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Fat-dissolving procedure facing scrutiny by Nebraska health department

Article-Fat-dissolving procedure facing scrutiny by Nebraska health department

Omaha, Neb. — The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is looking into LipoDissolve, a procedure that involves a series of injections with a chemical that dissolves localized areas of fat, reports TheOmahaChannel.com.

The department will investigate who should perform the procedure, what training should be required and what supervision should be in place when the procedure takes place.

One state legislator, Sen. Rich Pahls, wants to ban the procedure altogether.

TheOmahaChannel.com quotes cosmetic surgeon Perry Johnson, M.D., as saying that LipoDissolve is not approved by the U.S. government, that there is no scientific evidence of its safety or effectiveness, and that the procedure can produce side effects such as infection, hard or painful nodules, skin discoloration and nausea.

“You also have a situation where you have people, perhaps without any formal training at all in plastic surgery or dermatology, doing the procedure,” according to Dr. Johnson.

The complete procedure reportedly requires six to eight sessions at about $150 each.

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