The Risks of Unapproved Fat-Dissolving Injections: Ethical Solutions from Bruno | Brown Plastic Surgery

Understanding the dangers of fat-dissolving injections

In the quest for achieving the ideal physique, many individuals are turning to cosmetic procedures such as fat-dissolving injections to sculpt and contour specific areas. However, the recent warning issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sheds light on the potential hazards associated with unauthorized fat-dissolving injections. The FDA has received reports of severe side effects, including scarring, infections, and skin deformities, from individuals using unapproved injections. We aim to explore the risks posed by these non-FDA-approved treatments and emphasize the safe and ethical methods employed by Bruno|Brown Plastic Surgery to ensure clients’ well-being and desired results.

Understanding Fat-Dissolving Injections

According to the Food and Drug Administration, fat-dissolving injections, also known as lipolysis injections, are nonsurgical procedures designed to break down fat cells beneath the skin. While FDA-approved injections, such as KYBELLA®, have undergone rigorous evaluation for safety and effectiveness, unauthorized products with names like Aqualyx, Lipodissolve, Lipo Lab, and Kabelline pose significant risks. Common ingredients found in the non-FDA-approved fat-dissolving injectables including phosphatidylcholine (PPC) and sodium deoxycholate (DC) have been linked to adverse reactions.

Here at Bruno | Brown Plastic Surgery, we emphasize safe and ethical procedures with our valued patients. Our patient’s well-being and safety is our main priority, while also delivering the highest quality results.

Risks and Adverse Reactions:Fat Dissolving Injectable result [Photo by Kaur et al., 2022, Am J Dermatopathol; NBC News author Berkeley Lovelace Jr.]

Reports to the FDA have detailed adverse reactions from consumers, including permanent scars, serious infections, skin deformities, cysts, and painful knots. Some individuals received injections from unlicensed personnel at clinics or med spas, while others purchased the unapproved products online, attempting self-administration. The potential dangers escalate when considering improper injection techniques, which can lead to scarring, skin infections, and severe complications.

When it comes to injectables, prioritizing your safety and well-being is paramount – it’s crucial to go to licensed professionals, like those at Bruno|Brown Plastic Surgery in Washington, DC, for expert care and optimal results.

[Photo by Kaur et al., 2022, Am J Dermatopathol; NBC News author Berkeley Lovelace Jr.]

FDA-Approved Alternatives

According to NBC News, KYBELLA®, a prescription drug approved by the FDA, stands as the sole fat-dissolving injectable authorized for reducing chin fat in adults. The FDA stresses that this  should only be administered by healthcare professionals. Bruno|Brown Plastic Surgery aligns with FDA recommendations, emphasizing the importance of FDA-approved injections administered by trained and licensed professionals.

KYBELLA® stands out as the inaugural FDA-approved injectable crafted for addressing localized fat deposits, notably fullness beneath the chin. Our skilled practitioners at Bruno | Brown Plastic Surgery also recommend this innovative treatment as it offers a more meticulous and precise approach compared to alternative techniques. Prior to initiating the treatment, our experienced doctors conduct a thorough examination of the targeted areas to assess suitability, ensuring a tailored cosmetic approach that aligns with your specific aesthetic objectives.

We also administer PRP therapy which can be combined with collagen inducing treatments like micro-needlinglaser skin resurfacing, and/or other injectables such as Juvederm and Botox to best target a patient’s unique issues and thus achieve the final goal of younger looking skin. PRP can also be used to help improve thinning hair through a series of injections in the scalp.

Dermal fillers can restore your facial volume and create smoother skin. Fillers are a non-invasive alternative to surgical procedures, such as a facelift. Dermal fillers are available in many different formulas, and the exact approach we will use depends on your facial rejuvenation goals.

We use a range of Juvederm products, including:

  • SKINVIVE™
  • Volbella®
  • Vollure™
  • Voluma™
  • Volux™
  • Volux™ XC

For injectable procedures, it is imperative to consult with a certified and licensed professional to ensure the utmost care and the highest quality result.

Safe Practices at Bruno | Brown Plastic Surgery

At Bruno | Brown Plastic Surgery, client safety and ethical practices are our top priority. Our expert surgeons prioritize comprehensive consultations to understand clients’ desires and tailor procedures accordingly. Unlike the risks associated with unapproved injections, our team ensures the correct number and location of injections, proper needle placement, and a safe administration technique.

As the FDA warns against the dangers of unauthorized fat-dissolving injections, it is crucial to prioritize safety and choose reputable practices. Bruno | Brown Plastic Surgery remains committed to providing clients with FDA-approved procedures, ensuring optimal results without compromising health. In the pursuit of aesthetic enhancements, let’s prioritize well-being, choosing the path of safety, and ethical practices.

Looking to learn more about Bruno | Brown Plastic Surgery’s injectable procedures? Contact us today!