Laser Lipo: What is it and How it Works

Back in the day, laser liposuction used to be an invasive procedure that involved melting the fat under the skin using laser beams. Traditional laser lipo was used to remove excess body fat from areas like thighs, stomach, arms, and neck. Thanks to modern technology, the procedure is now non-invasive and doesn’t require surgery or recovery time.

what is laser lipo

Non-invasive laser lipo relies entirely on laser energy and, as it doesn’t involve incisions, it takes no time to remove the excess fat, and patients are not required to exert any effort to help with the transformation. It may sound too good to be true but in the following guide, we will explain what the procedure entails and how it works, so keep reading to find out more about laser liposuction. 

How it Works

Conventional or traditional liposuction relied on the idea of removing fat cells during an invasive procedure. Advanced laser lipo is not the same, it focuses on using laser energy to shrink those cells rather than getting rid of them. The laser heat energy melts the excess fatty cells until they get hot enough to be liquefied. The procedure also continues to liquefy the tissue holding the fatty cells together. This eventually leads your body to get rid of those excess fat cells through the lymphatic system or through burning them to release energy. This causes the treated areas to shrink a few inches and you lose the extra fat layer covering those areas. 

It’s important to note that when the laser penetrates the skin and reaches the fat cells, it creates little holes in their membranes causing them to let go of the stored water, fatty acids, and glycerol. These components are then released into the body to be flushed out after being processed by some deoxycholic acids in the gut.

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What Happens in the Procedure?

During the procedure, patients lie down comfortably on special beds to speed the metabolic process. Specialists at explain that the body responds to exercise by releasing the stored fat in fatty cells to use as fuel. However, when this happens, the fat can be burned from any body part containing excess fat. Advanced laser lipo mimics this natural process by using low-level laser beams to create a similar reaction and target the areas where fat needs to be released. This happens by applying special pads on the targeted body part to radiate laser energy for about 10 to 20 minutes. The technician can change the location of the pads on your body during your laser session. After the session, you should be able to see immediate results. For optimum results, patients need to repeat their sessions as many times as recommended until all the extra fat is removed.


Treatment differs between patients, one patient may require one week to get rid of all their excess fat while another patient can spend a couple of months to reach their goal weight. The session duration also depends on the areas being treated. The factors affecting the duration include the number of body parts you want to shrink, the size of the treated areas, how much fat you wish to remove, and how much fat is covering the targeted areas. 

On average, a single treated area takes about an hour per session, the more targeted areas, the longer it will take in a single session. Your body’s fat distribution and the desired results control how many sessions you need in order to reach your target. For larger areas, about 20 to 26% of fat cells are removed in each session. This percentage spikes to 80% when the targeted area is small. It should only take you one session to get full results on smaller body regions like the neck and underarms. Other areas like the abdomen or thighs may take up to two to three weekly sessions to entirely treat, it depends on how much fat you have distributed across your body. 

Patients can basically treat any area in their body using laser lipo, however, treatments are usually performed on areas like the abdomen, hips, back, or buttocks. Treatment can also be performed on smaller areas like the upper arms, neck, underarms, calves, back of the knees, and chin.

Laser liposuction is an advanced procedure that uses non-invasive techniques to remove excess fat in targeted areas. The laser technology involved uses low-level laser beams to melt and liquefy fatty cells so that the body can easily get rid of them through the lymphatic system. This process produces immediate results, causes no pain, and requires no incisions. This is why laser liposuction is becoming increasingly popular nowadays.

Susan Harris

By Susan Harris

Susan Harris is the owner of Rooted Mama Health. She is the mother to two amazing children and wife of a loving husband. She strives to provide the world with all the information they need to live a happy and health lifestyle.