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Reporter: Suzanne Boyd

If you wanted fat removed, liposuction has been the procedure of choice.

But what if we told you, you could get similar results with no anesthesia, no pain and no downtime?

A local plastic surgeon says he has the latest technology that's showing impressive results.

It's called Accent, and Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon Kevin Shaw has been impressed. "Accent is a technology which involves using radiofrequency energy to shrink skin and reduce fat cells."

Fifty-two-year-old Donna Roberts wants to shrink the fat cells on her stomach. But the working mom of two grown boys didn't want to be put out or have any down time from work. "I understand that lipo is a little uncomfortable, and it's a six to eight weeks healing process. With the Accent, it's not."

The device actually treats two layers of the skin. "The bipolar handpiece treats the superficial skin to cause shrinking and the unipolar goes deeper to cause collagen rebuilding and remodeling," explains Shaw.

And after three treatments, Donna is pleased with the results. And it doesn't just work on stomachs, you can shrink your thighs, face and anywhere on the body. And it works on any skin type. "Sometimes, it feels warmer in other spots which is normal."

The only side effects, you may be be a little red and dehydrated after the treatment, and Dr. Shaw says there might be a risk of burning the skin if an untrained person uses the device.

But, he says, the risks are low and the payoffs are great. "I really try to be circumspective about the new things that come out and just try to get the things that I do believe work, and I'm impressed with this, and the patients seem to be very pleased with the results."

Dr. Shaw says radiofrequency technology has been around for awhile. You may have heard of Thermage, but, he says, Accent is different because it treats a deeper layer of skin.

It costs anywhere from $500 to $1,000 per treatment. And, he says, most people see results with two to three treatments.

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