A study published in the April issue of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine reports  that treatments performed using the UltraShape Contour I—a noninvasive body-contouring system used for reducing unwanted fat deposits—produced a 100% response rate with a mean reduction in fat thickness of 2.28±0.80 cm and a mean reduction in circumference of 3.95±1.99 cm.

“In the past, the only way to achieve dramatic improvement in body silhouette was by removing local fat deposits through liposuction or other more invasive surgical procedures. Those procedures, however, have major drawbacks,” says Javier Moreno-Moraga, MD, a plastic surgeon at the Instituto Medico Laser in Madrid, Spain.

“What we have found through this study is that the use of focused ultrasound using the UltraShape Contour I system in appropriate patients could be considered the noninvasive, no downtime alternative to conventional liposuction for people who choose not to or cannot undergo more invasive approaches to body contouring.”

The study, “Body Contouring by Non-Invasive Transdermal Focused Ultrasound,” included 30 patients who underwent three treatments at 30-day intervals using the device. The study included treatments on the abdomen, flanks, thighs, knees, and pseudogynecomastia.

The results showed a 100% response rate with no adverse effects on patients following the treatments. As a control, weight loss was monitored to ensure that the results were not due to weight loss.

[UltraShape Inc, April 9, 2007]