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UltraShape Expected to Receive FDA Clearance for Contour I System

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 1, 2010

UltraShape Ltd., the makers of the UltraShape body contouring and fat reduction system, has announced that it has applied for a request for clearance of its Contour I system with the United States Food and Drug Administration. The company is seeking approval under the 510(k) regulation rather than as  Pre-Market Approval (PMA).  This means that the company may receive approval more quickly, because the submission and clearance process with the FDA will be shortened.

According to Assaf Eyal, UltraShape CEO, “The United States is the largest and most important market in the world and represents a huge opportunity for our products. Submission for FDA market clearance under the 510(k) regulation is a major milestone for UltraShape. The recent launch of our new third generation product, together with our efforts to gain regulatory approval in the Untied States and China, provide us with a major growth opportunity.”

The Contour I System is currently begin marketed in more than 50 countries in Europe, Asia, South America, North America, Canada and Mexico. The company has introduced several products to U.S. markets since 2005, and medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers around the world have treated over 175,000 patients.

The Contour I device works using focused ultrasound energy waves to disrupt the fat cells and assist with fat cell tissue breakdown, without affecting the surrounding structures. Contour I is a trademark of UltraShape Ltd., and has not been approved for sale in the United States.

UltraShape is a non-invasive fat reduction system that promises to deliver results in as little as two weeks after treatment. There is no bruising or swelling involved with this procedure, and no downtime. Some practitioners believe that this is the “gold standard” in fat reduction and body contouring, and can safely reduce fat deposits in both men and women.


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New Laser Lipo Technology Promises One Hour Procedure

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 2, 2010

Laser liposuction continues to be one of the most sought-after procedures in body contouring and permanent fat removal, but some plastic surgeons have taken the procedure one step further by using a special technique that cuts down on surgery time. Plastic and cosmetic surgeons across the country are promoting the “one hour liposuction” procedure that promises patients they can lose an entire dress size in just one hour and be back to work the next day.

Dr. Ahn Ngo, the medical director of Final Inches, is one of several surgeons to promote the procedure. According to Ngo, the minimally invasive fat removal procedure is done under local anesthesia in an office setting. “The laser stimulates heat in the area, which stimulates collagen production.” (Source: ABCLocal)

In traditional liposuction, the doctors must make several incisions in order to insert a cannula that breaks up the fat. With the advanced techniques available with laser liposuction, the doctor uses a laser-infused wire instead, which helps to liquefy the fat and also tightens the skin around the treatment area.

According to the Final Inches website, this special liposculpture procedure is capable of contouring and sculpting the body and promises permanent fat removal. It also boasts minimal discomfort during and after the procedure, and the patient remains awake for the entire treatment. The procedure can be performed on people of all ethnic backgrounds and with all skin types, and is most suitable for healthy men and women with a BMI ranging from 20 to 30, or those that are within 40 pounds of their ideal weight. The procedure also costs less than traditional liposuction. At Final Inches, it is priced at $2,500 to $3,500 per body area.

While laser liposuction does offer instant results, patients need to maintain a healthy diet and consistent exercise program to stay within a healthy weight range. Any weight that is regained after the procedure will accumulate in other areas of the body.

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Laser Liposuction Deemed Safer than Traditional Procedures

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 26, 2009

Laser liposuction is among the most innovative techniques available for individuals undergoing permanent fat removal procedure.

Laser-assisted liposuction helps to remove excess fat and tightens up the skin during the process, allowing for more precise body contouring and minimal downtime. Experts say that it is generally safer than traditional procedures and is a versatile option because it can be performed on the abdomen, buttocks, waist, hips and flanks. In addition to serving as a first-time procedure, laser liposuction can be performed on people who have loose skin from a traditional liposuction procedure to provide a much better silhouette.

Most laser liposuction procedures are performed using only local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. The procedure may be performed in less than an hour and requires only very small incisions in the treatment area. The heat from the laser helps to break down the fat cells and also makes the skin tissues around the treatment area contract. This tightens the skin shortly after the procedure and for several weeks after the procedure to improve results. The precision of the laser preserves the surrounding tissue and gives the surgeon more control over the fat removal process. Laser liposuction is generally safe for treating small areas such as the chin, neck and knees.

Since there is very little downtime or recovery associated with this procedure, most patients can return to regular activities within days after their procedure. These procedures are often marketed as “fat melting” systems and may use a combination of radio frequency energy and heat to create a smooth, contoured appearance.

Recovery times vary by individual and the size of the treatment area, but in most cases, the procedure involves only a few weeks or recovery and the patient does not need to wear bulky compression garments throughout the procedure.

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28-Year Old Woman Dies After Liposuction

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on November 26, 2009

A 28-year old woman from Redmond was busy making preparations for her wedding day and decided to have laser-assisted liposuction to improve her appearance.

Laser-assisted liposuction has been available in the United States for several years, and is among the most sought-after procedures for men and women that want to get rid of a few ‘vanity’ pounds and improve their silhouette. This procedure is attractive to many because it is less invasive than traditional liposuction that requires the use of general anesthesia, and the procedure promises lasting results with less downtime and a lower risk of side effects.

Sadly, Ms. Aura Javellana of Redmond, a healthy bride-to-be, passed away recently shortly after her laser-assisted liposuction procedure from the Sono Bello Body Contour Center in Bellevue.

Sono Bello claims that they have “ruled out the major risk and complications that existed with traditional liposuction by introducing the use of new micro-instruments and laser assistance.” The center promotes the fact that patients can walk and walk out of the center the very same day, and that they can even return to work and resume regular activities the following day.

Unfortunately, these claims did not hold true for the 28-year old who simply wanted to get rid of a few unwanted pounds before her big day. On May 26, 2009, Ms. Javaellana underwent a 3.5 hour procedure that cost $8,000 to remove fat from her abs, love handles and upper arms. She checked into a hotel to recover from the procedure shortly after the procedure, but by the next morning, she was dead. Maids found her when they opened the door to clean her room.

The King County Medical Examiner reports that it was the procedure that killed her, and she died from “acute lidocaine intoxication”. She had lost blood and body fluid from the 11 puncture wounds that were left behind from the liposuction tubes used in the procedure.

The Corporate Medical Director of Sono Bello continues to claim that the woman’s death was of no fault of the clinic.

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Custom Acoustic Liposuction Deemed a Less Painful Procedure

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 5, 2009

j0313990Custom Acoustic Liposuction is an innovative technique that has been used in Europe for several years for permanent fat removal.

The procedure was recently made available in San Antonio, Texas, and is offered at the offices of Dr. Thomas Jeneby. According to Dr. Jeneby, this technique can help break up fat much easier than conventional liposuction, and also causes much less pain than other fat removal procedures.

Custom Acoustic Liposuction works by pumping air via a compressor, and the tip vibrates rapidly as it passes through the fat between the skin and muscle. This makes it easier for the fat cells to break away from the skin tissues and get sucked through the cannula. The vibrating liposuction procedure takes about half as long as conventional liposuction, and is a relatively easy procedure for the doctor to perform.

According to the Custom Acoustic Liposuction website, this FDA-approved procedure uses low-acoustic INFRASONIC vibration to remove the fat cells, and the vibrations help to safely remove large amounts of fat from all areas of the body. Since there is no heat involved, there is no risk of burning the skin tissues surrounding the fat. The fat is aspirated while it is emulsified, which means the doctor can perform the procedure quickly and efficiently. This procedure can be performed under local or IV sedation, which also lowers overall risks linked to general anesthesia.

Custom Acoustic Liposuction was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration earlier this year in the United States. It has been deemed effective for removing large amounts of body fat, and also for body sculpting and reshaping. The system promises rapid recovery, smooth contouring, and fewer risks and side effects than conventional liposuction. Dr. Jeneby reports that this procedure is also “less fatiguing for the doctor”, which may mean that doctors can perform the procedure with more accuracy and precision.


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Founder of LaserSculpt Network Selected as Judge for Super Models Hall of Fame

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 2, 2009

Dr. Steven Victor, a cosmetic surgery professional and Founder of the LaserSculpt Network, has recently been appointed as a Blue Ribbon Panel Member for the “Super Models Hall of Fame” event. The event is directed by seven-time Emmy Award winner Gary Smith  to recognize the achievements of models in the past 60 years.

Dr. Steven Victor is a practicing cosmetic dermatologist in New York City and founder of the LaserSculpt Network of Physicians. He has treated many celebrities and models with his innovative liposuction alternative, and will now be working with the entertainment and media professionals directly as part of the judging panel for the event.

In a recent press release about the announcement of judges, Dr. Victor states: “I am honored to be selected to be on the panel with all the other talented people from other industries and I feel it is time we have a venue to honor the models of the past and present for all their work and their influence on fashion, beauty and society.”

Dr. Steven Victor has been practicing for over 25 years and was trained at New York Medical College. The LaserSculpt technique is an innovative alternative to liposuction that involves laser lipolyis to break down fatty tissues with ease. The FDA-cleared devices used to perform this type of liposuction are only available through doctors who are part of the LaserSculpt network, and the procedure promises effective results with minimally invasive techniques.

According to, the laser device used in the LaserSculpt procedure uses less energy to liquefy the fat cells, which makes it easier for the surgeon to remove the cells from the body. The heat from the laser device also helps to tighten the skin, so the patient benefits from a combination fat removal and skin tightening procedure.

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Stem Cell Researchers Make Use of Liposuction ‘Leftovers’

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on September 20, 2009

42-15627085Instead of extracting fat from patients directly for stem cell research purposes, researchers have found a way to make use of the fat removed during liposuction surgery.

A recent report in Scientific American points out that researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine are learning how to use fat cells to turn them into stem cells. Previously, researcher had been using standard skin cells to make induced “pluripotent stem (iPS)” cells for medical research. This process involved scraping the cells from the skin and then working with the cells for several weeks before preparing them for stem cell research processes.

Doctors found that it is much easier to use fat cells for this type of research because it’s easy to access the resource, and each liter of fat yields millions of potential cells that researchers need for stem cell studies. Fat stem cells are more suitable for this type of research because, according to Dr. Joseph Wu, co-author of the study and assistant professor of medicine at Stanford University, “We know that these fat cells are multipotent, which should [make it] easier to reprogram them.” (Source: Scientific American)

Using fat cells for stem cell research means the research process can begin immediately after the fat has been harvested. The fat cells are harvested via liposuction and can be put to use that very same day. In many cases, the turnaround time for these cells to be prepared for stem cell research is just two weeks, which is about half the time it would take for cells extracted from the skin, liver or other tissues.

According to Dr. Wu and his team, there are still some questions to be answered before fat cells can become the standard for iPS cell research. However, they could be the critical link for speeding up the stem cell research process and allow researchers to culture the cells they need at a faster rate.

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ASPS Deems VASER Lipo to Be New Standard for Body Contouring

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on September 17, 2009

CBR003523VASER liposuction is one of the newer technologies available for permanent fat removal, and has recently been reviewed by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

According to the results of a study published in the August issue of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal, the official journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, VASER Lipo is now among the clinically-proven procedures for fat transfer. The study suggests that VASER liposuction is indeed safe and effective, and can be used to plump up other areas of the body after fat is removed from another area.

According to Dr. Robert Schwartz, a plastic surgeon who owns a private practice in Dallas, Texas,
“The VASER Lipo System is unlike any other device in that it emulsifies the fat and removes it in small clumps of cells. This emulsion re-injects more smoothly and easily than fat harvested via traditional liposuction.” (Source: Medical News Today)

The study was conducted at Stanford University and involved taking tissue samples of both male and female patients who underwent lipoplasty of the abdomen, back and thighs. Researchers compared the tissue samples of those who had undergone VASER Lipo and suction-assisted liposuction on one area of the body, and found that there was no cellular difference between the two treatments. Consequently, they concluded that VASER Lipo can be just as effective as suction-assisted devices (traditional liposuction).

VASER liposuction uses ultrasound energy to destroy fat cells permanently. Since the fat is emulsified during this process, the procedure allows the surgeon to extract the body fat with ease. VASER liposuction can be performed on nearly any part of the body, and may be particularly effective for treating larger areas that have stubborn body fat such as the hips, buttocks, thighs and abdomen. More information about VASER liposuction can be found here.

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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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