If you’re considering a fat-removal surgical procedure, like liposuction, you may want to explore other options before deciding on this course of action. Liposuction is an invasive procedure that requires preparation, anesthesia, hospital stay, and recovery. Although this might seem like a worthwhile sacrifice in order to lose fat, laser lipolysis is an alternative, non-invasive procedure that offers the same benefits as liposuction without the surgery and painful recovery period. Read on to find out one of the easiest and most effective ways to lose weight and reduce fat.
Weight Loss vs. Fat Reduction
While many people use the terms “weight loss” and “fat reduction” interchangeably, they are closely related but different concepts. One of the primary factors in weight gain is the accumulation of fat. With all other things being equal, if an individual increases their body fat, they’ll gain weight. The reverse of this is also true: reduced fat leads to weight loss. Most people seeking medical weight reduction — liposuction, laser lipolysis, etc. — are interested in improving the contours of their bodies. Both liposuction and laser lipolysis are fat reduction procedures; weight loss is a secondary effect.
How Liposuction Surgery Works
Liposuction is a surgical process where fat cells are removed from the body with suction. Because the fat cells are located below the skin, the surgeon must create an incision so the vacuum hose can reach the targeted cells. Once the incision is closed, you may have to avoid normal activities for up to a week, and it may be four to six weeks until you can resume full activities, like exercise.
The Effectiveness of Traditional Liposuction
Once your surgery is complete, the fat cells have been removed, and you should notice the results immediately. In this sense, traditional liposuction is very effective. Your body, face, neck, etc. will be reduced in size. Liposuction can be effective for individuals who are within 30% of their ideal body weight. If you are heavier, your doctor may recommend diet and exercise to bring you closer to your goal before undergoing surgery.
Disadvantages of Traditional Lipo
There are several potential risks and disadvantages of liposuction. To begin with, because the process involves suctioning fat from specific body regions, the end results may have an irregular appearance. If the surgeon removes too much fat, your body will appear disproportionate. Furthermore, they can’t just restore the fat without another complicated procedure. After liposuction, the targeted fat cells are unavailable to your body. That means that if you gain fat after the surgery, it will be distributed to existing fat cells. While this can potentially promote a disproportionate look, it may also lead to fat being stored around vital organs, which is a more dangerous outcome. Other risks of liposuction involve painful recovery, infection from the surgery, and numbness.
How Laser Lipo Works
Laser lipolysis, also referred to as “laser lipo,” involves the application of a low-intensity laser. Lasers can generate singular-directional light and heat to a limited area. With laser lipo, the technician will target the cell with the laser. The laser penetrates the skin, reaches the targeted fat cells, and bores a tiny pore into the cellular membrane. In addition to creating the small hole, the laser emulsifies (melts) the lipids inside the cell, which allows them to seep through the pore. The body’s lymphatic system then naturally disposes of the lipids.
Emerald Laser by Erchonia works differently from other laser lipolysis methods. Emerald’s system uses ten 532 nanometer lasers to target fat cells. While the system allows the cells to drain, they remain intact. Other laser systems destroy the fat cells, which can lead to fatty deposits developing in other areas of the body. Additionally, Emerald Laser is relatively painless when compared to other laser systems. Most patients don’t feel anything at all.
Why Laser Lipo Can Be More Effective
Both laser lipolysis and traditional liposuction surgery can effectively remove body fat. In many respects, the Emerald laser lipolysis system is the superior option. Here are some of the primary benefits of choosing laser lipolysis over liposuction:
Emerald Laser Lipolysis does not involve incisions, injections, or anesthesia. In this respect, it is much safer than fat removal options, like liposuction.
No Hospitalization or Downtime
Laser lipolysis requires several small, out-patient procedures. This involves uncovering the targeted area and allowing the lasers to do their work for up to thirty minutes. After your session, you can leave and carry on with your day without restrictions.
Because surgical procedures like liposuction involve surgery, once the anesthesia wears off, you may be feeling the effects of the operation for several weeks before you’re really healed. Even some competing non-invasive fat removal procedures can involve varying degrees of pain. For instance, cryolipolysis, or fat freezing, is a non-surgical fat removal method that is often moderately painful. Even some competing laser methods can be painful. The Emerald Laser method, however, is virtually painless, and most patients don’t feel anything at all.
Surgical procedures often cost thousands of dollars more than the best non-invasive fat removal processes. For a fraction of the money, you can get the same fat reduction results from a non-invasive procedure that won’t require you to change your life around for several weeks.
A laser lipolysis appointment takes less than an hour from when you walk in. You will require several sessions, but you can schedule them before or after work or during your lunch break.
Why Choose Emerald Laser by Erchonia
Even if you’re sold on laser lipolysis, it’s important to recognize that all laser lipolysis processes are different. The Emerald Laser method has several significant features that other laser lipo processes don’t:
- Emerald Laser is relatively painless when compared to other laser systems.
- Emerald is the only laser system approved by the FDA for individuals with a BMI over 30.
- Erchonia is a pioneer in the medical fat reduction industry. They received the first FDA market clearance for a body fat reduction laser. Since that time, Erchonia has received multiple FDA market clearances.
- With packages ranging from $1,500 to $2,500, Emerald is one of the most cost-effective weight loss systems on the market.
Non-Invasive and Effective Fat Reduction
If you’ve become frustrated with trying to lose weight with diet and exercise, you may be considering a medical option. Emerald Laser is one of the safest and effective ways to lose body fat. Contact an Emerald Laser provider in your area today.