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Shape Shifting

Physicians share their experiences with the growing range of noninvasive fat reduction technologies.
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In the five years since Zeltiq’s CoolSculpting device first received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the noninvasive destruction of fat in the abdomen, the medical aesthetics industry has seen an array of FDA-cleared fat reduction technologies enter the market. Each is designed to permanently thin down thighs, blast away back flab, whittle middles or slim chin chub with minimal or no downtime.

Next-Generation BTL Vanquish ME for Fat Reduction

A study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (December 2016) found that the BTL Vanquish ME (Maximum Energy) from BTL Aesthetics was effectively redesigned for more efficient and homogenous energy delivery to targeted tissue, reducing 53% more fat versus the BTL Vanquish. The BTL Vanquish ME, which debuted in 2015, is FDA-cleared for the circumferential reduction of the abdomen and thighs.

Fat Reduction Device

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Fat Reduction Device

Syneron-Candela’s UltraShape Power was recently cleared by the FDA for the noninvasive reduction of abdominal circumference via fat cell destruction. It uses focused, pulsed mechanical ultrasound energy to target and destroy fat, applied to the skin in a proprietary pulse structure to ensure effective fat destruction with no damage to surrounding tissue. The device features a lighter USculpt transducer that allows for improved maneuverability and customized treatment of large and small fat pockets.

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Alma Lasers Launches LipoLife 3G

Alma Lasers Launches LipoLife 3G

Aesthetic and surgical device manufacturer Alma Lasers is introducing the Alma LipoLife 3G, a third-generation liposuction platform. The device combines multiple modalities to address all stages of liposuction, skin tightening and fat grafting. It comes in a compact, portable and neatly organized system with all required tools and equipment, plus a complete set of accessories.