What Are the Potential Side Effects of Liposonix on the Abd. and Hip Areas? What About Fatty Emboli?

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Minimal side effects with Liposonix

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Thank you for your question. Liposonix is a non-invasive laser treatment that dissolves the fatty tissue. You will have minimal bruising and tenderness post-procedure. Please consult with your doctor to decide if you are a good candidate for Liposonix.

New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Please go to the above listed site and read the paragraph called "Performance Data". It will answer your concerns..no risk noted regarding emboli. There are some expected effects from a Liposonix treatment..swelling (mild to moderate), bruising (mild to moderate), soreness (mild). Our follow-up interviews with our patients are summarized below:

1. Average time lapse until contouring seen: 3.5 months.

2. Average circumference loss: 2.4 cm (one inch)

3. Average bruising time: 2 weeks

4. Average swelling time: 4 days

5. Average soreness: 3 weeks

The soreness is not hindering any of the patients. They all say the same thing..."yes, it's sore, but I'm still exercising and I'm not taking anything for the soreness."

Christine Glavey, MD (retired)
Alpharetta Dermatologic Surgeon

What Are the Potential Side Effects of Liposonix on the Abd. and Hip Areas? What About Fatty Emboli?

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Liposonix may cause bruising, mild swelling and tenderness post treatment.  All of these side effects are great indicators that this procedure is effecting in destroying the fat cells. 

Victoria Karlinsky, MD
Manhattan General Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

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LipoSonix is completely safe

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Liposonix uses high intensity focused ultrasound to damage fat cells while leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed. These damaged cells undergo programmed cell death (known as apoptosis) and are treated like debris in the body. This means that just like an inactivated bacterial cell or dead cell, the body's natural cleaning system (consisting of a variety of cells and body systems), cleans up the cells. These adipose cells do not enter the bloodstream, and therefore there is no risk of fatty emboli. Other side effects include discomfort, swelling, and redness, all of which are tolerable and go away within a week or two. 

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No adverse events in Liposonix clinical trials

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Liposonix, which uses high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to permanently destroy localized fat without surgery or injections, has been extensively tested. There were no significant adverse events in the U.S. clinical trials, and we have not seen any in clinical practice.

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Liposonix to the abodem and hips: Side effects are few

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Liposonix causes fat reduction and body contouring by means of high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU).  The ultrasound is passed through the skin and disrupts the fat cells below causing a thermal wound in the fat. As this heals, the fat shrinks - and so too does the stomach and thighs.  Potential side effects include pain during treatment,  tenderness and bruising after treatment.  The latter can last a good week or two before resolving spontaneously.  Studies have not demonstrated an increase in blood fat levels after liposonix and the likelihood of fat embolism is remote.   Fat embolism usually occurs after severe trauma and therefore one would not anticipate this event after a Liposonix treatment.

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