For decades, people have tried to selectively get rid of fat from problem areas, using exercise, belts, injections, and many other methods. Until recent times, liposuction was the only way to remove fat from a selected area. However, now there is Liposonix, a revolutionary, new method to reduce fat effectively. Let’s take a look at some common questions regarding this procedure.
What is Liposonix?
Liposonix is a device that is used to permanently get rid of fat cells and decrease one’s waist size. It uses focused ultrasound waves in order to permanently remove fat cells selectively in problem areas. The procedure removes fat cells without surgery and with minimal downtime or side effects.
How does it Work?
The procedure uses a special technology known as High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound or HIFU to destroy fat cells in a safe and effective way. Focusing the ultrasound energy at 1-2 cm below the skin’s surface avoids any burns or damage to the skin and makes the procedure more comfortable. HIFU disrupts the fat cells, thereby resulting in an average 1.5 to 2 inch (4 to 5 cm) reduction in waist size after a 1 hour treatment.
What Results can I Expect?
Liposonix permanently damages fat cells in the treatment area. Generally, each treatment is recommended to last for around an hour. Current studies have shown an average reduction in waist size of 4.6 cm or 1.8 inches (one pant size) after three months. These are results from the first generation Liposonix machine. At present, clinical studies for the second generation machines are underway.
Who Is Considered a Good Candidate?
The procedure is considered suitable for both men and women. One should be able to pinch at least one inch of fat in the area of concern. A layer of fat that is less than one inch thick probably doesn’t require treatment. You must also be fairly close to your ideal body weight. People with BMI (Body Mass Index) of less than 30 are considered as good candidates. In case your BMI is more than 30, you will probably do better undergoing liposuction as compared to Liposonix.
What Happens to the Fat after the Procedure?
The damaged fat cells attract the inflammatory as well as healing response of the body. Special cells known as macrophages engulf the fat as well as the cellular debris. Next, the macrophages transport the fat through the venous and lymphatic system, and eventually into the liver. The process takes 2 to 4 weeks, so there is no change in fat, triglyceride or other body chemistries. The liver then takes the fat and metabolizes it normally.
What are the Side Effects?
The procedure only involves mild side effects. Patients using the second generation machine have experienced mild or no discomfort at all. Since every person has a different level of pain tolerance, medicines are available for pain control and anxiety. Some patients experience some redness, bruising and swelling after the procedure. Generally, the redness subsides after a few hours, the swelling resolves within a few days and the bruising might take up to 2 weeks to resolve.
Will Liposonix Treatment help me Lose Weight?
Keep in mind; this is not a weight loss treatment. The fat cells are permanently disrupted with this treatment. However, the fat inside the cells is not destroyed. Instead, it is carried back to the liver and treated similar to the food you eat. Once processed by the liver, the fat that is released is sent back out to fat cells inside the body.
Since the fat cells are no longer present there, the fat cannot return to the treated area. Generally, it will go to multiple other places inside the body. It is important to remember that Liposonix ultrasound weight loss procedure permanently destroys fat cells but does not completely destroy or eliminate fat. Diet and exercise are required, to take care of that. Hence, you can only use it to lose a few inches in selected areas and not for overall weight loss.