Laser Lipolysis

Laser Lipolysis [attribution Brett S. Kotlus and Charles Mok at hindawi.com journals]

Laser Lipolysis on upper arm
Image by Brett S. Kotlus and Charles Mok (CC BY 3.0)

Laser lipolysis is a controversial technique in which infra-red laser beams are sent through the skin and into the body from machines placed over the stomach, buttocks, thighs or other area in which there is excess fat. The laser beam disrupts fat cells that release the fat into the tissue from where it is taken up into the bloodstream and removed from the body by the liver. The procedure is pain free and takes less than 30 minutes.

Patients can lose significant amount of fat from the areas treated, but must exercise afterwards to help burn up the released fat. Usually numerous treatments are required at regular (e.g. weekly) intervals.

At present the technique is being offered by private cosmetic clinics at a high price, and it is not yet considered to be a mainstream method of weight management as its long term effects are unknown.

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