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Liposonix – A New Non Invasive Way to Sculpt Away Unwanted Fat Using Ultrasound Technology

Dr. Michael J. Weinberg
B.Sc., M.Sc., M.D., F.R.C.S.C.


Liposonix is a focused high frequency ultrasound machine that is able to target ultrasound energy at specific areas of fat at precise depths beneath the skin. This focused ultrasound beam causes thermal coagulation (heat destruction) of the targeted fat. The fat cells die, and the fat released from those cells is transported away from the area by the body’s lymphatic system, and metabolized in the liver. The disrupted fat is reabsorbed over a period of several weeks, over which time the aesthetic results become visible. The machine acts at specific depths of subcutaneous fat, so no damage is done to the overlying skin, thus Liposonix is truly non – invasive. And there is no sagging of the skin after the fat has disappeared, as Liposonix promotes skin tightening over the treated area. The results are permanent.

No serious or unanticipated side effects have been observed during the 9 years that the Liposonix machine has undergone rigorous testing in international multicentre clinical trials. Treatment takes about 1 hour. Patients may experience a sensation of cold, warmth, prickling , or tingling during treatment, or they may have discomfort or pain. Discomfort can be managed by adjusting the intensity of the Ultrasound settings, or by premedicating with oral analgesic medication. Patients may also have some redness, discomfort , and bruising after the procedure. However, there is no contraindication to usual activities like work or exercise after the procedure. Thus there is very little downtime. Complete results are seen in 8 to 12 weeks after treatment.

The areas that can be treated with Liposonix include the abdomen, hip rolls ( love handles), as well as the outer and inner thigh area. On average patients treated in the clinical studies had a reduction in their waist size of 2.8 cm ( 1.1 inches), which is usually a difference of one pant or skirt size.

The ideal candidate for Liposonix is someone who has localized fat deposit. The degree of fat reduction is usually not quite as great as can be achieved with liposuction or tummy tuck surgery, and it is therefore not meant as a substitute for these therapies. It is not a good treatment for people with a body mass index greater than 30, and it cannot be used in extremely thin individuals who have less than a cm of excess fat in the treatment area . Certain medical conditions, like diabetes or clotting disorders, are a contraindication to treatment, as is being on blood thinners, or pregnant. Patients who have had a previous liposuction or surgical procedure in the exact same body area are also not candidates for Liposonix, and as there is no experience with liposonix in areas of scarring, it is also not recommended in such areas.

If you are wondering whether you are a good candidate for Liposonix, Call 905-273-3045 to book a consultation at MCSC or TPSC in downtown Toronto. My staff and I would be delighted to help you decide if Liposonix is a good option for you.