Laser Body Contouring

Breaks down fat cells using hyperthermic laser technology for non-invasive lipolysis. Effective for body contouring/ sculpting, especially areas with stubborn fats.

procedure type

Fat removal using hyperthermic laser heat energy

Results

Intended to achieve body sculpting and slimming effects

Downtime

Little to no downtime

where

Various parts of the body

Procedure Time

Approximately 25 minutes

How does Laser Body Sculpting Work?

Laser body contouring treatments such as Sculpsure aim to remove stubborn fat deposits through the use of non-invasive laser technology. It is an FDA-approved procedure that uses a controlled hyperthermic laser for non-invasive lipolysis, which penetrates the skin in order to be absorbed by fat cells. This precise targeting breaks down the fat cells for a targeted body contouring and sculpting effect. In the weeks that follow, your body will naturally process, eliminate, and shed the dead fat cells through normal body metabolic processes.

Laser body contouring and sculpting are ideal for those looking to address stubborn fat bulges and achieve a slimmer silhouette. It can be applied to various parts of the body, and patients can opt to treat more than one area in a 25-minute session.

The process typically takes less than 30 minutes, with little to no downtime or recovery time necessary afterwards. Patients may experience both cooling and warmth during the treatment, with a cooling mechanism used to soothe the skin before the warming laser is applied. Patients will typically feel intermittent warmth and tingling during laser application, which can feel uncomfortable but should not be painful.

Who is Laser Body Sculpting For?

Individuals with persistent fat deposits that appear resistant to diet and lifestyle changes may be drawn to laser body sculpting or contouring treatments as an alternative to traditional fat loss or fat removal methods. However, do note that outcomes and patient experiences may vary on an individual basis. Do consult your medical doctor for an assessment of your suitability for laser body sculpting.

Features of Laser Body Contouring

  • Non-invasive nature
    Laser body sculpting does not involve any incisions. This eliminates risks related to surgery and reduces recovery time.
  • Fast treatment process
    Laser body contouring procedures typically last no more than 25 minutes with no required downtime.
  • Precise targeting
    Laser technology enables the medical doctor performing this procedure to focus on specific areas to achieve a uniform post-procedure appearance.
  • Minimal discomfort
    Patients of laser body contouring have reported minimal to no pain or discomfort during the procedure.
  • Gradual effects
    As the affected fat cells are slowly disposed of by the body’s natural metabolic processes, the effects of laser body sculpting will appear gradually for a more natural effect.
  • Long-term results
    Patients should note that the number of fat cells stored in our bodies typically remains constant throughout adult life. As we lose weight, the size of fat cells becomes smaller but does not decrease in number. After the laser body contouring treatment, the fat cells are permanently destroyed² and will not return which could potentially contribute to lasting slimming effects.

Areas Eligible for Laser Body Contouring

Common target areas for laser body sculpting include:

What is the Laser Body Contouring Procedure Like?

The laser body contouring procedure involves several steps:

Consultation

A medical doctor will first consult with you to assess your suitability for laser body contouring. If you are deemed eligible for the procedure, a practitioner will then discuss your intended target areas.

Preparation

A full body assessment will be conducted, during which target areas are marked out.

Equipment set-up

The practitioner will prepare and ready the laser equipment to be used.

Treatment and sensation

When the treatment starts, you will initially feel a cooling sensation. This helps keep the skin comfortable during treatment. The cooling will be on the entire treatment, while the laser cycles on and off, raising the temperature of the fat cells. Most patients feel a deep warmth and/or tingling sensation intermittently throughout the treatment, which is generally well-tolerated.¾

(¾)Average patient discomfort rating of 3.7 on a scale of 1-10; Bass L, Doherty S. Non-Invasive Fat Reduction Of The Abdomen With A 1060nm Diode Laser.Paper presented at: 2015 Annual American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery Conference; April 22-26; Kissimmee, FL.

Clinical data on file.

Post-treatment

After the 25-minute treatment is finished, most patients can resume daily activities, as there is minimal to no expected downtime. Each 25-minute treatment can destroy up to 24%¹ of treated fat cells without surgery. The practitioner will also provide recommendations for aftercare, if necessary.

(1)Single treatment of average reduction in fat volume as measured by MRI; Clinical and Histological Evaluations of a 1060nm Laser Device for Non-Invasive Fat Reduction – John W. Decorato, MD., F A C S. Rafael Sierra, Ph.D., Bo Chen, Ph.D., Westford, MA, 2014.

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What Results Can Be Expected From Laser Body Contouring?

Specific outcomes of laser body contouring treatments will vary from individual to individual. Some key considerations to keep in mind include:

Time frame

Patients may start to see results as early as six weeks following treatment as the body begins to eliminate the destroyed fat cells, with optimal results usually seen at 12 weeks. Visible results of laser fat removal tend to occur over 10 to 12 weeks.

Frequency of sessions

Patients who attend regular laser body contouring sessions may see greater regularity in outcomes. However, other aspects of a patient’s lifestyle, such as diet and exercise, remain crucial to maintaining their intended silhouette and overall appearance.

Immediately after the treatment, you may experience potential risks or side effects, including bruising, swelling, soreness, or mild pain in the treatment area. These side effects should be mild and temporary; however, if they persist, consult a medical doctor immediately.

Is There Any Downtime After Laser Body Contouring Treatment?

There is minimal to no expected downtime after a laser body contouring treatment. Patients can return to their usual activities immediately after the procedure has ended, unless otherwise advised by the doctor.

Post-Treatment Recommendations

Laser body contouring treatments can be a complement to a healthy lifestyle. Optimal benefits post-treatment are best achieved in combination with changes to diet and regular exercise. No slimming treatment is a substitute for a sensible diet and regular exercise. Patients exploring wider body contouring or fat removal options may refer to our Body Contouring, Shaping and Toning Treatments. Patients are recommended to consult with a licensed healthcare professional prior to pursuing any form of medical aesthetic treatment.

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Body Contouring

    Does laser body contouring remove fat permanently?

    Laser body contouring is intended to remove fat cells from the treated areas through laser fat removal technology. However, while the treated cells do not regenerate, maintaining a stable weight is essential, as gaining weight can cause the remaining fat cells to expand. Patients are advised to maintain their diet, exercise, and other lifestyle considerations to maintain their desired appearance.

    How many laser body contouring sessions are needed before I can see the results?

    The number of laser body contouring sessions required for visible results varies among individuals, contingent on factors such as the treatment area’s size, the patient’s genetics, and the desired level of fat reduction. Typically, patients might expect to see changes after one to three sessions, with sessions spaced several weeks apart to allow the body adequate time to process and remove the destroyed fat cells.

    How long is each laser body contouring session?

    Each laser body contouring session typically lasts about 25 minutes. This duration allows the laser to effectively target the fat cells in a specific area while also accommodating the patient’s daily schedule. Some patients may opt for multiple areas to be treated in one visit, which may extend the session time accordingly.

    Is the laser body contouring treatment pain-free?

    While laser body contouring treatments are not entirely devoid of sensation, they generally cause minimal to no pain. Patients often describe feeling a warming sensation as the laser is activated, interspersed with cooling intervals to minimise discomfort. Discomfort levels are typically low, and most individuals find the procedure to be quite bearable without the need for pain relief measures.

    What are the side effects of laser body contouring for fat removal?

    Following a laser body contouring session, patients may experience minor side effects such as a slight redness, tenderness, or swelling at the treatment site. These symptoms are typically mild and temporary, and should resolve without intervention. The non-invasive nature of laser body sculpting ensures that side effects are much less significant than those associated with surgical fat removal methods.

    What precautions should I take post-treatment to maintain the results?

    After undergoing laser body contouring, it’s imperative to support the treatment’s results with a healthy lifestyle. Engaging in regular physical activity, eating a balanced diet, and staying hydrated are key. It’s also crucial to avoid substantial weight fluctuations, as new fat can accumulate in different cells, potentially altering the silhouette achieved by the body sculpting laser treatment.

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