Lipodissolve – A non-surgical alternative to Liposuction


  • Lipodissolve is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction
  • It involves the injection of a naturally occuring substance, phosphatidylcholine, into fatty deposits to help reduce their size
  • Fat deposits in the body above the knees and the face/neck can be treated 
  • A limited area can be treated per session
  • Anaesthetic (numbing) cream and anaesthetic (laughing) gas is used for the procedure
  • There is soreness, swelling, bruising, temporary lumps after the treatment
  • Results take 2 months to appear
  • 2 to 3 sessions per area are required for optimal results. Minimum of 2 months required between sessions

What is Lipodissolve?

Lipodissolve (or Lipo Dissolve) is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. The main ingredient in Lipodissolve is phosphatidylcholine. Phosphatidylcholine is a natural product found in our body. Its main role in the body is to help emulsify and breakdown fat and cholesterol and is a key constituent of our cell membranes and high density lipoproteins (the good cholesterol). The phosphatidylcholine that is used is derived from soybeans and has the same molecular structure as the phosphatidylcholine in our bodies. 


When injected directly into fat deposits, Lipodissolve helps breakdown and emulsify the fat deposits. It uses the body own natural methods of excreting fat to permanently reduce fat deposits. Lipodissolve or phosphatidylcholine has two ends which act like the ends of a magnet. One end is attracted to water, and the other end is attracted to fat. After injection, phosphatidylcholine surrounds the fat cell, and because of this property, it allows the fat cells to become emulsified and soluble in the circulation where it is then removed permanently by the liver, bowels and kidneys.


It is especially effective for the treatment of problem areas that may not be eliminated with diet and exercise alone. The Victorian Cosmetic Institute is proud to be one of the pioneer centres in Australia to bring this treatment to you. We use only the highest quality phosphatidylcholine, made by Australian Custom Pharmaceuticals in NSW, who are the largest producer of phosphatidylcholine in Australia. It is made in a sterile laboratory in a nitrogen chamber. This ensures that the product has maximal stability. Also, all our procedures are carried out by doctors or overseen by our doctors.


It has been used for reducing fat deposits for about 10 years now, but has been used for other medical purposes for much longer. It has been used intravenously to dissolve atheromatous plaques in cardiac disease and to dissolve fat embolism. Orally, it has been used as a liver protective agent.

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What areas can be treated?

The most common areas that are treated are; abdominal bulges, love handles, back fat, saddle bags, thighs (inner and outer), side of buttocks, lower buttocks, arms, and double chins, cheeks and jowls. In men, it can be used to reduce chest fat, as long as there are no medical problems causing the accumulation of glandular tissue in this area e.g from abnormal hormonal disturbances. The female breast cannot be treated as it is mainly glandular tissue. It can also be injected into Lipomas to dissolve them non-surgically. Injected more superficially, Lipodissolve can also help to reduce cellulite – the lumpy, dimpled, orange peel appearance of skin that usually affects buttocks and legs.

What does treatment with Lipodissolve involve?

Local anaesthetic cream is applied to the treatment area for approximately one to two hours under Glad-wrap.  This can be done in the clinic, or at home if you wish to save time. We also advise you take Arnica prior to your procedure (Arnica is a naturopathic medication that helps reduce swelling and bruising). The procedure can be quite painful despite the local anaesthetic cream therefore we advise that you use inhaled anaesthetic gas, commonly known as ‘laughing gas’ as this significantly reduces any discomfort from the procedure. The effect of the inhaled anaesthetic are usually short-lived, and will last long enough just to cover the time taken to do the procedure, and wear off quite quickly afterwards.

Before your treatment, you will be measured and photographed (these photos are confidential and are so you are able to see the changes after your treatment). The treatment area is then systematically injected with Lipodissolve through a fine needle after cleansing of the area with chlorhexidine and alcohol (disinfectant).  There are multiple injections in each area, each injection is spaced by approximately 1.5cm. The process is usually done lying down. Some recovery time is allowed afterwards before you can drive home. One to four treatments per area are required at two monthly intervals, although most patients require just two to three treatments.

After treatment with Lipodissolve, it is important to drink plenty of fluids, and to massage the treated area every night for about 2 weeks.

Am I a suitable candidate for Lipodissolve?

Lipodissolve is suitable for those who are seeking to reduce localised fat deposits that are resistant to dietary changes or exercise. It is not used primarily for weight reduction, rather it used for body sculpting.
Lipomas, or benign fatty tumours under the skin, can also be treated with lipodissolve. It is a good alternative to surgery for those who are prone to scarring, or if the lipomas is in an area that is difficult to operate on. It is also a good option for those who don’t want to have surgery for lipomas for whatever reason, or if there are a very large number of lipomas on the body. Lipodissolve is injected into the lipomas and this helps them to shrink down to a smaller size. Usually 2-3 treatments are required, and the final result is a significant reduction in the size of the lipoma.

Patients who are pregnant, breast-feeding, or planning on pregnancy in the next 6 months are not suitable for Lipodissolve treatments. Also patients who have severe liver or kidney problems, auto-immune diseases such as Lupus, or immunodeficiency are not candidates for Lipodissolve treatments.

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Should I choose Lipodissolve or liposuction?

Lipodissolve and liposuction are different procedures. They both produce different results with different downtimes. The results from liposuction are much more significant than those achieved from Lipodissolve, and multiple areas can be treated in one session with liposuction.
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What is the difference between Lipodissolve and mesotherapy?

Mesotherapy and Lipodissolve are very distinct treatments. Mesotherapy is a procedure that involves injections of various vitamins, minerals, medicines and amino acids into the skin. It was first founded in 1952 by Dr. Michel Pistor, a French physician, and is primarily directed at the treatment of various injuries, medical ailments, skin conditions, and cellulite. Lipodissolve also involves a series of injections, however, the key component of Lipodissolve is phosphatidylcholine which is used primarily for the dissolution of fat deposits. The depth of the injection of Lipodissolve is also deeper than mesotherapy as it is injected into the fat, and not the skin.

What happens to the skin over the fat?

The skin tightens over the treated area as the fat is removed, so that there is no looseness of skin post-treatment. Furthermore, Lipodissolve can improve the appearance of any surrounding cellulite in the treated area whereas liposuction can often worsen the appearance of cellulite by destroying the circulation to that area. Lipodissolve has also been known to  reduce the appearance of stretch marks by direct injection into the stretch mark itself, although the results from this are usually variable.

Are the results permanent?

The fat cells are permanently removed from the treated area by Lipodissolve. They are then processed by the liver and excreted through the bowels and kidneys. The fat cells do not return.
If there is weight gain after treatment, the area treated does not tend to increase in size as quickly had the treatment not been performed. Fat distribution is directed elsewhere (as in liposuction), and this achieves a better balance in body shape as usually only disproportionate areas area treated.

When will I see the results?

Generally, this depends on the individual. Results are usually first seen after six to eight weeks and continue to improve with further treatments.
The fat cells are permanently removed from the area treated. Ongoing treatment is not required once you have achieved your goal. As we are only born with a certain number of fat cells and they do not divide after a certain age, the results are permanent once the cells are removed. There are long term studies that show the results from Lipodissolve treatments have remained 7 years after the treatment was performed.

What are the side effects?

Commonly, people experience temporary soreness, swelling, and bruising of the treatment area that lasts around one week on average. You may go straight back to work immediately after treatment, but this will depend on the amount of soreness you have, the area you have treated, and the type of work you do. In general, we advise patients to do it after work or on a rostered day off. Going back to work the next day is the most common scenario. The only exception to this rule is for facial/chin treatments. The swelling is usually significant in this area and not concealable. Therefore, you may need approximately 4-7 days off work and social activities. Uncommon side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, infection (rare), and prolonged bruising. There is rarely an allergic reaction to Lipodissolve and no true anaphylactic reactions have ever been recorded. Occasionally, there can be some residual mild sensitivity over the area that is treated for some weeks. Lumps are also sometimes felt in the area, and these are transient and can be massaged out.

We advise the use of compression garments to the treatment area to help prevent swelling and therefore reduce the amount of pain experienced post-procedure. We are able to supply you with these should you require them.

How many areas can I treat at one time? How much does it cost per session per area?

 Generally, only one body part can be treated in one session. This limitation is due the maximum dosage of lipodissolve that  can safely be administered per session (usually a $950 session utilises the maximum dose in one session). Scientific studies have shown that 2500mg of phosphatidylcholine (lipodissolve) is the maximum dosage that can be administered safely in one session. Each session must be separated by 2 months.

Under Chin / neck


Inner thighs


One facial area e.g buccal area, jowls


Outer thighs/saddle bags


Under chin/neck + one facial area


Outer thighs/under buttock area


Male chest


Cellulite treatment (area covered by maximum dose of Lipodissolve)




Back/under bra area


Upper and lower abdomen


Lipoma treatments

250 (minimum) to 950  depending on the number and size of lipomas

Upper and lower abdomen, hips, waist (on smaller person)


Top of knees


Lower abdomen or upper abdomen only


Inner knees


Upper abdomen and hips/waist


Inner knees and top of knees


Lower abdomen and hips/waist





(all prices are for one session, and are inclusive of GST) 
An average of 2 – 3 sessions are required per area. 

Are Lipodissolve injections safe?

Lipodissolve is a safe and effective method of fat reduction. It is not associated with the risks of general anaesthesia and surgery.

Why should I choose The Victorian Cosmetic Institute as my provider of Lipodissolve injections?

As one of the pioneer centres of this treatment, we are highly experienced in the application of this treatment. Currently, we are the largest provider of Lipodissolve in Australia. Our doctors are highly experienced in Lipodissolve treatments and have worked with international experts on Lipodissolve. Our doctors are also a part of a worldwide network of doctors who collaborate results and treatment regimes to improve the safety and efficacy of Lipodissolve treatments. Also, The Victorian Cosmetic Institute is located inside a modern and large medical centre, ensuring your treatment is being performed in an up-to-date facility.
We recommend that you arrange a consultation so that we can properly explain Lipodissolve to you and assess your suitability for the treatment. You generally need 2 to 3 treatments, once every 2 months. After careful assessment, we will be able to provide you with the best advice for treatment. Our holistic approach also means that our doctors will look at any other factors including medical factors, diet and exercise, that may be contributing to the problem.

The first step is simply contacting us for your initial Lipodissolve consultation, where we will discuss with you what is a realistic and achievable outcome, and what to expect from your treatment.
Making that first phone call about any cosmetic procedure can be a confronting task – many of our patients have preferred filling out our online enquiry form. We can then contact you and gain an understanding of the results you are hopeful of achieving and ensure the treatment is appropriate. 
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Otherwise, you can phone us directly on 1300 863 824.

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