It seems that the market for non-invasive, non-suction, liposuction continues to pick up steam with the release of the UltraShape. This device is similar to the LipoSonix because they both utilize focused high intensity ultrasound to disrupt subcutaneous adipose tissue, and both appear to have scientifically sound research to support their claims. However, the UltraShape has added an “optical tracking and guidance system” for improved outcomes.
The UltraShape™ patented transducer delivers focused ultrasound energy to the subcutaneous fat layer. Specific, pre-set ultrasound parameters ensure that only the fat cells within the treatment area are targeted and that neighboring tissues such as blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue remain intact. The hand held device also contains an acoustic feedback mechanism that verifies optimal acoustic contact during the treatment.
Advanced Tracking and Guidance System
The real-time tracking system guarantees treatment precision and homogenous treatment results. A camera captures the treatment area and a software algorithm maps the three dimensional treatment zone. The treatment zone is then divided into a grid. The tracking software next guides the user along the grid ensuring that each treatment point on the grid is covered. The safety mechanism within the tracking system monitors treatment to ensure it is performed only within the treatment area. It also prevents treatment outside the marked zone, and makes sure each treatment point is treated only once.
The UltraShape™ treatment takes place in the physician’s office after consultation between physician and patient. The physician first examines and marks the treatment area. Then, while the patient lies back on a comfortable Contour I treatment bed, an operator using a round, hand-held transducer (converting electrical energy into ultrasound energy) gently delivers focused therapeutic ultrasound energy over the marked region to selectively and safely disrupt fat cells. The entire procedure is guided by UltraShape’s advanced tracking technology which ensures smooth, uniform contouring.
What happens to the fat?
During the UltraShape treatment, the membranes of the fat cells are disrupted. The fat cell content, primarily comprised of triglycerides, is dispersed into the fluid between the cells and then transported through the vascular and lymphatic systems to the liver. The liver makes no distinction between fat coming from the UltraShape treatment and fat originating from consumed food. Both are processed via the body’s natural mechanisms.
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