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Liposonix FAQ

Liposonix Overview | FAQ

What is the Liposonix treatment?

The Liposonix treatment uses non-invasive, high-intensity focused ultrasound to get rid of fat around your waistline (abdomen and love handles) without surgery. Results are typically seen in 8 to 12 weeks.

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How does the Liposonix treatment work?

High-intensity ultrasound energy is focused on the targeted fat. Skin is not damaged as targeted fat beneath the skin is permanently destroyed by the ultrasound energy. The body naturally removes the destroyed fat from the treatment area, which may leave you with a thinner, more contoured waistline.

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How is the Liposonix treatment different from other fat reduction products/procedures?

Unlike some other fat reduction procedures that often require multiple treatments to see results, with the Liposonix treatment, you can reduce your waistline by an average of 1 inch (2.5 cm), or about one dress or pant size, with a single one-hour treatment. Office visit time and individual results may vary. Results are typically seen in 8 to 12 weeks.

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How long does a treatment take?

Usually a Liposonix treatment of the abdomen and love handles is completed in approximately one hour. Office visit time may vary. Your healthcare professional can give you a better estimate after evaluating you.

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How will my doctor know if the Liposonix treatment is right for me?

Your doctor will decide if the Liposonix treatment is right for you based on an evaluation of a number of factors, including the amount of fat in the area to be treated and your overall health.

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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.

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Who is a good candidate for Liposonix?

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 traditional liposuction rather than Liposonix. Currently Liposonix has been approved for use on the abdomen and love handles. Some patients may be appropriate for other body areas.

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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 2.5cm or 1 inch after 3 months. This is essentially one pant size.

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What are the side effects of Liposonix?

Liposonix has mild side effects. The majority of patients experience mild discomfort. Since each person has a different pain tolerance, medications are available for pain control. 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. 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.

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Will Liposonix help me lose weight?

Liposonix is NOT a weight loss procedure. The fat cells are permanently disrupted with a Liposonix treatment. Since fat cells do not weight very much you may not notice a significant loss in weight but rather a loss of circumference inch(es); similarly to traditional liposuction.

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