Text by: Beatrice Braga
Losing weight requires a lot of effort and balance, from managing one’s diet to committing to exercise a few times a week. Even after all of that work, sometimes you will still find yourself left with excess fat, right where you don’t want it the most. For those looking for that little boost, a new treatment offers to be your painless slimming partner.
Laser fat removal is a form of non-invasive body slimming, and is most often used to target stubborn fat found in the waist, hip, and thighs. It can also target fat in upper arms, the bra line, inner knees, back fat, and buttocks.
How does it work? According to Reese Aguilar of Contours Advanced Face and Body Sculpting, the cold laser used for laser fat removal liquefies the fat within the fat cell.
“[Laser fat removal] uses cold laser technology, which emulsifies fat, allowing it to move to interstitial spaces in the body. It releases the cellular contents of fat cells while leaving the capillaries and other cells within the interstitial space intact,” says Aguilar.
“The release of the fat cell content is the result of the disruption of the cell’s membrane, and the fat cell contents are then passed through the body during its normal course of detoxification. The fat cells are not injured in any way by this process.”
A session lasts for 40 minutes, and patients are recommended to take six treatment sessions, done over the course of two weeks for best results.
According to the Erchonia, a company that manufactures laser for the procedure, there should be no more than three days between appointments, as the fat tissue responds more quickly when treated every 48 hours.
A technician will direct the lasers to the target areas, and patients will only need to lie on their back for the first 20 minutes, and lie on their front for the last 20 minutes.
Aguilar notes that the procedure can help patients drop anywhere from two to seven pants or dress sizes and lose three to nine inches, all while tightening and toning loose skin and contouring the body. It also helps reduce fat in areas such as the chin, neck, and even in love handles.
Another advantage that laser fat removal offers is that it does not harm or burn the skin, making it an ideal treatment for those who want to lose the fat without worrying about downtime.
“[It] works for almost everyone since it is a non-invasive weight loss treatment which means it is safe, with little fear of complications,” says Aguilar. “There is no downtime required and no wounds or scarring are inflicted during the treatment.”
Aguilar recommends laser fat removal for individuals who are either already following a healthy lifestyle and just want to remove fat in specific areas, or for those who are looking to jumpstart their healthy lifestyle through the treatment. It can be used by individuals who are not more than 30 pounds over their ideal weight.
However, not everyone can use this procedure to slim down. “While the procedure is non-invasive and safe, we don’t recommend [it] for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, those who use pacemakers, and those who may have diabetes or thyroid disorder, as their metabolism might already be potentially impaired.” adds Aguilar.
Aguilar shares that the patients who undergo laser fat removal can usually expect to see results fast. “Some can see the results as their clothes fit more loosely,” says Aguilar. “Many actually see the difference after four to six sessions.”
This procedure can also help patients who already have diet and exercise plans and would like the treatment to benefit them in the long-term, through a program called Laserfit. “Laserfit is a holistic approach to weight loss and body contouring.
This is a combination of non-invasive full body laser exposure to melt fat, 10 minute power circuit workouts to burn fat, and proper nutritional recommendation,”
shares Aguilar. To maximize the benefits from laser fat removal, Aguilar recommends that patients maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly. One of the comments that they have gotten about the treatment is how it’s very peaceful and Zen.
For Aguilar, what makes the treatment ideal is the fact that men and women can take advantage of the session to just rest or relax and enjoy their ‘me’ time.
“Since [laser fat removal] uses cold laser technology, you feel nothing during the procedure. You may feel a bit different and lighter as you exit the treatment center due to the bio-stimulation that begins in your body,” says Aguilar.
“With soothing music in the background, patients can just close their eyes and relax or rest while undergoing the procedure. With [this procedure], all you need to do is simply lie down, relax, and let the laser do the work.”