First, your physician will mark on your body the precise areas to be treated. Then, after numbing your skin with a tiny amount of anesthetic solution, your physician may inject a numbing solution topically as well as under your skin (known as tumescent anesthesia) to ensure you feel no pain throughout the procedure. After making a small incision (1 to 3 millimeters), your physician will insert the small cannula (less than 1/8 inches in diameter) containing the laser fiber and use it to direct energy at the unwanted fat cells. As the fat is liquefied, it drains away and becomes absorbed by the body. Any liquefied fat that is left will be carefully suctioned out.Although you’ll be comfortable during the procedure, you may feel some tugging and perhaps even some mild stinging while you’re being treated. The length of the procedure will depend on how large an area you’re having treated, but most treatment sessions last from 1 to 3 hours. If a particularly large amount of fat is being removed, you may need a second session. These are usually scheduled several months after the first one.
The technology for laser-assisted lipolysis is being constantly improved and updated. Here are some of the latest options currently available. Your physician will advise you on which option is best for you. Of course, make sure you choose a physician who is skilled and experienced with this technology.
SmartLipo pioneered the laser liposuction method of fat removal. In 2006, it became the first such procedure to receive the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Its initial laser used a 1064 nm wavelength to dissolve the fat and coagulate (seal off) blood vessels. A newer generation of the technology, SmartLipo MPX combines the 1064 nm wavelength with a 1320 nm wavelength for greater effectiveness. SmartLipo is made by Cynosure Inc. of Westford, Massachusetts and Laser Lipo
This method of laser-assisted lipolysis delivers a continuous wave (980 nm) of energy to zap and dissolve unwanted adipose (fat) tissue. The uniformity of this approach may lower the risk of thermal (heat) injuries. SmoothLipo, which is manufactured by the New Hampshire-based Elemé Medical company, received FDA approval in 2008.
Manufactured and marketed by Syneron Medical, LipoLite uses a 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser, which delivers easily controlled pulses of energy at very rapid repetitions to the targeted fat cells. LipoLite received FDA approval in 2008 for laser-assisted lipolysis and other dermatological procedures.
Lifesculpt, previously known as SlimLipo, uses dual 924 nm and 975 nm wavelengths, a combo that its manufacturer, Palomar Medical Technologies, claims is more efficient than those used by some of the other laser-assisted lipolysis technologies. It received FDA approval in spring 2008.
CoolLipo uses a 1320 nm wavelength to ablate fat and tighten skin. Its manufacturer, CoolTouch Inc, claims that its wavelength is more highly absorbed by fat cells, thus providing greater results than technologies with lower wavelengths. The FDA approved CoolLipo for laser-assisted lipolysis in 2008; it’s also approved for other dermatologic treatments such as ilipo
i-Lipo™ is the latest in laser lipolysis, offering you a way to achieve inch loss and body contouring with no pain, no needles and no down time.
How does it work?
The i-Lipo emits low levels of laser energy, which creates a chemical signal in the fat cells, breaking down the stored triglycerides into free fatty acids and glycerol and releasing them though channels in the cell membranes. The fatty acids and glycerol are then transported around the body to the tissues that will use them during metabolism to create energy. This process of fatty acid release is a natural response of the body when the body needs to used stored energy reserves, thus i-Lipo is not creating any unnatural reaction in the body nor does it affect or damage any surrounding structures such as skin, blood vessels and peripheral nerves. A period of exercise post treatment will ensure the complete metabolism and thus elimination from the body of the freed fatty acids.
The i-Lipo system has many advantages over other similar systems.
Here are just a few!
Independent clincal studies have shown i-Lipo to be, in some cases, comparable to results achieved by liposuction. Ultrasound imagery shows up to 30% reduction in the fat layer depth after just one treatment. Additional treatments improve results further. Results can be seen immediately after each treatment as the fat cell contents are released. Light exercise post treatment can accelerate the removal of the released fat .
Compared to surgical liposuction and other Ultrasound or laser techniques i-Lipo is much more affordable with similar results.
Safe and Painless
i-Lipo uses low levels of visible red laser light to create a safe and painless bio-stimulation effect in the targeted fat tissue. This stimulation is of the normal chemical pathways which the body uses to free up energy resources when required, so i-Lipo does not produce any abnormal effects in the body or damage body tissue such as cells, blood vessels or neighbouring nerves or vital organs. The treatment can be performed on all skin types and body areas where unwanted fat is stored and you can return to normal activity immediately after treatment.
Results can be seen immediately after treatment. Typically a 2-4cm loss in abdomen circumference can be achieved with every treatment. A course of 8 treatments is recommended over 4 weeks with 2 treatments per week.
Targeted fat reduction
i-Lipo can target fat reduction in specific problem area. By positioning the laser pads on the target area such as chin, upper arms, abdomen or thighs fat can be broken down and removed specifically from that area. This is a big advantage over diet and exercise which can reduce overall body fat but not shape individual areas.
The system has been designed with a four pad option totaling 36 individual treatment Lasers enabling operators to reduce treatment time.
Manufactured & maintained in the UK.
Unlike other more expensive systems i-Lipo is manufactured and maintained in the UK by Chromogenex one of the worlds longest established cosmetic laser companies.