Intralipotherapy using sodium deoxycholate-based solutions
Before illustrating the risks and benefits of the proposed treatment, it is important for you to know that the purpose of aesthetic medicine is to correct defects or dysmorphia of various kinds.
Anyone expecting miraculous transformations from aesthetic medicine is destined to be disappointed. Aesthetic medicine involves medical procedures and since medicine is not a precise science, neither is aesthetic medicine. From this, we can deduce that it is not possible to provide a precise prediction of the percentage improvement to the flaw being corrected, the extent or the duration of the result. It is necessary to stress that some factors affect the final result: the healing process, which continues months after treatment and which cannot be completely controlled by the doctor or patient, general health conditions, lifestyle, age, specific skin and subcutaneous tissue characteristics, physical aspects, hereditary aspects and hormonal influence. These elements, together with other factors, influence the variability of the end result. Aesthetic medical treatment, like that by all medical act, inevitably has different consequences, according to type and to the specific case, which must be evaluated before undergoing treatment. As for any type of medical treatment, errors or complications are also possible in aesthetic medicine. The former are unforeseeable and undesirable, while the latter is at times unavoidable and must be considered by every patient before treatment. As a result, for the above reasons, although respecting the rules of aesthetic medicine, the treatment may not bring about the hoped-for results which cannot, therefore, be guaranteed or ensured. This applies only in particular cases.
The purpose of the following consent form is to provide the patient, in addition to the pre-treatment interview with the Nurse/Doctor, with all information concerning the characteristics and the risks connected to INTRALIPOTHERAPY treatment using sodium deoxycholate-based solutions.
Therefore, we ask you to read the document with care and to discuss with the Nurse/Doctor with regard to the explanation of all terms that are not clear, before signing as confirmation of full understanding the information received.
Localised fat deposits are subcutaneous adipose tissue accumulations in specific anatomical areas that alter body silhouette. They are unsightly and unresponsive to the normal signals to activate the metabolism (low-calorie diet, physical exercise). They can be successfully treated with intralipotherapy.
Intralipotherapy is a widely used technique in aesthetic medicine. It uses adipocitolytic solutions, that are solutions containing natural cleansers that cause fat cell lysis.
Using intralipotherapy, the solution is released parcel-style and evenly, directly into the fat layer, gradually reducing its size. The treatment can be repeated after a suitable period of time.
The solution is slow acting and the gradual action needs time to achieve the treatment aim. The fat cells in the layer treated with sodium deoxycholate will undergo lysis and then a process of degradation and disposal through the lymphatic system.
Non-surgical Fat Reduction
Before carrying out the treatment, it is necessary for the patient to undergo careful examination while standing. The treatment includes injection of the substance directly into the fat layer, using a special needle (intralipotherapy needle). Needle access is limited generally 1-3 times per area.
It is possible to feel mild to moderate pain during treatment, although this is easily tolerated or ignored. The treatment is followed by slight pain, redness, swelling and bruising. These problems are very frequent, transitory and should be considered a normal consequence of the treatment. If the patient notes anomalous symptoms during the period after treatment, meaning anything not described by the qualified Nurse/Doctor, they must contact him or her without delay.
Post Treatment Period
Edema, bruising, and pain in the treated area are extremely frequent (more than 50% of cases) but generally do not limit a normal social life or physical activity. Containment means (sleeves, girdles,..), lymph drainage, or pressotherapies, are strongly recommended for the days after treatment.
It is in any case important to follow the instructions of the qualified Nurse/Doctor, which will vary according to each case, based on different factors such as the body area treated, the patient’s characteristics and the progress of the post-treatment period.
Surgical and other alternatives to intralipotherapy include liposculpture, laserlipolisis, cryolipolysis, ultrasound therapy, gas contouring and mesotherapy. Each of these methods has risks and potential complications.
Avoid Asprin for pain. Can take paracetamol and use a fan if necessary.
Ice can be applied for 5 mins pre-post treatment.
Compression garment for 2-5 days post-treatment.
Nodules can last up to 1 month. These can be managed.
Bruising is frequent. Avoid direct sunlight, sunbeds and heat treatments during the treatment period.