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Noninvasive Body Contouring Begins To Take Shape

This article was originally published in Start Up

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Noninvasive body contouring is the hottest new trend in aesthetics. The concept of losing fat without surgery is both appealing and promising to patients, aesthetic physicians, investors and medical device manufacturers alike, and industry has been quick to respond. In this issue, we profile three device start-ups that hope to gain footing in this lucrative market.

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