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Breakthrough for zapping stubborn fat?

Posted at 9:00 AM, Feb 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-29 12:22:28-05
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - It can be difficult to fight stubborn fat, but could a breakthrough invention change that? 
 
The FDA recently cleared a new non-evasive method that blasts away fat cells. It's called Ultrashape, a new way to sculpt your body that diet and exercise alone can't tackle.
 
Sliding across Lisa Marie's sides is the ultrasound device designed to zap super stubborn fat.
 
Lisa Marie never considered surgical procedures -- like liposuction. "I am an active person. I just have fat that no matter what I do it just won't go away so I thought this would be a really great treatment," she said.
 
Dr. Alex Cadoux oversees the Ultrashape treatments at GreenSpring Rejuvenation on Skyline Drive. He says each 30 to 45 minute procedure is safe and there's no recovery time.
 
"Only fat cells are affected. Nerve, muscle, blood vessel are totally unaffected as is bone. So you can use it quite safely in any area of the body without risking destruction of other vital tissues," said Dr. Cadoux.
 
How does it work? The devise harnesses ultrasound waves that shakes the fat cells until the membranes collapse. 
 
Think of it this way. "If an opera singer is singing and resonates the wine glass -- it breaks," said Dr. Cadoux. 
 
With fat cells being pulverized, the question is -- does it hurt? "It's quite relaxing. What I'm feeling is a focused sensation. Just a warm sensation," said Lisa Marie.
 
And Corby Shields, who wants to reduce the fat around her knees, answer the same question -- does it hurt? "There's absolutely no pain whatsoever. And no pressure. No pulsing. It's kinda warm," said Shields.
 
Dr. Cadoux says no extreme heat or cold is used. These are the first treatments for both women -- more are required for the type of results you can see in these before and after pictures on the Ultrashape website.
 
"The results are definitely there. It's at least three treatments and people are noticing measured improvements with each treatment," said Dr. Cadoux.
 
But Dr. Cadoux says the fat zapping treatments are *not for everyone. He says it shouldn't be an option for very obese men and women.
 
"They many only lose about 5 percent and it won't be noticeable. They'd be spending money and not seeing results," said Dr. Cadoux.
 
The average costs run $2,000 to $4,000.
 
Corby never thought the day of blasting away fat would come.
 
"The perfect scenario that everyone's looking for instead of going to work out you just want to go in and it'll just fall off," said Shields.
 
We're tracking the results of these two patients. We'll check in again in the coming weeks.