want a minimally invasive treatment of localised body areas, as is the case with the double chin in particular.
My own experience with non-surgical fat removal
In my 3 years of personal, medical experience with fat-removal by injection, I treated mainly patients who wanted to get rid of their double chin.
In terms of numbers they are followed at a considerable distance by patients who want to get rid of excess abdominal fat (mainly men). Isolated cases involved thick upper arms (women) or lipomasty (men’s breasts).
I usually do not perform the procedure on larger problem areas because in my experience this is neither promising good results nor is it cost effective.
For example, extended forms of “saddle bags” are in my experience better treated with liposuction than with fat removal by injection.