1. WHAT IS LIPOSONIX?
LipoSonix is a device that has been used to permanently get rid of fat cells and reduce waist size. LipoSonix uses focused ultrasound waves to permanently get rid of fat cells selectively in your problem areas. LipoSonix gets rid of these fat cells without surgery and with minimal side effects or downtime.
For decades, people have been trying to selectively remove fat from problem areas, using belts, injections, exercise and many other cosmetic surgery techniques. Until now, the only way to really remove fat from a selective area was liposuction. Now there is LipoSonix.
2. How does LipoSonix work?
Despite the popularity of the treatment, many still ask the question: “What is LipoSonix and how does it work?” LipoSonix uses special technology called High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) to cause the death of fat cells safely and effectively. Focusing the ultrasound energy of LipoSonix at 1-2 cm below the surface of the skin avoids any burns or trauma to the skin and makes the treatment more comfortable. The fat cells are disrupted by the HIFU, resulting in an average 4-5 cm (1.5-2 inches) reduction in waist size for a one hour treatment.
3. What happens to the fat after LipoSonix?
The disrupted fat cells attract the body’s inflammatory and healing responses. Special cells called macrophages engulf the fat and cellular debris. The macrophages then transport the fat through the lymphatic and venous system, eventually to the liver. This process takes 2-4 weeks, so there are no changes in fat, triglyceride, or any other body chemistries. The liver treats the fat from the macrophages just like fat you have eaten. The liver takes the fat and metabolizes it normally. Studies have not shown an increase in other body measurements after the use of LipoSonix. This means there is no measurable redistribution of the fat. We know it can’t go back to the treatment area because those cells no longer exist.
4. Who is a good candidate for LipoSonix?
LipoSonix is best for certain patients. Both women and men can be candidates. You should be able to pinch at least an inch of fat in your area of concern. A layer of fat less than an inch probably does not require treatment. You should also be fairly close to your ideal body weight. Persons with Body Mass Index (BMI) less than 30 may be candidates. If your BMI is greater than 30, you will probably do better with liposuction than with LipoSonix. Currently LipoSonix has been approved for use on the abdomen and love handles. Some patients may be appropriate for other body areas.
5. What kind of results can I expect from LipoSonix?
LipoSonix permanently disrupts the fat cells in the treatment area. One treatment is recommended in the area. A treatment takes about an hour. The current studies showed an average decrease in waist size of 4.6 cm or 1.8 inches after 3 months. This is essentially one pant size. These results are from the first generation LipoSonix machine.
Innovations Medical has the second generation LipoSonix machine. Clinical studies for the second generation LipoSonix machine are currently underway. The early reports are showing the same or better overall reduction using the second generation LipoSonix machine. Although some results from LipoSonix are often seen in 1-2 weeks, it often takes 3-6 month for the final results to be realized.
6. What are side effects?
LipoSonix side effects are mostly minimal. Patients using the second generation LipoSonix machine have experienced only mild or no discomfort. Since each person has a different pain tolerance, medications are available for anxiety or pain control. We recommend most patients take the medications about 30 minutes before starting the procedure.
Some patients have some redness, swelling and bruising after LipoSonix. Redness usually resolves after a few hours. The swelling from LipoSonix usually resolves in a few days. Compression garments or “Spanx” help reduce the swelling and often make the first day or two more comfortable. We recommend most patients wear compression garments for the first 2-3 days after the LipoSonix procedure. Bruising from LipoSonix may take up to 2 weeks to resolve. Arnica supplements taken for 3 days prior to LipoSonix treatments and continued for 2 days after LipoSonix may help reduce the bruising and swelling.
7. Will LipoSonix help me lose weight?
LipoSonix is NOT a weight loss procedure. The fat cells are permanently disrupted with LipoSonix treatment. However, the fat inside the cells is not destroyed. The fat is carried back to your liver and treated just like the food you eat. Once processed by the liver, the fat released by LipoSonix treatments is sent back out to fat cells in the body. Since the fat cells the fat came from are no longer present due to the LipoSonix treatment, the fat cannot return to the treatment area.