FDA loosens rules on cosmetic surgery devices

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is loosening the restrictions on certain cosmetic surgery devices.

Powered surgical instruments that are used to reduce the appearance of cellulite's depressions and dimples from people's bodies will no longer require premarket approval under new rules from the FDA. 

"FDA determined that the device can be classified into class II with the establishment of special controls," the agency wrote in the Federal Register. "FDA believes these special controls, in addition to general controls, will provide reasonable assurance of the safety and effectiveness of the device."

These cosmetic surgery devices cut away at subcutaneous fat below the skin to improve the appearance of cellulite.

Cabochon Aesthetics, a manufacturer of such a device, petitioned the FDA to relax the rules in 2011.

The new rules go into effect in 30 days.

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