There are a myriad of diet programs available nowadays. Exercise, surgery, acupuncture and diet pills are among the best known methods on offer to those trying to lose weight.
Many, looking for quicker results, prefer to use liposuction, a surgical method to remove fat deposits from the body. Nevertheless, few have heard of the term ‘lipotomy.’
The word lipotomy itself is made up of the words ‘lipo’, meaning fat, and ‘tomy’ which means dissolution. In basic terms, lipotomy is a method of dissolving fat without the use of surgery.
The Point had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Jacques Durand, lipotomy specialist and resident adviser at the European Slimming Center in Asia, on the effectiveness of the method compared with others.
Here are excerpts of the interview:
Q: Would you explain more on how the lipotomy method works?
A: First of all, we inject the patient with a combination of water, salt and minerals. No vitamins or chemical substances are used. Simply, we just use the right combination of the three elements, mostly water. Water injection is very effective at disintegrating the bulk of fat in the body. The injection itself works well on making the thick fat deposits become jelly-like. The next step is to massage the body using a special technique in order to break down the jelly-like fat components. Finally, we use a special vibrator to further break down the fat into smaller pieces before the fat is metabolized and removed from the body.
Q: Interesting. Sounds like a safe way to lose weight without doing any exercise.
A: Yes. Exercise is very important in maintaining your health. However, in big cities like Jakarta, many people have little time for exercise due to their busy schedules. In order to lose a significant amount of body fat, you need to engage in strenuous routine exercise. I’m not discouraging people from exercising, but a non-surgical method like lipotomy is in fact not only one of the safest but also the fastest method of shedding weight.
Q: When did lipotomy first emerge?
A: Lipotomy method first emerged in Europe and the United States in the early 1990’s. After Dr. Pirmez, the Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry in 2003, had standardized and optimized results, the method become widely known in the U.S. and Europe beginning in 2004. But it was not until 2006 that the method started to be introduced in Asia.
Q: What do you think of the effectiveness of other diet methods such as taking pills and surgery?
A: As you know there are some side effects to these two methods. Surgery like liposuction, if not done carefully, can be fatal, even though the number of fatalities is small. There are many diet pills nowadays on the market using a wide range of ingredients, some of which can be dangerous to your health.
Q: How about acupuncture?
A: This traditional method has a good reputation in its effectiveness and safety. However, the method takes much longer than using lipotomy.
Q: How fast is the lipotomy method?
A: You only need to come to the clinic once for a 2 to 4 hour treatment and your dress size should drop by at least one in the space of two to four weeks.
Born on December 31, 1967, Jacques Durand worked as an aesthetic and cosmetic surgeon in Paris, France and Brussels between 2001 and 2005. He became a member of the World Anti-Aging Organization in 2006 and is now the lipotomy specialist and resident adviser for the the Asia region’s European Slimming Center, headquartered in Jakarta.
By Aulia Rachmat, published in The Point Daily, April 18, 2007.