potential non-invasive alternatives to surgical body
contouring: mesotherapy (Lipodissolve), Thermage (Thermacool
or Thermalift) and LipoSonix are evolving rapidly and may
soon provide plastic surgeons with
minimally-invasive treatment options. Since they are
not yet sufficiently backed by clinical data, the FDA has
not yet approved them yet, though there are reports that
some surgeons are still providing them in the US.
Mesotherapy: It involves the injection of various
compounds into the skin to "dissolve" fat.
Thermage: It uses radiofrequency to tighten facial
skin for a "non-surgical face lift."
LipoSonix: This procedure uses a high-intensity
ultrasound device to target and destroy unwanted fat cells
while sparing intervening tissue and skin.
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these minimally-invasive techniques are being
offered with increasing frequency across the
United States, reliable data on their safety and
efficacy is lacking. Clinical trials are being
planned; including a study of
mesotherapy, and a study of the sonic
sculpting method, LipoSonix, by plastic surgeon
Peter Fodor. (Related:
Risks of body contouring)
considering any body contouring procedure must be
fully informed about any unpredictability of
non-surgical body contouring results, and their
expectations must be realistic, according to
plastic surgeons. As always, patients should seek
treatment only from medical professionals who are
qualified to carry out proper, clinically proven
therapies, particularly for these procedures that
are still not proven for safety.
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