Big strides have been made in the body contouring category - several non-invasive procedures such as Zeltiq, Zerona and VASER Shape have received FDA approval - making spot fat reduction without surgery a possibility. Of the three, only the VASER Shape has been FDA approved for the temporary reduction in the appearance of cellulite. Recently, Sound Surgical Technologies, manufacturer of the device, held their first annual photo contest in which Before and After photos of VASER Shape could be submitted for Best Results.
Actual Before and After Photos of VASER Shape by Dr. R. Laurence BerkowitzPatient Age: 34 yo, 150 lbs, Post 3 Treatments
From over 50 submissions, voting was made public and cast from physicians and patients who compared all the results to vote for the best results. The winning submission was from the offices of Dr. R. Laurence Berkowitz MD, who has been practicing plastic surgery for over 25 years and a Diplomate of The American Board of Plastic Surgery.
The VASER Shape hand-piece consists of two heads that emit ultrasonic waves aimed in a V trajectory that meet together in the fatty layer under the skin. The ultrasonic energy created destroys fat cells which is then processed as waste and naturally flushed out of the body.
The patient who won Dr. Berkowitz the best results for VASER Shape initially came into his office in Campbell, CA to improve the appearance of her cellulite and fat reduction in the area as well. She was a 34 year old woman who weighed 150 lbs and had fibrous cellulite on the back of her thighs and buttocks. "We recommended the VASER Shape because the heat from the ultrasound energy would disturb the fat cells of which cellulite is comprised of," describes Dr. Berkowitz.
"VASER Shape differs from other cellulite treatments in the depth to which the ultrasound energy penetrates is 1-5 cm," Dr. Berkowitz continues, "Therefore, by disturbing and destroying the fat cells and releasing the toxins surrounding the fat cells, the appearance of cellulite is smoothed out."
Since the patient sought fat reduction along with cellulite reduction, other devices such as the VelaShape or SmoothShapes would only address the cellulite. VASER Shape not only improved the appearance of the patient's cellulite, she also experienced fat reduction as well. "By destroying the fat cells in the thigh area, our patient lost over 1.25 inches around her thighs," states Dr. Berkowitz.
Typically, several treatments are necessary to achieve the best results. Dr. Berkowitz's patient underwent 3 VASER Shape sessions for the photographed results. Since the procedure is completely non-surgical, there is no downtime associated with VASER Shape and patients can return to normal activities immediately after treatments.
For more information on other cellulite reduction procedures, please see American Health and Beauty's Beauty Tech Reviews on Cellulite Reduction.