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Dermatologists Say Ultrasound Technology Best for Fat Removal

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on November 24, 2009

Current fat reduction and removal methods include a combination of exercise, maintaining a healthy diet and undergoing liposuction to remove stubborn body fat. While some people need to undergo stomach stapling and counseling to get their weight under control, many are better candidates for localized fat removal using liposuction and lipoplasty methods that remove fat cells permanently. Dermatologists that met at the American Academy of Dermatology’s SKIN Academy in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts claim that ultrasound technologies that promote non-invasive fat removal may be  a better choice for many people struggling with a few ‘vanity’ pounds.

According to Dr. Jeffrey Dover, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut and adjunct professor of medicine at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire, “There is a strong demand for non-invasive procedures that can address the concerns of people who are not considered overweight, but despite diet and exercise, have pockets of fat that bother them…while traditional liposuction and laser liposuction are invasive surgical procedures that are designed for overall fat reduction, new procedures are emerging that are non-invasive and showing promise in clinical studies for removing fat without the potential risks and downtime of invasive procedures.” (Source:

High-intensity focused ultrasound systems – that are currently not available in the United States – are considered to be an effective new technique for fat removal because they are capable of selectively destroying fat beneath the skin without damaging surrounding tissues or requiring any incisions. The ultrasound energy is able to deliver thermal energy into the tissues and dissolves the fat cells. The fat cells can then be eliminated out of the body naturally.

Ultrasound liposuction techniques are still being tested, but may soon become a viable option for people that want to target specific areas of fat without undergoing surgery.

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Laser Fat Removal Surgery Trials Prove to Be Successful

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 30, 2009

SlimmingFrom liposuction surgery to ultrasound and infrared fat-zapping treatments, Americans are always looking for new ways to blast away a few extra pounds and achieve their ideal figure.

While some of the infrared and ultrasound fat-melting treatments are under scrutiny by the medical community, liposuction continues to be the most effective way to get rid of unwanted pounds permanently. Now, researchers are looking into noninvasive approaches to fat loss, and have recently unveiled the results of a study that points to the benefits of lasers for permanent fat removal.

Dr. Molly Wanner of the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston recently published results of a study in the August issue of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine that shows the effects of laser treatments on destroying fat cells. According to the pilot study (read the abstract here)  laser radiation could be used to damage the fat cells and help them break down naturally, without doing any damage to the skin. The procedure involved exposing the treated area to high-powered laser while simultaneously delivering a cooling treatment to prevent tissue burns and skin damage. The treated area is exposed to the laser for only a few seconds, and were generally well-tolerated by most subjects. In this study, significant changes to the skin and fat cells in the treated area were reported in 89% of test sites, and 33% of control sites.

If this type of procedure continues to show positive results, we may soon see a new set of procedures available for permanent fat removal. Until now, there have only been some benefits reported with noninvasive treatments such as the Zerona laser system and VelaShape. Most people need to adhere to a strict diet and exercise regimen while undergoing these treatments, and results are not guaranteed because the fat cells are not removed from the body. With laser fat removal, the fat cells would be damaged and destroyed permanently, just as they are with conventional liposuction.

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SonoSculpt May Be Future of Non-Invasive Liposuction

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 26, 2009

battle-of-the-bulgeMillions of Americans continue to struggle with the battle of the bulge, but diet and exercise may not be the only solution for getting rid of excess pounds.

Innovative liposuction techniques that do not require extensive surgery are on the horizon, and the FDA is conducting several studies and tests to bring technologies such as SonoSculpt and UltraShape to the United States.  SonoSculpt is one of the latest non-invasive lipoplasty procedures that promises to zap away fat and smooth out the skin without a single incision.

The procedure has been developed by LipoSonix and works using ultrasound technology to ‘melt’ the fat beneath the skin.  SonoSculpt works by emitting high-energy ultrasound beams directly into the fatty tissue so that the fat breaks down within minutes.  The dead cells are then excreted body through the body’s natural elimination system, and the entire treatment does not affect the surrounding tissues.

SonoSculpt has been in its testing phase for several years, and it is still unclear how effectively the procedure can remove all fat cells completely.

According to LipoSonix CEO Jens Quistgaard, “It’s not clear exactly where the fat goes after ultrasound jolts it loose. LipoSonix and its medical advisers believe the body’s immune system responds to the disrupted site, digests some fat cells and deposits others into the bloodstream. Other fat cells may migrate to other body parts, while others are excreted.” (Source:

Still, SonoSculpt is joining forces with UltraShape as a potentially beneficial alternative to liposuction.  UltraShape has earned mass appeal in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Western Europe and may also soon find its way to the United States.  UltraShape also uses ultrasound technology to break down fat cells and tighten up the skin; the procedure has not yet received FDA approval, but Americans do have the option of traveling overseas to receive the treatment.

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UltraShape Questions Answered By ‘Good Morning America’ Contributor

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 13, 2009

UltraShape Fat LossUltraShape has been making waves overseas, a fat reduction procedure that is proving to be an effective way to lose extra pounds and inches – and all without a single incision.

Good Morning America contributor Dr. Marie Savard recently answered some questions about this increasingly popular procedure, highlighting several benefits of this non-invasive treatment.

UltraShape works by destroying the fat cells completely, which means the patient will not gain weight in the same areas if their weight increases at a later point in life.  This is similar to the results of liposuction, and Dr. Savard suggests that there “really is no reason to believe that destroying fat cells would cause any long-term or serious harm to people’s bodies.” (Source:

Dr. Savard also explains that the fat that is released is not significant enough to be reabsorbed by the body, a common concern for those considering UltraShape.  The liver and metabolism can efficiently shuttle away the excess fat in the urine or burn it up as energy immediately.  Patients still need to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen in order to maintain results, and UltraShape is not designed to be a quick fix solution for those who are overweight or obese.

UltraShape has been approved in Canada and many countries in Europe since its market launch in 2005.  It has recently made its way to Japan, and may soon be entering the U.S. market if it receives FDA approval.  People have been reporting outstanding results with no side effects, and the procedure may be particularly effective for people who are already at a relatively healthy weight but cannot lose those last few stubborn inches in ‘problem areas.’

Ultimately, UltraShape is another body contouring procedure that may help many people lose a few inches and improve their silhouette.  It is also significantly cheaper than liposuction, making it especially attractive to those who are on a tight budget.

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Cryolipolysis May Offer Alternative to Lipo

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 3, 2009

ice1While traditional liposuction and treatments such as LipoDissolve continue to be popular choices for getting rid of excess body fat, there may soon be another option:  freezing the fat cells until they die with a procedure known as Cryolipolysis.  The procedure is currently undergoing clinical trials in the United States, and was developed by researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University.

Cryolipolysis is a non-invasive procedure that involves freezing the fat cells to trigger the process of lipolysis.  A small plate-like device made by Zeltiq is placed directly on the treatment area and cooled to near-freezing temperatures.  This results in the breakdown of body fat, and the cells can then be flushed out of the body naturally.

Researchers report that this procedure does not cause damage to the surrounding tissues and blood vessels, and will not traumatize the nerves and bones around the area. states that the procedure is ‘more effective in areas that have a lot of fat than in leaner areas,’ and that ‘the natural biological inflammatory process removes dead fat cells over time and causes a reduction in the fat layer.’, the company behind the Cryolipolysis device reports that:

“Cryolipolysis is the non-invasive cooling of fat cells to induce lipolysis (the breakdown of fat) without damage to other tissue types. This novel technology is designed to enable safe reduction of fat tissue near nerves, muscle and bones. Cryolipolysis penetrates deepest in thick fat areas, tapering to less effect in leaner areas, which causes natural body sculpting.”

If the clinical trials continue to be successful, ‘fat-freezing therapy’ may offer a new option for millions of people interested in body contouring procedures and losing body fat without surgery.  Currently, there are only a few infrared heat-based treatments on the market that claim to deliver circumferential reduction (VelaShape, Thermage), and ultrasound fat reduction (UltraShape) is available in the UK and Canada.

Cryolipolysis may lead the next generation of fat reduction procedures and reduce the need to pursue extensive liposuction and fat removal surgery.

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SlimLipo Gains Ground as Alternative to Conventional Liposuction

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on November 9, 2008

While thousands of men and women continue to line up for SmartLipo and Vaser liposelection to get rid of unwanted body fat and enhance their appearance, there are some new options on the horizon.  Researchers have been testing and evaluating the ‘next revolution’ in liposuction with the SlimLipo procedure. This FDA-approved procedure is becoming increasingly popular around the country, and is only available at a handful of cosmetic and plastic surgery centers in the United States.

SlimLipo was unveiled in September 2008 and has been approved by the FDA.  It is considered to be a minimally-invasive procedure that offers patients of all sizes a chance to enjoy the benefits of body contouring and sculpting without excessive pain and trauma to the body.

SlimLipo works using a selective laser induced melting process where energy waves are emitted deep into the skin to melt the fat completely.  The laser targets the fatty tissue to break it down rapidly, making it easier for the surgeon to extract the fat without affecting surrounding tissues and blood vessels.

SlimLipo is currently available at select cosmetic and plastic surgery centers around the country, and performed under local anesthesia.  After the fat is removed, the technique also helps create a more tightened and toned appearance; this is not usually achieved with liposuction alone, and many patients who undergo conventional liposuction turn to VelaShape and Thermage to further enhance their figure.

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Contour Plus May Be New Alternative to Liposuction

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 31, 2008

While liposuction continues to be one of the most popular fat removal and fat reduction methods for millions of men and women that want to get rid of stubborn body fat, many turn to non-surgical treatments such as VelaSmooth and mesotherapy to achieve their ideal figure.  The makers of UltraShape, an increasingly popular ultrasound device available in Europe and Canada that helps dissolve body fat, have recently launched a study using Contour Plus, a body contouring system designed to sculpt and tone the skin while tightening up the skin tissues.

The Contour Plus device is designed specifically for patients who have localized areas of fat that cannot be treated with liposuction alone; it works using ultrasound waves that penetrate deep into the skin and help break down fatty tissues immediately.

Millions of men and women pursue fat removal procedures such as SmartLipo and tumescent liposuction to get rid of love handles, streamline their silhouettes and create a more contoured appearance.  However, liposuction often results in a ‘bumpy’ appearance or leaves behind loose skin that must be managed with skin tightening treatments that sculpt and tone up the skin tissues after the procedure.

The Contour Plus treatment presents a less-invasive option for smoothing out the skin and creating a truly sculpted, natural-looking silhouette.

According to Dr. Sue Ellen Cox, Medical Director at Aesthetic Solutions in North Carolina, Other body contouring devices are notorious for over-promising and under-performing such as the VelaSmooth which is used more for temporary cellulite reduction. This is the first real non-invasive device that can achieve a reduction of fat. The Contour Plus can actually be shown to disrupt the fat cells, so there is actually an objective change going on and not only a subjective change.”

(Source: Cosmetic Surgery Times)

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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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