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Dr. Donn Hickman

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FIG PROCEDURE UPDATE APRIL 2008
« on: October 24, 2007, 10:54:51 PM »
This is an advanced marketing and service program for the injectable LIPODISSOLVE which is the nutrient phosphatidyl choline or lecithin when used alone or in combination with other facilitating chemicals may melt fat.

SEE OUR SECTIONS ON MESOTHERAPY 
                                  LIPOZAP
                                  LIPOLYTE

SOME ON LINE FORUMS RAISE QUESTIONS AS TO THE OVERALL EFFECTIVENESS OF SKIN INJECTIONS FOR FAT CONTOURING


PATIENT SATISFACTION IS OVERALL 50 % for this approach to body contouring while liposuction, microliposculpture, microliposuction continue to be the gold standard (while requiring surgery and anesthesia either local, sedation, or general) the success is over 95% in selected patients.  This technique is clearly an emerging technology, but presently it is not clearly standardized, with results that vary considerably, and imposes costs that approach traditional liposuction techniques.




UPDATE APRIL 2008: 


There have been increasing consumer complaints regarding FIG and the LIPOZAP procedures. (SEE ALSO LIPOZAP AND LIPOLITE).  THE FIG PROGRAM HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED.  A CLASS ACTION IS IN PROGRESS.  THIS HAS BEEN FEATURED IN LOCAL NETWORK NEWS FOR LOS ANGELES.  The lack of standardization of fat melting injections coupled with high impact marketing as to extraordinary outcomes may be the problem. It may still have a role in treatment as originally devised by conventional authorities for small areas of fat excess.
It was never intended as a trimming procedure for large areas of abdomen, hips, and thighs. 

In Kansas,  back in September of 2007, a high court reversed a ban in that state fon LIPO injections for fat melting  since a local Plastic Surgeon fought to have the procedure reinstated showing some results with the method. Again, when properly instituted, fat melting methods may have a role for small selected areas of undesirable fat. 

Those patients who are out of shape and overweight, often seek fat melting as well as liposuction.  Liposuction techniques have been shown without a doubt to be effective and safe in removing fat and reducing inches.   Patients who greatly exceed their body weight are not as likely to be satisfied with any injectable or surgical method of body contouring.
For these consumers, selected small areas may be done in a staged fashion subsequent to proper counseling and preparation.
 
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