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Published May 13, 2012, 05:24 PM

New fat loss tools make staying trim a lot easier

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- People continue to opt for cosmetic procedures to stay trim without stepping in a gym, and as that demand grows, options for getting work done follows. Forget the knives, needles and suction hoses. Lazers and freezing machines are the way of the future of blasting the fat away.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- People continue to opt for cosmetic procedures to stay trim without stepping in a gym, and as that demand grows, options for getting work done follows. Forget the knives, needles and suction hoses. Lazers and freezing machines are the way of the future of blasting the fat away.

"Since march 17th my body has completely changed."

Amanda Tompkins started coming to Slim Ambition in March. Since then she has had 14 sessions with the I-Lipo machine.

Amanda: "It is targeting that area actually, that you physically want to work on and you see immediate results."

After having three kids, she noticed she had problem areas that exercise alone couldn't fix. Twenty minuets is all it took for this mom to drop inches.

Amanda: "I have done my legs, I have done underneath my arms you know, and basically it tightens, it gets rid of that subcutaneous fat, the giggly fat."

So you may be wondering how this maybe too good to be true machine works, Slim Ambition General Manager Mark Deraney researched it fully and says it is 100 percent safe, requires No surgery...no down time, and no pain..

Mark Deraney/Slim Ambition, general manager: "What the machine actually does is it stimulates the fat cells so it penetrates the through the skin, they stimulate the fat cell and that actually creates the same chemical reaction that your body creates when you need enough energy for your body to get to fat storage."

During the procedure 4 low level laser pads are placed on the target areas for 20 minuets. Deraney says the best results are seen after ten treatments.

Mark: "You should see anywhere from 3 to 6 inches in reduction, depending again on, you know your life style, you know are you doing the work out as aggressively as you should be, burning those 350 calories or so, are you making sure that you are watching your nutrition going forward, so that those fat cells don't fill back up again."

Although you do see fast results, each program requires commitment, you even have to exercise 30 to 45 minuets after each treatment.

Mark: "You have to come in multiple times, you have to do the exercise after the fact."

Cool sculpting is the other growing array of treatments that will jump start your body's ability to get rid of fat without going under the knife. The machine uses a targeted cooling process that kills the fat cells underneath the skin, literally freezing them to the point of elimination.

Veseda Hoff/Clinic Director: "It is able to get in there, grab onto that fat pad, freezes the fat, your body will then metabolize those dead fat cells gone."

Only fat cells are frozen. Your healthy skin cells remain, it does not cause nerve or muscle damage.

Veseda: "It is just getting the surface fat to reduce that actual bulge right there, so it is not dangerous."

Registered Nurse Veseda Hoff is the clinic director of Image Medi Spa in South Fargo. Hoff Says this fat loss procedure is for people who are within 20 to 30 pounds of their ideal weight.

Veseda: It is not for weight loss, you are not going to loose any weight with this, it is mainly for those fat pads that you just cant get rid of.

One Cool Sculpting treatment takes one hour, and has minor side effects. Deb Olson has had two treatments, one on her stomach and one on her back. Some of the side effects she has experienced are bruising in the area treated and slight numbness for three to four weeks.

Deb Olson/Shape up client: "Initially you feel that vacuum pressure, the first ten minuets are kind of uncomfortable, but after that you kind of get used to it. Once they take the applicator off they massage it to break up those crystals."

Olson says by looking at her before and after pictures and the way she now fits in her clothes, this sub zero procedure is well worth it.

Deb: "The results were awesome, like within five weeks I could tell the difference, in my belly, the way my clothes fit, it was unbelievable."

These procedures are not covered by insurance, a Cool-sculpting treatment costs around 15-hundred dollars, and a package for 10 sessions of the I-Lipo is about 2-thousand dollars.

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