Does Lipo Laser Work?

Who Can Try Lipo Laser

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. 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,

You also need to have enough time in your schedule to commit to multiple sessions each week for several weeks. Body By Lipo website recommends not going more than 48 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.

How Laser Fat Removal Works

Lipo Laser offers a noninvasive treatment for fat, targeting fat cells while sparing other tissues in the body. The BBL Laser works by aiming lasers specifically designed to puncture holes in your fat cells at your lower body. BBL 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. 

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 paddles to point 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 BBL Laser is a "cold" laser, patients don't feel a thing.  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,

Lipo Laser Doesn't Work Alone

This is definitely not a miracle cure. 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. Lipo Laser clients  must eat a very clean diet.

So, Does Lipo Laser 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 BBL) 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 study 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.