Botulinum toxin (Botox) injections for wrinkles is now the most common non-surgical procedure in the U.S.
A controversial new procedure called lipo-dissolve or injection lipolysis is taking the image-obsessed by storm in some parts of the country.
Botox is for wrinkles. Lipo-dissolve is for excess fat. It is less invasive than liposuction and consists of series of injections with various drug mixtures, called PCDC, or phosphatidylcholine deoxycholate (non-FDA approved) to remove fat. For large areas, for example, the abdominal area, as many as 120 injections may be required at one time.
Lipo-dissolve is not approved by the FDA and long-term effects are unknown.
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