What is intralipotherapy?

Intralipotherapy is an Aesthetic Medicine treatment that consists of injecting deoxycholic acid in the areas with excess fat in order to eliminate it. This substance helps to liquefy the adipose tissue, making the fat more liquid and expelling it from the body easily through the lymphatic system. It is a 100% biocompatible substance, so it is expelled from the body in a natural way.

Intralipotherapy allows to liquefy the fat
and expel it easily through the lymphatic system.

Why is it performed?

Intralipotherapy is used in those people who wish to eliminate fatty areas.

It has the following advantages:

  • Combat localized fat
  • Helping in the loss of fat and volume
  • It is a quick treatment that is performed on an outpatient basis, without the need for surgery.

It is a treatment that is especially indicated to eliminate localized fat in the hips, jowls, abdomen, thighs, knees and arms.

What does it consist of?

Intralipotherapy consists of injecting deoxycholic acid in the area with fat deposits. It is an aqueous solution with a gel base and 100% biocompatible, since it is a substance that is already present in the body and is easily reabsorbed.

The substance is injected with only a very fine cannula into the adipose tissue, liquefying the fat. The lipids (fats) are eliminated naturally by the lymphatic system. To achieve the desired results, about three sessions are required, with about three weeks of rest between them. It is a procedure that does not require anesthesia and, normally, after finishing the injections, the patient does not feel any discomfort.

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Preparation for intralipotherapy

No special preparation is necessary for intralipotherapy, since it is a treatment that does not require anesthesia or special care. However, the specialist in Aesthetic Medicine will be the one to recommend the best procedure for the patient’s case.

It is important to note that this treatment is contraindicated in pregnant or breastfeeding women, as well as if the patient suffers from infections, diabetes or serious heart, liver or kidney diseases. It should also be used with caution in patients with bleeding problems or coagulation disorders, or those who are undergoing anticoagulant therapies.

Post-procedure care

It is quite normal for the patient to feel some discomfort in the treated area. Occasionally, a slight reddening of the area, some stinging or bruising may also appear, which will soon disappear.

The patient should avoid touching the treated area and it is recommended to avoid sun exposure. At the same time, the patient should drink plenty of water to facilitate the elimination of fat.

Alternatives to this treatment

Intralipotherapy is a very minimally invasive treatment, compared to other available treatments, but there are several alternative treatments:

  • Lipolaser
  • Carboxitherapy
  • Mesotherapy

Aesthetic Medicine specialists will be able to recommend to the patient the best procedure to eliminate and evacuate the fat.