Dr Joanna Lovatt

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Frequently Asked Questions


Is 3D Lipo safe?

Yes, there is minimal risk involved in using the 3D Lipo and it is considered a safe alternative to invasive procedures such as tumescent liposuction, lipodissolve and other non-invasive devices like the Accent, VelaShape and Thermage which rely on heating the tissue and can cause discomfort.

What does 3D refer to?

This procedure takes a three dimensional approach to body contouring: fat removal, skin tightening and cellulite reduction. The 3D liposuction device has several functions, all of which are geared towards achieving these goals.

What is the ideal candidate for your treatments?

Cavitation is great for people looking for a more generalised inch or fat loss. So circumference rather than particular area. It is particularly popular on abdomens and thighs.

Cryolipolysis is especially indicated for local fat reduction: The ideal candidates are those who want to reduce localised fat deposits for instance on the abdomen, flanks, lower back, hips, thighs, upper arms etc. These tend to be areas particularly stubborn to diet and exercise.

Although most people are treatable, 3D Lipo is not an overall weight loss solution. We suggest that the ideal candidate is within or near their ideal body weight - people in this group will see the best results. It can also be an excellent additional motivation for those embarking on a change in lifestyle.

Do I need to follow a particular diet and exercise programme?

No supplements or diet plan are required and you do not have to change your exercise habits for the treatment to work.

However, 3D Lipo is not a substitute for taking care of your body. You may feel more motivated to take care of yourself after the treatment, after all it is an investment in your good looks. Combining 3D Lipo treatments with a healthy diet and lifestyle will only further maximise your result.

How does the body remove the dispersed fat?

Fat cells either perish and are dissolved into the body via the lymphatic and immune system or the fat is converted into a liquid substance that is easy to remove through the lymphatic and urinary systems.

Some of the melted fat will be used for energy and the rest will be excreted through the urine - this is why drinking water is essential. If you do not drink adequate water before and after each treatment, it will be harder for your system to remove the fat. You may notice an increase in urination after each session.

Is there any aftercare needed?

The only aftercare required is to avoid alcohol for 24 hours before or after treatments, caffeine for 2 hours either side of treatment and to drink 2 litres of water daily.

When will I see the results?

With cavitation, most clients experience a reduction in circumference after the first session, with increasing results after each visit but especially after the third treatment and onward.

The results may vary from person to person with different tissue structure, treatment area, age, metabolism, medications, and changes in hormones.

Cryolipolysis takes longer for the results to appear – between 2 and 4 months, and even up to 6 months. Again, results will vary from person to person, a reduction of 20-40% in one area can be expected.

How long do results last?

By maintaining a healthy diet and exercise you can expect long-term results. 3D Lipo can be used as a way to kick start a healthier lifestyle after investing in your body and looks, combining the treatments with a healthy lifestyle will only further maximise your result.

Most people do not make new fat cells later in life so once they are destroyed, the effect can be permanent.

Why choose 3D Lipo over surgery?

The reasons are too many to list! Primarily though, to avoid the higher cost, pain, risk and recovery time associated with surgery.

How do I know which treatment is right for me?

At your initial consultation, Dr Joanna Lovatt will advise you on the most suitable treatments and devise a treatment plan specifically for you. This is a no obligation consultation and there will be no pressure to commit to any treatment.

Is 3D Lipo safe for everyone?

We cannot treat pregnant or breast-feeding women as well as type 1 diabetics, some type 2 diabetics. Those with a pacemaker or on anticoagulants can also not be treated. Epilepsy is contra-indicated as are people with liver disease or on medications that may affect the liver.

Those with large joint replacements rule out treatment too. If you are in doubt, please feel free to contact us.


How does a tattoo removal laser work?

Q-Switched Lasers generate a high-powered beam of laser light in an extremely short pulse and are the most suitable lasers for tattoo removal treatment. The very short pulse of high powered laser light is absorbed by the tattoo ink particles, breaking them down into smaller pieces, enabling your natural immune defences to absorb and disperse the ink. A gradual fading of the tattoo occurs over a series of treatments.

How does the skin look after treatment?

An instant whitening of the skin is seen after treatment, but this generally fades quickly. The area is likely to feel tender for a few hours and can be red and swollen for up to 48 hours.

Are there any side effects?

Very rarely the skin may become lighter or darker, or a small blister may form.

How does the treatment feel?

Most patients describe the sensation as similar to a hot pin prick or the flick of an elastic band. Whilst mildly uncomfortable, most people tolerate treatment well. A skin cooling device may be utilised to reduce any discomfort.

How many treatments are necessary?

This depends on several factors, including the density and colour of inks and the age of the tattoo. Amateur tattoos can be quick to remove, taking 3 to 8 treatments, whereas professional tattoos vary considerably and some can take up to 15 treatments. Treatment sessions are spaced 6 to 10 weeks apart.

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Wiltshire SP1 3AA