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FDA Approves Fat Shrinking Device

12:03 PM, Dec 7, 2007   |    comments
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By Marianne Favro KNTV/NBC News Channel Michelle Clement would love to kiss her cellulite goodbye, but like most women, she finds exercise alone isn't cutting it. "I work out but it still doesn't tighten up the areas I'm concerned about," she explained. So she came to try Velashape. It's a new FDA-approved device that promises no surgery and no downtime. It uses radio frequency and infrared energy to reduce the appearance of cellulite. It also uses these mechanical rollers and vacuum suction. "What this machine does is increase the metabolism of fat cells to shrink them so they're still in the area but the dimpling effect will be decreased because the size of the fat pockets are smaller," explained Dr. Iris Gin. Michelle is also getting a treatment on her flank, the area that sometimes spills over the top of your jeans. She's happy with the results. "I noticed on the flank area that it went down significantly. I was really impressed." Velashape can also be used to tighten up the stomach area and tone skin. The procedure lasts about thirty minutes and most patients need four treatments to see results. Dr. Gin says Velashape is best for people like Michelle who are close to their ideal body weight who plan to maintain their results with a healthy diet and regular exercise. It's not cheap. Four sessions cost roughly $2,000.

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