UltraShape has become one of the most-talked about nonsurgical liposuction treatments on the market in Europe and Canada, but it has yet to make its debut in the United States. The ultrasound-based procedure that promises to melt away fat and contour the body has helped hundreds of overseas patients trim down their figures, but is still undergoing clinical trials in the United States.
UltraShape has recently published extensive scientific and pre-clinical research data on ultrasound technology in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal, an internationally-recognized publication that features the latest results and statistics about many controversial procedures.
According to a recent press release that quotes Spencer Brown, PhD, Director of Research, Department at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center of Plastic Surgery and the UltraShape Medical Advisory Board,
"This extensive research confirms that the UltraShape(R) Contour I(TM) system is the first non-invasive technology to produce a non-thermal focused acoustic field at a controlled subcutaneous target resulting in stable cavitation,"
Histopathologist reviewed specimens of dermal and sub-dermal tissue, including subcutaneous fat, demonstrated selective fat cell destruction with preservation of surrounding critical structures such as skin, blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. No epidermal or dermal changes were observed clinically or histologically."
This statement is the first formal declaration about the effectiveness of the UltraShape system for fat reduction, and points out that skin tissues and blood vessels around the treatment area may be protected from damage throughout the procedure.
UltraShape may soon be a convenient, affordable and effective alternative to liposuction, especially for patients who are interested in losing a few 'vanity pounds' or stubborn deposits of fat that have become resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction is currently the only permanent way to get rid of fat cells, but there are a number of risks and involved, including extensive tissue damage, swelling, bruising and dimpling.
So far, UltraShape has shown promising results for treating areas such as the abdomen, thighs, buttocks and lower waist. The claims made by the makers of UltraShape are now backed by some solid scientific evidence, but trials will continue on through 2009 for additional confirmation.
A short video about how UltraShape works and its potential benefits can be viewed here: