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Liposonix: What You Need To Know

Jan 25, 2021

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What is Liposonix?

Liposonix is a nonsurgical fat-reduction treatment that uses high-intensity ultrasound energy (HIFU) to destroy fat cells. Your body flushes out the damaged cells in the coming weeks, for a permanent reduction of fat in the treated area. This body-contouring device is cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the abdomen and love handles, and it’s intended for pockets of stubborn fat that resist diet and exercise—not as a weight-loss solution. 

What are the pros of Liposonix?
Harnessing HIFU technology, Liposonix is far less invasive than liposuction and other surgical fat-reduction procedures. 
According to the manufacturer, the average waistline reduction after just a single one-hour treatment is about 1 inch. 
There’s little to no downtime, and no risk of lumpiness or uneven reduction, as there is with liposuction. 

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What happens during a Liposonix procedure?

The procedure takes up to an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area. You’ll be given medication beforehand to manage pain, so plan to have someone take you home afterward. 
Your doctor will start by drawing on your skin to mark the targeted treatment areas. Then, they apply to the handheld device of the Liposonix system to the surface of the skin and move it across your abdomen and flanks. As it heats your subcutaneous fat tissue 1.3 centimeters below the skin, you may feel mild discomfort, warmth, or a prickling sensation. The treatment shouldn't harm skin or the surrounding tissues.

What can you expect during Liposonix recovery?

Post-treatment recovery downtime is minimal, and you can return to normal activities quickly. You may have some bruising, and treated areas will be swollen and sore to the touch a day or two following the procedure, but these side effects typically disappear in less than two weeks. You’ll be able to resume your regular exercise routine a week after the Liposonix procedure. 

Over the next 8 to 12 weeks, your body will flush out the destroyed fat cells. While the treated fat tissue is permanently destroyed, some patients undergo a second treatment session, for optimal results.

Tip: While the eliminated fat cells can’t grow back, the fat cells that remain in the treated area can expand if you gain weight. You’ll want to maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep up your results long-term.

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Liposonix vs. CoolSculpting: What’s the difference?

Both Liposonix and CoolSculpting provide non-invasive fat reduction sans surgical risks. While Liposonix damages fat cells with ultrasound energy, CoolSculpting works with cryolipolysis—aka destroying fat cells with extreme cold. 

Results from both non-invasive fat reduction technologies come several weeks down the line, after your body has had time to flush the targeted fat tissue from its system. The HIFU technology of Liposonix may also help tighten the skin, whereas CoolSculpting only addresses fat. 

How much does Liposonix cost?
Average Cost:
$800 - $4,000
The price you pay will depend on your provider's level of experience, their practice location, and the number of treatment sessions you have.