Dr. Miller from St. Louis Skin Solutions is a Member of the International Meso-Lipotherapy Society, Headed by the Pioneers in Lipotherapy/ Lipodissolve

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Lipodissolve or also known as Lipotherapy has been sweeping the nation. The questions are who is qualified to treat you, how does it work, and how much should you spend? St. Louis offers a variety of places to go for treatments.

Lipodissolve or Lipotherapy is becoming more and more popular. The treatment is a series of injections that destroy fat cells, originally meant to be used for small pockets of fat; such as eye pads, double chins, love handles, bellies, inner thighs, saddle bags, etc. Yet, now there are studies of this treatments being used on obese patients, which has shown great results as well.

Who can do your treatment you ask? There are lots of places in major cities popping up over night. In St. Louis there are a few doctors’ offices that offer these treatments, including Dr. Miller's Practice at St. Louis Skin Solutions. There is also a center in the area that offers it as well. Who is qualified? There are variants in qualification. Dr. Miller and Adrienne Van Camp have been trained by the Pioneers and World Authorities in both mesotherapy and Lipotherapy: Dr. Le COZ, MD, Dr. Patricia Rittes, MD & Dr. Roman Chubaty, MD, becoming a member of the International Meso-Lipotherapy Society.

How exactly does this work you ask? Lipotherapy, or lipodissolve, is a treatment that has been used in Brazil for over 10 years by Dr. Patricia Rittes. The Europeans have also been using this trick for many years. It involves injections of phosphatidylcholine and sodium deoxycholate. Phosphatidylcholine is a medication that has been used intravenously for more than 30 years to dissolve fat emboli in the blood stream. Injecting this medication into subcutaneous fat literally dissolves and kills fat cells locally. The sodium deoxycholate is used to carry the phosphatidylcholine.

Lipotherapy is just starting to catch on in the US and will no doubt become a popular, outpatient, and no downtime procedure. St. Louis Skin Solutions alone treats about 15 new patients a week, and its been said other centers are like factories with the amount of patients they get in and out.

Overall every center, doctor or place uses the same type of medication with variance in the dilutions. What will it cost you? Depends where you go. Some centers charge a monthly membership fees, others charge per session. You can expect to pay $350 a treatment to $600. Dr. Miller charges $400 per session, or you can get a package of 5 sessions , equaling $1750.

When diet and exercise have failed you, and you don’t want to resort to surgery, think about Lipotherapy. It is quick, relatively painless and requires little to no down time. Treatments can be done in 15 minutes or less. It is another option available for those stubborn fatty pockets, but not an excuse to eat that second piece of pumpkin pie!

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