LipoSonix Explained

By: Dr. Rajesh Mohan, MD, Feb 09, 2015
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What is LipoSonix?

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)

The LipoSonix system focuses HIFU energy at a specific depth within the fat tissue without harming the skin or surrounding tissue. The body then naturally processes and permanently removes the destroyed fat tissue over a period of 8 to 12 weeks. A single treatment may result in an average waist circumference reduction of approximately 2.5 cm, which may leave you with a slimmer, more contoured waistline. Individual results may vary.

What to expect during treatment

A LipoSonix treatment of the abdomen and love handles takes about an hour. The areas to be treated will be marked on your skin. The LipoSonix treatment head will be placed gently on each treatment site several times until the treatment is complete.

You cannot have any hair, lotions, cream or oils applied to the skin area to be treated. If needed, the area to be treated will be shaved and cleaned. Please shave any hair on the treatment areas before coming in for treatment and do not apply any lotions, creams or oils to the treatment area.

During the treatment, some patients experience discomfort, pain, cold, prickling, tingling or warmth. To maximize your comfort, pain medication can be given 30-60 minutes prior to the treatment. The physician will determine the appropriate medication after consultation with you.

  • Discomfort and pain
    • Most patients experience minimal to moderate discomfort, associated with a tingly and/or heat sensation, however as we all have different levels of sensitivity, pain may be experienced.
    • Some pulses of the treatment may be more painful or uncomfortable than others and this is normal. However, if there is a very sharp or unexpected pain immediately report this to the treating health care provider.
  • Bruising
    • Bruising is commonly seen a few days later and typically resolves within 2 weeks. Although less common, bruising may last up to 3-4 weeks.
    • It presents as a diffuse or patchy blue-purple discoloration and gradually fades away.
    • It may not be seen on the treatment day and tends to take a few days to present.
  • Swelling
    • Usually minor, could last approximately 2-3 weeks and may be uncomfortable with certain exercises such as jogging.
  • Redness
    • May occur and typically resolves within a few hours.

Most patients can return to their regular activities immediately following treatment. There is no special care after the treatment.

Some patients will have very noticeable improvement, while others may have little or no improvement.

You may not have the treatment if you have any of the following conditions apply:

  • You are pregnant or may be pregnant (If you have a positive pregnancy test before treatment)
  • If you are breastfeedind/lactating
  • If you do not have more than 1" of pinchable fat in the area to be treated.
  • If you have a ventral hernia (not to be confused with Hiatus Hernia) in the area to be treated.

Important points to discuss with Health Care Provider

  • Redundant skin folds or poor skin elasticity
  • Skin that does not lie flat of folds during treatment
  • Systemic or localized skin disease, or abscesses in the area(s) to be treated
  • Swollen, infected, or inflamed areas
  • Implants or foreign bodies of any type in the area(s) to be treated
    • remove all body piercing jewelry
  • Use of anticoagulants (Blood thinners) of other medications that impede coagulation or platelet aggregation
  • Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) including aspirin for pain relief. Use of daily low dose of aspirin is permissible
  • Chronic steroid or immunosuppressive therapy
  • Laser therapy (ablative or non-ablative), light therapy, any other radiofrequency therapy, or cryolipolysis in the area(s) to be treated within 90-days prior to treatment
  • Liposuction, and injection Lipolysis therapy, abdominoplasty, or open surgery in the area(s) to be treated
  • Sensory loss or dysesthesia in the area(s) to be treated
  • Known or suspected systemic or chronic disease
  • Wounds, or the following types of scars: contractures, hypertrophic, keloid, or surgical.
  • Scars do not mean striae (stretch Marks) with regard to LipoSonix treatment

Please Note

  • LipoSonix treatments are not intended for weight loss
  • LipoSonix treatment is not a replacement for liposuction
  • Results may not be permanent
  • Results will vary with the individual and may vary with each treatment visit
  • Some patients may not appreciate any results
  • Additional LipoSonix treatments can be provided in the same area if additional results are desired.

Pre & Post Treatment Instructions

Pre Treatment Instructions

Nulook Medspa recommends that you:

  • Avoid alcoholic beverages within 48-24 hours prior to your treatment. Please avoid Red Wine & Fish Oil one week prior to treatment.
  • Avoid anti-inflammatory drugs (Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Vioxx, etc.), Aspirin, Vitamin E, or Ginkgo Biloba one week prior to treatment. This will reduce the risk of bruising and/or swelling in the treated area(s).
  • Garlic is also a blood thinner, reduce your intake 1 week prior.
  • If you have a special event or vacation coming up, schedule your treatment at least 2 weeks in advance.
  • Start taking Arnica, 5 pills three times a day, under the tongue, two days prior to treatment to reduce bruising.
  • Eating and drinking pineapple prior to treatment will help to reduce bruising and swelling.

You may not have the treatment if you have any of the following conditions apply:

  • You are pregnant or may be pregnant (If you have a positive pregnancy test before treatment)
  • If you are breastfeedind/lactating
  • If you do not have more than 1" of pinchable fat in the area to be treated.
  • Have a ventral hernia (not to be confused with Hiatus Hernia) in the area to be treated.

Post Treatment Instructions

  • After your treatment, you may experience some swelling, bruising, discomfort and redness. This should last 7-14 days. Cold compresses may be used immediately after treatment to reduce swelling. If the redness and/or swelling or any other reactions do not go away after fourteen days, please contact us.
  • Bruising may last 2-4 weeks.
  • Use acetaminophen (Tylenol, Atasol) as directed on the bottle for pain relief, if needed. Do not use ASA (Aspirin) as it may increase bruising at the site of treatment.
  • Avoid exercise and alcohol, especially Red wine for six hours after the treatment.
  • Continue with Arnica for a few days post treatment to minimize bruising.
  • Continue to eat pineapple after the treatment as it will help to bring down bruising and swelling.
  • It is important to keep hydrated and to drink plenty of fluids, daily
  • Follow up appointment is needed in 12 weeks for measurement.
  • Tight Clothing on the treated area is suggested for the first few days.
  • You may experience some discomfort with certain activities, eg: Jogging.

Most patients can return to their regular activities immediately following treatment. There is no special care after the treatment.

Dr. R. Mohan, director and founder of Nulook Medspa in Etobicoke, ON, is a renowned family physician and cosmetic laser physician. For more than 25 years he has pursued his goal of providing the finest and most honest care possible. This standard of excellence has made him a favourite among his clients and his peers. With his attention to detail he personally oversees all aspects of his Medical Spa operation.

His impressive accomplishments include being a member of The Canadian Association of Aesthetic Medicine (CAAM), The American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) and a surgical diploma in Orthopedics from India. After coming to Canada in 1982, Dr. Mohan did a clinical residency in Neurosurgery in Ottawa and an internship at University of Toronto.