Review: Lipo Laser Fat Reduction (Lapex 2000 BCS)
With so many cosmetic lasers for fat reduction, how do you know which to choose? As a professional who has performed numerous treatments for guests, here is my personal opinion review on the Lipo Laser by Meridian Medical (which is different and should not be confused with Laser Liposuction or Smart Lipo).
How It Works: Lipo Laser uses laser energy to penetrate to your fat cells and make them temporarily porous (for 3 hours). This allows the contents of the cell to escape into the interstitial cell space, and can be removed through either your lymphatic system or by being metabolized to your muscles through exercise. In other words: Your fat cells are like grapes, and the procedure is like squishing out their insides. However, unlike a grape, the insides of your fat cells can return in three hours.
The Procedure: The client chooses an area to target such as the inner thighs or abdomen. Two medium sized rectangle paddles are strapped to that area, each with four holes where the laser light comes out of. Two smaller paddles are placed on areas that can stimulate your lymphatic system, often just below your underarms. The two larger paddles are moved every 10 minutes to cover the entire area you want treated. Most sessions are 40 minutes in length.
For the client, there is absolutely no discomfort. In fact, there is no sensation at all. The only indication that the machine is even turned on, is the glowing red light that emits from all four paddles.
Results: This is not a stand-alone treatment, and actually requires that the guest do at least 30 minutes of exercise after the treatment. The fat cells are porous for approximately 3 hours, and any contents that are not peed, sweated or exercised out will settle back and reduce the results.
Many spas will do measurements around certain areas right before and after the treatment, usually resulting an about an average quarter inch loss. Some spas will do multiple measurements in one area and add up the results. For example, if three areas are measured around the abdomen (at the belly button and one inch above and below) and a quarter inch difference is noticed in all three areas, many spas will claim this is a three quarter inch reduction - which can be misleading.
Cost: The average cost (in Canadian) is $200 per treatment, with a series of 8 recommended. Many spas will give an introductory price of $50 or $100 for your first visit so you can see the results. Although there is usually an immediate inch loss difference (which gets you hooked), this rarely lasts until the next day.
My Professional Opinion: With the numerous guests that I performed this service on, I found that about 80% of the people who completed their series of 8 were dissatisfied with the results. Many saw no change on their last measurement from the first, and a few even saw a gain at the end. For the guests who did see a difference, it was clear that their lifestyle had a big influence, with many going regularly to the gym. My professional opinion on this treatment is to skip it and save your money, but if you are truly set on trying this, or are in the middle of the process already there are a few things I would recommend:
- Make sure you do your own measurements, not just at the spa. This will help you gain a truly unbiased assessment of the effectiveness of your treatments. If after 2 or 3 treatments you aren’t seeing any results, stop and find something else that works.
- If the theory behind the science is correct, the more exercise you do for the first three hours after the treatment, the better. Take full advantage of this and gain control of directing your own results.
- Secondary treatments are recommended to facilitate results. I have personally found that using an infrared sauna right after helps to increase and sustain the inch loss, but even using an infrared sauna on it’s own can create some pretty amazing results.
- Your lymphatic system is a big part of this procedure, and can create undesired results if it is sluggish or inactive. Many health food stores have inexpensive supplements that can give you a boost.