Lipolysis is a chemical process by which the destruction is achieved of adipose tissue or of localized fat using phosphatidylcholine.

A few years ago, the use of phosphatidylcholine was introduced on subcutaneous treatment of eyelid bags, abdomen, flanks and trochanteric region, and it achieved excellent clinical results in the reduction of localized fat.

Aesthetic applications of phosphatidylcholine

Indications for cosmetic use of phosphatidylcholine is limited to small localized fat deposits in patients with ideal weight or slightly overweight. In cases of a moderate overweight condition or obesity, phosphatidylcholine is indicated only as an adjunct to diet treatment based on a diet plan and physical activity.

Most importantly, treatment with phosphatidylcholine is not to slim the patient; it only helps in body contouring.

The body regions allowed to be treated are: abdomen, waist and flanks, hips, inner gluteous, inner thighs and knees, inner shoulder bone area, arm pit region and the inside of arms.


The application technique is not subcutaneous intradermal infiltration and infiltration used in massage therapy, the substance is injected directly into the fat.
The body treatment may be needed between 5 to 10 sessions, which are held weekly or biweekly.

Final Thoughts

A best response to treatment is when this is complemented with a realistic diet plan and plenty of fluids during the day and in the days following the treatment , fasting 1 hour before and 1 hour after treatment, and using girdle for 2 – 4 days after treatment (until the swelling goes down).

We suggest supplementing with vacuum therapy treatment which enhances satisfactory benefits in the removal of edema the next day and 2 days after treatment.

After treatment, procedures and cavitation, radiofrequency or vacuum therapy can help in the process of reducing localized fat, but are not required to obtain results with phosphatidylcholine.


The results can be seen in the first week elapsed (if the swelling is gone), with losses of 0.5 to 2 cm contour per session. Most patients seem to respond well to treatment.

The final evaluation of the results should be performed 2 to 3 weeks after the last session, when the edema has disappeared completely.


Unqualified patients for treatment with phosphatidylcholine are: children, pregnant women, infants and diabetics with micro-angiopathy.

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