Stop the presses! I've already found my Christmas present.
Yesterday's Wall Street Journal reported that Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. will acquire LipoSonix Inc. for over $150 milion. Why do I care? Because LipoSonix has this way cool machine that uses laser technology to break up fat cells and destroy them in the body. That's right--no more liposuction surgery. No fat-melting injections of who-knows-what's-in-the-needle. This is all on the surface. The machine kills fat cells without harming other good cells.
Only one problem. LipoSonix is not yet approved in the U.S., although it's used in Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain. According to WSJ, "The FDA has shown reluctance to allow body-shaping drugs and technologies because of uncertainty about how dead fat cells are metabolized and eliminated from the body."
Medicis Pharmaceutical hopes to start selling LipoSonix systems around 2011. But that's only if the FDA approves the thing. And that could be difficult, due to the clinical trials that will need to be done.
"Before patient treatment begins, the target body area is sprayed with water. The operator places a hand-held device on the body and then activates a scanning system with a foot switch. When the scanner stops, the operator repositions the device, repeating the treatments until the area is covered. It takes 35 to 45 minutes to treat a large abdominal area." Patients report feeling only "a slight tingling or prickly sensation."
Hey, I can take a prickle or two.
Anybody else out there willing to volunteer for the trials?