Spas across the U.S., that use fat-melting injections, are being targeted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), because the drugs have not been proven safe or effective, according to the AP.
Lipodissolve injections, a nonsurgical alternative to liposuction, are used to dissolve small fat deposits from various parts of the body. In a statement released today, the agency said, these drugs have not been cleared by federal scientists, as required by law.
At least six spas that offer the injections, received warning letters from the FDA, citing them for making substantiated claims about lipodissolve therapy. The spas have 15 working days to notify the agency of measures they are taking to correct the violations.
Spas that offer the injections say they are safe and effective. But safety advocates have called for proof and urge patients to think twice before paying thousands of dollars for an unproven procedure.
Last year, Injury Board covered a story that found, Mesotherapy and Lipodissolve: Aren’t Worth the Risk. In fact, Dr. Malcolm Roth said, “At present there is not a single scientific study to show the procedures are effective.”