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FDA Cracks Down on Lipodissolve Hype

Spas Warned of False, Misleading Claims About Fat-Melting Injections

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“This is a great day for patient safety. The FDA is sending a strong message,” says Renato Saltz, MD, president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and a plastic surgeon in Salt Lake City.

Saltz tells WebMD that he has seen some bad complications in people who have tried the procedure.

The ASAPS is conducting a study of lipodissolve, the preliminary results of which are slated to be presented at the annual ASAPS meeting in Washington, D.C., later this month.

“At this point, there is no indication for this procedure based on what we know today,” Saltz says. “We are working on the science and perhaps we will find some application for lipodissolve or mesotherapy in the future.”

This issue highlighted by the new FDA warnings is part of a larger problem in cosmetic surgery, says Felmont F. Eaves III, MD, the ASAPS president-elect and a plastic surgeon in Charlotte, N.C.

“Right now, a lot of companies are pushing treatments with no data and no proof of safety, and devices approved by FDA are being used for other things. It’s a Wild West out there,” he tells WebMD. “Don’t be lured by fancy marketing, have a big dose of skepticism when you see ads, and ask someone qualified what the real scoop is.”

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