Weight Loss: Fat Frozen Off – Harvard Surgery
Harvard University has been exploring a new non-invasive, non-surgical technique used to eliminate unsightly belly fat. They simply freeze it. This procedure (previewed by Dr. Oz last October on his show) can be undergone, it is reported, over your lunch hour and produces very little, if any, pain. There might be some discomfort or cramping.
What led Dr. Rox Anderson of Harvard to testing out this new procedure? He had discovered, through observing children who ate lots of popsicles, that fat cells lying beneath the surface of the skin can be killed with cold temperatures, without causing damage to the skin itself. He uses a vacuum-like device (that is now FDA-approved) that sucks the extra fat into it and freezes it. The fat cells then die over the next 6-8 weeks. The results are said to be remarkable.
Scientists say, at least for the present, that the technology should be used only for patients who are relatively healthy, have a little extra belly fat that they are uncomfortable with, and also maintain a good diet and exercise regimen. But who knows? With continued success and improvements in the technologies, it might be used for other patient groups. Naturally, we all have to wait to determine the long-term effects.