Liposonix Fat Reduction in Westport CT
Liposonix is revolutionary, non-invasive, and non-surgical way to achieve the custom body contouring you want. It addresses the stubborn fat that exercise and diet simply won’t get rid of. Liposonix uses High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) energy to specifically target the areas of fat you want to reduce. Unlike the ultrasound energy that is used in sonograms, High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound energy narrows down the energy in a cone shape to a single focused region so the energy is not dispersed over a large area and can be much more specific in its target.
We are born with the total number of fat cells we will have in our lifetime. When Liposonix destroys fat cells, those cells are removed forever. The body does not create new fat cells. The damaged fat cells are broken down by the body’s enzymes in a process that occurs naturally in our bodies otherwise. Liposonix triggers the break-down of the fat cells by damaging them with the High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound energy; the body cleanses itself of the unwanted fat by its own biological mechanisms.
How Liposonix Works
Unlike lower intensity ultrasound treatments, the High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound energy in Liposonix is focused so it penetrates down to the layer of fat being targeted, and is not reflected or absorbed by the skin. This is also why Liposonix is able to achieve custom contouring results that are not possible with other body contouring treatments.
Other fat reduction treatments like CoolSculpting by Zeltiq cannot specifically target the fat layer that sits below the skin surface, but since Liposonix focuses the High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound energy down to a focal point, it bypasses the layers of tissue above the fatty zone for more targeted and effective treatment. Not only is the depth of treatment particularized, but the area a patient wants treated is also customizable since Liposonix is administered by a hand-held device that can be placed almost anywhere on the body with at least 2.3 centimeters (about 1/2 inch) of fat.
Since the fat cells are destroyed and not just diminished, the fat loss in those cells is permanent, and any new gain of fat is only in the remaining fat cells. Although it is not required for Liposonix candidates to be on an exercise or diet regimen, the best results are achieved when a healthy lifestyle is maintained post-procedure because surrounding fat cells can still grow.
A Liposonix treatment takes about one hour and in about 8-12 weeks patients will notice a reduction of about one inch in the waistline, which translates to a drop in about one dress or pant size. A grid of the patient’s desired treatment area is mapped out on the patient’s body with a skin-safe marker and each unit of the grid is treatment for one minute in repeating cycles. The patient’s personal level of pain tolerance determines the intensity of each grid treatment, so the procedure can be performed at a lower intensity with more cycles or a higher intensity treatment with fewer cycles. During the Liposonix treatment, patients may experience sensations of cold, prickling, tingling, warmth, slight discomfort, and/or pain.
Liposonix can be used to target unwanted fat in many areas, including saddlebags, inner and outer thighs, arms, upper and lower abdomen, love handles, back fat, inner knee fat, and buttocks. Over the course of 8-12 weeks after the procedure is done, the body’s natural cleansing systems removed the damaged fat cells and clear them from the area that was treated.
Since the procedure is non-surgical there is no downtime and no scarring associated. There is also no sagging of the skin that often occurs with surgical liposuction because the fat loss is gradual as the body naturally metabolizes the destroyed fat tissue. After the treatment patients may experience redness, bruising and tenderness, and/or swelling, all of which are temporary.
How is High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound energy different from traditional sonogram ultrasound energy?
Traditional sonogram ultrasound waves are dispersed over a large area so that they can be reflected back to produce an image of the underlying tissues. They are specifically meant to be absorbed and reflected, rather than focused at a specific point like High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound energy.
What happens the day of treatment?
The day of your Liposonix treatment Dr. Brownell will map out with you the grid of the area you desire to be treated. The grid will be composed of several square units which are treated one at a time. The procedure will be a little wet because the Liposonix hand-held device sprays water onto the area being treated to act as a medium for the ultrasound energy to be transferred.
Will it hurt?
During the procedure there will be cool water applied on the site being treated to minimize any discomfort. Patients may also be given a mild sedative to help them relax. The process is also highly customizable to each patient?s threshold for pain because the intensity of the Liposonix device can be changed. At a lower intensity there will be more cycles to achieve the same effective treatment as fewer cycles performed at a higher intensity. The result is the same and patients can be accommodated so that they are as comfortable as possible during the procedure.
How does the weight loss occur?
Unlike surgical fat reduction, Liposonix is non-invasive and promotes natural loss of your body’s fat cells. The High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound energy targets the fat layer 1.3 centimeters (about ? inch) below your skin and creates lesions in the fat cells. The body recognizes these fat cells as damaged and a natural cycle of cell destruction is triggered. Enzymes in the body gradually break down the affected fat cells and the body’s lymphatic system flushes out the broken down parts. This way, over the course of 8-12 weeks after the Liposonix procedure is performed, the body permanently rids itself of the destroyed fat cells and patients experience a reduction of about one dress or pant size.
How is Liposonix different from other non-surgical weight loss procedures?
What makes Liposonix different from other non-surgical weight loss procedures like CoolSculpting by Zeltiq, is that it is highly customizable to each patient’s desired treatment. The level of intensity can be varied depending on a patient?s tolerance for pain. Additionally, unlike treatments that attach a pre-sized vacuum cup to the patient?s body, Liposonix is administered with a hand-held transducer that can be placed almost anywhere on the body where there is at least 2.3 centimeters (about 1 inch) of fat to be found. Areas of the body that can be treated include the arms, inner and outer thighs, saddlebags, upper and lower abdomen, love-handles, back fat, inner knee fat, and buttocks.
Who is a good candidate for Liposonix?
Good candidates for Liposonix are within 15-20 pounds of their ideal weight (Body Mass Index less than 30) and want to have custom contouring to get rid of those stubborn remaining pounds that are resistant to diet and exercise. Candidates also should have at least 2.3 centimeters (about 1 inch) of fat to pinch in the area to be treated. Although diet and exercise are not required to lose weight following a Liposonix procedure, it is recommended that patients maintain a healthy and active lifestyle to deter weight gain in the fat cells that were not treated and remain post-procedure.
How long is one treatment of Liposonix?
One treatment of Liposonix takes about one hour, and can achieve the reduction of one dress- or pant-size. Dr. Brownell draws a grid of square units onto the area of the body that is to be treated, and each unit is then treated for one minute, for as many cycles as are necessary depending on the intensity of the treatments. There is a total amount of energy that needs to be applied to the treatment area, so a lower intensity of ultrasound energy will require more cycles to accumulate the total amount of energy. A higher intensity will require less cycles. So on average the treatment of one area for Liposonix takes about one hour.