17 April 2013A cosmetic surgeon practising in Atlanta, Georgia is claiming that he and a team of researchers are on the way to achieving a liposuction method which eliminates the flabby and pale appearance of skin that often results from a traditional 'tummy tuck' procedure. Dr Abbas Chamsuddin, a radiologist at the Centre for Laser and Interventional Surgery, claims that the new laser lipolysis procedure helps the skin produce new collagen, the protein which gives it its tone and texture, while also removing more fat, and resulting in the skin looking tighter than before the procedure. "Many women who have standard liposuction are discouraged because often the skin sags after the fat is removed," Dr Chamsuddin said.He suggests that, by using a fibre-optic laser, guided by the use of ultrasound, the procedure can be carried out with greater precision. This enhanced form of surgery is also safe for use on many parts of the body, "and results in excellent sculpting with tight skin," Dr Chamsuddin added. "Traditional liposuction also has a limitation to the volume of fat that could potentially be removed," he said. But "we are able to give people things such as a tighter abdomen without the need for surgery," he added. His findings were presented to a recent annual meeting of the Society of Interventional Radiology. Regular follow-up appointments at one, three and six months after the procedure showed reductions in fat bulk as well as achieving tighter skin, reported website Dnaindia.com.