If you’ve ever wanted to get rid of stubborn cellulite, then you’ve likely researched all of the procedures, creams and pills out there to fight this unsightly fat that plagues so many women. But if you’ve come up short in your search, then there may be hope in the form of a new FDA-cleared procedure called Liposonix.
After doing a profile piece on the procedure earlier this month, we now have more details about Liposonix from the creators themselves. Upon contacting a representative from the company, we were able to dig up some more information about the cellulite-reducing procedure. Here’s what we found.
Q: Your website is touting one procedure, one hour. But can a patient after the 12 week recovery period receive additional treatments?
Patients can be retreated as many times as desired as long as the patient still has sufficient fat thickness in the treatment area. You would want to wait eight to 12 weeks before retreating to give the treated tissue time to fully reabsorb.
As I mentioned in my previous piece, the fat is destroyed using a high intensity ultrasound and your immune system destroys the fat and it is eliminated by your liver. As long as you can pinch an inch of skin and have a BMI less than 30 (overweight or normal weight) you’d qualify for more treatments. You should also understand that the average person loses about an inch; some people lose more, some less. I like to think positive, but going into it with the expectation that you may be less than average may leave you feeling less disappointed afterwards.
Q: Similar to laser hair removal, will a patient need touch ups?
No, the Liposonix system uses non-invasive, high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to get rid of fat on the body without surgery. The targeted fat cells are permanently destroyed, but surrounding fat cells can grow. The best way for patients to maintain their results is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Individual results and office visit time may vary among patients, but on average, patients lose one pant or dress size.
In other words, don’t feed the fat. Keep your calorie count under control and limit your amount of saturated fat. Diabetics are usually told to limit saturated fats to less than seven percent of their total daily intake. Exercise is also part of the equation. Try to aim for at least 30 minutes every day most days of the week. If you’re new to an exercise routine, don’t go from zero to Iron Man. Try walking first and go from there. Always remember to consult a doctor before you start any exercise program especially if you have any health conditions.
Q: Right now it looks like this is just a procedure recommended for the abdominal area. Are there any other areas in the works for treatments?
Liposonix is indicated for non-invasive waist circumference reduction on the abdomen and flanks area.
Many prescription medications get approved for one indication just to get their foot in the door and then get additional indications to maintain their patent. The representative did not indicate that more areas are under investigation. But with liposuction able to remove fat from almost any area in the body, it would seem most beneficial for the makers of Liposonix to consider researching all areas of the body – especially the thigh and buttocks regions where a lot of women accumulate fat.
Q: How were the clinical trials conducted and what were the results?
In clinical trials, more than 200 patients were treated with Liposonix and the average waistline reduction was one inch (2.5 cm), which equates to one pant size. Additionally, 91 percent reported an improvement in the flatness of their abdomen. With 15 patents issued for this advanced ultrasound technology, there really is nothing else like it out there for non-invasive, permanent fat reduction.
The representative gave me a facts sheet regarding how Liposonix works and what the benefits are. What I would like to see is how these patients are doing in the future to determine if they maintained the loss in fat and inches. After many years of a prescription drug being out in the market, we find they can cause substantial damage. Post-marketing studies should be conducted to ensure there is no potential for long-term damage.
Hopefully, you now have all the information you need to decide if Liposonix is for you, or if another route is the best option.
June 4th, 2012