Are Lipodissolve Injections A Good Substitute For Surgery For Lipomas?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I have lipomas which make me very self conscious.  I saw a video on you tube about Dr.Eppleys lipo-dissolve injections and I was so thrilled.I always thought the only way to get rid of them was surgery. The idea of a bunch of scars frightened me. I live about 2 hours away so I was wondering if I would be able to talk to Dr.Eppley over the phone answer some questions and to explain the procedure. Thank you in advance.

A: A phone consultation can certainly be arranged. The key to understanding the use of lipodissolve injections for lipomas is that, unlike surgery,  it may or may not work. It is not an assured treatment. It may get rid of some of them completely, it may reduce the size of some of the lipomas, or it may have no effect at all on them. Only surgery is a guaranteed treatment of removing lipomas. Lipodissolve injections are a safe and minimally invasive treatment for lipomas and are a reasonable option to try before surgery. But they should not be thought of as a surgical substitute for the treatment for lipomas.

Dr. Barry Eppley