What is LIPOSONIX?
LipoSonix is a device that is used to reduce waist size and permanently get rid of fat cells. The device uses focused ultrasound waves to permanently disrupt fat cells selectively in problem areas. LipoSonix eliminates fat cells without surgery and has minimal downtime or side effects. For decades, people have tried hard to selectively remove fat from problem areas using injections, belts, exercise and several other cosmetic surgery techniques. Until now, liposuction was the only way to actually remove fat from a selective area, but now there’s LipoSonix.
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How it Works
The treatment uses a special technology known as High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound or HIFU to destroy fat cells in a safe and effective manner. Liposonix focuses the ultrasound energy 1to 2 cm under the surface of the skin. The fat cells get disrupted by the HIFU. This results in an average 4 to 5 cm (1.5-2 inch) reduction in waist size, for a 1 hour treatment. The treatment is more comfortable and there is no burn or trauma to the skin.
What happens to the Fat after Treatment?
The disrupted fat cells activate the body’s inflammatory as well as healing responses. Special cells known as macrophages engulf the fat as well as the cellular debris. The macrophages then transport the fat via the lymphatic and venous system to the liver. The liver then treats the fat like the fat you eat and metabolizes it normally.
Who is a Good Candidate for LipoSonix?
This treatment is suitable for both men and women. You must be able to pinch at least 1 inch of fat in the area of concern. A layer of fat less than 1 inch probably does not need treatment. You must also be fairly close to an ideal body weight. People with a Body Mass Index (BMI) less than 30 can be good candidates for treatment. If your BMI is more than 30, you’ll probably do better with liposuction. At present, LipoSonix is approved for use on the abdominal area and love handles.
What Results can I Expect?
The treatment permanently disrupts fat cells in the treatment area. One session is recommended in the area and it takes around one hour. Present studies show an average reduction of 4.6 cms or 1.8 inches in waist size, after 3 months. Basically, this is one pant size. These are results from the first generation LipoSonix machine. Currently, clinical studies are underway for the second generation machine. Early reports are showing a similar or better overall reduction with the second generation machine.
Are there any Side Effects?
The side effects of LipoSonix treatment are mostly minimal. Patients undergoing treatment with the second generation machine have experienced little or no discomfort. Some patients have experienced minor swelling, redness, and bruising after treatment. The redness usually resolves within a few hours and the swelling usually subsides within a few days.
Does LipoSonix help in Weight Loss?
LipoSonix is NOT an ultrasound weight loss procedure. The fat cells get permanently disrupted, but the fat inside the cells is not destroyed. It is carried back to the liver and treated like the food you eat. Once it is processed by the liver, the fat is sent back out to fat cells in other body areas. Hence, LipoSonix cannot be used for weight loss. It only helps reduce a few inches in problem areas.