NOVEMBER 19, 2008 -- Eleme Medical, developer of aesthetic body-contouring technology, has launched its SmoothLipo in the US. The laser device, offering an alternative to liposuction, promises effective body reshaping without major surgery, and consistently smooth and visibly tight results. Minimally invasive laser-assisted lipolysis contours the body by treating local fat deposits. SmoothLipo is recommended for areas where skin laxity is a concern and the patient desires firmer, smoother-looking skin: neck, arms, knees, abdomen, thighs and hips, for instance.
"The SmoothLipo device is a significant advance in the field of body contouring as it helps patients achieve localized fat reduction as well as optimum skin tightening," said Dr. Cheryl Karcher, Manhattan-based, board-certified dermatologist who is an expert in body fat reduction techniques and lipo technologies. "I also like the decreased patient risk profile of the treatment compared to earlier laser lipolysis options. This laser is continuous wave which means there is less chance of the patient experiencing thermal injuries."
The SmoothLipo device uses an advanced form of laser lipolysis, which uses thermal energy to break down fat cells and tighten skin in the treated areas as demonstrated by three years of clinical and research experience. The breakthrough science includes the use of a 980-nm continuous wave laser, which creates greater body-shaping uniformity while allowing for a gentler effect on surrounding skin tissue, resulting in faster recovery time and less risk of patient complications.
"Plastic surgeons have been getting excellent results with traditional liposuction for more than three decades. I've investigated a number of techniques and technologies that showed minimal if any improvements over traditional liposuction techniques. In SmoothLipo studies, and in my experience with the device, it appears to stimulate skin tightening thereby adding to the benefits patients can get from a laser lipolysis procedure. Patients who may have required more extensive surgical lifts with skin laxity can have this much less extensive procedure and see more benefits than liposuction alone," said Dr. Miles Graivier, Atlanta-based board certified plastic surgeon and body shaping expert.
During SmoothLipo, laser energy is delivered under the skin to the treatment area where it is transformed into heat. The heat creates higher temperatures in the fat cells, which results in their irreversible breakdown. The elevated temperature also shrinks collagen fibrils and stimulates new collagen production in the surrounding tissue, causing the appearance of tighter and smoother-looking skin. Both processes continue for several months following SmoothLipo treatment. The procedure is fast and any area of the body can be treated.