The popularity of non-surgical cosmetic treatments are at an all-time high. And it’s no wonder—treatments that are scalpel-free are less expensive, less risky, and generally require less commitment than traditional plastic surgery. In 2010, non-surgical treatments made up 83% of all plastic surgery procedures performed. While many of those treatments were anti-wrinkling Botox and Restylane for lip plumping, body contouring also played an important role. Brand names like Lipodissolve, Zerona™, and VASER LipoSelection® promise to tighten up jiggly trouble spots without incisions or aggressive cannulas.
The latest non-surgical fat reduction treatment to hit the market is Liposonix, which targets the circumference of the waist. Liposonix is the first treatment of its kind that specifically addresses abdominal size, as similar treatments focus on the thighs and buttocks area. The creators of Liposonix say it can reduce waist measurements by one inch, which is equal to one pant size.
Liposonix utilizes focused ultrasound technology. The beams cause injury to the layer of fat surrounding the waist, and the fat is then reabsorbed into the body. This process is similar to the technique used in Ultherapy for skin tightening. Liposonix’s beams operate at a higher frequency in a controlled environment, which is perfect for spot treatments at the waist.
One of the minor pitfalls to non-surgical treatments is that they often require multiple sessions for optimal results. Although the sessions are brief, it can be difficult to take repeated time out of your schedule and to travel to the plastic surgery clinic. Liposonix requires only one treatment session. Patients can expect to see the one-inch reduction over an 8-12 week period following the treatment.
It’s important to note that patients shouldn’t expect the same results with Liposonix as one might get from a tumescent liposuction procedure. The results from Liposonix will be subtle, and thus are best left to patients who are in relatively good shape and have trouble losing that extra inch. Liposonix may help with belly fat, but no cosmetic treatment is a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise regimen.
Liposonix costs about $4,000 per treatment, which is about the same as a multiple session package of other body contouring treatments. If you’d like to learn more about Liposonix or to schedule a consultation with a cosmetic specialist in your area, contact us today!