GÄCD accepts injection lipolysis
In August 2003, the GÄCD – German Society of Aesthetic Surgery – first commented on injection lipolysis in a highly critical and adverse statement. In line with our philosophy of presenting all sides of the argument, we also published this critical view (see News Archive on the News page). On 6 April 2006, the GÄCD again expressed its views concerning injection lipolysis, but this time has moved away from its opposition. This change of mind bears testimony to the fact that our work of the last couple of years has born fruit, and that also renowned societies can no longer ignore injection lipolysis.
We congratulate the leadership of the GÄCD on this change in attitude.
Dr. Franz Hasengschwandtner
Is it really possible to get rid of fat by injection?
GÄCD: Injection lipolysis can supplement liposuction
Bad Soden, 6 April 2006. Liposuction is the most popular procedure in Germany in the field of aesthetic surgery. In 2005 alone, the members of the GÄCD carried out some 30,000 liposuction treatments. So wouldn’t it be nice if it were possible to get rid of fat simply by injection? The highly contentious method of injection lipolysis has come of age, and in 2006 can look back on 5 years of application in Germany. As Dr. Gerhard Sattler, a member of the executive of the German Society of Aesthetic Surgery (GÄCD) and an expert in liposuction states: “Injection lipolysis has more and more adherents. Today, with the results of initial long-term studies, we can say that in the case of certain strict indications, injection lipolysis can offer distinct advantages.
And in its therapeutic scope, it can also serve as a supplementary measure.” However, it can, he says, offer no fundamental alternative to a surgical liposuction procedure. The success of treatment by injection lipolysis depends on three factors, the experts at GÄCD point out: First, the experience of the user; second, the dose; and third, the nature of the tissue of the patient. Small zones of fat respond well to treatment by injection lipolysis, e.g. in the area of the knee or chin. “However, we warn against entertaining misleading ideas. Injection lipolysis cannot perform miracles and, unlike liposuction, it cannot remove several litres of fat,” warns Prof. Bull, president of the GÄCD. The main active ingredient used in injection lipolysis is phosphatidylcholine, which is normally given to patients to reduce blood fat levels. To treat local zones of fat, it is injected subcutaneously – i.e. beneath the layers of skin – into the fat tissue at a depth of 1 to 1.5 centimetres. This causes the fat to dissolve; it is then carried away by the blood system.
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First scientific theory on injection lipolysis:
Evidenced Based Practice: Phosphatidylcholine
A Review of Evidence for the Mode of Action in Injection Lipolysis
Ninian Peckitt, M.D.
Injection Lipolysis is a popular cosmetic procedure involving the subcutaneous injection of phosphatidylcholine (PC) - Lipostabil N ®. This publication is an independent review of applied phospholipid biochemistry, plasma membranes, cell lysis and apoptosis.
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