Make mine a liposuction "lite"
August 22, 2012
If you're fit, relatively trim but can't shake that last trouble spot, then liposuction "lite" might do the trick. Self magazine, August 2012, reports on new noninvasive technological devices that use hot and cold to wipe out fat.
One such device is Zerona, which uses low-level lasers applied in multiple sessions. Zerona creates a temporary hole in fat cells, so the fat leaks out. It is a totally painless process but there is a downside: overeating may replump some of the fat cells, so you could gain the weight back over time.
Another device, Liposonix, which uses ultrasound energy to dissolve small areas of fat, is used to achieve "sundress ready arms." Liposonix focuses energy, as a magnifying glass does sunlight, to destroy fat at a pinpoint that is beneath your skin but above the muscle tissue. The downside is that you may have bruising or redness that can last up to a week. Also, as with other fat blasters, the fat can come back in some weird places, like the bra line, neck and armpits.
You can literally freeze off your fat with Zeltiq's CoolSculpting. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), research on frostbite shows that fat cells freeze before skin does. This research cleared the way for cryolipolysis, such as Zeltiq's CoolSculpting, which presses your tummy “pooch” between two cold panels for up to two hours, destroying fat cells. But, stay on your diet; the fat can come back in other areas.
There are also some new devices that firm skin. Ultrasound uses heat to reshape collage, firming skin on the surface. Ultratherapy, which is FDA approved for the face, firmed the foreheads of 86 percent of women after 3 months (according to a study) with effects that may persist up to three years. The Apollo Tripollar system flattens cellulite with a magic wand issuing heat waves from radio frequency energy.
All these technologies are only as good as the hands that wield them, and you need an expert opinion about whether or not you're a good candidate. Consult with a board-certified surgeon in an appropriate specialty who has a significant history of using the technology you’re interested in.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International active members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.
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