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The FDA Advises Against Unauthorized Spa Services For Weight Reduction

If Santa brought you med spa gift cards, you need to be aware of an unapproved treatment that the US Food and Drug Administration is warning against.

The FDA has issued a warning to the public about the potential serious risks associated with receiving “lipo injections.” The unapproved products are sold as a spa treatment touting an effective weight loss method.

The FDA has not approved the injections and are warning that they are also being sold on Amazon and other online websites, under titles like Aqualyx, Lipodissolve, Lipo Lab, Kabelline, and more. These injections are advertised as being capable of reducing fat in areas such as the chin, back, thighs, arms, and abdomen.

Reports have been made to the FDA of individuals suffering unfavorable consequences after obtaining injections from untrained sources such as beauty spas or self-injecting medications purchased over the internet.

The Food and Drug Administration has had reports of lasting blemish scars, serious infections, disfigurement, cysts, and very painful lumps at the places where the injection was given.

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Experts in the field are warning customers, that it is extremely important to be thoroughly informed prior to undergoing any of these types of treatments.

If you are customer having any procedure done you should always confirm the person performing it is licensed and trained. Make sure to read the reviews of the establishment and do your own research on any procedures before you consent.

The FDA reports that deoxycholic acid injection  is the only product that has been given FDA approval for eliminating fat cells. This approval is limited to treating “double chin,” according to the FDA.

The FDA has reported that phosphatidylcholine (PPC) and sodium deoxycholate (DC) are two components regularly used in injections that have not been approved by safety regulators. Consequently, these are especially hazardous substances.

Experts also warn that the term “med spa” is often used far too loosely and that it should only refer to a place where a nurse or other qualified personnel can safely provide treatments. In addition, always remember if a deal seems too good to be true, it likely is.

The Food and Drug Administration advises to avoid purchasing medical spa treatments over the internet, and to always seek the opinion of a medical professional before utilizing such treatments.