Liposonix Frequently Asked Questions

1. Liposonix has been only recently approved by the FDA. Is it safe?

Before it received FDA approval in the US in January 2012, Liposonix was available in Europe and Canada for many years. In America, we benefit from the experience gained elsewhere: the Liposonix treatment available here is a more advanced, “second generation” technology with significant advancements in safety, comfort and efficacy. The second generation Liposonix procedure has been very safe with no major problems reported to date (June 2012).

2. What happens to the body fat that Liposonix has removed?

The ultrasound energy is bundled to provide a relatively high-powered beam 1.2 cm beneath the skin surface. This focused ultrasound leads to destruction of fat cells. Our body employs a repair process to get rid of this fat tissue. As a result, the layers of fat are thinned, a process that is complete two to three months after the Liposonix treatment.

3. Will the fat that has been treated return?

No, the fat cells that are removed through the Liposonix treatment will not come back! Because adults have a limited number of fat cells, whatever is gone will not regenerate. However, the remaining fat cells still can expand and contract depending on many factors such as diet, exercise, genetics, age and medications.

4. I heard that after liposuction surgery, fat accumulates in other areas. Is the same true with Liposonix?

It is true that a significant portion of patients after liposuction gain fat in areas that were not surgically treated. This is usually associated with weight gain afterwards and could also happen after the Liposonix procedure. Therefore, it is important to understand that Liposonix is not a “free pass” to stop a healthy lifestyle. In fact, for many of our patients Liposonix has encouraged them to continue living thoughtfully and responsibly.

5. I heard that the Liposonix procedure is painful – is this true?

Virtually all of our patients tolerate the Liposonix treatment extremely well. Most patients experience various amounts of tingling, prickling, burning or cold sensations. Some areas are not sensitive at all; other treatment areas are painful in some patients. Because pain varies from patient to patient, we prepare our patients to expect some discomfort due to the destruction of fat cells and the generated heat. We employ specific distraction techniques that allow our patients to successfully complete the approximately 1 hour treatment.

6. Do I have to take medications in order to undergo Liposonix?

No drugs are necessary before or after the Liposonix procedure. Commonly, we recommend some over the counter medications to patients before the treatment which allows them to tolerate the procedure even better. Afterwards, no antibiotics or pain medications are required.

7. I have high cholesterol levels in my blood. Will Liposonix further elevate this?

When the FDA reviewed all the available data for Liposonix, it did not find that the treatment had a negative effect on the patients’ lipid profile. Therefore Liposonix can be safely performed on people who struggle with elevated cholesterol levels.

8. Is Liposonix a good treatment for a tiny amount of excess fat?

Because of the treatment depth of 1.2 cm, candidates for Liposonix must have a minimum of one inch (equals 2.54 cm) of “pinchable” fat. If you have less, then your fat layer will be rather thin and the programmed treatment depth will treat other tissues but not the fat. During your consultation, body areas will be examined and a customized plan established.

9. What are contraindications for Liposonix?

Women who are pregnant or lactating (i.e. breastfeeding) cannot undergo the Liposonix treatment. You must be 18 years of age or older. In addition, you cannot have an untreated hernia, skin infections or wounds in the treatment regions. As mentioned previously, if you have less than the minimum required amount of fat, the Liposonix treatment is not for you.

10. I want to lose weight. What should come first: Liposonix or weight loss?

When you are trimmer, your fat cells are more densely packed. A Liposonix treatment will be able to destroy more of these unwanted cells than if they are larger because of fat accumulation. Therefore, it is advisable to lose weight before your Liposonix procedure.

11. I heard that the BMI plays a role when it comes to non-surgical fat removal?

The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a value computed from the weight and height of a person. The BMI number delivers a good gauge of the amount of one’s body fat. Based on the BMI, the patient is placed in a specific weight category. A BMI of less than 30 is recommended for best results after the Liposonix procedure. People who do not meet this criterion have been successfully treated with Liposonix, yet it is important that every patient understands if s/he is an excellent or poor candidate for this non-invasive fat removal treatment.

12. I heard that 1 inch of waist circumference can be lost after Liposonix. Can you guarantee this result?

Studies demonstrated that on average, patients lost 1 inch in waist circumference. This means that some patients lost more, while others achieved less. Newer data indicate that most people, who are good candidates, lose at least one inch when stomach and flanks are treated with Liposonix. Regardless, one cannot guarantee this result; there are still patients who achieve less improvement despite excellence in treatment delivery.

13. If I want to obtain additional fat removal, can I have a second Liposonix treatment session? Will I obtain additional fat removal?

Usually, patients enjoy the improvements they achieve with Liposonix. Some patients therefore desire additional reduction of fat in the same region. This is possible with another Liposonix treatment. In order to fully determine the improvements from the first treatment, we do recommend delaying the second round of Liposonix for about 2 months. By that time, the second Liposonix procedure can be planned and customized for best added benefit.

14. I had body liposuction in the past. Can I have the Liposonix procedure?

Yes, the Liposonix treatment can be performed in patients who have undergone surgical liposuction (including SmartLipo and other laser or power assisted liposuction procedures such as Vaser Lipo). Areas of unevenness or remaining bulges can be improved with Liposonix.

15. How long should I plan to stay out of work after Liposonix?

Liposonix is a non-surgical, no-downtime procedure for body fat reduction. Most of the “recovery” happens unnoticed to the patient; therefore there is no need to take time off. Most patients maintain a normal activity immediately afterwards. Some patients describe some mild soreness in the treated areas after the treatment which rarely limits one’s exercise regimen.

16. What side effects can I expect after Liposonix treatment?

After your treatment, your skin may be pink. Mild bruising of the treated area can occur, sometimes only noticeable the next day. This may take a few days or longer to resolve. Some patients experience minor puffiness which can take days to subside. Mild achiness and tenderness are relatively common after the Liposonix treatment.

17. Which areas of the body can be treated with Liposonix?

The Liposonix treatment has been used in many areas of the body including the belly, love handles, inner and outer thighs, arms, back, and buttock. In the US, Liposonix has been FDA cleared for the abdomen and flanks (love handles). American clinicians have been using the Liposonix treatment safely and successfully in other body regions – a practice called “off label use”.

Contact Dr. Fechner should you have any further questions.

* Results may vary by individual.