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Zerona Enters Northbrook Illinois Market

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on November 27, 2009

Nu U Medspa with locations in Glendale, Mesa, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Chicago, Naperville, Oak Brook, Schaumberg and Wilmette is one of the fastest growing cosmetic skin care providers in the network, and is now offering Zerona™  fat removal procedures for patients in the greater Chicago and Phoenix markets.

Zerona is among the latest innovations in non-invasive fat removal, a procedure that promises to melt the fat directly underneath the skin without surgery. The Zerona laser delivers treatments in 20-minute intervals and can be administered to several “trouble areas” including the hips, thighs, abdomen and arms.

Nu U Medspa is a non-surgical treatment facility that performs a number of ‘next generation’ procedures including SmartLipo body contouring, fractional laser resurfacing, IPL Photofacials, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion. All treatments are performed by licensed aestheticians, certified laser technicians and registered nurses, and every procedure is supervised by the clinic’s medical director.

The Zerona laser treatment promises a pain-free, non-invasive alternative to traditional liposuction and laser liposuction, and may be an attractive option for individuals who only want to lose a few pounds without surgery.

Other cosmetic and aesthetic treatments available at Nu U Medspa locations include LipoDissolve™, a minimally invasive treatment designed to break down body fat and reshape the body, and ContrAge™ procedures that help to tighten and tone the skin. For wrinkle removal and skin rejuvenation, the Nu U Medspa offers a wide range of aesthetic procedures including chemical peels, photofacials, microdermabrasion and medical grade facials. Several treatments are complementary, so some patients can benefit from booking a package or series of treatments for better results.

The Zerona laser has recently received FDA approval and may be an attractive option for those who have undergone liposuction and want to streamline their figures, or for those who have lost a significant amount of weight naturally and want to enhance their appearance.

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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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Zerona Laser Featured on Rachael Ray

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 13, 2009

The Zerona laser system has been in the spotlight lately as doctors around the country have unveiled this surgery-free fat removal procedure. Zerona is designed to remove fat and reshape the body without needles and promises little to now downtime. The innovative laser system works from the outside to melt the fat under the skin tissues and releases it into interstitial space. The excess fat is passed through the body through detoxification, and is designed to be a replacement to conventional surgery for those who need to lose only a few pounds and inches.

The Zerona laser was featured on the Rachael Ray show in September 2009, and the doctor performing the demonstration stated that most people could lose about 4 inches of body fat after a series of treatments. The procedure does not require any anesthesia because the low-level laser is administered directly onto the skin without causing any discomfort. Similar types of lasers have been used for over 40 years to treat chronic pain and help to heal wounds.

Zerona only works after the patient undergoes a series of several treatments, and these can be administered three times a week for two weeks. Each treatment takes about 40 minutes, and the laser can be administered to the waist, hips, thighs and other areas of the body.

Zerona is backed by clinical trials and several studies, and is currently available in several cosmetic surgery centers in the United States. The excess fat is removed gradually from the body a few days after the laser treatment, and is not designed to be a quick-fix solution for weight loss. The procedure is designed to create a shapelier, more attractive figure in a painless way. Some people may need to undergo more treatments at closer intervals to achieve significant results.

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Lipo-Vibe Technique Receives FDA Approval

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on September 12, 2009

Already widely used in Europe, the Lipo-Vibe technique has now received FDA approval in the United States. The technique is known as ‘Nutational Infrasonic Liposuction’ throughout Europe, and has been presented at over 100 physicians’ events around the globe since 1997. This innovative procedure makes use of 3D acoustic energy to help break down fatty deposits during the extraction process.

The gentle vibration and energy emitted by the Lipo-Vibe device is much less pronounced than the type of energy used in ultrasound-based liposuction, and the process includes a rotation and reciprocation that helps to safely remove fat from the body without damaging the surrounding tissues.  Lipo-Vibe does not emit any heat throughout the entire process, so unlike laser-assisted liposuction and other thermal-based fat removal devices, does not run the risk of injuring the tissues around the treatment area.

Lipo-Vibe will join the ranks of procedures such as SmartLipo, CoolLipo and other innovative liposuction techniques that can be used as part of a body sculpting procedure. The device can be used to remove excess body fat around common ‘trouble spots’, and is designed primarily for those that want to balance out an irregular body shape and get rid of a few stubborn pounds.

The device is designed with an automatic shut-off mechanism so that it cannot affect any muscle or skin tissue as the cannula makes its way into the body. This promises a more effective removal of both deep fat and superficial fat, and may help some surgeons achieve a more sculpted look. Ultimately, Lipo-Vibe offers all of the main benefits of conventional liposuction procedures, but may be a less risky procedure.

Since its introduction to the United States, Lipo-Vibe is only available in select markets around the country. As demand for the procedure increases, this technique may soon be available at a cosmetic surgery center in all the major metro areas.

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Doctor Promises Painless Lipo with Anesthesia Cocktail

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 10, 2009

42-15627085One of the most common reasons why people refrain from undergoing liposuction or other types of plastic surgery is the pain involved.  Doctors often need to use general anesthesia to numb the entire body during the procedure, and patients need to take painkillers and other drugs to manage the pain during the recovery process.

However, one doctor claims that he can help patients get the fat removal treatment they need, without enduring pain.  He promises to take away a few inches from the waistline without scarring, and with little to no pain with a unique anesthesia ‘cocktail’ he’s developed.

Dr. Iacob Marcovici claims that his patients need “about two days and they are back to work. Two days and they are back to the gym.”

How does he do it?

Dr. Marcovici uses a special technique and local anesthetic.  He makes small holes or punctures in the skin, and inserts very small needles into key areas where the fat will be extracted from.  The needles are used instead of a scalpel that often causes excessive scarring. These holes can then be used to extract the fat, and the small scars created from the punctures heal up very quickly. Since there are no extensive incisions involved, the skin does not need to be prepared with saline and other fluids that are used in the conventional liposuction procedure to limit damage to the surrounding tissues and blood vessels.

The doctor uses only local anesthetic to perform the procedures, so the patient is comfortable and doesn’t feel a thing as the procedure is performed. The doctor has named this technique ‘no pain liposuction’, and promises patients that they can resume regular activities within a few days.  This technique is very different from today’s innovative procedures including SmartLipo and VASER, and other doctors may soon follow suit.

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Combination Liposuction with SmartLipo Offers Promising Results

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 17, 2009

Liposuction continues to be one of the most effective fat removal and weight loss solutions for many, but more and more doctors are steering clear of conventional liposuction in favor of innovative treatments that involve lasers and heat energy.

Smartlipo is one of the latest innovations in fat removal surgery, a lipo procedure that works by melting the fat cells before removal. The liquefying of the cells actually makes it easier for the surgeon to remove the fat efficiently, and reduces the risk of trauma around the skin’s tissues.

Now, doctors are saying its best to use a combination of Smartlipo and traditional liposuction when performing body contouring procedures. Even patients who are undergoing breast augmentation, facelift surgery or tummy tucks can benefit from a combination of Smartlipo and regular fat removal techniques. The combination procedures can address multiple areas, and the surgeon will have more control for smaller areas with the laser lipolysis.

Dr. David Stoker, a plastic surgeon from Marina Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles, explains that people used to stay away from combination procedures in fear or the risks. However, recent studies show that combination plastic surgery is actually less risky than previously thought, and it can even more cost-effective, in some cases.

It’s important to understand that some people do not get the results they want after undergoing just one liposuction procedure, and may return to the same doctor for additional skin removal procedures, fat grafting, dermal fillers and skin tightening treatments in order to achieve their ideal look. Combination surgeries would help the surgeon integrate a variety of techniques and procedures so the patient would not need to return for subsequent treatments.

Dr. Stoker points out that every patient requires a different approach, but he’s had significant success with using a combination of Smartlipo laser lipolysis, conventional liposuction and other procedures that create better results.


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Laser Liposuction Could Be Best Investment During Tough Economy

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 6, 2009

42-15440756While many people are choosing to fore go cosmetic or plastic surgery during the economic recession, others are finding ways to finance more affordable treatments.  Some of the most affordable procedures include laser liposuction, Botox injections and other dermal fillers that create the appearance of a facelift.

Doctors Elizabeth Hagberg and Mark Hagberg, owners of the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic in Edina, Minnesota say that laser-assisted liposuction is still a popular procedure during these tough economic times.  (Source:

These lipo procedures have many advantages over conventional liposuction, and although pricey, may be the best investment for those who want to improve their appearance for their career, or to increase self-confidence and self-esteem.

ProLipo, SmartLipo, Vaser Liposelection Slim Lipo and CoolLipo are the brand names of this innovative procedure that works by liquefying the fat before extraction.  This process reduces the risk of damage to the surrounding tissues, blood vessels and nerves, and also leads to a quick recovery time.  These procedures also stimulate collagen production under the skin which makes the skin tighter and firmer.  For individuals who are worried about loose, hanging skin after fat removal, these procedures have a built-in tightening effect so the result is a smoother, more contoured appearance.

Laser-assisted liposuction is also less costly than traditional liposuction because there are no operating room charges involved, and an anesthesiologist is not necessary.  These costs alone can be upward of $2,000, so the savings may make this procedure a worthwhile investment for those who want to get rid of excess body fat.

The recovery process involves rest for up to a week after the procedure, but most patients can resume normal activities within days.  The area being treated is numbed with general anesthetic, and pain or discomfort can be managed with painkillers.  Overall, the procedure is less traumatic than conventional liposuction and results can be seen immediately.

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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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