Will This Liposonix Work on the Top of the Hip Area Just Below Waist at Back?

I have square hips and would love to have the hour glass shape. Will Liposonix work this area?

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Will This Liposonix Work on the Top of the Hip Area Just Below Waist at Back?

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As long as you have about an inch of fat that you can pinch off in the area that bothers you, it should respond well to Liposonix.  Keep in mind that it may take more then one treatment to remove all the unwanted excess fat in the area you are treating.

Manhattan General Surgeon
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Pinch an inch for Liposonix

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Liposonix is an FDA-cleared noninvasive technology that permanently removes localized fat with a single treatment. The subcutaneous fat in the treatment area needs to be at least an inch in thickness so if you can pinch an inch it might be a solution for you.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Liposonix can reduce fat on any area where you have 1 inch or more to pinch

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If the squareness is due to fat pockets, they can be reduced with the liposonix treatment.  The procedure takes about 1 hour, and results can be seen in 1-3 months.  It is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction.  Best to you, Dr. Jacob

Carolyn Jacob, MD
Chicago Dermatologic Surgeon

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This area can be treated by a qualified physician(Board-Certified Dermatologist, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon). One must have at least an inch of fat that can be pinched, so that we know there is adequate subcutaneous fat to destroy. Especially in this situation, a pre-treatment consultation is important. Your physician should provide you with a hand held mirror, and there should be another wall-mounted mirror in the room. The room should have bright lighting. The physician should position themselves so that you have a good view of your back, hips,and thighs, and then the physician should gently compress the areas that you wish to be sculpted, and allow you to see what your profile will look like after the Liposonix. It is essential that the physician is clear on your expectations, and it is essential that the physician discuss the benefits and limitations of the procedure.

Christine Glavey, MD (retired)
Alpharetta Dermatologic Surgeon

Liposonix for treatment of top of hip area, just below waist at back.

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Liposonix is the first FDA approved fat melting device (approved Nov 2011 for fat reduction of the abdomen and flanks--it can be used off-label to treat other body parts).  It uses high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) 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.  You can get greater fat reduction in the area by doing multiple treatments.  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.

You need to be able to pinch at least an inch of fat in the treatment area in order to be a good candidate for LIposonix. 

It is important to not get high-intensity focused ultrasound confused with unfocused ultrasound (ie: Vaser Shape).  Only high-intensity focused ultrasound (ie: Liposonix, UltraShape) causes destruction of fat cells, unfocused ultrasound does not.

M. Christine Lee, MD
Walnut Creek Dermatologic Surgeon

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