What is the Difference Between Liposonix , Ultrashape and Velashape? Do Any of Them Work?

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

As of Dec 2011, I'm one of the first U.S. centers to offer Liposonix which just got FDA approved for fat reduction in the U.S. in November 2011.  It is the first FDA approved noninvasive fat melting device using high-intensity focused ultrasound.  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.  The difference between Liposonix and UltraShape is that LIposonix is thermal ultrasound while UltraShape is nonthermal ultrasound.  Both devices cause lysis or destruction of the fat cells which is then resorbed by the body and excreted like a fatty meal.  UltraShape is not FDA approved or available in the U.S.

Velasmooth and Velashape do not alter or change the fat cells.  It is a noninvasive device that is used for mild skin tightening and cellulite--it is not a fat melting device.  The Vela however is more effective and longer lasting than endermologie for the treatment of cellulite.

Walnut Creek Dermatologic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Treatments for Reducing Fat

Thank you for your question. The answer ultimately depends on what area of the body you want treated, and the type of results you are looking for. I have had great success at my practice with CoolSculpting, which is a new non-invasive treatment that reduces excess fat. 

Daniel Shapiro, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 107 reviews

Ultrashape, Liposonix and Velashape

Ultrashape and Liposonix are not FDA approved in the united states, that is the first and most important distinction.

Ultrashape and Liposonix are ultrasound non-invasive treatments.

Velashape is FDA approved and well studied with reproducable results. Most popular treated areas include abdomen, flanks, thighs and upper arms. Most treated areas require 4-6 treatments once weekly

Lori A. Brightman, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Noninvasive fat reduction techniques

liposonix and Ultrashape are not approved by the FDA in the United States yet. In other countries, the devices have been used in a non-invasive way to reduce the girth of the fat volume.  Both require some treatments and the results are seen a couple of months laer. Possibly one to two centimeters ( less than an inch) have been reduced off the perimeter's circumference. Velashape is a negative vacuum external suction device that kneads the skin and delivers radiofrequency energy to smoothen the fatty irregularities. Multiple sessions, such as with Endermologie (No radiofrequency, just kneading) may reduce the circumference but maintenance sessions are needed.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

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