Why are Mesolipo Injections banned in Singapore?

What are they?

Mesolipo injections, also known as fat dissolving injections, are a non-invasive procedure that involves injecting fat-dissolving substances to specific areas of the face or body to get rid of fat cells. However, Mesolipo Injections, although sounding like a cure-all for our stubborn fat, come with their own set of risks and complications.

They are banned from countries like Brazil and even Singapore. Some Mesolipo injections have been recorded to cause side effects from nausea to skin infections and even arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeat).

In 2015, the Ministry of Health ruled that Mesolipo injections had little scientific merit and lacked proper randomised controlled trials. Another issue was that the dosage and protocols of these chemical cocktails are not fixed, and so the results vary greatly in terms of efficacy and side effects. 

What’s in them?

As the mixture varies, some of these Mesolipo injections may include:

  • Enzymes 
  • Vitamins 
  • Minerals
  • Herbal extracts
  • Hormones
  • Prescription medicines such as antibiotics

What could happen?

Some of the possible side effects are:

  • Nerve damage
  • Blood vessel damage
  • Irregular skin contours
  • Burns
  • Infections
  • Nausea
  • Arrhythmia


Arguably, although there is evidence that these injections can work, they are not without significant concerns that could do more damage than good. Because of this uncertainty and lack of regulation on standard formulas, they’ve been banned in Singapore.

Are there any alternatives?

Fortunately, we are at the advent where there are safer alternatives to getting rid of fat. 

Buccal Fat Removal (Cheek Reduction Surgery)

If you’re looking to get a v-shaped face and rid yourself of chubby cheeks, a buccal fat removal could be ideal. Dr Samuel Ho performs this day surgery procedure in 30-60 minutes, under local anaesthesia and sedation.

Buccal fat removal is a permanent fat removal procedure, where a small incision is made at the area between the gums and the cheeks and the buccal fat pad is removed. The oral wound heals in a week, but the swelling will take a few weeks to a month to fully resolve from the surgery. 

Liposuction Surgery

Liposuction is the surgical removal of fat through small puncture holes in target areas. There are various forms of liposuction, such a Power-assisted Liposuction, Ultrasound-assisted Liposuction (VASER), Waterjet Liposuction and Laser-assisted Liposuction. 

The harvested fat can also be purified and grafted into other areas to enhance the contours of the body. Dr Samuel Ho uses a S.A.F.E liposuction technique — a low-risk liposuction technique that makes it safer and can even be performed in repeat cases.

Summary

We hope this article helped provide better insight into Mesolipo injections in Singapore and approved alternative methods for fat removal. However, these procedures have their own side effects, considerations and downtimes. If in doubt, book a consultation with your plastic surgeon so that they may tailor a treatment best suited to your needs and concerns.
 


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