Lipodissolve: The Shot Heard Around the Girth


When you blast past the PR and buzz, you'll discover that most scientists say cellulite creams don't work. But what about a shot? Lipodissolve is a treatment that injects a drug that targets fat compounds, and FitSugar has a bit more about how it works (or, uh, doesn't).

The problem, as this story points out, is that there's little proof that Lipodissolve actually works. On top of that, the drugs aren't approved by the F.D.A., and the method of treatment isn't standardized. Last month, the Kansas board of medicine moved to ban Lipodissolve after consumer complaints, but a judge overturned it (thanks to a petition drive by Lipodissolve providers). In the midst of the controversy, a plastic surgeon and his assistant decided to try it and see what it did:

Dr. Boswell said that his stomach became so enlarged that he looked six months pregnant. Ms. Foelsch said that her thighs became so swollen with liquid that she wore panty hose to keep them from jiggling. ... The side effects dissipated after two weeks but none of them experienced any cosmetic benefit. “Missouri is the show-me state,” Dr. Boswell said. “But no one has shown me that this stuff works.”

At about $2,000 per treatment, Lipodissolve sounds like yet another expensive cosmetic procedure that may or may not produce results. And since we don't know what the long-term effects might be, I'd advise sitting this one out—even if that means you're sitting on jiggly thighs.

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