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Buying a do-it-yourself medical device? Think again.

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If you’re like me, you’ve done your share of DIY projects. But there are definitely some things — like using medical devices for weight-loss — that aren’t really meant for DIY. 

If you visit some online sales or auction sites, you might come across medical “slimming” devices like professional lasers, liposuction vacuums, ultrasound cavitation, cryogenics therapy, and body sculptors. They claim to make you skinnier by sucking out your cellulite and freezing your fat. While some shoppers might be tempted to buy these devices, especially if they’re selling for a low price, the fact is many of them aren’t meant to be used at home, are imported from overseas, and haven’t been reviewed by or registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). And that’s a problem.

You see, it’s the FDA's job to make sure the medical devices we use are safe and effective. The FDA’s oversight process helps ensure that. But there’s no way to know if a device has been reviewed or approved when you’re shopping online. What’s more, it can be dangerous to use equipment that’s designed for use by trained professionals.

If you’re looking for medical help with weight loss, talk to your health care professional. Otherwise, the best DIY way to lose weight and shape up is with diet and exercise. Check out our articles on health and fitness to learn more.

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