Sunday, January 29, 2023

Understanding How Laser Lipolysis Works


You may have heard of RF treatments in Calgary that can help shrink stubborn body fat which, no matter how much you exercise, just won’t go away… in fact, even celebrities such as model and presenter Lisa Snowdon are raving about this treatment!

But did you know that there’s another, even more, effective way of reducing stubborn fat? Along with fat cryolipolysis (or fat freezing), it’s also possible to melt your fat away to reach your body-shaping goals.

What is Laser Lipolysis?

Laser lipolysis – or laser lipo – utilizes focused laser light to heat the fat on a specific area of the body to high temperatures, causing apoptosis – fat cell death. It is similar to fat freezing – or cryolipolysis – (but on the opposite end of the thermo-spectrum). This is accomplished without harming or injuring the skin above the fat! Once the fat cells have perished, the body will normally remove them through the lymphatic system and expel them. Although the technique is usually called “fat-melting,” it does not literally “melt” away from the fat.

Types of laser lipolysis

There are two types of Laser lipolysis Treatments in Calgary: non-invasive and minimally invasive.

A non-invasive laser lipolysis treatment involves a practitioner-applied applicator to a specific part of your body. You will feel cooling and heating sensations until the treatment is completed, usually after around 25 minutes. Several treatments are usually needed, and results are usually seen within 6-12 weeks.  There is usually no downtime with this treatment.

In a minimally-invasive laser lipolysis treatment (often called laser liposuction), a plastic surgeon injects a local anesthetic and creates an incision in your skin. They will then insert a laser probe directed to the fat to heat it. After that, the fat will be sucked out or left inside the body to be absorbed. The treatment will take 1-2 hours. Results are usually seen within 4-12 weeks, and more than one treatment is usually needed.  Recovery includes post-surgical healing.


The risks of this therapy include minor discomfort, edema, bruising, heat-related skin irritation, uneven texture, and nerve damage. Minor scarring and infection are likely if a skin incision is done. However, when a competent and skilled practitioner provides therapy, these are extremely rare.

Of course, your newly molded form will need to be maintained, and the procedure does not substitute a healthy lifestyle that includes proper nutrition and physical activity. Even though the fat cells are destroyed, your body will retain fat if you acquire a considerable amount of weight; therefore, the effects may not be lasting.

You should also examine if Laser lipolysis Treatments in Calgary are the best therapy option for you. Other alternatives to explore include radiofrequency, HIFU, cryolipolysis (CoolSculpting), liposuction, and cosmetic surgery. Your aesthetic practitioner is the best person to consult about which treatments are appropriate for your unique needs.

What type of laser lipolysis treatments are available?

There are many different types of laser lipolysis devices available on the market. Ask your practitioner what device they use and research them before treatment.

Here Are Laser Lipolysis Pros & Cons (for Non-Invasive AND Minimally-Invasive Treatments)

Laser Lipolysis is what some believe to be the most powerful new weapon in the war on fat and cellulite. The procedure is the kinder and gentler cousin of traditional liposuction, and the best part is that it helps reduce fat and look of cellulite and sagging skin. However, the procedures have a few pros and cons:

NON-INVASIVE Laser Lipolysis Pros

  • Non-invasive Laser Lipolysis has skin tightening effects.
  • Works great on the abdomen, flanks, and thighs.
  • Treatments are usually pain-free!
  • No downtime required.
  • No scarring on the area of treatment.
  • Cost-effective.
  • FDA approved procedure that works safely and precisely.

NON-INVASIVE Laser Lipolysis Cons

  • May be inadequate for treating some areas such as the face, arms, legs, or buttocks.
  • Incorrectly-administered wavelengths of laser can cause burns to the skin.
  • You may gain fat in other areas of your body if you gain weight.
  • May require multiple treatments.



  • Small cannula insertions result in less invasion on the body than regular liposuction.
  • Less invasive than full surgical liposuction.
  • Amount of local anesthesia results in fewer complications.
  • Relatively short downtime (as compared to regular lipo).
  • One session achieves noticeable results.


  • Some pain and scarring possible in the laparoscopic insertion points.
  • More expensive than non-invasive lipolysis.
  • Requires an accredited doctor or specialist.
  • You may gain fat in other areas of your body if you gain weight.
  • Lumpiness or uneven skin texture is possible with this treatment.
  • Anaesthesia may be required for the minimally-invasive lipolysis.
  • May require multiple treatments.
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