Understanding the Risks of Non-FDA Approved Lipo Injections: An Expert’s View
Genesis Dermatology, Jupiter, Florida
In the ever-evolving world of cosmetic treatments, it’s crucial to stay informed and cautious, especially when it comes to procedures like fat-dissolving injections. At Genesis Dermatology, we prioritize patient safety and education, which is why we feel it’s important to discuss the recent FDA warnings regarding the use of non-FDA-approved ‘lipo injections.’
FDA’s Warning on Unregulated Fat-Dissolving Injections
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has raised concerns about fat-dissolving injections sold under various brand names, including Aqualyx, Lipodissolve, Lipo Lab, and Kabelline, among others. These products, often found on Amazon and other online platforms, are marketed to reduce fat in areas like the chin, back, thighs, upper arms, and stomach. However, they are not FDA-approved and pose significant health risks.
The Dangers of Unapproved Treatments
Adverse reactions reported to the FDA from these unregulated injections include:
- Permanent scarring
- Serious infections
- Skin deformities
- Deep, painful knots at injection sites
These side effects underscore the importance of consulting with licensed and trained medical professionals before undergoing any cosmetic procedures.
The Only FDA Approved Fat-Dissolving Injection: Kybella
Kybella, the sole FDA-approved treatment in this category, is specifically designed to target ‘double chin.’ While it’s used off-label for other areas, it’s crucial to understand the importance of FDA approval, which guarantees a product has been evaluated for safety and efficacy.
The Importance of Professional Oversight
Krystal Roney-Smith, a master aesthetic nurse practitioner, emphasizes the need for due diligence. When considering such treatments, ensure that you’re visiting a reputable facility with verified credentials and licensed professionals. The risks associated with unapproved procedures can be severe.
Ingredients to Be Wary Of
Common ingredients in these non-approved injections, such as phosphatidylcholine (PPC) and sodium deoxycholate (DC), have not been evaluated by safety regulators, posing unknown risks.
Our Advice at Genesis Dermatology
- Avoid Online Purchases for Medical Treatments: The FDA strongly advises against buying medical spa treatments online. Always consult a health professional.
- Do Your Research: Ensure the clinic you visit has licensed professionals with the proper credentials and positive reviews.
- If It Sounds Too Good to Be True…: Exercise caution. Opt for treatments that have been scientifically and medically evaluated.
At Genesis Dermatology, your health and safety are our top priorities. We encourage anyone considering cosmetic treatments to consult with our team of experts. We’re here to provide safe, effective, and FDA-approved options tailored to your needs.
Stay informed, choose wisely, and always prioritize your well-being.