Overview of Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction, and Body Contouring With Cellulite Reduction

Body contouring is a rapidly growing sector of esthetic procedures and dermatologic
surgery. Currently, liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures with
considerable research being conducted into devices that would facilitate fat emulsification.
The advent of ultrasound-assisted liposuction presented physicians with a great tool in
approaching more superficial as well as fibrous adipose irregularities. Additionally, our
increasing understanding of laser, light, and radiofrequency interaction with adipose tissue
is allowing for these energy sources to be used noninvasively to improve body contours.
This article will provide an overview of the vibration amplification of sound energy at
resonance third-generation ultrasound device for liposuction as well as the VelaShape
platform for noninvasive adipose and cellulite reduction. As body contouring technology
and coinciding experience grow, so will the ability to achieve the aims of more efficient,
safer, and cosmetically pleasing body sculpting.
Semin Cutan Med Surg 28:250-256 © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved

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