The MC1 device, from Sound Surgical Technologies, the makers of the Vaser lipo system, has just gained FDA approval for the temporary reduction of cellulite and has shown promise in body contouring. Dr. Mark Taylor of the Gateway Aesthetic Institute and Laser Center in Salt Lake City, Utah has this new technology and shared with us his experiences with the device.
Dr. Taylor is not part of FDA trials, nor were his patients part of an official study. "I just kind of took an unofficial look at the device and very carefully, with full disclosure we even had a big sticker on the device that said FDA approval pending," he says.
The MC1, is completely non-surgical, and patients are seeing an improvement in fat reduction and body contours. "You're using it for body sculpting or you're using it for the cellulite - or both.... Our ideal candidate is someone who is near their ideal weight and wants to reshape their love handles or their hips or their tummy for a modest amount of contour improvement, and I think that's where this is an ideal device," says Dr. Taylor.
According to Dr. Taylor, the MC1 can be used on many areas of the body. "We've used it primarily on inner and outer thighs, abdomen, love handles, fat rolls that are under the bra, we've used it on arms. We haven't really done much on face and neck because the ultrasound has the dual pads - a little bit big to try to massage the face and the neck area."
"The difference between this and the RF devices that are out there is that this uses high powered duel ultrasound heads that converge below the surface of the skin to produce a maximum amout of heat in the subcutaneous tissue. So these two beams converge like a V, and the point of the V, that's below the surface of the skin and that's where the maximum energy from both of the two dual pair converge. You get, well I don't know the exact number but, let's say you get about half as much heat through each of the entry points, but then when the heat comes together at the point of the V below the surface of skin, you have double the heat in the area where you would like to change the fat."
Dr. Taylor says that while the results aren't dramatic, patients are seeing a noticeable difference with the MC1. "I think we're giving mild to modest body contouring where we can actually see a difference in terms of the improvement of the localized fat area." He says that many of his patients are pleased with what they see after treatment. "I think about somewhere in the range of 65-70% of our patients are happy with their results. We don't necessarily demand that they do diet and exercise and all of that other stuff, because I think if you diet and exercise you improve body contours without any devices. These are people who are staying like they are, same activities, same diet."
The treatments are inexpensive at only around $250 - $350 for a 20 minute treatment on one area, but multiple sessions are required. Dr. Taylor says that it is possible to push the device, but there are risks associated with overheating the skin, so it's best to do repeat treatments. "Most patients we've indicated that we would like to do 4 weekly treatments. You might be able to push the device and do it in one treatment but I think you increase your risk somewhat if you're trying to do that." Dr. Taylor says that patients will begin to see the results in a couple of weeks, and final results are seen in about a month.