Are liposuction pills for real?

I have seen a few ads recently for liposuction pills, I guess, as a few of them have some form of "lipo" in their brand name. Are these diet pills? Is there anything that might differentiate them from the other over the counter diet pills available, any results they might produce that somehow resemble the results of liposuction? Lastly, are they safe? They seem really easy to get.


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Liposuction pills are marketed as a weight loss supplement. While they have ‘lipo’ in their name, they in no way bear any resemblance to liposuction, which is a surgical procedure that removes unwanted fat deposits from the body. Liposuction is the second most popular plastic surgery procedure in the United States because, when performed by an experienced plastic surgeon, it can deliver excellent results. The procedure allows the surgeon to sculpt or shape the body through tiny incisions. A cannula is inserted into these incisions to remove fat cells, contouring the body by making it more proportionate.

I recommend that you exercise extreme caution before consuming any pill that claims to achieve results comparable to liposuction. No weight loss pill is capable of achieving the results of cosmetic surgery. Products that are readily available for purchase without prescription are unlikely to have been subjected to rigorous testing for safety or efficacy.

Lipo pills may also cause unwanted side effects. Some of the more common lipo pills contain high quantities of stimulants such as caffeine, synephrine, and guggulsterones. Each active ingredient can be linked to adverse effects if taken in high doses. Caffeine in excessive quantities can cause nervousness, dizziness, anxiety or sleeplessness. Synephrine mimics the fight or flight hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine. It can raise blood pressure and heart rate, and may also lead to chest pain. Guggulsterones are a plant-based steroid that may cause diarrhea and abdominal pain. You should consult a doctor before taking any diet pill to check its safety and its potential to affect any existing medical conditions.

Dr. Frederic Corbin has 1 Liposuction before & after:

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Lipo pills are a variation of diet pills. There is, however, also a product marketed as lipotropics. Lipotropics claim to be a weight management supplement which prevent the buildup of fat in the liver, accelerate metabolism, and assist in the processing of hormones and fat soluble nutrients. There are four major ingredients in lipotropic supplements: methionine, choline, inositol, and betaine. Lipotropics have been linked to stomach pain, urinary problems, and exhaustion as they encourage your body to work at a higher metabolism. They are most commonly administered as injections.

Lipotropic tablets and lipotropics differ from liposuction in many notable ways. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat from specific areas to sculpt and shape the body. Lipotropics purport to help fat dissolve by stimulating metabolism. Only liposuction can remove fat cells and contour the body for dramatic results. It is impossible for a pill to change your body shape or address problem areas in the way that liposuction can.

Lipo pills claim to be fat burners and may also operate as appetite suppressants. These products often contain a combination of natural ingredients and synthetic additives. Some of the ingredients commonly used in lipo pills, such as caffeine, bioperine, yohimbine, synephrine, and synthetic guggulsterones, can cause adverse effects.

Some individuals who have taken lipo pills have complained of dizziness, severe headaches or lightheadedness. These products are rarely subjected to rigorous research and the safety of the pills may be questionable. For certain individuals, such as those with high blood pressure, consumption could be dangerous.

Engaging in tried and tested weight loss methods such as a healthy, nutritionally rich diet and regular exercise regime can help you to reach a healthy weight. Once you have reached a stable weight that you can maintain, procedures such as liposuction can then achieve dramatic results by sculpting any stubborn problem areas. I would recommend avoiding weight loss products that promise quick or easy ways to reduce excess body fat, or if you are tempted to take them, consult your doctor first to ensure that they will cause you no harm.

Dr. Kimberly Henry has 1 Liposuction before & after:

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Plain and simple, snake oil.

Avoid this, save your money.  OTC meds for fat reduction in general are not usually safe and effective.

All the best.


Dr. Scott Kasden has 1 Liposuction before & after:

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Simply put, No.  Liposuction is surgical procedure,that contours your body, not a weight loss procedure.   Be very careful of supplements that claim to help you lose weight.  These products are not always approved by the FDA, and may be very dangerous.  

Dr. Arthur Shektman has 1 Liposuction before & after:

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Liposuction is a surgical invasive procedure - I'd be very careful of the untested diet market as some of these pills can be very dangerous.