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Eleme Medical Launches SmoothShapes XV Anti-Cellulite and Laser Lipo Technique

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 1, 2010

Over 80 percent of women are fighting the war against cellulite, and medical equipment manufacturers continue to explore new ways to treat the skin tissues and produce visible changes that will help reduce – or eliminate – cellulite. Eleme Medical has launched a new SmoothShapes XV device that promises to deliver heat to the fat cells approximately three times faster than the original SmoothShapes system and other body contouring devices, and provide better results with fewer treatments.

The Smoothshapes XV Anti-Cellulite device was unveiled at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Phoenix, Arizona this month. The device is made with Eleme’s proprietary Photomology® technology that helps treat cellulite by delivering both laser and light energy deep into the skin tissues, and using mechanical manipulation with a vacuum and massage treatment to reach further into the skin tissues. The non-invasive procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, and there is no anesthesia required.

Some plastic surgeons are using the SmoothShapes device as part of a laser liposuction treatment, because the procedure helps to firm, tighten and tone the skin tissues after body fat has been removed. According to Nancy Briefs, President and CEO of Eleme Medical, “Consumer demand for non-invasive body shaping continues to grow…in a recent survey of physicians this consumer demand was validated by the physicians who said that the two largest categories in which they planned to purchase new equipment and grow their business were cellulite and laser lipolysis”. (Source:

Physicians who integrate the SmoothShapes device with a liposuction procedure may be able to achieve better results, and also reduce post-operative bruising, swelling and pain.

The SmoothShapes system designed with Photomology technology has received FDA clearance to market, and is currently available at select medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers around the country.

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Cellulite Reduction Products Featured on Rachel Ray Show

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 25, 2010

Cellulite affects more than 90% of women of all sizes and body weights, and physicians believe that women get cellulite when the connective tissue of the skin forms a net around fatty tissue, creating a ‘lumpy’ appearance on the surface of the skin.

There are now several cosmetic procedures on the market that promise to help reduce the appearance of cellulite and can even help take off a few inches. Procedures including VelaShape, VelaSmooth and Thermage skin tightening treatments may help some women achieve a shapelier, slimmer appearance.

A Rachael Ray Show segment that ran in early March revealed three over-the-counter cellulite reduction treatments that promise to diminish the look of cellulite and improve the texture and tone of the skin. The show featured the Nutra Luxe Infrared Body Shaping Massager Lipo Reduction Set, the Totally You Seaweed Body Wrap Kit, and the Solidea MicroMassage Magic Pantie, a textured hosiery shaper that promises to increase circulation and tone up the skin.

While these products sound promising, experts recommend undergoing a cosmetic procedure that uses radio-freuqency energy and vacuum manipulation to help tighten and tone up the skin. One of the latest devices is the Reaction by Viora, a handheld device that increases circulation and strengthens skin tissues using radio frequency energy. VelaShape works in a similar way, and may help to stimulate collagen growth while tightening and toning the skin.

Most people need to undergo a series of six to eight treatments in order to achieve results, and the procedures feel like a warm, deep tissue massage. VelaShape, VelaSmooth, Thermage and the Reaction by Viora system are available at many medical spas, aesthetic surgery centers and cosmetic surgery centers around the United States, and cost between $200 to $500+ per treatment session. Some medical professionals do offer a discount when the individual purchases a package of products.

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Reaction Body Contouring Device Receives Health Canada Certification

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 26, 2010

Today’s innovative cellulite treatments include procedures such as VelaSmooth and Endermologie, but these treatments typically don’t provide permanent results.

A new device that makes use of radiofrequency energy may soon become available at more medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers around the United States, and promises exceptional results with its innovative vacuum therapy and radiofrequency system.

The Viora Reaction device is a brand new cellulite treatment system that has recently received Health Canada certification. The device is designed with a CORE technology that delivers a combination of vacuum therapy and variable radiofrequency energy into the skin tissues, increasing blood circulation to the problem area and helping to break down stubborn fatty deposits that cause cellulite.

According to Viora’s CEO Josef Luzon, “We are confident in the Reaction’s ability to bring a true revolution in body contouring treatments and we are witness to incredible results every day.”

Patients who underwent the testing phase for the Viora Reaction system reported an 81 percent improvement in skin laxity and wrinkles, and a 55 percent improvement in the appearance of cellulite.

The procedure is non-invasive and most patients can expect to see results after just a single treatment. However, a series of treatments is recommended, as the skin can resume its original state within a few weeks without further intervention. The Viora Reaction device can be used on several different areas of the body including the legs, stomach, buttocks, face, hips and thighs. Most patients need to undergo at least six to eight sessions that last about 20 to 30 minutes each in order to see results.

The device has received FDA clearance in the United States, but is currently only available at select medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers around the country. In addition to undergoing regular treatments, the patient needs to eat a healthy diet and maintain a consistent exercise regimen.

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BellaContour Approved for Cellulite Reduction

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 28, 2009

42-15545867People who have lost a significant amount of weight, or those that live an inactive lifestyle are prone to developing patches of cellulite.

Cellulite can appear on the hips, thighs and buttocks after weight loss, but is not uncommon in people who are at a healthy weight. While massage treatments and exercise can help to minimize the appearance of cellulite, there is still no permanent solution for getting rid of the unsightly pockets of fat.

The BellaContour device has recently been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for enhancing muscular blood flow and reshaping the body. The device is designed primarily to target cellulite, and makes use of ultrasound therapy and muscle stimulation to achieve results. The BellaContour deviceis currently available at the Shapes Body Contouring facility, owned by Dr. Robin  Owen.

BellaContour  works beyond the top layer of the skin to deliver a micro-massage and accelerate blood flow deep under the skin’s tissues. It is designed with a combination of Dual Program Mode and Real Time Resonance Technology to treat multiple layers of skin in one session. This technology is coupled with an electrode system to produce better results.

There are no known side effects to this treatment, and it can be operated by non-medical personnel. The goal of these treatments is to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, improve the quality of the skin and reduce joint pain. It can be used on both men and women, and results are contingent upon the person maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine.

Since the BellaContour system is an aesthetic device, treatments are not covered by insurance. The average rate for the treatments is $2,500 for a package of 10 procedures, and the aesthetic surgery center may offer financing options for eligible patients. More information about today’s innovative cellulite treatments can be found here.

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“Real Housewives” Star Undergoes SmoothShapes Cellulite Treatment

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 27, 2009

RealHousewivesOCVALaunchApr09The SmoothShapes cellulite treatment is one of the newest non-invasive cosmetic procedures available in the United States, and has steadily gained popularity among women who struggling with unsightly cellulite on their thighs, buttocks or stomach.

Most recently, a star of the hit TV series “Real Housewives of Orange County” headed to the plastic surgery office to undergo a series of SmoothShapes treatments.

Jeanna Keough says she was becoming self-conscious about the cottage-cheese appearance of her skin, especially for pictures and close-ups on television. She’s been turning to Marina Plastic Surgery Associates in Los Angeles to take advantage of the benefits of this cellulite reduction treatment, and improve her figure.

SmoothShapes is one of the few non-invasive cellulite treatments that can help reduce inches and smooth out rippled and dimpled skin. It works with a combination vacuum device and laser heat energy that pulls up and stretches the skin and tissues, stimulates circulation, and strengthens the skin tissues overall.  This proprietary technology is much more effective than standard cellulite body wraps, creams and full-body massages that claim to reduce cellulite. The intensive massage action of SmoothShapes can be very effective for body contouring, and may also be beneficial for those who have undergone liposuction and are looking for an effective skin tightening treatment.

Although SmoothShapes cannot get rid of cellulite permanently, it can help to tighten and smooth out the skin so that the treated area appears more toned and firm. SmoothShapes cellulite treatments are backed by over seven years of research and clinical trials, and the procedure is currently available at several medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers around the country.

In a recent press release about Ms. Keough’s treatments, the TV star says she “feels much more confident in her body.”  An upcoming episode of Real Housewives will feature Jeanna talking about her SmoothShapes experience, and show off her results.

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Fat Transplantation May Reduce Cellulite

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 30, 2009

celluliteWomen of all ages continue to wage war against cellulite. The unsightly bulges and dimpled skin that results from trapped fat cells under the skin’s surface can prevent even the leanest woman from achieving a sculpted and toned appearance.

Since diet and exercise rarely eliminate the problem, surgery or cellulite treatments may be the only effective way to lose the cellulite for good.

The December 2008 issue of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal recently reported on an innovative ‘combo’ treatment that involves laser energy and fat transplantation for reshaping the body and reducing cellulite.  The technique can be used on several problem areas including the buttocks, thighs, hips and stomach.

The procedure involves heating up the skin with a laser device to trigger collagen production, the essential compound that helps preserve skin elasticity and naturally tightens up the skin.  For this study, the Nd: YAG laser was used so that the tissues could begin contracting and collagen production could occur at a rapid pace.  After the laser treatment, the surgeon would fill in the depressed areas of the skin with the patient’s own body fat; this helped create a smooth, sculpted appearance and virtually eliminated the appearance of cellulite.

The Aesthetic Surgery Journal is published by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and this combination procedure was listed as one of several ‘proven’ procedures for treating cellulite. Results of the study indicate that nearly 85% of patients enjoyed ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ results up to three years after the initial procedure.

Other popular cellulite treatments currently available in the United States include the Velasmooth non-invasive procedure, lower body lift surgery, endermologie and injection lipolysis.

The combination treatment is designed only for cases of severe cellulite, and is not necessarily a vanity procedure like Velasmooth and other non-invasive treatments.  The YAG laser does have its risks and drawbacks, and may not be suitable for all skin types.  Still, fat injections can make a significant difference in the outcome of the cellulite procedure.

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Water-Jet Liposuction May Help Get Rid of Cellulite

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 22, 2009

Water-jet liposuction was introduced in late 2007 by a German plastic surgeon, a procedure that dislodges fat cells using high water pressure while removing excess fatty tissue.  The technique was introduced at the Simply Aesthetic clinic in Singapore later that year, and many plastic surgeons in the U.S. have been paying attention to the progress and development of this unique technique since. Now, some surgeons believe that the procedure may be able to help patients get rid of cellulite, the stubborn pockets of fat that become embedded directly under the skin tissue.

Conventional liposuction techniques cannot get rid of cellulite completely because liposuction only removes fatty tissue around the muscles.  Some  liposuction patients report an increase in cellulite after fat removal surgery because the skin becomes loose, saggy and existing cellulite becomes more pronounced.

Water-jet liposuction works by breaking apart existing cellulite so that it can be reached easily with the suction device during surgery. The technique may allow some doctors to deliver a more precise and safer treatment, and also reduce the risk of developing unsightly cellulite.  The high water jets are applied around the fatty tissue and fatty deposits to turn them into a gelatinous state; the cannula is inserted just 5mm under the skin’s surface so that the surgeon can maneuver around the fatty tissues with ease.  This also allows the surgeon to get rid of all excess body fat while leave the surrounding tissues intact.

According to, water-jet liposuction may be a good match for patients who need to remove large volumes of fat but do not want to have dimpled skin after the procedure.  Since there is little trauma to the surrounding tissues, the skin has a better chance of healing and recovering quickly. The procedure does not require extensive anesthesia, and an be performed within a few hours.

The Body Jet system has been introduced to several doctors in the United States, and is proving to be an effective body sculpting procedure abroad.

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Beauty Report Encourages Eating Low Acid Foods to Combat Cellulite

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 15, 2008

alkalineGetting rid of cellulite is no easy affair for the thousands of women that have unsightly patches of cellulite on their thighs, hips and buttocks. Cellulite reduction treatments claim to break down the fatty tissue accumulation in these problem areas and improve circulation so that the body can stop storing fat and get rid of the toxins and waste tissues naturally. However, some experts say that the risk factor of developing cellulite increases with an inadequate diet.

According to Professional Beauty of the UK, cellulite can be the result of ongoing hormonal fluctuations where the body retains excess amounts of water and accumulates body fat on a regular basis. Many hormonal fluctuations related to pregnancy, the monthly menstrual cycle and even the shifts that occur while taking oral contraceptives can lead to the accumulation of toxic waste products in the body which can become ‘stuck’ in the tissues. Over time, this can lead to a number of side effects including tissue swelling and inflammation, but this process may also be the underlying cause of cellulite.

A recent report issued by Professional Beauty points out the importance of drinking water regularly to flush out toxins naturally and to eat a natural or whole-foods based diet that support the overall health of the body. Eating low alkaline and low acid foods is especially important for maintaining a healthy pH balance and metabolism.

The report lists a number of low-acid foods that need to be incorporated into every diet in order to reduce the risk of cellulite. Fruits and vegetables such as brussel sprouts, cauliflower, tangerines, tomatoes, raw celery, molasses, millet, green beans, cucumber and blackberries are considered to be ‘alkaline ash foods’ and may help control the amount of acid the body produces during the digestive process.

In addition to modifying the diet, the report encourages body brushing to stimulate the circulation and soaking in a mineral-rich salt bath at least once per week.


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Chocolate a Sweet Solution for Cellulite Reduction

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on November 8, 2008

chocolateMany medical spas and aesthetic surgery centers offer cellulite body wraps made with chocolate extracts and coffee grounds, as these promote circulation and help smooth out the skin.  Chocolate body wraps can help tighten and tone up the skin, and revive tired or aging skin that may be prone to developing cellulite.

Now, some experts are hailing the benefits of chocolate and clay body wraps to spot-treat cellulite and give the skin a more youthful appearance and encouraging people to eat more chocolate to stay healthy.

Chocolate clay body wraps are designed to be a decadent treat for the skin, and work by drawing out toxins from the body and increasing circulation.  This helps the body become tighter, firmer and may even result in several inches lost. The typical wrap treatment involves covering the body in a rich clay ‘mask’ and then wrapping cotton and elastic bandages around the skin for maximum absorption.  A sauna suit can then be worn to heat up the body and increase circulation.  After 45 minutes to an hour, the body will begin releasing toxins which then results in tighter, firmer skin.

The effects of a wrap help to break down fat and increase the metabolism – these are essential for smoothing out cellulite and releasing the trapped fat cells so that the skin takes on a firmer, tighter and more youthful appearance.

Body wrap treatments made with a chocolate base offer several benefits for women who are looking for a quick and affordable way to lose a few inches. Many are combined with caffeine, peppermint and other ingredients that stimulate the skin and increase circulation.

Dr. Robert Rey, otherwise known as ‘Dr. 90210’ points out that chocolate can be a healthy substitute for caffeine and soda, allowing women to get their ‘fix’ without experiencing bloating and water retention.  Healthy chocolate choices include dark chocolate and herb-infused chocolates that are full of antioxidants; these can help the skin maintain a supple appearance and may even help reduce the risk of developing cellulite.

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New Fat Removal Injections on the Horizon

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 11, 2008

While thousands of people continue to line up for mesotherapy and Lipodissolve injections to get rid of stubborn body fat, others are steering clear of these potentially dangerous fat reduction treatments in hopes of a safer, more effective procedure.

Researchers at Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. are testing the latest liposculpting agent called ATX-101.  This injection is designed to break down submental fat, and according to Keith Leonard, the President and CEO of Kythera, may soon become the best product for localized fat reduction.

Mesotherapy is a European non-surgical body sculpting technique that involves injecting a special concentration of vitamins, minerals and enzymes into the body to break down fatty tissue; Lipodissolve works in a similar fashion, but the ‘cocktail’ is a combination of phosphatidylcholine/deoxycholate (PCDC), plant extracts and alpha lipid acid. However, hundreds of patients have reported side effects including tissue swelling, bruising and even deemed these procedures to be ineffective.

Will Kythera’s product be a better solution for fat removal?

According to Cosmetic Surgery Times, an ideal patient for the ATX-101 treatment is someone who only has small, localized fatty pockets.  According to Dr. Patricia Walker, Kythera’s Chief Medical Officer,  “This product is not intended as a weight loss drug, but rather for subtle sculpting or reduction of small volumes of fat. Patients who are at or near their ideal weight, but simply cannot eliminate the fat below their chin regardless of diet or exercise would be ideal for this product”. (Source:

Testing is expected to end by early 2009, which means it may be ready for the FDA approval process as early as Summer 2009.  If it reaches the mainstream market, most patients will need a series of treatment cycles to achieve lasting results, and the procedure can only be performed by licensed dermatologists and plastic surgeons.

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