Laser lipolysis is an increasingly popular form of surgery that has seen notable growth in recent years. Businesses such as Slender Lasers have seen the demand for their machines skyrocket in recent times, with everyone from chiropractors, to health clubs to spas and salons purchasing them.

Slender Lasers , which as founded by Edwin Brown 10 years ago after his wife had health issues, is a B2B business selling these machines to numerous vendors. The technology works on the premise that fat cells are burned when it comes into contact with an energy level between 620 to 680 nanometers created by lasers or high powered led light.


We discussed the technology with Edwin and he helped us to create this piece of content about laser lipolysis.

Laser lipolysis is a form of liposculpture that targets especially stubborn areas of unwanted fat, such as double chins, love handles, and saddlebags. Commonly called "laser lipo," this form of treatment is an effective solution for reducing fat pockets that resist diet and exercise. It is a minimally-invasive procedure with fewer risks than traditional liposuction.

As the name suggests, laser lipolysis relies on a surgical laser to melt unwanted fat anywhere on the body or face. According to Edwin, depending on the specifics of your procedure, this melted fat may simply be metabolized by the body, or it may be removed via aspiration during the procedure. This is a type of suction used when larger quantities of fat need to be removed.

Edwin told us that in contrast to ordinary liposuction, which often requires complete general anesthesia, laser lipo can be performed while you are awake. This is one factor that reduces the risk of side effects. Laser lipolysis is not a large-scale solution for major weight loss. According to Slender Lasers, the treatment is designed strictly to address localized fat deposits that are resistant to less-invasive slimming measures. Because the treatment is minimally invasive, laser lipo produces the desired body shape quickly without the extensive bruising and swelling caused by more invasive fat removal techniques.

Laser Lipo - Is It Right For You?

Laser lipolysis is an option worth considering for anyone who has stubborn areas of unwanted fat to get rid of. Ideal patients are those who have already reached or are close to a healthy body weight. Patients need to have realistic expectations for the treatment effects. Laser lipo is not the right choice for obese individuals or those looking for large amounts of weight loss. Laser lipolysis is intended to shape the body and adjust its contours, not to eliminate large amounts of surplus weight. Laser lipolysis is also unsuitable for pregnant women. Consulting with an experienced practitioner is the best way to determine whether or not the procedure is right for you.

Laser Lipo - What Sort Of Results Can I Expect?

As a very general rule of thumb, you can expect laser lipo to eliminate a volume of fat roughly the size of a closed fist. Results vary depending on whether or not your practitioner includes suction in the treatment. Results show up more dramatically if suction is used. Otherwise, it's normal to see results in six to eight weeks after the treatment. The heat delivered by the laser can also have an instant tightening, toning effect on your skin.

Details Of The Laser Lipo Procedure

Non-Invasive Laser Lipolysis

In preparing for laser lipolysis, your doctor will use a pen to mark the target areas on your body. Next, a customized applicator pattern will be prepared. You will lie on a bed and the applicators will be fitted to you. The patterns need to rest directly on your body to ensure accurate application of the laster. The treatment begins when the lipolysis machine is activated.

At the beginning of the treatment, you'll experience a feeling of coolness on your skin. This is an intentional effect designed to keep you comfortable. The initial part of the treatment is known as the "build phase," and it usually lasts four minutes.

Once the primary treatment begins, you can expect to feel alternating warm and cold sensations as the lasers go to work. This main portion of the treatment lasts 21 minutes.

Invasive Laser Lipolysis


As above, your doctor (and/or surgeon) will mark out the areas being treated on your skin. A local anesthetic will be given to numb the treatment area. Additional anesthetic is administered through a small incision. This same incision will also allow access to your body for the rest of the procedure. The laser will be inserted through a thin tube called a cannula.

The procedure only begins once the anesthetic has taken full hold. Your doctor will insert the laser and start destroying fat cells. Although you remain fully conscious for this treatment, you won't feel anything besides a mild sensation of pressure or tugging in the treatment area. You might feel a slightly irritating sensation of heat as the procedure continues. This is due to incomplete anesthetic application. Should you feel this heat, you can have your doctor pause the procedure and apply more anesthetic.

An invasive laser lipo procedure takes one to two hours to finish. The length of the procedure is determined by how much fat is being removed and how many different areas you are having treated. Over the course of the procedure, your doctor will melt unwanted fat from your problem areas by moving the laser fiber around. After being destroyed, the fat cells can be left for your body to metabolize away or removed via suction. Adding suction or "aspiration" to your laser lipo procedure will allow your doctor to remove more fat, but it makes the procedure slightly more invasive.

Laser Lipo - Potential Risks And Side Effects

While laser lipolysis has an excellent reputation and a lower rate of side effects than surgical liposuction, it is not completely risk-free.

Laser lipolysis's most common side effects are temporary swelling and bruising in the treated areas. This is very brief, and the effects should subside within a few days. Side effects are more likely when your laser lipo treatment includes aspiration.

In order to minimize the chances of experiencing adverse side effects, you should always closely follow all post-treatment instructions provided by your doctor.

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