A Laser Lipo Guide: How It Works, What It Costs, What to Know Before You Go
Traditional liposuction requires an invasive procedure to remove fat from areas such as the abdomen, thighs, neck, and arms. But there’s another way to slim down without surgery or even downtime. It’s called noninvasive laser lipo, and it relies on laser energy instead of incisions to slim the body quickly and with minimal effort on the part of the patient.
We asked Heather of Advanced Laser Body Care in Chicago to help us understand how exactly the treatment works. To get started, click one of the links below:
Note: Sometimes the term “laser lipo” is used to describe conventional surgical liposuction that incorporates lasers to enhance the results, but that’s not how we’re using it here.
HOW DOES LASER LIPO WORK?
Unlike conventional liposuction, the idea of noninvasive laser lipo is not to remove fat cells, but to shrink them.
During each session of i-Lipo—the brand of laser-lipo device Advanced Laser Body Care uses—a technician places pads equipped with laser diodes directly onto the skin. The laser energy penetrates down to the fat cells and creates tiny holes in their membranes. This causes the fat cells to release their stored fatty acids, glycerol, and water into the body and then shrink, potentially resulting in lost inches. The body then flushes out the expelled fat-cell contents via the lymphatic system or burns them for energy.
“Think of your fat cells as groups of juicy grapes,” Heather says. “The laser beam reaches the fat cell and shrinks the contents, and those grapes become raisins.”
WHO’S ELIGIBLE FOR LASER LIPO?
The pool of ideal candidates for laser lipo is a little bit smaller than for traditional lipo because the procedure isn’t perfect for extensive weight loss. It might be right for you if you’re:
- Only about 25 pounds over your ideal weight
- More concerned with “problem areas” than total-body weight loss
- In good health with good skin elasticity
Still not sure? Make sure to schedule a consultation! If you purchase one of our deals and are not a candidate, we’ll refund your money.
WHAT IS THE LASER LIPO PROCESS LIKE?
“You’re gonna be very relaxed,” Heather says. “We’re gonna put you in a nice little cocoon, which helps speed up that metabolic process.”
From there, the technician applies the pads to the targeted area, inundating it with laser energy for about 10 to 20 minutes. If necessary they may then move the pads to focus on another area and repeat the treatment. And that’s about it. You may see a difference immediately, but for best results, you’ll need to return.
Here are some fast facts about the recommended cycle:
Though some clients begin to notice results after only a few sessions, most require 6–8 treatments to see maximum results.
Two treatments per week for four weeks are recommended.
Because the treatment is not invasive, no downtime is required.
HOW MUCH DOES LASER LIPO COST?
The cost of laser lipo can vary considerably depending on the size of the area you want to treat, as well as your location and the experience of the clinic you visit. A typical series of eight sessions can easily cost upward of $1,000. However, look for one of our deals on laser weight-loss treatments, which can cut costs dramatically. A typical deal from us might cost about $50 for a single treatment, or around $30–$50 per treatment if you purchase multiple sessions at once.
I-LIPO VS. ZERONA
There are many trade names for various laser body-contouring treatments, and discussing them can get confusing since those names are sometimes (incorrectly) used interchangeably. Two popular laser devices, the i-Lipo and the Zerona, both use low-level laser energy in their nonsurgical lipo treatments, but they’re not quite identical.
The i-Lipo device contains more than 30 laser diodes, and it’s applied directly to the skin in the form of pads. By contrast, the Zerona device hovers just above the skin and uses just 5 diodes. Some believe this difference makes Zerona more comfortable but the i-Lipo more effective. There’s far from a consensus on this matter, though.
WHAT AREAS CAN BE TREATED WITH LASER LIPO?
All parts of the body that store fat can be treated.
The most common treatment areas include:
- Under the chin
HOW LONG DO LASER LIPO RESULTS LAST?
Because i-Lipo does not destroy fat cells but rather empties them of their contents, the fat cells are capable of storing fat again. A balanced diet is the only way to ensure lasting results.
“When you’re at home, we want you to make some good dietary choices,” Heather explains. “[Eat] lean protein. Stay away from alcoholic beverages and sugar.” Those who take in more calories than they burn will see their improvement start to decrease over time.
Can You Achieve Faster Fat Loss with a Laser?
Any device that promises fast fat loss without surgery sounds like something that falls into the same category as diet pills, cellulite creams, and electric abs belts-quick fixes that rarely (if ever) live up to their big claims. Yet Dan Blustin, 44, the general manager of a LifeTime Fitness gym, can’t say enough good things about Zerona, aka “laser lipo,” a laser fat-removal procedure. “It changed my life,” he says simply.
“There I was, running a gym and 30 pounds overweight. I felt like a hypocrite every day. As a former bodybuilder and MMA fighter, I knew what I had to do to get in shape, but because of my age it just wasn’t working like it used to,” he says. Anxious to get a little help, he decided to try Zerona, which promises to blast off stubborn fat cells and sculpt a smaller, firmer body. (Hey, we already know lasers can do wonders for your skin.) In addition to the thrice-weekly laser treatments that last about 30 minutes, Dan says he was instructed to eat a low-carb diet, drink lots of extra water, and keep to his regular exercise routine. Initially, he was skeptical. But as he started to see results, he became a believer, he says.
Who Can Try Laser Lipo
The ideal candidate for laser fat removal is someone already committed to making healthy lifestyle changes and who doesn’t have a lot of weight to lose but is more concerned about problem areas, particularly in the hips, waist, and thighs, says Peter LePort, M.D., a bariatric surgeon and medical director of MemorialCare Center for Obesity in California, who uses fat sculpting laser in his practice. “This is not useful for people who are obese or looking to lose a lot of weight, but it works great for tweaking individual body parts after losing weight or having plastic surgery,” he says.
You also need to have enough time in your schedule to commit to multiple sessions each week for several weeks. The Zerona website recommends not going more than 72 hours between treatments for best results.
Laser fat-removal therapies are not recommended for women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, or for people who have pacemakers. The laser also won’t address any underlying metabolic, hormonal, or other physical issues that may have caused the weight gain, so you should see your doctor first, Dr. LePort cautions. (Decided lasers aren’t for you? Try this ultimate legs, butt, and thighs workout for losing cellulite.)
How Laser Fat Removal Works
Laser lipo offers a noninvasive treatment for fat, targeting fat cells while sparing other tissues in the body. The Zerona works by aiming lasers specifically designed to puncture holes in your fat cells at your lower body. The company says their lasers slowly perforate the cells so that they deflate. (Don’t worry, it’s completely painless.) Your body keeps all the fat cells-a good thing since removing fat cells can have unintended consequences like the fat reappearing in other places, as seen in recent studies on liposuction-but they’re just much smaller. The fat is then released into your interstitial fluid and flushed out by your lymphatic system. Because we store our toxins in our fat, this also has a cleansing effect on the body, says Lisa Bloch, director of the LifeTime Fitness Medi-spa and the one who did Dan’s treatments.
What It Feels Like
You start by undressing your lower half, leaving your underwear on if you wish. You then lie on the table and the technician adjusts the octopus-like arms to aim the lasers at the specific spots you’re trying to shrink. And that’s it! You lie there while the lasers work their magic, with most sessions lasting between 20 and 40 minutes. Because the Zerona is a “cold” laser, patients don’t feel a thing, Bloch explains. There is no pain, swelling, tenderness, or redness, so there is also no downtime. Unlike more invasive fat-removal treatments, you can immediately go back to work, exercising or whatever else your day holds.
Afterward, however, you may feel something. Because the laser is causing your fat cells to release their contents into your bloodstream, you may feel a little tired, woozy, or sick afterward, particularly if you’re not drinking enough water. “The water is key to flushing the fat and toxins out of your system,” she adds. (Water is good for literally everything.)
Laser Lipo Doesn’t Work Alone
“This is definitely not a miracle cure,” says Bloch. “This is complementary medicine, not a cure-all. It’s designed to make your healthy eating and exercise more effective, especially if you’re at a point where you’ve plateaued. You still have to do the work; it just enhances your results.” She recommends that her laser fat-removal clients eat a very clean diet, work out moderately, wear compression undergarments, and drink water as if peeing were an Olympic sport. (Also try these plateau-busting strategies so you can start seeing results.)
A Surprising Perk of Laser Liposuction
Dan says that in addition to losing weight, he also experienced an unexpected side effect: crazy energy! “I felt rejuvenated like after a good massage and I could get more done in the day,” he says. He adds that the laser also provided extra motivation to stick to his healthy living goals as he didn’t want to undo any hard-won progress.
So, Does Laser Lipo Work?
Research on using laser therapies for weight loss is relatively rare and what does exist is often funded by the laser companies themselves, perhaps making it biased. However, an independent 2013 study of over 2,000 subjects found that using laser lipolysis (a different therapy than the Zerona) slightly decreased fat and increased collagen production, making skin look both tighter and younger. The researchers noted that laser fat removal worked best in conjunction with standard liposuction rather than when used alone.
A small clinical trial of the Zerona laser, sponsored by the manufacturer, found that patients lost an average of an inch off their waist and hips and an additional two centimeters from each leg. However, most of the patients regained at least some of the inches just two weeks after stopping the treatment. The FDA had enough faith in the treatment to approve it for general use in the U.S.
Dan is definitely a happy customer. “In just two months of Zerona treatments I’ve dropped 35 pounds, 8 inches off my waist, and 10 percent body fat!” he says. Dr. LePort agrees that patients can see impressive results, saying that it’s very successful when it comes to fat sculpting and body reshaping. (You know what else does that? Strength training.)
Your Mileage May Vary
Back when I first reported on laser weight loss, I tried the Zerona myself and was cautiously optimistic. I didn’t lose much – just 1/2 inch off each thigh – but I did feel a little firmer and sleeker. In the several years since then, however, I’ve gained that back and more despite my weight remaining relatively constant and my continuing to exercise. Worse, the shape of my thighs has changed, with more fat deposits in the exact areas the Zerona targeted. It may just be a side effect of getting older (sigh) but part of me wonders if the laser lipo treatment hurt more than it helped. Either way, I wouldn’t do it again.
FAQ: Realistic Liposuction Expectations
1. Does liposuction produce permanent results?
After liposuction, the new body’s shape is more or less permanent. If a patient does gain a moderate amount of weight after liposuction, then the figure will simply be a larger version of the new body shape. Fat cells that are removed by liposuction do not grow back. If the patient does not gain excessive amounts of weight, then the new more pleasing silhouette is permanent. Of course after liposuction, the clock keeps ticking, and advancing age will produce the usual changes in the shape of the body associated with the aging process. Nevertheless, the benefits of liposuction will always be apparent.
2. How much weight can I lose by liposuction?
Patients should not expect to lose a dramatic amount of weight with liposuction. However, because fat is removed from cosmetically important areas, liposuction should produce significant improvements in aesthetic appearance. Although liposuction should not be regarded as a method for weight loss, in appropriate patients it can produce significant cosmetic improvements.
3. Will the fat cells grow back after liposuction?
Liposuction removes fat cells permanently. The fat cells that are removed by liposuction can never come back, however, if the patient gains a significant amount of weight, then new fat cell can develop. With a small weight gain, existing fat cells simply get bigger by accumulating more fat within the existing cell. However, with an increase of more than 10% of body weight, one can expect new fat cell development in all areas of the body, including areas previously treated by liposuction. As an adult gains larger amounts of weight, increasing numbers of fat cells (lipocytes) are formed from existing pleuripotential connective tissue cells by a process of differentiation. Existing connective tissue cells first change into immature fat cells
(lipoblasts), and then develop into mature fat cells with progressive obesity.
4. What happens if I gain weight after liposuction?
The more weight a patient gains after liposuction, the less dramatic the results of liposuction will be. Ideally a patient should weigh less after liposuction by an amount equal to the weight of the removed fat. Thus, after 150 pound woman has two liposuction surgeries, where each surgery removes 4 pounds of fat (total of 8 pounds, equal one gallon), she should ideally keep her weight at or below 142 pounds. However, if she gains 8 pounds and thus weighs 150 pounds six months after liposuction, then the cosmetic results will still be pleasing but not optimal. And if she were to weigh 160 pounds after liposuction, then she would still look better than if she had not had liposuction, and her clothes might fit better, but her results would be less than ideal.
5. If I gain weight, does fat come back in the treated areas?
Fat usually does not come back in treated areas provided the patient does not gain a significant amount of weight after the surgery. If the patient gains a significant amount of weight, then fat can return to an area previously treated by liposuction. With increasing weight the degree of fat accumulation in a previously treated area is proportionately less than in untreated areas. After liposuction, relatively less fat accumulates in treated areas compared to untreated areas.
6. Where does the fat go when a person gains weight after liposuction?
If a patient gains a significant amount of weight, say more than 10 pounds (5 kg), after liposuction, then the fat must go somewhere on the body. In fact, the fat accumulates in all areas of the body in proportion to the amount of fat cells in each area. Areas where fat cells have been removed by liposuction will accumulate relatively little fat, while in areas not treated by liposuction relatively more fat will be deposited. For example, if a woman gains weight after liposuction of her hips, outer thighs, and abdomen, then proportionally more of the fat will be deposited elsewhere such as the woman’s breasts, face, back and legs.
7. If I do not gain weight, does fat come back in the treated areas?
If a patient does not gain weight after liposuction, then fat does not come back in the treated areas. However liposuction does not stop the aging process. It is natural for the size and location of the body’s fat deposits to change gradually with increasing age. Despite expected changes with aging, the results of a successful liposuction should always be apparent.
8. What can I expect if I get pregnant after liposuction?
Pregnancy does not permanently alter the results of liposuction. If a woman has liposuction and subsequently becomes pregnant, gains weight, gives birth and finally loses the excess weight of pregnancy, then her original liposuction improvements will return, just as if she had never been pregnant.
9. How much fat can be removed? How many pounds?
The maximum amount of fat that can be removed safely is probably about 6 to 8 pounds (3 to 4 liters). The greater the volume of fat removed on a single day the greater the risk of serious complications. If a patient requires removal of more than 6 to 8 pounds of fat, it is safest to divide the liposuction into separate surgical procedures each separated by 3 to 4 weeks.
10.How long will it be until I see results?
Most patients will see 90% of their ultimate liposuction results with in one to three months after surgery. For the first few weeks after surgery there is postoperative swelling. The rate at which this swelling subsides depends on the surgeon’s surgical technique and method for postoperative care. Ultrasonic assisted liposuction (UAL) is associated with prolonged postoperative swelling. When the surgeon’s operative technique uses adits (round holes) that are left open, instead of linear incisions closed with stitches, patients can expect to see 90 % of the ultimate results within four weeks. When the surgeon closes the incisions with stitches, swelling usually resolves within 8 to 12 weeks.
11. Will liposuction help cellulite (cottage-cheese like dimpling) or sagging skin?
No. Cellulite or sagging skin usually does not improve to a significant degree after liposuction. Liposuction improves the shape of the body, but does not significantly improve the quality of skin texture
12. Will liposuction improve the fat stomach I acquired after my last baby?
Yes. Liposuction typically provides excellent improvement of the abdomen after pregnancy. In fact, for the vast majority of patients, liposuction provides a better and more natural appearance than a tummy tuck.
Best Lipo Laser Machine 2019: Reviews & Buyer’s Guide
Nowadays Obesity is a very common state. Unregulated diet and overeating make us fat, and it is hard to get rid off in a short time. We often do aerobic exercise to lose weight, dieting to lose weight .it can help us to lose weight to a certain weight, for special areas cannot be removed separately, this time we need some weight loss equipments to help us achieve the purpose.
What Is Lipo Laser Mahcine?
Lipo laser machine each have many pads, also known as paddles, machines can have 6-16 pads.and it also have difference size of pads. we call it small pad and large pads. large pads has more led laser. which are suit for large area on the body . small pad has less led laser and suit for small area on our body .the patient ‘s body will be strapped with bandage,so it can hold pads on body ,and then you can lie down on bed to have the treatment .
What Is Lipo Laser Used for?
Lipo Laser is a non-surgical procedure helping to reduce fat in select locations ,including the waist,back , abdomen ,arms and thighs.It heats the fat cells in the targeted area causing them to break down. Over a short period of time, the fat deposits are simply absorbed and expelled through our body’s natural metabolic process. During the procedure, the laser seals off minor blood vessels significantly reducing bruising and patient downtime. The introduction of heat into the treated area stimulates collagen production to give a smooth, tightened and sculptured result.
How Does it work ?
The led laser body sculpting procedure uses 635nm-650nm/980nm led laser that heats the fat cells in the targeted area causing them to break down. Over a short period of time the fat deposits are simply absorbed and expelled through our bod’s natural metabolic process. During the procedure the laser seals off minor blood vessels significantly reducing bruising and patient downtime. The introduction of heat into the treated area stimulates collagen production to give a smooth, tightened and sculptured result.
The Difference Between Ultrasonic Cavitation Mahchine
Ultrasound is the use of high frequency to break up fat and remove the body through metabolism.
Lipo laser is heats the fat cells in the targeted area causing them to break down.
During Ultrasound treatment , you mean hear some noise in your ears .
Lipo laser is a very comfortable treatment ,you can only feel your body is hot during treatment.
The Benefits of Using Lipo Laser machine
1.No need to take medicine, no need for anesthesia, no need for surgery, no trauma.
2.The treatment process is easy and basically painless; it will not cause long-term or obvious side effects.
3. There is basically no recovery period, and other activities can be carried out after completion.
4. By illuminating the dermis, it can promote collagen regeneration and eliminate wrinkles.
5.Affordable,Costs less than liposuction.
Things To Keep In Mind
1.Those with cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, diabetes, abnormal blood coagulation, and impaired vital organ function cannot be used.
Long-term or taking anticoagulant drugs, vasodilators, corticosteroids and other drugs can not be used.
3. Menstrual period, lactation and pregnant women are not allowed.
4. It is not advisable to bathe in cold water within 4 hours, it is better to shower after 4 hours.
5. Drink plenty of water before and after treatment to ensure that the body has sufficient water.
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