Noninvasive ultrasonic fat removal (NUFR) is patented technology that uses ultrasound to remove body fat. The system, which is a technological improvement on liposuction, focuses ultrasound waves to remove two to three inches of fat from the stomach, buttocks, thighs and other selected areas of the body. Ultrasound frequencies break down fat cells, essentially melting them. The body moves these fat cells out of the body. No surgery is required.
Ultrasound fat removal was the result of improvements in liposuction, introduced in the United States in 1982. With liposuction, a physician makes a small incision in the skin and inserts a tube-like device to suck fat out of the body. In ultrasound-assisted liposuction, water is inserted into the body along with the ultrasound to help liquefy the fat.
UltraShape, a proprietary ultrasound fat removal system, is available in 50 countries. Ultrasound fat removal technology is awaiting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in the United States. The FDA examines both the effectiveness and safety of a product. It requires complex clinical trials for innovative technology.
How it works
Pulsed acoustic ultrasound waves rupture targeted fat cells just beneath the skin. The sound waves emulsify the fat. Only this tissue is disrupted. The surrounding skin, blood and lymph vessels and peripheral nerves remain intact. No scarring is involved. It is used as an alternative to liposuction.
The destroyed fat, mostly triglycerides, is absorbed in the fluid between the body’s cells. The vascular and lymphatic systems move these triglycerides to the liver, where they are metabolized and excreted from the body.
The procedure is conducted without anesthesia and is painless. No recovery time is required. Since no surgery is involved, there is no swelling, bruising or bleeding. When the session is finished, the patient can go on with his day. No further maintenance is required by the patient. Drugs may be prescribed to assist the liver in its task of removing the dead fat cells.
Tracking and guidance software ensures that fat is destroyed in a smooth, uniform manner.
Liposuction can remove pounds of fat in one session. Ultrasound can remove only two or three ounces in a single session.