I was one of the first to get the liposonix procedure at Dr. Bill Johnson's office in Dallas. He ended up getting the machine before 2012, and so I was on a list of intro patients. The procedure was very similar to when I had Thermage. I came in, we took photos, Dr. Johnson marked my area (from tummy after having 3 kids), and I took some medication. I took some Vicodin & Valium and watched as the technician marked my stomach. She had a clear plastic guide/ruler that she used to mark squares on my skin. The technician marked up 15 squares on my body.
The Treatment: It's almost like a hot prickling sensation that goes in and out. Sometimes it's cold, and other times it's hot. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being I want to hit you), it was about 5-6. You can do the treatment at a couple different levels, but we decided to go with Level 40, with 4 passes. This ended me with 160 total energy, and about 1 hour worth of treatment. Each square is 1 minute. I could have done it at level 50, for 3 passes, but it hurt too much, and it would have only been 150 total energy.
Post Procedure: After the procedure, my friend drove me home. I was a bit groggy from the meds, but after a nap, I was ok. The next morning I was sore, and a bit swollen. This soreness and swelling lasted about 2 weeks. I did get a bit of bruising, but nothing too bad. Dr. Johnson told me to wear a compression shirt (like an Under Armour work out shirt) to help with the swelling. Right now I'm just waiting for the fat cells to die off. It's only been a couple of weeks, so I'll update when my results kick in at 9 weeks.