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Docs Examine Liposuction Alternatives

Tuesday, 07 Feb 2012 06:23 PM


Dermatologists are developing a variety of new non-invasive alternatives to liposuction for people struggling to get rid of excess fat.
The new options – including radiofrequency treatments to heat fat, cryolipolysis to freeze it and ultrasound waves to destroy it – are examined in a new report from the American Academy of Dermatology
“Fat cells are by nature very different than other cells, particularly in how they respond to stimuli such as temperature,” said Dr. Lisa M. Donofrio, of Yale University School of Medicine, in an AAD release on the new report. “Most of the new technologies recently introduced for fat removal were developed based on this knowledge and, as a result, can target specific areas of body fat using energy delivered as either heat or cold.”
According to the AAD release, dermatologists hope to target fat using the following techniques:
• Radiofrequency: This technology drives controlled heat energy deep within fat cells to destroys them. While radiofrequency has not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for fat removal, Donofrio said it holds promise for people with pockets of excess fat. Since there is no downtime with this procedure, patients can resume their regular activities immediately.
• Cryolipolysis: This new procedure, approved by the FDA, removes localized areas of fat in the lower abdomen or along the sides of the body by freezing the lipids in fat cells which then slowly dissolve.
• Ultrasound: Using high-intensity ultrasonic sounds waves to cause destruction and leakage of fat cells is still being investigated. Ultrasound energy penetrates the skin layers to target fat without harming skin or surrounding tissues.
“Although ultrasound is not FDA approved yet for fat removal, it could be another option in the future for people who want to target specific areas of fat without surgery,” said Donofrio. “At this point, more data is needed to determine its effectiveness in fat reduction.”


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