What It Is: Using high-intensity focused ultrasound, this treatment literally melts away stubborn fat (our wish = granted), by focusing the ultrasound energy beneath the surface, causing a rapid heating of the fat cells. These melted cells are then absorbed into the body and expelled after a few weeks time.
Who It's For: This treatment is best used on those who have what Dr. Chapas calls a full dress size to lose. Best for those who are overall quite healthy, but who have stubborn pockets of fat, this treatment will help remove those bulges to create a sleeker, more streamlined physique.
What To Expect: The treatment wand is applied to your body to areas like the thighs, buttocks, or abdomen. There will be some mild pain, but Dr. Chapas says this can be managed with proper positioning and medication, where needed. If your pain tolerance is very low, your doctor may start you off on a lower setting. The enticing tagline for this treatment is that you can lose one inch, in one hour, with one treatment, which Dr. Chapas says has been consistent with the results she's seen with her patients. She also says that this type of treatment is the wave of the future: According to the Millenium Research Group, the non-invasive fat reduction market will grow by 42 percent annually through 2016 – nine times faster than its surgical counterparts.