Laser Fat Removal Surgery Trials Prove to Be Successful

SlimmingFrom liposuction surgery to ultrasound and infrared fat-zapping treatments, Americans are always looking for new ways to blast away a few extra pounds and achieve their ideal figure.

While some of the infrared and ultrasound fat-melting treatments are under scrutiny by the medical community, liposuction continues to be the most effective way to get rid of unwanted pounds permanently. Now, researchers are looking into noninvasive approaches to fat loss, and have recently unveiled the results of a study that points to the benefits of lasers for permanent fat removal.

Dr. Molly Wanner of the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston recently published results of a study in the August issue of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine that shows the effects of laser treatments on destroying fat cells. According to the pilot study (read the abstract here)  laser radiation could be used to damage the fat cells and help them break down naturally, without doing any damage to the skin. The procedure involved exposing the treated area to high-powered laser while simultaneously delivering a cooling treatment to prevent tissue burns and skin damage. The treated area is exposed to the laser for only a few seconds, and were generally well-tolerated by most subjects. In this study, significant changes to the skin and fat cells in the treated area were reported in 89% of test sites, and 33% of control sites.

If this type of procedure continues to show positive results, we may soon see a new set of procedures available for permanent fat removal. Until now, there have only been some benefits reported with noninvasive treatments such as the Zerona laser system and VelaShape. Most people need to adhere to a strict diet and exercise regimen while undergoing these treatments, and results are not guaranteed because the fat cells are not removed from the body. With laser fat removal, the fat cells would be damaged and destroyed permanently, just as they are with conventional liposuction.

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Further Reading

  • Women already head to plastic and cosmetic surgery centers in California for innovative procedures, and body lifts, breast implants and liposuction have become a popular choice for those who want to improve their bodies after pregnancy.

  • Heidi Montag is no stranger to plastic surgery, having undergone 10 plastic surgery procedures in a single day back in 2010. The star has had breast augmentation, liposuction, multiple nose jobs, and several other procedures to become what US Magazine describes as, “an over-the-top version of her”. Montag reportedly won’t be going under the knife again and recently told Celebuzz that, “It was a lot more than I could have expected. I really hate talking about it now because it was so long ago.”

  • Kim Kardashian continues to shoulder rumors about having plastic surgery, and some people report that the star has had multiple procedures including liposuction, breast augmentation, and Botox. Kim has admitted to having Botox, as well as VelaShape treatments designed to treat cellulite and smooth out the skin. She reportedly undergoes laser facial treatments to maintain her smooth skin and ward off the effects of aging. But has she really gone under the knife for more extensive procedures?