Las Vegas – At the fall edition of The Cosmetic Bootcamp (CBC), Susan Van Dyke, M.D., explained the technological breakthrough that has made ultrasound-based fat reduction and body contouring more comfortable for patients.
The hand-held UltraShape device works through cavitation, an acoustic-mechanical means of killing fat cells. “There’s not a lot of heat,” said Dr. Van Dyke. “The ultrasound waves are disrupting the fat cells by mechanically vibrating them.”
UltraShape is FDA-cleared for noninvasive reduction of abdominal circumference via fat cell destruction. Patients find the treatment fairly comfortable, she said, with only one patient of 70 reporting severe pain in pivotal trials of the device. In her experience, “Patients find it very worthwhile. It does not require a high number of treatments.” Most physicians recommend 3 sessions.
Nevertheless, she added, “There are many ways you can achieve the same results. The SculpSure has no vacuum involved. So when it first came out, that was a plus because you could treat flat areas,” using panels that can be assembled in different arrays to cover the area. “The abdomen and flanks are most amenable to it. SculpSure uses heat rather than cooling and requires multiple treatments.” Dr. Van Dyke is a Paradise Valley, Arizona-based dermatologist.
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