LIPOSONIX – NON-SURGICAL FAT REDUCTION

Liposonix® is a revolutionary non-surgical and non-invasive treatment which removes fat from stubborn areas, especially around your waistline, which just won’t shift despite diet and regular exercise.

LipoSonix was already being used outside the USA for a while. Two generations of the device have already been made, with the second generation approved by the FDA in 2011 for marketing in the USA for waist circumference reduction.

 

THE SCIENCE

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LipoSonix uses high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU). This technology has been around for fifty years, and is being used in treating tumors and atrial fibrillation; only very recently has it been used in body contouring. LipoSonix uses very high ultrasound energy that is focused about 1-2 cm below skin surface. This leads to the generation of heat in the fat cells, causing their destruction. The heat is generated by shear forces that cause increased friction between the fact cells(1). At this depth only fat cells are destroyed without damaging the skin or surrounding tissue.

A study (2) using a LipoSonix prototype in 2006 found that the HIFU beam is so specific that it only heats the area it targets, leaving the surrounding fat beyond that area, the skin above it, and the abdominal cavity below it, within normal range (no thermal scattering). Histology done on treated and surrounding areas confirmed that change is only limited to the targeted zone. It is remarkable how focused this energy is; this technology is so specific that, unlike Radiofrequency for instance, it does not need cooling of the skin while at work. The skin is not substantially affected by LipoSonix.

The target temperature is reached very rapidly (1-2 seconds), leading to thermal coagulative necrosis and fat cell death. This stimulates the body’s healing response to attract macrophages that take in the damaged fat cells and dispose of them like they would any other foreign body.

 

HOW HOT?

About 60 to 70 degrees Celsius (140 to 158 degrees Fahrenheit), restricted to the targeted area with no thermal scattering. Surrounding areas (skin, fat, abdominal cavity) remain within normal body temperature.

 

WHICH AREAS OF THE BODY CAN BE TREATED WITH LIPOSONIX AND AM I A SUITABLE CANDIDATE?

If you are close to your ideal size and are looking to get rid of that last bit of stubborn, unwanted fat around your waistline then Liposonix may be for you. The Liposonix treatment has been designed to target the abdomen (both the tummy and waist), the thighs including “saddle bags” and the back for those stubborn “love handles”. Areas suitable for treatment are those that you are able to pinch an inch (2.5 cm) of fat. It is not a treatment for obesity or a weight loss cure. If you would like to know for sure that you are suitable for the Liposonix treatment, then it is best to book an appointment and will be able to guide you through the treatment and your suitability for it.

 

 

THE EXPERIENCE

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  • Informed consent and before and after comparison parameters are obtained, including pictures, weight, and waist circumference.
  • After lying down, we mark your abdomen using a washable marker. This divides the treated area into sites for placement of the treatment head.
  • The treatment head is placed on the previously marked areas. In each area the treatment head is held still while the transducer, delivering the HIFU, moves automatically to deliver the energy. The device then indicates when it is time to move to the next area.
  • You may feel warmth, cold, prickling, tingling, discomfort or pain in the area treated.
  • The procedure takes approximately one hour.

 

THE END RESULTST

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You will start noticing change about 4-8 weeks post procedure, but the final results can be seen 3-6 months post procedure. At that point, if you so desire, the procedure can be repeated at any time on the same or different areas. After one session, you can expect to lose between 1 and 4 inches in the waistline (or go down 1 or 2 sizes). Results achieved with this procedure can be permanent as long as a sensible diet and exercise is maintained to avoid future weight gain. Top-up or maintenance treatments can be done in the future to give you an extra bit of fat reduction.

 

Cost

Depending on the area treated, cost can be anywhere between 1,500 and $4,500

Advantages

Non-invasive with minimal pain, minimal downtime.

Side effects

  • Redness: for a few hours.

 

Suitable Candidates

  • In good health.
  • You can “pinch an inch” of fat in the area to be treated.
  • Realistic expectations.

 

WHO SHOULD NOT HAVE THE LIPOSONIX TREATMENT?

Liposonix is not for everyone. It is not recommended for anyone who is pregnant, may be pregnant or is lactating/ breastfeeding. You should not undergo the Liposonix treatment if you have an existing hernia in the area to be treated or if your BMI exceeds 30 (classified clinically as obese). The Liposonix procedure is not designed as a treatment for obesity or as a weight loss cure. The treatment is not advised for anyone with a clotting disorder, using anticoagulants or platelet inhibitors or for anyone who has an implanted electrical device such as a pacemaker. The treatment is also not recommended for people with cancer or systemic disease.