Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose the Med Contour treatment?

In the hands of trained operators, this treatment represents a unique opportunity to model areas of the body, including extended areas. It is not invasive and it reduces the circumference of the areas treated without anaesthetic and/or surgical intervention. It is safe because it does not damage the blood vessels, nerves and surrounding connective tissue. It is effective because the reduction in circumference is visible and measurable even after the first session. It is pleasant and does not have irritating side-effects.

Who can take this treatment?

The method has been developed to assist medium weight or overweight men and women who wish to enhance their physical profile. It offers an alternative for anyone who wishes to effectively reduce the fat deposits of subcutaneous adipose tissue in problematic areas without recourse to surgery. However, the treatment is not a substitute for a healthy diet and regular physical exercise.

What results can one expect from the treatment?

A scientific study conducted in Italy and Germany found an average circumference reduction of 3.01 cm (min. 0.9 cm / max. 4.7 cm) after two treatment sessions for the abdomen. Professional practice confirms these results. In individual cases, however, it is possible that the reduction is less or absent.

How does the Med Contour technology work?

Med Contour uses a patented ultrasound handpiece with 2 efficient ultrasound heads for the specific and controlled emission of low frequency ultrasounds at targeted depth within the subcutaneous tissue, and it was devised so as to affect only the adipose tissue, thanks to the particular shape of the handpiece and the vacuum which raises the tissue to be treated, thus leaving neighbouring structures intact such as the skin, blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue.

What sensations occur during the treatment?

The treatment is not invasive. Most clients and patients report a pleasant, painless experience, with side effects occurring extremely rarely. Those who have received treatment can go about their normal day immediately. In America, for example, the Med Contour treatment is carried out during the lunch break. A session lasting approximately 60 minutes suffices for the treatment of a normal abdomen. The treatment comprises an average of 6-8 sessions. While most clients show significant improvement after the first treatment, some require further sessions.

How long does a treatment session last?

One session lasts approximately one to one and a half hours. For each area concerned, 6 to 10 treatments are recommended, spaced out over 7-10 day intervals. A lymph-drainage session must be scheduled between each complete session (cavitation + lymph-drainage).

Should the client do anything differently after the treatment?

After treatment, the client can immediately return to his or her normal daily activity. A period of convalescence is not required. Pains or sickness do not occur.
In addition to proper sleep and physical activity, diet also plays an important role. The following rules should be observed:
It is important to refrain from including short-chain carbohydrates in one’s diet for 2 days. If quickly-assimilable carbohydrates are consumed, there is a danger that the liberated fats will re-accumulate in other places.
After three days, most of the fat has been disintegrated so that it is possible to recommence moderate consumption of carbohydrates until the following treatment. The effect of the treatment is also facilitated by consumption of light, low-fat content foods, so as not to hinder the processing of the liberated lipids and to encourage their effective use in the metabolism. It is not necessary to provide additional supplements for the liver. On the other hand it is strongly recommended to drink 2-3 litres a day and to engage in moderate physical activity.

What effects does the ultrasound cavitation have on the adipose tissue?

Cavitation is the rapid formation and subsequent collapse of millions of microscopic bubbles (or cavities) in a liquid. Ultrasound waves, like all sound waves, are alternating high and low pressure waves. This oscillation can cause cavitation. The bubbles increase in size during the low pressure phase and are compressed and thus implode in the high pressure phase. The implosion causes an increase in temperature with pressures and heat exchanges that occur in microseconds.
The implosion of these bubbles in the adipose tissue leads to the breakage of the cellular membrane and subsequent mechanical lysis of the adipocytes.
Low frequency ultrasonic waves have the following effects on adipose tissue:

  • Molecular displacement of triglycerides and increase in their fluidity
  • Increase in the permeability of the cellular membrane
  • Lipolysis or expulsion of the fatty acids of the adipose tissue cells
  • Lysis of the adipocytes (destruction of a cell caused by the breaking of the cell membrane)
  • Breakdown of the fibrous support tissue in adipose cells through mechanical action

How deeply does the ultrasound beam penetrate?

The frequency is what determines the penetration depth of the ultrasound beam: reducing the frequency increases the penetration depth.
An ultrasound beam emitted at a frequency of 1 MHz on adipose tissue is theoretically able to maintain half its intensity at a depth of up to 10 cm. If the beam hits other tissues such as muscles or tendons, it will lose intensity and its penetration level will be reduced.
Since Med Contour has an automatic system for lifting a small portion of tissue and emitters that are offset at 135°, the ultrasonic action is mainly focused on the adipose tissue.

Is cavitation with Med Contour dangerous?

IThe action of the MED CONTOUR system is achieved by means of a special ultrasonic handpiece, which has a slightly concave shape and contains two ultrasonic transducers that are partially opposing each other. This handpiece is connected to a vacuum pump which creates a suction in order to “pull” the adipose layer towards it. This focuses the ultrasonic action on the tissue lifted by the vacuum system for an extremely safe and effective treatment.
MED CONTOUR can therefore work on localised adiposity in a safe, comfortable and effective manner over time, offering immediate and noticeable results, without pain and recovery periods, and stimulating the natural lipid metabolism process. A visible reduction in volume to the treated areas can be seen after each treatment.
The safety of Med Contour is further guaranteed by its 1 MHz low carrier frequency modulation system.

Can it be used on all parts of the body?

Thanks to the numerous preset programs for each area, the low frequency modulation and its particular emission geometry, Med Contour can be used on any part of the body, with the exception of the face.

What are the contraindications for using Med Contour?

Yes, there are contraindications. It is strongly recommended that these methods not be used on patients who suffer from heart disease or have active vascular illnesses, on subjects who have pacemakers or are suffering from thrombosis and/or thrombophlebitis, or anyone affected by serious fat metabolism disorders or are undergoing anticoagulant therapy. It is also not recommended for use on patients who have had medical transplants, women who are pregnant and people with metal prostheses.

Why is a lymph-drainage massage required after a Med Contour ultrasound treatment?

The lymph-drainage massage helps the body eliminate the liquids and waste produced by the cavitation treatment through the lymph nodes.
The lymph-drainage treatment is the only thing that can visibly reduce the volume of the treated areas.

What happens to the fat liberated after a Med Contour treatment?

The oscillation generated by the low frequency ultrasounds creates microbubbles (or cavities) which implode within the fat mass and the adipocytes, causing it to turn to fluid and encouraging the exit of the fats themselves. The content of the adipocytes, consisting mainly of triglycerides, is distributed in the interstitial liquid and is subsequently transported to the liver through the lymphatic and vascular systems.
Lymph-drainage massage helps the body to eliminate the liquids and the fat deposits - removed by the cavitation process - through the lymph nodes. This effect is of key importance for the absorption of the fatty mass previously treated with the ultrasound handpiece, ensuring acceleration of the elimination of the remaining fats. All of this greatly enhances the efficient working of the liver, which would otherwise become overloaded.

How can one be certain that the fat liberated is processed by the organism?

Certain findings prove that processes of the organism have the effect of neutralising variations of the adipose tissues and liberated fat. Therefore fat does not stagnate in significant quantities in the blood or in the liver. Clinical studies have proven this. No differences have been found, after any application, in serum lipid levels or hepatic values and inflammation has not been experienced by any subject.

Why are the liver, kidneys and intestine so important?

As a key organ involved in lipid metabolism, the liver ensures that the liberated fat is used by the organism, and it needs to use energy to do this. If there has been previous damage or if it is subject to elevated overloads, it must first be regenerated. Treatment ensures the liberation of toxins accumulated in the adipose tissue, which must be purified in the liver and expelled through the kidneys and intestine. Therefore these organs must function properly or be appropriately supported. A headache or nausea can indicate an excessive overload of toxins.

Why can’t some adipose deposits be reduced by diet or physical activity?

One reason is the weak metabolism of the adipose tissue. Physical activity has the effect of reducing the blood supply to the adipose tissues in the abdomen and hip areas, which is why one notices a cold sensation in these areas. And only very few fatty acids are mobilised.

Does that depend on diet?

The approach here is completely different. Dieting allows weight to be reduced in an aspecific manner, which is very often appropriate. Equally often, however, dieting fails to get rid of localised deposits in the problematic areas, which is where Med Contour comes in - with its ability to eliminate the adipose deposits in a targeted manner, modifying body proportions to good effect.

Can Med Contour be used in beauty salons?

The power of Med Contour ultrasounds conforms to the safety standards indicated for therapeutic use. This power corresponds to 3 W/cm2 on average for each emitter. The machine, however, is capable of delivering greater peak power. No particular restrictions exist for the use of the machine, and contraindications for use are clearly identified.

What is the difference between continuous and modulated mode?

In continuous mode, the ultrasound wave is emitted at 1 MHz. In modulated mode, it is emitted in pulse trains at a frequency that varies between 20 and 60 kHz. In the latter case, the low frequency pulsing reverberates deeper with increased mechanical effect on the panniculus adiposus (fatty layers) of a certain thickness. The resulting effect of the modulation is comparable to that obtained with low frequency ultrasounds, but without the risk that is generally associated with this type of treatment.
Continuous mode is instead recommended for layers of adiposity or surface cellulitis.

When is Med Contour used and when is Med Sculpt used?

The main difference between the two instruments is in the scope of the treatment: Med Sculpt works on the causes of cellulitis and localised fat through the circulatory and lymphatic system by trying to restore “normal” conditions and improve tissue metabolism. Med Contour works rapidly on the symptom, or the result of the problem, with great impact. In fact, fewer sessions are required, and it is a precise and more in-depth treatment. Med Sculpt works by degree of severity and requires a greater number of sessions. Its 75 programmes make it a multifunctional system not only able to treat cellulite and localised fat, but cutaneous relaxation, treatment of facial wrinkles, etc...

Does a special oil need to be used during treatment?

We recommend the use of our massage oils which have lipolytic or anticellulite action, widely tested and suitable for use in combination with the ultrasound.

Does the machine require any special maintenance?

The oil filter on the back panel of the machine should be controlled and cleaned on an ongoing basis to ensure proper maintenance.
The metal surfaces of the two ultrasonic transducers must also be kept clean and disinfected. The gradual opacification of the metal cap of these transducers, however, is norma