The Food and Drug Administration has approved two new methods to remove unwanted fat, Zeltiq and Zerona. The first method essentially freezes the fat off, while the other uses a low-level laser to zap the fat cells.
Zeltiq involves a gel patch that shapes itself to the body and then is connected to a machine that freezes the unwanted fat. The cells essentially self-destruct and are absorbed back into the body over a period of several months. The treatment was originally approved by the FDA to anesthetize the skin before dermatology operations. “At first it was a strange pulling feeling, a little painful,” said one patient. “And after about five or 10 minutes, you basically get numb.”
Zerona uses a low-level laser to “zap” fat cells, also forcing them to empty and disperse. The laser is applied to the target area for about 20 minutes, and the whole procedure can be done in under an hour. Unlike liposuction, the treatment is non-invasive, but there is a smaller body of research about its possible side effects. Because the laser is “cold” patients reportedly feel nothing during the procedure.
Neither technique is a replacement for a healthy diet and exercise, and neither is a weight loss method. They will rid target areas, like the hips, thighs, and belly, of excess fat.
Via ABC News.
September 18th, 2010