Lipo-Laser Frequently Asked Questions
How does it work?
Through clinical studies it has been demonstrated that the low-level laser stimulates the fat cell to emulsify (liquefy) the fat and toxins within the cell. Then the liquefied fat moves from inside the cell through a temporary pore formed in the cell membrane to outside the cell where it is in the interstitial space until absorbed by the lymphatic system. This results in millions of fat cells becoming smaller so inches are reduced. The fat cells are not injured in any way by this process. The fat cell does not go away and can be filled back up if a proper diet is not continued.
What can I expect at my appointments?
You can expect 15 minutes to relax, read or do absolutely nothing. The laser treatments are completely painless. There is no heat or sensation whatsoever while being treated. Each treatment you will be met by your technician who will position the laser at the desired areas of the body. After positioning the laser she will step out for 15 minutes. After you are done you can get back to your normal activities immediately with absolutely no downtime, nor pain, swelling or any discomfort. This is a symptom free process except for losing unwanted inches!
What happens if I miss an appointment?
It is not recommended that you miss an appointment. If more than 72 hours pass between appointments, some of the fat may be reabsorbed by the fat cells. We are committed to your success. If you do not call or ‘no show’ that treatment is forfeited!
How is it different than liposuction?
Liposuction is an invasive procedure that removes the entire area of fat cells from deposits beneath the skin using a hollow stainless steel tube (called a cannula) with the assistance of a powerful vacuum. Liposuction can be accomplished either with the use of general anesthesia, with I.V. sedation, or totally by local anesthesia. In contrast, these laser-like lipo treatments are 100% non-invasive through the use of a low level LED laser-like lipo frequency. These are applied externally to stimulate the fat cell and emulsify and release fat. There is no use of anesthesia, nor any pain, gels, creams, numbing agents, needles and no downtime! As with liposuction, results are not guaranteed. If recommended cardio and proper diet are not followed you will not lose the inches. When you do lose them, they can be “eaten” back on! Be careful!
Is there any downtime?
Absolutely ZERO downtime. During the treatment you will feel no discomfort. No anesthesia will be used and you can assume normal activities immediately following each treatment. No weight training is advised. Cardio only!
Are there any limitations to what I can do?
No. During treatment periods you can continue your normal activities. It is strongly recommended that you commit to and follow the treatment protocol: stay hydrated! 8-10 8oz. glasses of water a day (keep your urine clear). Abstain from alcohol and caffeine. Alcohol and caffeine interfere with the lymphatic process to metabolize fat which can decrease your results.
What areas of the body can be treated?
The treatments can be used effectively on the parts of the body where localized fat deposits exist that are resistant to diet and exercise. The FDA has approved this laser for treatment.
Is it covered by insurance?
No, fat emulsification treatments are considered elective and are not covered by insurance.
Is it safe?
Yes, there are no known risks involved in using the low-level laser therapy and it is considered a safe alternative to invasive procedures such as tumescent liposuction, lipo-dissolve, and other non-invasive devices like the Accent, Vela Shape, and Thermage, which rely on heating the tissue and can cause discomfort. None of these have the proven data showing how fat cell size is reduced like the laser. The treatments are 100% non-invasive and cause no bruising, scarring, and zero downtime. During the treatment you will feel no discomfort, no anesthesia will be used, and you can resume normal activities immediately following each treatment.
Is it safe if I have a medical condition such as diabetes?
Yes, with two exceptions. If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, this laser should not be used. Additionally, if you have a pacemaker, this treatment may not be for you. There are no known detrimental risks but potential unknown risks may exist. Laser treatment may not be as effective on patients with diabetes or thyroid disorders where the metabolic system is potentially impaired.
Are there any side effects?
No. The treatment process is completely non-invasive and there are absolutely no side effects beyond loss of inches and fat! The exception to this is if you do not hydrate properly, you will feel “sick”.
How long has this technology been used?
Low Level Laser technology has been used to safely assist with tumescent liposuction since 2001 and was established as a proven method to release fat cells immediately prior to liposuction surgery. Low level lasers have been in use for over 40 years for treatment of many different conditions, such as chronic pain, wound healing, and many other orthopedic conditions.
Is it effective?
Yes, with treatments and by following the recommended guidelines for success, you can expect to experience a combined loss of 3-9 inches from your waist, hips and thighs, and a reduction in clothes size! Additionally, patients notice improvement in the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks.
Can I do the procedure multiple times? And how soon after my last treatment can I do a second treatment?
Yes, with additional treatments you can expect to see improved results. You can start in additional series of laser treatments immediately following your last treatment.
How soon after pregnancy can I do it?
It is recommended that you wait until after your last postpartum visit with your doctor (usually 6 weeks after birth) to being your treatment. You cannot participate in treatment if you are breast feeding.
How long does it take to being seeing results?
Some can see results after only one to a few treatment sessions as their clothes fit more loosely. Many actually see the difference after 4-6 sessions. Family and friends often notice the difference, too, within 2 weeks.
Is everyone a good candidate for the treatment?
Most are good candidates. Even people who are not overweight can lose inches. If you grab your fat and you cannot “squeeze” it, you are not a candidate. Fat must be “soft”. Your clinician will tell you if you are not sure.
Why is it important to eat right?
When eating healthy, it keeps your blood sugar in a “good” range. When eating badly, it causes your blood sugar to spike and fall. Any “spikes and falls” out of our body’s normal range are stored as fat!