Liposonix is one of the latest, non-surgical fat reduction technologies. Using state of the art, high frequency ultrasound waves, undesirable fat cells are destroyed in a procedure lasting between 30 to 60 minutes. Nothing is more frustrating than that last inch that cannot be shed, especially around the waistline. After a single treatment, a reduction in one dress size can be achieved with permanent fat reduction. With minimal downtime after the procedure you can return to your normal daily activities the same day as the treatment. Over the following 8 to 12 weeks the body naturally processes and permanently removes the destroyed fat cells.
A specially designed treatment head is placed on your chosen treatment area. This treatment head delivers high intensity focused ultrasound energy to approximately 1.3 cm below the skin in order to target the desired area of subcutaneous (below the skin) fat. Fat beneath the surface is destroyed due to an effect called thermal coagulation caused by the high intensity ultrasound. The energy delivered by the treatment head heats up the layer of fat below the skin to more than 56°C causing the fat cells to be destroyed without harming the layer of skin above. The treated fat tissue gets removed through the body's natural elimination process.
The treated fat cells break down and release triglycerides (free fat droplets). These triglycerides get removed by macrophages(a type of white blood cell from the body’s immune system). The macrophages are attracted to the treated adipose (fat) tissue and digest the free fat droplets and other cellular debris. The destroyed cells are naturally processed by the body and are slowly excreted from the body over the following 8-12 weeks leaving you with a thinner, more contoured waistline.
Immediately after your treatment you may experience some minor discomfort, redness and swelling, this should subside within a few hours following the treatment. Over the next 8 to 12 weeks your body will naturally process the destroyed fat cells and remove them from your body. In doing so, your treated area will become naturally slimmer.
Results achieved with this procedure can be permanent as long as a sensible diet and exercise is maintained to avoid future weight gain. Top-up or maintenance treatments can be done in the future to give you an extra bit of fat reduction but additional treatments are not recommended for at least 6 months after the initial treatment.
Unlike many other fat reduction procedures that require multiple treatments to see results, the Liposonix treatment can reduce your waistline by an average of 1 inch (about one dress size) after a single, hour long treatment. This cost effective procedure will help you shift that last bit of stubborn fat that you’ve been trying to lose after a single session. Individual results may vary, but results are typically seen between 8 to 12 weeks following the procedure.
The Liposonix procedure is a non-invasive, safe treatment with patients usually able to resume their normal daily activities immediately after the procedure. More than 10 years of research have been completed on the Liposonix system, including international multicenter clinical studies. No serious or unanticipated adverse events related to the treatment have been observed or reported in the clinical studies of the Liposonix system.
Unlike invasive fat reduction procedures such as liposuction that carry surgical risks and require a significant post-surgery recovery downtime, Liposonix is not invasive and non-surgical and so does not carry these risks. Immediately after the treatment you may experience some minor discomfort, redness and swelling, this should subside within a few hours following the procedure.
On the day of your treatment one of our aesthetic practitioners will run through the treatment with you again and answer any questions you may have. The treatment itself will take up to an hour and will be carried out by one of our specialists at the London Dermatology Centre. The treatment is non-invasive and does not require any local anaesthetic to be applied prior to the procedure. The Liposonix treatment head will be placed on your desired treatment area ready to deliver the high intensity focused ultrasound energy. During the Liposonix treatment you may feel slight discomfort, prickling or a warm sensation. After the Liposonix treatment you may experience some bruising, soreness and swelling of the treated areas. You can resume normal activities immediately after the your treatment.
If you are close to your ideal size and are looking to get rid of that last bit of stubborn, unwanted fat around your waistline then Liposonix may be for you. The Liposonix treatment has been designed to target the abdomen (both the tummy and waist), the thighs including “saddle bags” and the back for those stubborn “love handles”. Areas suitable for treatment are those that you are able to pinch an inch (2.5 cm) of fat. Anyone undergoing Liposonix should have a body mass index of equal to or less than 30 in order to achieve the up to 1 inch fat reduction. It is not a treatment for obesity or a weight loss cure. If you would like to know for sure that you are suitable for the Liposonix treatment then it is best to book an appointment with one of our aesthetic practitioners who will be able to guide you through the treatment and your suitability for it.
Liposonix is not for everyone. It is not recommended for anyone who is pregnant, may be pregnant or is lactating/ breastfeeding. You should not undergo the Liposonix treatment if you have an existing hernia in the area to be treated or if your BMI exceeds 30 (classified clinically as obese). The Liposonix procedure is not designed as a treatment for obesity or as a weight loss cure. The treatment is not advised for anyone with a clotting disorder, using anticoagulants or platelet inhibitors or for anyone who has an implanted electrical device such as a pacemaker. The treatment is also not recommended for people with cancer or systemic disease.
On average each treatment takes an hour. This varies depending on the area you are treating or whether you are interested in treating several areas on the same day. It is advisable to let the staff know at the London Dermatology Centre when you book your appointment about which area or areas you want treated so that they are able to book you in for a suitable amount of time.
The procedure itself is associated with some discomfort but is tolerable. As such, no anaesthesia is required. During the Liposonix treatment you may experience, prickling, cold, tingling, a warm sensation, discomfort or pain. If at any time it becomes too much for you rest assured that your practitioner will pause the treatment and continue when you are ready. Our aesthetic practitioners are fully trained to deliver the treatment in a way that minimises any discomfort associated with the procedure. For example, between each individual application of the high intensity focused ultrasound energy, small pauses will be made and the head will be circulated within in the treatment area to reduce the discomfort. After the Liposonix treatment you may experience some bruising, soreness and swelling of the treated areas. You can resume normal activities immediately after the procedure.
For more information regarding the Liposonix treatment please contact us on 020 7467 3720.
Content by Dr Sunil Chopra and Rebecca Perris
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