Patients who are considering having cosmetic surgery to tone up may be interested in some words of warning issued by a surgeon in California.
Dr Scott Green, who works in Sacramento, warned against a new trend for lipodissolve therapy.
The treatment, also known as mesotherapy, involves injecting drugs into fatty areas in the patient in order to prompt fat cells to break down.
However, Dr Green warned: "It's reasonable for patients to look for a faster, more effective fat removal system, but the best plastic surgeons offer several liposuction options that can achieve reliable results without much downtime."
He added: "In my opinion, mesotherapy's potential risks are unnecessary."
The expert added that for problem areas, such as 'love handles' or 'bra rolls', liposuction offers the surgeon "a very high degree of precision to ensure the results look natural".
According to figures from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), the number of cosmetic surgery procedures carried out in the UK continued to grow over the past few years, despite the recession.
BAAPS found that 3,509 people in Britain had liposuction treatment in 2009, an eight per cent increase on the previous year's levels.
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