The new research published on the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery (September 2013, Vol. 30, No. 3) suggested Liposonix is more effective than CoolSculpting.
This is the first split-site study comparing HIFU (Liposonix) or cryolipolysis (CoolSculpting). Eight female patients with subcutaneous adipose tissue localized to the bilateral flanks were randomized to a single treatment with either HIFU (Liposonix) or cryolipolysis (CoolSculpting) to each flank. Weight and widest-point waist circumference were recorded at baseline and at 4 monthly follow-up visits.
Results and Discussion: Although both HIFU (Liposonix) or cryolipolysis (CoolSculpting) led to modest reductions in localized flank subcutaneous adipose tissue, there was a trend toward greater improvement in the HIFU (Liposonix) treatment group.
Liposonix is a new, state-of-the-art fat reduction device in Minnesota that can remove fat without surgery. Liposonix system uses high-intensity focused ultrasound energy that penetrates through the skin layers and into the targeted fat without harming the skin or surrounding tissues. The destroyed fat can be removed by the body’s natural metabolic processes. Liposonix is FDA approved for the removal of fat deposits in the abdominal area but is proving to be equally effective in other areas of the body, such as the flanks and thighs.
Liposonix is different from the liposuction procedures. Liposonix is completely non-surgical, and it doesn’t have the surgical complications as those in liposuction.
Liposonix does cause pain with the original protocol in some patients, but we use a painless protocol. Our patients in Minneapolis and St Paul don’t have any pain during treatment with our pain management protocol. You can see slight bruise and swelling following the procedure as the body adjusts to remove the “waste” fat cells. Destruction of the unwanted fat cells is permanent. Most patients are able to return to normal activities – including work – on the same day and resume full exercise regimens within a week.
Shu Cosmetic Surgery is a pioneer cosmetic clinic in Minnesota that offers Liposonix, the latest non-surgical body contouring treatment. Liposonix system uses high-intensity focused ultrasound energy, which penetrates through the skin layers and into the targeted fat without harming skin or surrounding tissues.
The Liposonix non-surgical fat reduction treatment is unique because it permanently destroys the fat cells in the target areas without surgery or downtime. The body naturally processes and removes the destroyed fat tissue over a period of 8 to 12 weeks, leaving behind a slimmer, more contoured waistline. Clinical studies show that patients can reduce their waistline by one dress or pant size after a one-hour treatment.
The second generation of Liposonix is a versatile tool that targets unwanted body fat in specific areas like the abdomen and waistline. However, proper patient screening is critical in achieving good results. As Liposonix works best for patients of normal weight with at least one inch of fat thickness, it is also a great option for someone in Minnesota with a moderate amount of fat who does not want to undergo liposuction surgery or the downtime of it. With one or two Liposonix treatments, it may equal liposuction results.
Our clinic has developed a set of treatment protocols that has increased both our experience with the device and our positive results. Patients in the Minneapolis and St Paul areas should keep in mind that Liposonix is NOT a weight loss method or obesity solution and is intended for individuals who maintain healthy diet and exercise habits.
In 2013, people in Minnesota are very excited in the new non-surgical fat reduction alternatives to liposuction. Liposonix is an amazing technology for non-surgical fat reduction available in Minnesota now, and it can reduce fat entirely without surgery and without down time.
Liposonix is a great addition for body contouring in Minnesota that uses high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to disrupt adipocytes percutaneously. It delivers energy across the skin surface at a relatively low intensity, but brings this energy to a sharp focus in the subcutaneous fat. At the skin surface, the intensity of the ultrasound energy is low enough so that no damage occurs. The focusing of the ultrasound beam at specific depths beneath the epidermis, combined with proprietary application techniques, results in adipose tissue disruption. Once adipocytes have been disrupted, chemotactic signals activate the body’s inflammatory response mechanisms. Macrophage cells are attracted to the area to engulf and transport the lipids and cell debris. This results in an overall reduction in local adipose tissue volume. Some fat acids released from the damaged fat cells are probably cleared through lymphatic system. The clinical and histologic studies show exactly what happens under the skin. The histologies show clearly that adipocytes are disrupted by HIFU. The pathologies show the melting lesions in the fat tissue, but they are always at a safe distance from dermis or the epidermis. The correlation between focal depth, energy levels, and clinical results is evident. The average circumference reduction after treatment of the abdomen and waist is 1 inch or more. Liposonix also helps to tighten skin by its ultrasound thermal effect, which adds the benefit in body contouring.
Liposonix is a safe and effective technology for nonsurgical body sculpting by reduction of fat deposits. Shu Cosmetic Surgery encourages people in the Minneapolis and St. Paul areas to try it by offering 50% discount for the 2nd area from April to June.
Liposonix is an amazing new non-surgical fat reduction device available in Minnesota, and it can reduce fat entirely without invasive surgery and in one easy treatment without down time. By focusing a high-energy beam of ultrasound down to a point in the fat layer below the skin, the Liposonix system is able to non-invasively destroy targeted subcutaneous fat and deliver uniform and predictable results.
Which one should you choose – Liposonix vs liposuction? This is not a “to be or not to be” question for people in the Minneapolis and St Paul areas. If you are significantly overweight and BMI is more than 30, and you can afford to have at least 3 days down time, and you are looking for a better result with one treatment, you may choose liposuction. We have every cutting-edge liposuction technology in our Edina office to help you to achieve your goals.
Liposonix is the better option if you have any of the following conditions:
You have at least one inch of fat thickness in the target areas, but BMI is below 30. Although one inch does not seem like a lot, many people considering liposuction for specific areas do not have even that much.
You don’t want to undergo invasive liposuction surgery.
You don’t want even a day of downtime.
You are not a good surgical candidate due to medical problems, such as diabetes.
One or two effective treatments with Liposonix in the proper candidates, without surgery at all, may equal liposuction results, and then the argument in favor of Liposonix is quite compelling. Although Liposonix is very effective in fat reduction, since only a pre-determined thickness of fat is removed with one treatment, results may not be as marked as with one liposuction treatment which does not have such limits. Therefore, you may consider another treatment after 3-6 months if you are looking for the similar result to liposuction without down time.
The big buzz in the cosmetic field in Minnesota is non-surgical fat reduction. The latest innovation in the non-surgical body sculpting is Liposonix , which uses highly focused ultrasound to destroy fat cells. The fat cells are then gradually eliminated from the body over the course of 2-3months.
In the past, the people in the Minnesota had to either have liposuction to removed fat cells or have a series of treatments with machines using radio frequency or laser to temporarily shrink the fat cells. With Liposuction you do have the great result after permanent removal but all the common risks of surgical procedure, down time and the possibility of unevenness and lumpiness.
Radio frequency or laser has little risk and no downtime, but its effect is temporary and results are not very impressive and vary widely and require a series of treatments. These devices cause more skin tightening than true fat reduction.
Another device Cool Sculpting uses cryolipolysis in which fat is cooled to the point that the fat cells die through the programmed cell death mechanism. Each area of fat has to be placed in a cooling paddle and left on for an hour. If you have many areas to treat you could easily be in treatment for several hours. The areas that can be treated are very limited because you have to be able to put the skin into the paddles. If you have the tighten skin, it is hard to apply the paddles and more painful.
Liposonix uses focused ultrasound energy to heat up and destroy fat cells. A hand piece delivers the ultrasound energy to the area treated. Liposonix is more versatile in which areas you can treat than Coolsculpting, and treatment times are much shorter. You can treat an abdomen and “love handles” in about an hour. Most patients in the Minneapolis and St. Paul areas lose an inch or a full pants size in one treatment. Also, due to the fact that Liposonix uses heat there are skin tightening effects as well. Coolsculpting has more chance to cause lumpiness in the areas close to frozen zones, but Liposonix doesn’t cause the bumpiness or unevenness at all. Results are usually quicker to see with Liposonix than Coolsculpting.
Liposonix can be a little more painful during the treatment. We usually give the limited amount of local numbing medicine before the procedure to make our patient comfortable. Liposonix also tends to cause mild bruising in the lower part of treated area, so it’s a good idea to stop taking aspirin and other blood thinner a week before having it done.