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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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Losing Fat with Liposuction Does Not Improve Cardiovascular Health

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 30, 2009

BBE084Liposuction continues to be one of the leading methods for permanent fat removal, and is generally not recommended for extensive weight loss.

However, many patients undergo liposuction to lose excess weight and make natural weight loss easier.  Individuals who are between 10 to 30 pounds overweight may benefit from a liposuction procedure that gets rid of fat cells permanently and reduces their weight to a healthy level.

However, few people will actually improve their cardiovascular health from doing so.
According to Matica Haeaner, M.A., getting rid of fat cells does not necessarily mean that the body becomes healthier.  Fat cells secrete hormones that play a role in insulin sensitivities, appetite and the metabolism.  In 2007, the journal Obesity Reviews also identified the first fat hormone and proteins that are present within the cell, which means that the body must undergo several chemical changes to accommodate for these compounds and they directly affect the endocrine system.

A 2008 report in the Obesity journal also supports the theory that overall health does not improve with liposuction: “A 2008 study in the journal Obesity monitored formerly obese women who had had liposuction that resulted in a 20-pound loss of fat. An initial study looked at 15 of these women about 10 weeks after the lipo. Despite losing around 16 percent of their total body fat, and around 23 percent of their abdominal fat, there was no improvement seen in their coronary disease risk factors such as insulin resistance, cholesterol levels, blood pressure and insulin sensitivity.” (Source: MSN Health)

What this means is the body is in a different state when it has stored fat cells, and that when these fat cells are simply sucked out with liposuction, the body will now be out of balance.  One of the ways it can correct this imbalance is to start restoring the ‘lost’ fat by depositing fat elsewhere in the body.  It is not uncommon for individuals who get liposuction to remove abdominal fat, find that they are gaining weight around their hips and thighs.  The ‘set point’ theory about body weight may also support the fact that fat will be stored outside of the treated site so that the body can maintain its natural equilibrium.

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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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LipoSonix May Be Future of Surgery-Free Liposuction

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 19, 2008

While ultrasound technology for liposuction is already showing promising results overseas, the U.S. is still waiting for further testing before unveiling it at body contouring centers across the country.

UltraShape continues to enjoy ongoing success in the U.K. and Australia. It is an ultrasound-based lipo procedure that helps break down fat cells and reshape the body without surgery, needles or anesthesia. UltraShape works by emitting powerful ultrasound energy waves into the skin tissues and breaking down the fat cells – all without damaging the surrounding tissue and skin.

LipoSonix may be the U.S. version of UltraShape, and the makers of this system plan to launch it in the U.S. by 2011. LipoSonix is a 100% non-invasive procedure that reaches deep within the skin’s layers to break down trapped fat cells. Since there is no cannula involved to vacuum out the fat, patients can return to regular activities immediately after treatment. The fat cells are eliminated through the body’s lymphatic system, and most people will see results after a series of treatments.

Medicis recently announced its purchase of LipoSonix for $150 million, and is ready to pay another $150 million if LipoSonix receives FDA approval. LipoSonix may soon join several ultrasound liposuction treatments available around the globe, but Americans will need to wait a few years – or travel overseas – to enjoy the benefits of incision-free liposuction.

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