What is Lipodissolve or lipotherapy?

Similar to mesotherapy, lipodissolve is a non-surgical, non-invasive injection technique aimed at stimulating the body to dissolve fat. The technique was discovered in 1995 by Dr. Patricia Rittes in Brazil for cosmetic purposes.

See before and after photos.

What is injected?

Phosphatidylcholine, a natural substance found in egg yolk or soy lecithin and in all living organisms is injected into the the subdermal fat region. Phosphatidylcholine is main constituent of all cell membranes especially of the nervous system tissue and brain. Phosphatidylcholine is extremely safe.

How does Lipodissolve work?

Using a very small needle (13mm in length), phosphatidylcholine mixture is injected in a series of painless injections into the area of fat. The fat cells are stimulated to break down. The by-products are eliminated through the kidneys and bowels. The result is spot fat reduction.

Areas That May Be Treated by Lipodissolve

  • Infraorbital eye pads (“bags” under the eyes)
  • Cheeks
  • Jawline including “chinless” jaw and neck
  • Axillary fat pads
  • Upper arms (“bat wings”)
  • Gynecomastia (excess breast growth in men)
  • “Bra rolls”
  • Abdomen/waist
  • “Love handles”
  • Thighs/buttocks
  • Above and inside of knees
  • Calves and ankles
  • Deformities following surgical liposuction

Is Lipotherapy/Lipodissolve safe?

Lipotherapy is very safe. After the injection, slight bleeding, redness, swelling and inflammation may occur indicating the natural fat-burning process of the body. Allergic reactions may occur in rare situations.

Who should not use Lipotherapy?

Lipotherapy should not be performed if there is an allergy to eggs or soy. Lipotherapy must not be performed on pregnant females, children under 18 years of age, nursing mothers, or those suffering from chronic illness such as diabetes, heart disease or autoimmune disease with the exception of those suffering from Hashimoto’s disease or rheumatoid arthritis. Those suffering from an acute illness or from liver or kidney failure should not be treated with lipotherapy. Patients on prednisone or chemotherapy should wait until the course of their medications is completed before starting lipotherapy.

Is lipotherapy covered by insurance?

Due to aesthetic nature of this technique, insurance does not reimburse for lipotherapy or lipodissolve. Please contact us to schedule a 15 minute free consult and estimate for your area of treatment.

Before and After Photos

Fat Pad Reduction

71-year-old patient with prominent fat pads

71-year-old patient with prominent fat pads

Postprocedure view after three injections

Postprocedure view after three injections


55-year-old patient with prominent fat pads

55-year-old patient with prominent fat pads

Postprocedure view after four injections

Postprocedure view after four injections


Eye Pad Reduction

Before injections
Before injections - closeup

Before injections

After injections
After injections - closeup

After injections



The Use of Phosphatidylcholine for Correction of Lower Lid Bulging Due to Prominent Fat Pads
Patrícia Guedes Rittes, MD
Clínica Patrícia Rittes, São Paulo, Brazil
Presented at the 54th Brazilian Dermatology Congress, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, September 1999
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