New non-surgical procedure ‘melts away fat’ – but is no replacement for liposuction

16 July 2012

A new non-surgical cosmetic treatment which advocates say melts away fat is being used to tackle hard to budge tummies and love handles. The procedure, known as Liposonix, claims to help people lose a dress size after just a single one hour treatment session that does not involve surgery. According to Arizona-based board-certified dermatologist Dr Susan Van Dyke, the procedure uses ultrasound technology to destroy fat cells under the surface of the skin and is popular as unlike other cosmetic solutions, there is no downtime.She said: "You're melting a layer of fat. These cells are being killed in this layer and reabsorbed by the body slowly over several months after the procedure. "You're going to get a smaller waistline. The clothes are going to fit better." But while the procedure is quick, the results take a number of months to start showing. Use of the treatment has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration, but Dr Van Dyke admits that it is not a replacement for liposuction, which news website said she described as "the gold standard". A secondary effect of the treatment is that it encourages the body to produce collagen, which helps to tighten and smoothes out the area of the skin receiving treatment. See original story here: