LipoControl is Osyris Medical's new addition to the laser lipo field. Building on their original LipoTherme design, the LipoControl has added an energy monitoring device to ensure uniform delivery throughout the procedure.
We spoke to Dr. Neil Sadick, cosmetic surgeon of Sadick Dermatology, who is involved with the testing of the LipoControl system, which is still going through the FDA approval process. He describes the 980nm diode laser with monitoring technology in great detail and reports they are seeing positive results. He says LipoControl is different because it "has a computer tracking system that allows you determine in real live time exactly how much energy is being delivered to a given area in the body.... It's
almost like seeing inside the body where the liposuction or laser fiber is actually in the body so it allows to deliver a uniform amount of energy by having the screen turn a given color once you've reached your energy output."
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Other laser lipo procedures don't offer this monitoring technology. "With other laser lipolysis technologies you're randomly moving laser fiber in and out. In our controlled FDA studies that we're doing now, we have found that the pattern of uniform energy delivery is much more homogeneous when you can actually have a tracking device that allows you to determine when an even or desired amount of energy is being deposited in a given surface area of the body."
Laser lipo works differently from traditional lipo because it uses laser technology to melt the fat before it is aspirated. Tumescent fluid, which is a mixture of saline, a numbing agent, and adrenaline is pumped into the treatment area. The cannula with the precision laser tip is inserted and melts the fat. Another cannula is then inserted to suction out the melted fatty tissue.
Anyone who's a candidate for laser lipo, being someone with a BMI of ideally 30 or less, is a candidate for LipoControl. It uses a 980nm diode laser fiber to deliver the laser energy and the new control option allows the physician to select the proper amount of energy for the given treatment area. "It might be 73 j/cm3 on the flanks, 63 j/cm3 on the abdomen. When you reach that exact fluence, or energy level, the screen will turn reddish... letting you know you've delivered an exact, uniform amount of energy to that area," says Sadick.
The doctor goes on to talk about the new technologies which use multiple wavelength technologies, such as SmartLipo Triplex. In regards to the importance of the wavelength used he says "it's not so much about the wavelength per se - studies have shown... that it's the actual energy delivery or fluence in a given surface area that's more important for ensuring uniform results. This is another additive step in more precise liposuction performance using laser assisted technologies."