The use of phosphatidylcholine for correction of localized fat deposits

Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2003 Jul-Aug;27(4):315-8. doi: 10.1007/s00266-003-3033-y.


Subjects with localized fat deposits commonly receive suction lipectomy as a cosmetic procedure. A new office procedure for correction of those superficial fat deposits was applied in 50 patients by injection of phosphatidylcholine. The method itself consists of using a 3OG1/2 insulin needle to inject about 5 ml (250 mg/5 ml) of phosphatidylcholine into the fat, distributing it evenly in an 80 cm2 area. Pre- and posttreatment photographs were taken for technical planning and analysis of the results over the long term. A clear improvement occurred in all, with a marked reduction of the fat deposits without recurrence over a 2-year follow-up period and no weight gain. The injection of phosphatidylcholine into the fat deposits is a simple office procedure that can sometimes postpone or even replace surgery and liposuction.

MeSH terms

  • Adipose Tissue / drug effects*
  • Adult
  • Cosmetic Techniques*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Phosphatidylcholines / administration & dosage*
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Phosphatidylcholines