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I've Noticed That One of the Main Complaints with Liposonix is the Pain, Even with Oral Pain Medication?

Why is local anesthesia not used for this procedure?

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Managing the Liposonix experience


Because Liposonix is destroying fat cells in a single treatment, there can be some discomfort even though it is nonivasive. Anesthetic could be infused but there is also discomfort from those injections. Newer treatment protocols with lower energy settings and a technique called "pulse stacking" are making it a more manageable experience.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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New protocol to minimize pain associated with Liposonix involves pulse stacking


While we routinely administer mild sedation involving intramuscular Demerol injection when we perform Liposonix, we have achieved greater patient comfort during Liposonix treatment and better clinical outcome with a modified pulse stacking protocol where the energy is spread over 4 consecutive pulses vs. the original protocol of 3 pulses for each treatment area.

William Ting, MD
Bay Area Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Reduced pain with Liposonix


Liposonix focuses ultrasound energy into the fat layer to destroy a layer of your fat cells.  Some individuals find this uncomfortable so I give some medication during the procedure to reduce this discomfort.  I also have different ways treat the fat that makes the treatment both effective and more comfortable.  I works beautifully. Hope this helps.

Elizabeth Piantanida, MD
Colorado Springs Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

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