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Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Fat Melting Laser

Losing weight in minutes; getting that body you've always wanted. Science has now caught up with the dreams of dieters to be able to lose weight without the effort. Doctors are now able to use high tech lasers to melt away your fat and literally sculpt your skin. It's called smart lipo and it could be the future of weight loss. 

Lucy Skylar is in good shape for a 60 year-old grandmother.

"I work out a lot and i've been working hard at it."

But despite the hard workouts she's unhappy with how her arms look.

"It's a meltdown, ha ha."

She's also unhappy with her abdomen and thighs, but plastic surgeons Doctor Alan Jacobson and Doctor Neil Zemmel of Jupiter have the high tech solution: laser lipo, better known as smart lipo.

Jacobson: "It does not require any incisions other than a small needle stick."

Zemmel: "The recovery time has been even better than we anticipated patients are typically back to work within 2 to 3 to 4 days. "

We were invited into the operating room, watching as Lucy's body changed before our eyes. See the red glow under the skin? That's the laser at work. Hear that gurgling? That's the fat melting. It's then suctioned out of the body. 2 liters were taken out Lucy.

"The problem with traditional liposuction is the possibility of a loss of a lot of blood but as you can see here there is hardly any blood loss at all, making this procedure a lot safer."

But the best part of smart lipo is what it does to the skin. It literally makes it shrink back into shape.

Jacobson: "It causes contraction of their skin which is something prior to this technique developed really was unavailable to us."

So here she is. Lucy before, and now 6 weeks after the surgery. Noticed the skin on her arms. It's thinner. And a lot tighter. With traditional lipo that extra skin would have been surgically removed.

"I'm happy about it. I feel a little bit younger. Ha ha. That's what we're chasing right??"

Men are also flocking to have this procedure. Some are turning their flabby abs into 6 packs.

"We have a waiting list."

People are willing to wait because of the faster healing time, less pain, and better results. Patients like Lucy are turning back the clock and getting the bodies they've always wanted. thanks to this small laser.

Smart Lipo is more expensive than traditional liposuction. There are a few reasons for that: one the equipment is more expensive and there are only a handful of doctors who are now offering this cutting edge procedure.
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