Liposonix Vs Tummy Tuck?

I've had a consult with a cosmetic surgeon and decided I am not prepared to have surgery to repair the loose skin I am left with after childbirth. She suggested liposonix as a non-surgical alternative, but said I have very little fat to remove. Will liposonix offer any improvement then? The skin seems thicker just under my bellybutton and horizontally across my abdomen from there. Does it really tighten the skin as well as remove fat?

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No, Liposonix is only a modality to decrease and disrupt fat cells. There is no evidence that LipoSonix causes any kind of skin tightening. I would recommend thermage, the only FDA approved mmodality shown to work for non-surgical tightening of skin on the body. On the face, ulthera is the best alternative.

New York Dermatologic Surgeon

Liposonix vs Tummy Tuck

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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) addresses three issues- Lower Abdominal fat, Rectus Diastasis (the separation in the abdominal muscles that usually results from pregnancy), and Lax Abdominal Skin.  Liposonix is a new breakthrough technology that will reduce abdominal fat and there is reason to believe that some skin tightening may also occur- but it does not do anything for the abdominal muscles.  In my opinion the diastasis repair is what makes a tummy-tuck such a powerful procedure.

If your main complaint is laxity of your abdominal skin then Liposonix is probably not the treatment of choice as it will just address the fat.  I can likely advise you better if you post a photo.

Scott E. Newman, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Liposonix melts fat but does not replace tummy tuck

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Liposonix just got FDA approved for fat reduction in the U.S. Nov 2011.  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.  In order to be a candidate for LipoSonix, you must have about an inch of pincable fat in the treatment area.  It is not an alternative for a tummy tuck for significantly loose skin.  If you are adverse to surgery and have only mild to moderate skin laxity then Thermage for Body might give you some modest skin tightening.  Liposonix coupled with Thermage might provide a nonsurgical option for adequate fat and mildly loose skin, but not if you have little fat and a lot of loose skin.  A major advantage of LIposonix over Zeltiq is you can treat around the belly button area and also treat large surface areas (whereas Zeltiq is very limited in its treatment areas).


M. Christine Lee, MD
Walnut Creek Dermatologic Surgeon

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Liposonix Vs Tummy Tuck?

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Unfortunately, if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck, it is very unlikely that Liposonix will yield any satisfactory results for you.  I always tell my patients that if they are going to do something to address an area of their body that troubles them they should try to do the most appropriate procedure which will give them most aggressive results.  If they feel that they are not mentally prepared, or financially it is not possible for them to do the right procedure, then they should hold off and not spend money on something that will only make them disappointed.

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Liposonix cannot replace a tummy tuck

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No, Liposonix will not significantly tighten the skin. It uses High Intensity Focused Ultrasound energy to noninvasively melt the fat. The net result is similar to liposuction. The layer of fatty tissue will become thinner. As with liposuction, a minimal amount of skin retraction will occur. If one has significant laxity of skin after childbirth (especially if one has stretch marks), there is no better way to tighten the skin than a tummy tuck. With a tummy tuck, all of the skin between the pubic hair line and above the belly button is removed. In addition, the abdominal muscles are tightened. Liposonix also will not tighten the abdominal muscle layer.

Derek J. Shadid, MD
Oklahoma City Plastic Surgeon

Liposonix vs. Thermage

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If I am reading this correctly, it sounds as if your surgeon said that you do not have any herniation of your abdominal muscles, nor do you have any excess fat over the abdomen, but rather that you have loose skin over the abdomen, not excess fat.  One must have at least an inch of fat that we can pinch between our fingers, or there isn't enough fat for the HIFU (Liposonix) to work. So, if it's just loose skin, then you might want to consider a Thermage treatment.

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Alpharetta Dermatologic Surgeon

Liposonix is not an alternative to a tummy tuck

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Liposonix, which was recently approved by the FDA in the US, is a completely nonivasive way to reduce localized fat using high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU). Because HIFU causes tissue heating, it is possible that some degree of tightening could occur but that has not been clinically documented. In any case, fat reduction alone with any technique -" smart" lipo, VASER, tumescent, and so forth - does not cause enough skin tightening to substitute for a tummy tuck.

Richard Baxter, MD
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If you do not have much fat or if it is not an issue I do Not recommend Liposonix as it created to destroy fat cells. You can try Velashape 3 which is a non invasive, no downtime device to help tighten your skin and often used on the tummy in our practice.

Liposonix vs. Tummy Tuck

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Liposonix uses high intensity focused ultrasound to disrupt and destroy the fat cells. By helping to remove fat it can appear to help tighten the skin due to the natural recoil and skin elasticity. However, if skin laxity is your main concern, it is not a great option for skin tightening,

Joshua L. Fox, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
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How much laxity do you have?

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The key is how much is due to laxity and how much is due to fatty tissue.  You must have at least 1 inch of pinchable skin to perform the LipoSonix.  If you have this then LipoSonix will help.  However, if it is more related to laxity due to stretched skin, then Thermage may be used.  Combining the two modalities is also a real consideration. Because the LipoSonix unit targets the deeper fat layer there is no "tightening" of the dermal tissue.  Ulthera is the best treatment for lifting and tightening the skin of the face.  Ulthera is not routinely used to treat the abdomen.  Hope this helps!  Good luck!

Curt Samlaska, MD
Las Vegas Dermatologist

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