Injection Lipolysis / Anti-Fat Injection

“Anti-fat injections” are perfect to reduce or even eliminate minor, unwanted fat pads that cannot be counteracted by work-out and a healthy diet. Normal-weight patients will benefit the most from this treatment even though obese patients will also be able to improve specific problematic areas with it.

Injection lipolysis treatment

For this purpose, a drug compound containing phosphatidylcholine as main agent is injected right into the unwanted fat pads. The active ingredient is a natural preparation obtained from soy beans. It is also found in the human organism where it has various functions. The medical-scientific term used for the treatment is “injection lipolysis” or just “lipolysis”. However, in the vernacular it is rather known as “anti-fat injection”.


Regions suitable for treatment

The best results are achieved for the below-listed regions:

  • double chin
  •  flabby cheeks (if caused by fat pads) 
  • upper and lower abdomen 
  • lower back (“love handles”) 
  • hips (“muffin edges”) 
  • fat-related tori on the back (e.g. below the bra)
  • post-liposuction corrective actions for dents or tori
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Advantages of injection lipolysis:

  • minimally invasive
  • versatile
  • quick treatment
  • no inactivity periods due to sick leave
  • lasting effects

Injection lipolysis treatment course

Prior to the treatment

Prior to the treatment, you will have an extensive interview with Dr. Ledermann. On the day your treatment takes place, we will first draw on the areas to be treated and take photos of them.

The treatment

Using ultra-thin needles the preparation is injected right into the respective region. In this region, fat cells will ablate while fat reduction is increased at the same time. Thanks to its elasticity, the skin will retract and usually create a smooth, homogenous surface. All in all, this process will take about eight weeks. Normally it takes 2 to 3 treatments of one region to achieve good results.

Risks related to the treatment

Right after the treatment, nearly all patients first briefly experience some itching, then temporary reddening, swelling and bruises. Occasionally, patients suffer from complaints similar to muscle soreness.

Within the 8 years that we have been practicing this kind of treatment, no patient has ever suffered from any other or more severe adverse side effects.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Lose Weight with Injection Lipolysis?

This therapy is not suited for a general weight reduction, but only to melt off local fat deposits. We can offer you an excellent concept for a general weight reduction. Please ask us for information.

Which Body Parts Profit most from Injection Lipolysis?

The areas with soft body fat around the stomach, in the face, on the inner thighs and the hips can be treated particularly well. The skin is tightened when the fat cells melt away, producing a smooth, homogenous surface, which provides good results for some forms of cellulite. After a liposuction treatment injection lipolysis support the follow-up treatment of remaining fat deposits and irregular contours, such as dimples. Typically female problem areas can be found around the waist and the upper and lower abdomen, hips (love handles), upper thighs (inner thighs), backsides of upper arms, double chin and around the buttocks.

“Saddle bags” are fat deposits that are difficult to mobilize normally because such fat deposits are not reduced readily through exercise or diets. This usually takes a while. Most men have their fat deposits (problem areas) around the waist and the upper and lower abdomen (so-called “spare tire”), on their hips (love handles) and their double chin.

Will the Fat Deposits Dissolved by the Injection Lipolysis disappear permanently? How Long Will the Results Last?

Fat cells that have been dissolved do not return as far as we know. This means that fat deposits can be reduced permanently. If your weight does not change, the results will remain constant. However, when you eat too much, the fat cells that have remained in the treated area may fill up and expand.

What Is the Special Advantage of Injection Lipolysis?

Injection lipolysis is a chance for a permanent reduction of fat deposits, especially in areas that are difficult to influence through diets or exercise. This is a gentle treatment, with little pain, few risks and a fast procedure. No extensive preparation or follow-up treatments are required. Usually there are no restrictions in your ability to work.

How Can I Determine whether an Injection Lipolysis or a Liposuction Is Better for me?

For a long time a liposuction was the only chance to remove fat deposits in specific areas. This is still the preferred method for larger fat deposits. But injection lipolysis now offers an opportunity to remove smaller fat deposits with little effort and in a gentle manner. Injection lipolysis is not an operation, whereas liposuction requires surgery. This is the main difference. With liposuction the fat disappears fast. Injection lipolysis allows a slower change of body contours and thus your self-image within just a few months. Also, injection lipolysis is an ideal additional treatment method after liposuction. Irregular contours and remaining fat deposits (dimples) may be removed while the skin is tightened.

How Many Treatments Are Required?

Usually 2-4 treatments at 8 week intervals will be sufficient.

Does Injection Lipolysis Hurt?

The injections are not particularly painful. You will feel the puncture briefly and then a slight itching and a slight burning sensation that may be relieved fast with a cold pack after the treatment.

Will my Medical Insurance Pay the Expenses?

Medical insurances won’t pay for esthetic-medical treatments, so patients will have to pay for them themselves.

What Are the Risks of Injection Lipolysis?

Directly after the therapy you may experience swellings with pressure sensitivity, small hematomae and redness of the skin. These symptoms may last for several days. In the first 3 days there should be no massages, sauna, solarium or exercise. In rare cases tissue hardening may occur, but this will disappear within 2-6 weeks. The procedure involves very few side-effects.

Who Should Not Have an Injection Lipolysis?

Minors, pregnant women and nursing mothers as well as patients with some rare, severe diseases should not have an injection lipolysis. You will obtain more detailed information about the suitability of the treatment for you when you have a personal consultation.

Have you got any further questions?

Or would you like to ask Dr. Ledermann something specific about injection lipolysis?

Please don’t hesitate to call or mail to us.

Phone +41 (0)44 387 99 20

Interesting facts

The treatment plan currently observed by us was devised by the “Lipolysis Network” research board headed by Dr. Franz Hasengschwander from Austria. The physicians who are members of this network (like myself) have applied several hundreds of thousands such treatments since 2003 and are consequently thoroughly experienced with it.

Further information

Literature on anti-fat injections

  Paper about Injection-Lipolysis (PDF)