LipoZap Leaves Consumers in Uproar - Investigation Underway

While thousands of patients turn to 'fat dissolving' injections and vacuum massage to get rid of cellulite and shave off a few pounds, experts are warning against falling for today's fat-melting promises.

LipoZap is just one of several laser lipo treatments that have left patients with undesirable results, and these patients are turning to sites such as RealSelf.com, and RipOffReport.com to post their negative experiences - and warn others of the consequences of procedures that are not well-documented.

The original LipoZap website (the LipoZap website is now 'under construction' ) provided very few details of what the procedure even entailed, but a basic description indicates it is a minimally-invasive procedure performed under local anesthesia and requires a rapid recovery time (Source: LipoZap).

LipoZap does offer a satisfaction guarantee, but unsatisfied patients are finding it difficult to get their money back - even after several attempts to contact LipoZap or Medical Aesthetica, the makers of LipoZap (Source: RipOffReport.com). This has sparked controversy over whether LipoZap is just another 'scam', and angry patients are sharing their thoughts across the web.

Reports of negative results with LipoZap began circulating as early as Spring 2007, where clients such as 'Lady2Soothe' reported her results on the Plasmetic message boards. She describes the following experience:

"I started Lipozap Treatments Feb. 07. Lower abs, upper abs and back bra line ($2800), The nurses and tech’s are incredibly thorough, and their customer service skills are comparable to any 5 star hotel. My first treatment was to my lower abs. They did not lie. The procedure was virtually painless. However by the time I returned home 30 minutes later it was all I could do to get through the front door. When I complained I was told the first treatment is always the hardest...

It's been almost a year (June 2007) since I had my last Lipozap Treatment. I still have lumps and nodules which frequently send out painful bee string sensations. Discoloration is still present. I still look swollen and pregnant. My skin is lumpy."

Reports like these are encouraging patients to research their procedure and take the time to consider all of the risks and potential downside any treatment.

Further Reading

  • Motivated by his wife and kids, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who once called himself “the healthiest fat guy you’ve ever seen”, disclosed Tuesday he secretly underwent Gastric Banding (Lap Band Surgery) on February 16, 2013, performed by Dr. George Fielding, head of NYU Medical Center’s Weight Management Program.

  • Sound Surgical Technologies, the company behind Vaser Liposelection the Vaser ultrasound device, has developed the VaserShape system, a non-surgical device that helps reduce cellulite and inches in certain areas of the body. The VaserShape device is a non-invasive body contouring system powered by ultrasonic laser. The device is designed to disrupt fat cells beneath the skin by delivering ultrasound energy deep into the skin’s tissues.

  • Women who want to squeeze into their favorite pair of high heels but can’t find the perfect fit do have the option of undergoing cosmetic foot surgery. This procedure is designed to sculpt and shape the foot by lengthening or trimming the toes, and may also help to remove painful bunions and other growths that are causing pain around the feet and ankles.

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