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Lipolysis is a treatment used to remove localised fat and shape the body. Fat is stored in the body in cells called adipocytes. In liposuction these fat cells are sucked out.

Though this helps in fat reduction, it also causes skin laxity, as the skin never contracts in liposuction. According to Dr Vivekanand Bhat, cosmetic surgeon, Noble Clinic, it’s possible to get rid of excess fat with good skin contraction through lipolysis.

Laser lipolysis works by destroying the fat cells using a Nd yag laser. Once the fat cells are destroyed, they do not store fat any more and this results in permanent fat reduction.

What are the advantages of lipolysis over other fat reduction treatments? “It’s US FDA approved and unlike other treatments, lipolysis requires only one sitting and is not expensive.

It’s performed under local anaesthesia and needs no hospitilisation. There’s no need to wear compression bandages, has minimal downtime and patients can get back to normal activities in a day’s time,” says Dr Vivekanand.

Lipolysis has been successful in removing fat from male breast enlargement and other parts like chin, arms, abdomen, love handles, buttocks and thighs.

Is there any alternate to lipolysis? “The other option for fat reduction is medical lipolysis which uses a drug called lipostabil to destroy the fat cells.

This drug is injected into the fat area and destroys fat locally, thus shaping up the body. In our clinic most of our patients are extremely happy with medical lipolysis as results are seen from the first sitting itself,” he adds.

Lipolysis is not a solution for losing weight but it helps lose the fat which is resistant to dieting and exercising. Other treatments offered in the clinic include laser hair removal, hair transplantation , botox, fillers and radio frequency for skin tightening on the face. The clinic also has laser treatment for acne and scars.

Source: The Times Of India

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Now a vaccine to control blood pressure

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LONDON: British scientists have developed a vaccine which they claim will help people suffering from hypertension to control their blood pressure.

The vaccine developed by Cheshire-based drug firm Protherics has been successfully tested and is expected in the markets within five years.

The vaccine uses a protein found in limpets, a sea creature, to attack a hormone called angiotensin produced by the liver. Angiotensin raises blood pressure by narrowing arteries. The vaccine, however, turns the body’s immune system against the hormone.

It would need a course of just three jabs, with a booster every six months.

A booster shot every six months, or even once a year, would keep blood pressure low, the researchers said.

People who have tried it have suffered a few side effects, although one in ten did complain of a brief flu-like illness.

Protherics is planning trials of an improved version of the vaccine, which is ten times more effective at stimulating the immune system than its original formula, the Daily Mail reported.

“Improving compliance in this way could save thousands from life-threatening complications such as heart attack or stroke,” said Andrew Heath, an official of Protherics.

High blood pressure which affects a third of all adults doubles the risk of dying from heart disease or stroke and is blamed for 60,000 deaths a year in Britain. It is currently treated with pills with side effects and some patients simply stop taking them.

The Swiss firm Cytos Biotechnology is also developing a similar vaccine that uses an empty virus shell to spur the immune system into action.

Source:The Times Of India

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