What is laser lipo?

Laser liposuction is a non invasive fat reduction method that uses lasers in order to break down fat stores. There are many claimed benefits for the use of laser lipo and some tout this procedure to be as effective as surgical liposuction, but it that truly the case? Does laser lipo work? Does it really influence weight loss? What are the laser lipo side effects?

It’s very easy to be taken in when you see many of the laser lipo before and after pictures and many of the laser lipo reviews. On the face of it, it’s a simple, painless and effective procedure, however, it’s important we delve a little deeper into what this procedure is actually doing to the body to bring about these changes.

before and after laser lipo

How does it work?

Laser fat removal works by firing through the skin and down deep enough to reach the fat stores. It cause the adipose cells (fat stores) to become unstable, bringing about the release of fat from the cell. In slightly more simple terms, the lasers “puncture” the fat cells and cause them to break down. Once the this has occurred the waste products are passed through the body before being ejected.


There is no doubt that using lasers for fat reduction much more practical than surgical liposuction as it is non-invasive. Not only is it widely available, but it also does not require a long recovery period like surgical lipo does. It can take weeks to recover from surgical liposuction whereas with laser lipo it can be a couple of days. In fact, after a treatment, it is actually recommended to exercise in order to aid recovery further. It does also appear to be a relatively safe and effective method of reducing body fat – perhaps not the most highly recommended method, but nonetheless, still an effective one.


Firstly, be under no illusions, any form of liposuction is not cheap – surgical or laser. If you are highly overweight and wish to have a high amount of fat treated, you should expect to pay a large amount. The bigger the area, the bigger the bill.

Secondly, the treatment may exacerbate scars, marks and cellulite and will certainly not improve the appearance of them. It also does have the potential to cause scarring and burns.

Lastly, do remember that this is a clinical procedure and therefore there are always associated risks involved. In this case, some risks include: infection, damage to surrounding tissues and organs, allergic reaction and fluid imbalance.

Laser Weight Loss

Whilst it is clear that traditional, invasive liposuction does bring about changes in body composition, laser liposuction is still relatively new and not a great amount of research has been completed on it. The research that has been conducted however does appear to be positive indicating that it can be effective for reducing body fat. However, it is currently unclear whether or not there are any long term impact of laser liposuction.

Lifestyle Changes for Weight Loss

As mentioned previously, laser lipo, whilst effective, is perhaps not a highly recommended method of bring about body compositional changes. The most effective, efficient and long lasting changes are brought about through changes in nutrition and exercise. If you are looking to lose weight, I would always recommended attempting to lose weight through a calorie deficit first rather than resorting to treatments such as these. A calorie deficit is where you burn more calories per day than your body requires. Over time, your body fat will begin to drop as the body uses your fat stores in order for energy, rather than energy from food.

In conclusion, whilst laser fat reduction does appear to effective, it should not be treated as a quick fix. You may have now ideas of using this treatment for stubborn stomach fat removal, but do remember that long-lasting changes will only occur when used in conjunction with a change in lifestyle, diet and activity levels. Laser lipo results after one treatment are not as spectacular as the laser liposuction before and after photos may have you believe. It will take numerous lipo sessions and a lifestyle change before you begin to see significant improvements.

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