Devices for Weight Loss and Fatty Tissue

  • Andrew A. NelsonEmail author


Traditional methods for body shaping and weight loss include diet, exercise, and invasive liposuction. In the last several years, multiple novel non-invasive devices for body shaping and fat sculpting have been developed. These technologies include: manual massage, laser, ultrasound, radiofrequency, and cold exposure. These devices have become increasingly popular, as patients desire simple, safe, non-invasive methods to remove and reshape unwanted fat.


Non-invasive fat reduction Body sculpting Cryolipolysis Radiofrequency Focused ultrasound 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DermatologyTufts University, Private Practice Nelson DermatologySt. PetersburgUSA

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