Can the UltraShape® Power Rival Liposuction?
Posted on: November 26, 2019 in UltraShape®
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Many men and women can relate to the feeling of wanting to lose a couple of pounds.
This would allow their clothes to fit a little looser and/or allow them to feel a bit better about the physique that they see when looking in the mirror.
Body contouring procedures allow patients to accomplish that.
While liposuction is still the most common cosmetic fat reduction procedure, it is not the only one, and non-surgical body contouring is gaining in popularity.
One of these non-surgical treatments is the UltraShape® Power, an ultrasound-based body contouring procedure that reduces unwanted fat on the abdomen, hips, thighs, arms, and bra fat.
Why Should You Consider Cosmetic Body Contouring?
While diet, exercise, and an overall healthy lifestyle are beneficial to keeping excess weight at bay, it is not always enough.
Stubborn diet and exercise-resistant fat pockets accumulate with aging, pregnancies, weight fluctuations, and genetics.
The inability to remove these pockets naturally can be frustrating, so much so that it leads many men and women to consider cosmetic body contouring.
How Does the UltraShape® Power Remove Fat?
Unlike other techniques, UltraShape® Power reduces unwanted fat without surgery, downtime, or discomfort.
This technique uses non-thermal, focused, ultrasound energy that eliminates a portion of fat cells without damaging the surrounding blood vessels, nerves, and tissues.
Ultrasound energy targets fat cells and causes them to transform into fatty acids (a process that is known as cavitation), which are eventually processed out of the body.
Most patients require a series of three UltraShape® Power treatments spaced two weeks apart to reach optimal results. These sessions usually take 30 minutes per treatment area.
What Is Ultrasound Energy? How Is It Beneficial for Fat Reduction?
When most people hear ultrasound, their thoughts immediately go to pregnant women and sonograms.
While ultrasound imaging is used during pregnancy, pregnancy is not the sole purpose of ultrasound.
Ultrasound is energy in the form of high-frequency sound waves.
When these waves are administered to pockets of excess fat, it causes the fat cells to break down.
Once the cells rupture, the body naturally eliminates them from the body.
How Does Liposuction Differ from UltraShape® Power?
Liposuction is the gold standard for cosmetic fat reduction.
This surgical procedure is so popular that its name is nearly synonymous with fat reduction.
Liposuction requires small incisions made near the area of unwanted fat.
A thin, hollow tube—known as a cannula— is inserted through this incision, and fat cells are suctioned out with the aid of a vacuuming device.
The popularity of liposuction has caused many variations of the procedure to develop. Dr. Halpern offers Vibrostat®, which is vibration-supported liposuction.
During a Vibrostat® treatment, the cannula vibrates, which allows for more gentle yet more powerful liposuction treatment.
The vibration used with the technique increases patient comfort, speeds patient recovery, results in less bleeding, and allows for more significant fat removal.
Is the UltraShape® Power Interchangeable With Liposuction?
Both procedures are effective in getting rid of unwanted diet and exercise-resistant fat pockets, but they are not interchangeable.
While the UltraShape® Power has some benefits over liposuction, liposuction has advantages over the UltraShape® Power.
The ideal technique for you will depend on the extent and locations of unwanted fat.
Benefits of UltraShape® Power
- It is non-surgical
- There is no pain or resulting scars
- There is no downtime
- Treats common “trouble spots” like the abdomen, flanks, and thighs
Benefits of Liposuction
- Removes a greater percentage of fat
- Addresses additional areas, such as the buttocks, under the chin, and back
How Long Do the Results Last?
The results of both liposuction and the UltraShape® Power are considered to be permanent because the fat cells that are removed or destroyed cannot be reproduced in the body.
While the fat cells are gone for good, the remaining fat cells in the body can expand in size if a healthy lifestyle is not followed. Therefore, the longevity of your liposuction of UltraShape® Power results depends on your dedication to maintain them.
Interested in Learning More?
If you think that either of these procedures can benefit you, contact Dr. Halpern by filling out our online contact form.
Dr. Halpern offers body contouring procedures for patients in Tampa, Florida, and the greater Tampa area.
Dr. Halpern has lectured nationally and internationally on ultrasonic-assisted liposuction and power UltraShape®.