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

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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.

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

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Liposonix is not the most pleasant treatment you will have, however, that gives you the piece of mind that it actually works.  In my practice, I inject my patients with small amounts of local anesthetic which helps to take the edge off.  Pain medication does not provide much relief, but the treatment is quick.

Victoria Karlinsky, MD
Manhattan General Surgeon
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Liposonix pain reduced

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That is a great question. As mentioned, the pain is becoming less of an issue as the treatment protocol has been changed and the pulse stacking method has been implemented. Local anesthesia is not typically used for a variety of reasons and theoretic concerns about its effects on the cost, safety, and efficacy of the procedure.Topical anesthesia is sometimes used but does not regularly provide a notable benefit. I have found the newer headpiece and treatment protocol to be much more manageable for my patients.

Joshua L. Fox, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
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New protocol to minimize pain associated with Liposonix involves pulse stacking

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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.

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Reduced pain with Liposonix

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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.

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TruSculpt has no pain and is a great alternative to Liposonix

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I am not sure if you have heard of TruSculpt but it is a new treatment using gentle heat to eliminate fat cells through the same celullar process as Liposonix but there is no pain or downtime invloved. TruSculpt can be used on any part of the body except the breast and is very comfortable. It feels a little like when you are laying on the beach on a hot rock at first it gets your attention but its very tolerable. 

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