For a long time, liposuction has been considered one of the best options available for body sculpting and body contouring purposes. Recently though, a new technology from Sound Surgical Technologies has begun to challenge that assumption. The technology is called VASER Shape MC1 and it uses a combination of ultrasound and heat to enable body sculpting without the need for surgery. The system has begun to revolutionise body sculpting procedures and is increasingly being offered as a non-invasive alternative to cellulite reduction for those unwilling, or unable to undergo surgery.
VASER Shape MC1 is based on technology called MedContour that has been in use around Europe for several years now. The system comprises of several hand-held units that are capable of delivering high-frequency sound waves, heat and lymphatic massages to break-up and melt away fat deposits from under the skin. The hand-held devices feature different program settings that allow cosmetic surgeons to tailor their cellulite reduction treatments based on individual patient requirements. The settings allow physicians to use VASER Shape MC1 for everything, from gentle post-surgical massages to more aggressive treatments for cellulite reduction.
VASER Shape MC1 was approved for use in the U.S by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in May 2010. The FDA’s approval allows the technology to be used for treating minor muscle spasms and pains and for temporarily reducing the appearance of cellulite. The FDA approval also allows the device to be used in applications such as temporarily improving blood circulation in localized areas. Cosmetic surgeons have begun using VASER Shape MC1 for stand-alone cellulite-reduction treatments and in conjunction with other fat removal procedures. In stand-alone applications, patients are typically required to undergo a regimen of four to six localized treatments for cellulite-reduction purposes. When it is used in conjunction with surgical cellulite-reduction procedures, VASER Shape MC1 can help handle issues such as post-operative swelling and pain.
Non-invasive cellulite-reduction technologies such as VASER Shape MC1 have been growing in popularity because of their effectiveness and the fact that they allow patients to do body sculpting without surgery. Over the past few months, at least two other rivals have been approved for use in the U.S. by the FDA. One of the products is a cold liposuction technology called Zerona from Erchonia. The other product is manufactured by Zeltiq and is called CoolSculpting. Like Zerona, CoolSculpting too works by killing fat cells under the skin by freezing them.