The Loh Down On Science

Can you lose fat without gaining loose skin?

Ever wished you could just "melt your fat away"?  Now you can!

This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.

Meet physicians at the Center for Laser and Interventional Surgery, in Atlanta, Georgia.  They're using a fat-melting laser to break down fat cells, then whisk them away with liposuction.

The procedure also stimulates production of collagen.  Collagen loss is what results in those middle-age scourges, "turkey necks" and "bat wings."  This addresses people's complaint that liposuction may remove their fat but leaves them with sagging skin.

The MDs used this laser-assisted liposuction on over two-thousand patients, ages seventeen to seventy-three.  Blubber was melted from, among other spots, bellies, thighs, and the areas doctors call "love handles."

Patients were followed up with for six months.  And?  Depending on the area, people had a thirty to ninety percent removal of fat.  There was also twenty to eighty percent skin tightening.  The main side effects?  Pain and bruising.

Oh well.  You know what they say: “Better to look good than to feel good.” 

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