When considering body contouring, fat and cellulite reduction device technology for your business there are many factors to consider. Jenni Gilbert discusses how to make the right choice.

The golden rules when choosing device technology boil down to some basics:

  • Invest in good quality machines – cheaper is not better, as you could find to your cost.
  • Buy or rent them from a reputable manufacturer/distributor who offers ongoing support and service. Otherwise you may find yourself with a machine you can’t get repaired or serviced.
  • Ensure you have the requisite qualifications, skills and training for the device you are buying. The foremost consideration is patient safety, but you also risk regulatory backlash if you are found using a device that is out of your class, literally. For instance, Class 4 lasers can be operated by doctors or under doctors supervision, depending on the state in which you live.
  • A reputable distributor manufacturer can guide you on all these points, often provide training and certainly to facilities where you can receive the appropriate training and qualifications.

We look at some of the latest body shaping technology on the market.

VelaShape III uses bi-polar radiofrequency combined with infrared, vacuum and mechanical massage to precisely heat the tissue up from 3mm to 15mm depth, respectively creating localised reduction in skin laxity, volume and an overall improvement in skin structure and texture. The three Velashape generations VelaShape 1, 11 and now VelaShape III boast 10 years of clinical experience and more than five million independent treatments globally. Velashape111 produces the visible results achieved by 1 and 11 in half with the treatment time and number of sessions. SYNERON-CANDELA.COM.AU

TruSculpt delivers uniform radiofrequency energy to multiple areas of the body, both big and small. A flat device is gently held against the area to be treated, where it will deliver RF to heat tissue approximately 6-12mm below the skin – just deep enough to heat unwanted fat to about 44 degrees C. After treatment, up to 25 percent of the fat cells in the area die off, which the body naturally eliminates over the following six to eight weeks. Fat bulges are reduced and the appearance of cellulite temporarily smoothed. CUTERA.COM.AU

LPG Endermologie is a unique body contouring technique that uses mechano transduction for cellular stimulation. The patented LPG roll gently kneads skin and the underlying fat deposits to reactivate the body’s lipolysis (fat release). The treatment is painless and suits men and women. Visible, long-lasting results are usually achieved in around 16 sessions, with ongoing maintenance plan. FRANCEMEDICAL.COM.AU

Liposonix, distributed in Australia by iNova Aesthetics, is a non-invasive fat reduction treatment that beams high-intensity focused ultrasound about 2cm under the skin in specific areas to break up fatty tissue and destroy fat cells. Studies have found that patients who are close to their ideal weight have the best results. It has a well-defined safety profile during and after treatment with high patient satisfaction after being used in Europe, Japan and Canadasincethelate2000sandintheUSsince2011.Ithasbeen available in Australia since 2012. LIPOSONIX.COM

Triactive Plus has two ultrasound hand pieces and two RF hand pieces for the body and face along with laser, massage and cooling modalities to create a powerful body shaping solution that can be used for fat-reduction, skin tightening, cellulite reduction and clearing fluid retention. Triactive Plus is one of the three highest regarded cellulite reduction machines in Europe and used extensively globally by cosmetic surgeons to remove post-surgical oedema. HIGHTECHLASER.COM.AU

Silhouet-Tone Lumicell Wave 6 offers a personalised approach to cellulite-related problems, as well as assisting body remodeling and lymph drainage. It combines photo-neumatic massage plus infrared light 900nm; 1 MHz ultrasound; bipolar radiofrequency and needle-free mesotherapy (transdermal delivery via “electroporation” of products rich in fat-burning ingredients). The skin is suctioned, lifted and rolled between two rollers to increase blood and lymphatic circulation and break down water pockets responsible for the skin’s dimpled appearance. Infrared warms subcutaneous tissue, preparing it for ultrasound and RF treatments that induce fat cavitation and skin firming respectively. ADVANCEDCOSMECEUTICALS.COM.AU

Spectrum Contour Plus is an all-in-one body contouring and facial lifting machine combined that integrates several technologies to reduce fat and cellulite. Infrared light heats the tissue up to 5mm depth, bi-polar RF heats tissue from 2-20mm depth, vacuum and massage rollers accelerate blood circulation and increase blood flow to drain excessive water and body waste. The biological impact of the treatment also increases metabolism. SPECTRUMSCIENCEBEAUTY.COM.AU

SleekSKIN. Energy Wave Technology – extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) and radial shock wave therapy (RSWT) – was originally used to break up calcified deposits within the body for medical purposes and is now the procedure of choice for treatment of kidney stones and similar deposits. For the past 10 years this technology has been increasingly applied to a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions, providing great results in pain management, now it is being used as an effective treatment for cellulite. SleekSKIN uses Energy Wave Technology to vibrate the connective tissue, improving circulation and dislodging the cellulite deposits without pain and downtime. KLINICSOLUTIONS.COM

Chromogenex i-Lipo Ultra system uses low-level lasers for smoothing cellulite, fat reduction and body shaping treatments. It enhances lymphatic drainage, stimulates blood circulation and promotes skin cell renewal to improve the appearance of cellulite with vacuum massage and infrared skin tightening to target stubborn fatty deposits. MEDTEL.COM.AU

Med Contour Advanced Ultrasound Cavitation. Clinical studies have shown that, for best treatment outcomes, the frequency of ultrasound needs to be within 20-60kHz. The Med Contour delivers these very low frequencies through a carrier frequency up to 50 times per second more powerful via a patented delivery system not available on other devices, the company advises. Another feature is lymphatic vacuum massage to help expedite the drainage of excess fluid and waste products. MEDICALBEAUTYEQUIPMENT.COM

Zeltiq CoolSculpting. During the procedure, a non-invasive applicator delivers precisely controlled cooling to target and eliminate fat cells. The area is suctioned between two cooling plates, bringing the temperature of the fat cells to just above freezing, causing the slow collapse of the cells as they die. The body then proceeds to absorb the damaged cells and eliminate them naturally through normal metabolic process, over the course of two to three months. COOLSCULPTING.COM.AU

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