The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new non-invasive method to get rid of excess pounds known as Zeltiq.
During this procedure, fat cells are frozen inside the body, causing them to self-destruct. They are then re-absorbed by the body.
The procedure was originally approved by health officials to numb the skin before a dermatology procedure.
"This is a big deal," plastic surgeon Lawrence Bass told ABC News' "Good Morning America." "It's the first time the FDA has cleared a non-invasive fat reduction technology."
In addition to Zeltiq, the FDA has approved a similar method called Zerona. A low-energy laser is aimed at the area of the body where the unwanted fat resides, forcing the fat cells to empty. Within a few weeks, patients can see results.
There is no surgery, no incisions, or even anesthesia involved in either method. Each treatment costs between $1,500 and $3,500.
Lawrence said that while such procedures don't replace diet and exercise, they're "another option for a subset of patients that just need to take a little bit off."