Device and method for eliminating adipose layers by means of laser energy

  • US 6,206,873 B1
  • Filed: 05/28/1999
  • Issued: 03/27/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/13/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for the removal of subcutaneous adipose layers, the method comprising the steps of:

  • providing a hollow needle with a tip;

    providing a laser source with emitting characteristics for generating a laser beam having an intensity and a wavelength for causing lipolysis of adipose cells;

    generating a laser beam with said laser source;

    arranging an optical fiber inside said needle with one end of said optical fiber adjacent to said tip of said needle and with another end of said fiber connected to an output of said laser source;

    piercing the skin of a patient and bringing said needle tip into a subcutaneous adipose layer of the patient;

    irradiating said adipose layer with said laser beam to cause lipolysis of said adipose layer and rupturing membranes of cells forming the adipose layer, thus transforming adeps forming said adipose layer into a liquid substance.

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