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.
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.
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 15kg over your ideal weight
- More concerned with “problem areas” than total-body weight loss
- In good health with good skin elasticity
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.