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Ultrasonic Massager Does the Same Thing As Liposonix and UltraShape?

I did some research, my conclusion is that Ultrasonic massager does the same thing as Liposonix and Ultrashape. I just want to have a some input from the experts. Any opinions?

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Ultrashape is the Newest Advancement for Fat Reduction

We have come a long way from fat massagers. Both Ultrashape and Liposonix are FDA approved in-office devices that destroy fat with scientifically proven methods. The massager is an at-home device. My experience with Ultrashape has been phenomenal with patients seeing a reduction in fat without pain. Liposonix works differently and is an older technology that the newer Ultrashape.    

New York Dermatologist
4.5 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Ultrasonic Massager not same as UltraShape or Liposonix

No your ultrasonic massager is not the same as the Liposonix or the UltraShape device. These two devices are higher frequency and stronger power units with focused ultrasound that destroy fat cells. They are regulated Class 2 devices and not sold to the public. Massagers that are sold to the public are just that: massagers.
The UltraShape is the newest and most advanced machine available to date.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 72 reviews

Liposonix is the only FDA approved fat melting device and now available in the U.S.

As of Dec. 2011, I'm one of the first U.S. centers to offer the Liposonix, the first FDA approved fat melting device.  It uses high-intensity focused ultrasound to cause lysis or destruction of the fat cells.  There is no other device that can make this claim in the U.S.  It is  nonsurgical liposuction, a revolutionary technologic breakthrough.  It is not a replacement for liposuction because you cannot remove the high volumes of fat possible thru liposuction but you can get about an inch reduction (2.5 cm) in fat per treatment per area.  UltraShape also uses HIFU but has not received FDA clearance and is not available in the U.S.  Clinical trials for both devices have shown impressive and consistent results.  No other ultrasound device can make these claims of fat destruction.  The Vaser Shape and other similar devices are unfocused ultrasound which does not alter or change the fat in any way--they are more like a warm massage.  The most important concept for the consumer to understand to not be misled is to know there are 2 kinds of ultrasound:  focused and unfocused.  Only high-intensity focused ultrasound causes destruction or melting of fat, unfocused ultrasound does not.

M. Christine Lee, MD
Walnut Creek Dermatologic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Massagers will not do the same thing as HIFU (Liposonix, Ultrashape)

Your research has misled you. Liposonix and Ultrashape use a technology called High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU), which focuses the ultrasound energy into the fat tissue resulting in controlled destruction of the fat cells. This tissue is then metabolized by the body resulting in collapse of the area - like liposuction, only noninvasively. Ultrasonic massage is just that - massage - and does not have the potential for tissue reduction the way that HIFU does.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

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