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Jennifer Matthews: Jogging helps 49-year-old Nancy Kelley escape the pressures of everyday life. But after years of running, there was one problem she just couldn't shake. Nancy Kelley: My son calls it a Santa Claus belly. The largest circles on the middle represent areas where there is increase fat and increase bulging for her. Jennifer Matthews: Plastic surgeon Roger Bassin offers patient like Beth Steel a new kind of liposuction. Dr. Roger Bassin: Liposuction is really meant for body contouring. It's meant for people who are typically healthy and who have trouble spots. Jennifer Matthews: Smart Lipo is a high-tech alternative to regular liposuction that uses a laser to melt away fat. It takes about 45 minutes and uses a local anesthetic, so patients can stay awake the entire time. Nancy Kelley: I don't feel whatever laser doing, hopefully getting something positive. Jennifer Matthews: Dr. Bassin begins by injecting the patient with liquid anesthetic. Then, he uses a laser to break up the excess fat. Dr. Roger Bassin: Everything the laser tip touches will literally melt the fat. Jennifer Matthews: While standard liposuction can leave patients with saggy pockets of skin, the heat from the laser shrinks skin around the affected area in 6 to 9 months. Dr. Roger Bassin: It saves her a scar all the way across her tummy for a tummy tuck. Jennifer Matthews: Once the fat has been fully liquified, Dr. Bassin simply sucks it out of the body. After treatment Beth is happy with her results. Nancy even went down two dress sizes. Nancy Kelly: This helps, and it also gives me incentive to keep going. Jennifer Matthews: Both women say that the $4000 procedure is worth it. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.
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