What is this all about?
Phosphatidylcholine, also known as lecithin or PPC, is a normal compound found in our cell membranes.
All of the living tissues of the body are composed of cells. Humans have 100 trillion cells, such as red blood cells, white blood cells, skin cells, muscle cells, nerve cells and fat cells.
If cell membranes are suddenly given an extra dose of PPC, they become too fluid and fragile, and break down. So, a dose of PPC into fatty tissue will cause the fat cells to break and open and release their fat. PPC also facilitates the breaking down of the fat itself. The fat in fat cells is stored as a compound called triacylglycerol. PPC breaks down triacylglycerol. The three free fatty acids and the glycerol then get taken in the blood stream to the liver where they are converted in to bile acids and then eliminated through the alimentary tract.
What happens in a PPC fat-dissolving treatment?
Initially we’d like to see you in consultation to ensure your suitability for the treatment and to explain the treatment to you.
The most common request is for abdominal treatment, but the same principles apply to thigh, arm, hip and double chin treatments.
Whilst PPC treatments are new to Australia, there are well-established protocols used in Europe, and it is these standard protocols we use at Peach.
PPC is given by injection, using a tiny 30-gauge needle. This needle is smaller than blood-taking needles, smaller than immunisation needles. It is really tiny and you will barely feel it.
Your first session will be for a maximum of 500-1000mg of PPC. Each injection is 20mg, so you will get 25-50 injections to cover the treatment area. Remember that the injections are really tiny. If you are worried they may be painful, we can reduce or eliminate the discomfort by using ice, anaesthetic cream, analgesic tablets or laughing gas.
Later on the day of the treatment you will notice the treatment area start to swell a little. This is good; this tells you the treatment is working. Some pinkness and puffiness tells you the fat cells are breaking down and the body is working to whisk away the fat to the liver.
The day after the treatment the area will look puffy like a local allergic reaction. Again, this tells you the treatment is working. The next day will be more comfortable, and a couple more days will see all these transient effects disappear. The fat reduction will start in the second and third weeks.
The first session is necessarily a careful treatment with a low dose. Most people feel one treatment is not enough for their needs.
The second session can be stronger, usually 1500mg, involving 75 little injections. If you found the first session at all uncomfortable we would suggest that you apply some anaesthetic cream to the treatment area prior to the second session. We’ll discuss all this in consultation.
40% of patients notice a real change after two treatments. But the treatment then gets better.
The next treatment can involve up to 2500mg of PPC total body dose. We can spread such a dose to cover thighs and buttocks and abdomen, or we can concentrate it into an area the size of an A4 page: its up to you and the doctor to decide together. After three treatments, around 70% of patients are noticing a real change.
Aside from the effects mentioned above, and the occasional tiny bruise, no side effects are seen. That’s because PPC is a normal physiological substance found in abundance in the body. Once it gets into the blood stream it rapidly becomes so diluted in your 5 litres of blood volume, and so mixed with your usual PPC floating in the bloodstream.
Why only 500-1000mg PPC in the first treatment session?
Because we can’t be sure how vigorously your body will respond to the treatment. Some get more puffiness and pinkness than others, and those who get more reaction than most are glad, of course, that their first dose was not too big.
Long term side effects?
Long-term side effects are difficult to imagine, given that the substance is a natural part of our physiologies.
Extent of improvement?
Somewhere between 3 and 6 treatments should see you drop a dress size around the waist. Combine with healthy eating and exercise for better results.
Will the fat stay away forever?
The cells we kill are dead and gone after the treatment, but if you eat foolishly and don’t exercise you’ll put weight back on. Having said that, your shape will always be better than it would have been had you not had the treatment.
What about liposuction?
Liposuction is still the gold standard for getting rid of specific bulges such as belly fat, love handles, saddlebags, upper arm, neck and upper inner thigh fat. And even though we at Peach take great care to make liposuction a comfortable experience even under local anaesthetic, some patients would still prefer a needle-only treatment.
Our body treatment sessions for PPC treatments are $690 each, or prepay three for $1990. You will find this very competitive. Importantly, for each of our treatments you get a full dose of 2500mg of PPC, even your first treatment.
We split your first treatment into two sessions, with usually 1000mg applied in the first session and 1500mg applied in the second, perhaps a week later. You pay $690 at the time of the first session, and nothing at the time of the second session. Face treatments involve smaller doses tailored to your individual facial requirements. These are a flat $290 each treatment.
Who does the treatment?
Here at Peach Dr Mahony himself conducts your initial consultation and plans and supervises your treatments. For your assurance.
What do I do now?
Ring us for a consultation. Remember procrastination is the thief of time, and so the thief or our lives. You’ve got nothing to lose but your fat.
Phone 9368 0100
Lipodissolve, what does it involve?
Which areas of the body can be treated with lipodissolve?
How long is the downtime?
The day after the treatment, the area will look puffy, tender, like a local allergic reaction. This tells you the treatment is working. The next 2 days will be more comfortable and a couple more days will see all these effects disappear.
How many treatments do I need?
The third session can involve up to 2,500 mg of PPC total body dose. After 3 treatments around 70% of patients notice a real change.