If you’re one of the millions of Americans who want to lose weight with the help of a skinny shot, you may have heard the term “lipotropic injections” bandied around quite a bit. Lipotropic injections can absolutely help you lose weight, but the term is a rather generic one that doesn’t aptly describe what’s in the injection. Before you receive a lipotropic injection, it’s important to understand exactly what it is — and this can vary from one healthcare provider to another.
What are Lipotropic Injections?
The term lipotropic describes any agent that helps the body remove fat or works on the liver to decrease its fat production. Some common lipotropics include vitamin B12, vitamin B6, methionine, inositol, and choline. These lipotropics are all natural vitamins, minerals, or amino acids, but a prescription medication such as semaglutide or tirzepatide can also be a lipotrope. Lipotropic injections are simply shots that contain one or more of these lipotropic agents.
Do Lipotropic Injections Work?
The reality is that although lipotropic injections work, how well they do so depends on their composition. A vitamin B12 shot, for example, may boost your energy so you can exercise more and can also help reduce the amount of fat your liver makes. By itself, however, a B12 injection isn’t likely to produce a significant amount of weight loss. A vitamin B injection combined with a prescription medication such as semaglutide or tirzepatide, however, will result in a noticeable drop in weight.
It’s also important to note that lipotropic injections are intended to help you lose weight, but they can’t do the work for you. These injections can bolster the results you get from a healthy diet and exercise regimen, but the injections alone may not get the job done. Injections that rely on prescription medications are sometimes the exception to this rule, but patients who fail to modify their diet and exercise regimen tend to quickly regain weight when they stop receiving the injections.
How Long Does It Take for Lipotropic Injections to Work?
How long it takes a lipotropic injection to work will depend on several factors. One is what is in the injection, as some agents may work better for some patients than others. The dosage also affects the effectiveness of the injection. Injections comprised of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids have no specific dosage requirements as these are not regulated by the FDA. Different clinics may use different amounts of each ingredient. Injections that contain a prescription medication, however, should have more specific dosage requirements.
The timeline of injections can also impact their effectiveness. Some clinics recommend lipotropic injections weekly. Others may recommend a more or less rigorous dosing schedule. Many clinics however, claim that you can lose 2 to 4 pounds a week starting sometime within the first 30 days of beginning your injection regimen.
How Much Weight Can You Lose with Lipotropic Injections?
How long it takes lipotropic injections to work is a subjective question, as is the question of how much weight you can lose. In studies, injections of the prescription medications semaglutide and tirzepatide reduced obese participant’s body weight by up to 30%, but it took 72 weeks for that amount of weight loss to happen. Most injections result in a loss of 2 to 4 pounds per week.
Although it’s ultimately up to you and your doctor, many weight loss clinics offer rounds of lipotropic injections in courses of 4 to 6 weeks. If you lose 4 pounds per week for 6 weeks, you could lose about 24 pounds. But if you lost only 2 pounds per week and your injection cycle lasts only 4 week, you would only lose about 8 pounds. Again, without modifying your diet and exercise program, you’re not likely to keep that weight off once the injection cycle ends.
Do You Need a Prescription for Lipotropic Injections?
Whether or not you need a prescription for lipotropic injections depends on what is in them. If you’re looking at an injection containing unregulated ingredients such as vitamins and minerals, a prescription isn’t required. Injections containing prescription medications, however, naturally do require a prescription. The most common of these medications to appear in lipotropic injections are semaglutide and tirzepatide.
Are Lipotropic Injections Safe?
When administered by a qualified doctor or clinician, lipotropic injections are generally safe. Exercise caution, however. Many lipotropic injections and their ingredients are not FDA regulated and safe dosages and compound combinations may not have been evaluated or tested. It is possible to overdose on and experience ill effects from vitamins, so always remember that “natural” is not a synonym for “safe.” It’s important to know exactly what is in a lipotropic injection and who is giving it to you.
Where Can I Get Lipotropic Injections?
A wide variety of doctors and clinics offer lipotropic injections, including us here at Mia Aesthetics. Our lipotropic injections contain either semaglutide or tirzepatide as well as vitamin B6. We are happy to provide this service to interested patients who meet our qualifications and will send the injections to you so you can perform them conveniently at home.