Liposonix is a new US FDA and HSA of Singapore approved non-surgical fat reduction treatment. It works by delivering High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) energy into the subcutaneous fat that selectively breaks the fat down and permanently destroys it without damaging other tissue, after which the broken down fat gradually drains away via the body’s lymphatic system. The ultrasound energy also heats up the collagen fibers under the skin, causing them to contract. This results in skin tightening, which prevents skin laxity and addresses flabbiness. The skin tightening effect is an important and major advantage over older non-invasive fat reduction treatments, which often resulted in skin laxity after removing the fat.
The treatment is completely non-invasive and takes about one hour to complete per area. Results are usually visible within 2 to 3 months. It is possible to lose one to two inches of your waistline with this treatment. While it is designed to be a one time treatment (which is convenient for overseas patients or busy patients), a second treatment may be carried out about 3 months later if further reduction is desired, especially if the patient started out with a thick layer of fat.
During the treatment, a sensation of deep heat is felt as the ultrasound energy penetrates deeply to liquefy the fat. In some areas, this may be accompanied by a needle prick sensation due to nerve stimulation. The level of discomfort can be controlled by adjusting the amount of energy delivered per shot. This energy delivery is adjusted according to the patient’s tolerance level to ensure that he or she can comfortably complete the treatment. There is no compromise in clinical effectiveness because as long as the total amount of energy delivered is sufficient, the clinical effect will be achieved. After the treatment, minor bruising can sometimes occur and you may feel a mild ache in the treated area for a few days, but there is no downtime and patients can resume their normal daily activities immediately.