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COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. (FOX13) -

What if we told you, you could lose inches off your tummy without a tummy tuck, liposuction or any side effects?

One nurse in Collierville says you can, thanks to a new FDA approved procedure called Liposonix.

On the web: Liposonix.com

"I just wanted to lose that little pooch," said Amber Skouteris.

When diet and exercise didn't do the trick, Skouteris decided to give Liposonix a try.

It promises: one treatment, one hour, one size smaller.

It looks like you're getting an ultrasound during the procedure. In fact, a high intensity focused ultrasound is rubbed over your problem area.

"The heat goes down into the cell and destroys the fat cell and your body will filter out the fat cells," said nurse practitioner Kate Gassaway.

We asked Gassaway if there was a down side, and she admitted that the procedure can hurt.

"A hot iron. People say it zings. People say it's hot," Gassaway said.

"It was more like a snap or pinch. Like someone pinched you hard," said Skouteris.

It hurts only if you're not medicated. We've done over 200 procedures. I have never had anyone that couldn't take it," said Gassaway.

Aside from soreness and bruising, Gassaway said there are no real side effects.

But, it's not for everyone. Gassaway says you have to be healthy and you can't be obese.

"It is not a quick fix. You need to be healthy and eat the right foods. 80 percent of weight loss is eating alone," Gassaway said.

"You can't just think you're going to go in there and be zapped and be perfect. The procedure was fast and I could tell a difference in four to six weeks," Skouteris said.

The cost could be another downside.

Skouteris paid $2,500 for a procedure that lasted less than one hour.

"It generally runs $2,500 to $3,500 and it all depends on the area," Gassaway said.

Abs and thighs are what are treated and each area takes about 30 to 45 minutes.

"It helped me look better in my clothes and not be lumpy and more toned. Not so mushy," Skouteris said.

In the end, Skouteris said it was worth it.

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