Revival of The Flab Jab

Revival of The Flab Jab

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Fat Dissolving Injections

Is Injectable Fat Dissolving for you?
The ideal patient for any Lipo treatment is not overweight and the areas for treatment should be small. Belly, flanks/love handles, inner thigh, outher thigh, bra bulge…. If it fits in one hand, can be pinched and retracts nicely, all these are good indications for a successful treatment.

How does Injectable Lipo work?
Injected into the fatty tissue through a thin needle or a cannula, the number and size of fat cells in the area reduces and the fat disappears. The substance causes swelling of the fat cells which eventually causes them to burst. The fat cell content is then absorbed and disposed off by the lymph system. Over the next 2-4 weeks the localized fat deposits reduce and become noticeably smaller.

The treatment is very safe compared to Liposuction or Coolscultpting even, we have a chance for bruising and the treated area feels quite tender for a couple of days. First results should appear after 2 weeks but develop over time. 6-8 weeks after the initial treatment we assess.

Injectable lipotherapy is safe, easy and quick compared to other procedures.

We often would recommend a side by side treatment either with an Ultrasound device and or vacuum massage and radio frequency to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.

How does surgical Liposuction work?
Wheter surgically or via dissolving, the key to fat reduction is fat cell reduction. We are born with a certain number of fat cells. The fat cell’s main aim in life is to become as fat and as big as possible. Only rarely (in very obese children prior to puberty for instance) would the number of fat cells increase after birth.

The difference between a person size 8 and size 12 is not the increased number of fat cells it is merely the change in size of their fat cells. Liposuction works by ripping the little suckers out. It is still a very common and successful method. Even though risky, painful and linked to serious side effects. Skin dimpling, scarring, unevenness, loss of tissue texture and elasticity, this is not an ideal treatment.

Once some of the fat cells are gone from one area, the remaining cells are more eager to store fat and very often compensatory excessive bulging appears in previously unaffected areas.

Non Invasive Lipo
The so called “non-surgical” or “non invasive” methods are also aiming at localised fat cell reduction, which basically means localised fat cell destruction. This can be achieved through heat as in laser treatments, heavy Radio Frequency and or Ultrasound application such as in Thermage ® or Ultherapy® (mainly for the face).

Coolsculpting®
Fat freezing treatments work by freezing fat cells. The delicate fat cells are eventually destroyed as the fluid in the cells becomes frozen, chrystalises and ruptures the cell membrane in the process. Not a very gently procedure by any means. The whole of the tissue has to undergo severe traum as it is turned into a lump of ice. The fat cells are the ones to die off, the rest of the tissue, skin, nerve, vascular supply can recover.

Had it not been for the unavailability of the Flab Jab, neither Radio Frequency, Laser or Fat Freezing, would have had any commercial success. Only when Lipostabil® was taken off the market and there was no alternative did Coolsculpting managed to establish itself as a popular method. The results were never even close to injectable Lipotherapy but there was just no product to inject with.

Admittedly I also bought into the hype and invested in a Coolscultping machine. Painful, hit and miss results and extremely expensive to run for patient and practitioner there really is not one aspect of this treatment other than being the only available option that would make it an alternative to injectable lipolysis. We also found that the patient satisfaction rate post Fat Freezing treatments is extremely low. This is not necessarily in patients we have treated but very often we have patients who had the treatment in the past and were not at all impressed with the results they got. More concerning, there are some serious side effects which are much more common than one would assume.

The original Flab Jab, Lipostabil
Hardly any of today's practitioners advising their patients on non surgical fat removal treatments would have already been practicing 2004 to 2006. The Flab Jab, injectable fat dissolving with a substance called Lipostabil was incredibly popular.

Lipostabil was made from a Soyabean extract containing Lecithin. This is an emulsifier, virtually every bit of processed food contains it and it makes fat dissolve in water. Lipostabil was initially designed for intravenous use in trauma patients to reduce fat embolism. Injected into the fat tissue it could dissolve and kill off fat cells, similar to surgical lipo suction but much easier. It became so successful that it caused a huge dip in surgical liposuction treatments.

Eventually, the whole thing spiralled out of control and the substance was taken off the market. Sadly really as it was safe, effective and a real alternative to surgical intervention. What came thereafter was more machine based treatments, never as successful as the injectable and much more expensive.

Book your treatment

Fat Dissolving Injections

Is Injectable Fat Dissolving for you?
The ideal patient for any Lipo treatment is not overweight and the areas for treatment should be small. Belly, flanks/love handles, inner thigh, outher thigh, bra bulge…. If it fits in one hand, can be pinched and retracts nicely, all these are good indications for a successful treatment.

How does Injectable Lipo work?
Injected into the fatty tissue through a thin needle or a cannula, the number and size of fat cells in the area reduces and the fat disappears. The substance causes swelling of the fat cells which eventually causes them to burst. The fat cell content is then absorbed and disposed off by the lymph system. Over the next 2-4 weeks the localized fat deposits reduce and become noticeably smaller.

The treatment is very safe compared to Liposuction or Coolscultpting even, we have a chance for bruising and the treated area feels quite tender for a couple of days. First results should appear after 2 weeks but develop over time. 6-8 weeks after the initial treatment we assess.

Injectable lipotherapy is safe, easy and quick compared to other procedures.

We often would recommend a side by side treatment either with an Ultrasound device and or vacuum massage and radio frequency to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.

How does surgical Liposuction work?
Wheter surgically or via dissolving, the key to fat reduction is fat cell reduction. We are born with a certain number of fat cells. The fat cell’s main aim in life is to become as fat and as big as possible. Only rarely (in very obese children prior to puberty for instance) would the number of fat cells increase after birth.

The difference between a person size 8 and size 12 is not the increased number of fat cells it is merely the change in size of their fat cells. Liposuction works by ripping the little suckers out. It is still a very common and successful method. Even though risky, painful and linked to serious side effects. Skin dimpling, scarring, unevenness, loss of tissue texture and elasticity, this is not an ideal treatment.

Once some of the fat cells are gone from one area, the remaining cells are more eager to store fat and very often compensatory excessive bulging appears in previously unaffected areas.

Non Invasive Lipo
The so called “non-surgical” or “non invasive” methods are also aiming at localised fat cell reduction, which basically means localised fat cell destruction. This can be achieved through heat as in laser treatments, heavy Radio Frequency and or Ultrasound application such as in Thermage ® or Ultherapy® (mainly for the face).

Coolsculpting®
Fat freezing treatments work by freezing fat cells. The delicate fat cells are eventually destroyed as the fluid in the cells becomes frozen, chrystalises and ruptures the cell membrane in the process. Not a very gently procedure by any means. The whole of the tissue has to undergo severe traum as it is turned into a lump of ice. The fat cells are the ones to die off, the rest of the tissue, skin, nerve, vascular supply can recover.

Had it not been for the unavailability of the Flab Jab, neither Radio Frequency, Laser or Fat Freezing, would have had any commercial success. Only when Lipostabil® was taken off the market and there was no alternative did Coolsculpting managed to establish itself as a popular method. The results were never even close to injectable Lipotherapy but there was just no product to inject with.

Admittedly I also bought into the hype and invested in a Coolscultping machine. Painful, hit and miss results and extremely expensive to run for patient and practitioner there really is not one aspect of this treatment other than being the only available option that would make it an alternative to injectable lipolysis. We also found that the patient satisfaction rate post Fat Freezing treatments is extremely low. This is not necessarily in patients we have treated but very often we have patients who had the treatment in the past and were not at all impressed with the results they got. More concerning, there are some serious side effects which are much more common than one would assume.

The original Flab Jab, Lipostabil
Hardly any of today's practitioners advising their patients on non surgical fat removal treatments would have already been practicing 2004 to 2006. The Flab Jab, injectable fat dissolving with a substance called Lipostabil was incredibly popular.

Lipostabil was made from a Soyabean extract containing Lecithin. This is an emulsifier, virtually every bit of processed food contains it and it makes fat dissolve in water. Lipostabil was initially designed for intravenous use in trauma patients to reduce fat embolism. Injected into the fat tissue it could dissolve and kill off fat cells, similar to surgical lipo suction but much easier. It became so successful that it caused a huge dip in surgical liposuction treatments.

Eventually, the whole thing spiralled out of control and the substance was taken off the market. Sadly really as it was safe, effective and a real alternative to surgical intervention. What came thereafter was more machine based treatments, never as successful as the injectable and much more expensive.