i-Lipo is a state of the art body contouring system that is designed to be an alternative to traditional liposuction. It is an FDA approved procedure for dermatological aesthetic treatment. i-Lipo helps reduce hips, waist and thigh circumference. This procedure is also effective in reducing fatty layers under the skin. No incisions are required when removing fats and waste is eliminated naturally from the body.
i-Lipo was first introduced in 2006 and used as a fat reduction and cellulite removal technique. Low level lasers are used which is used to trigger chemical signals in the fat cells destroying stored triglycerides in the free fatty acids.
How does it work?
i-Lipo emits low levels of laser energy that sends a chemical signals to the fat cells. It breaks down the stored triglycerides into free fatty acids and glycerol which are released through channels in the cell membranes. Fatty acids and glycerol are released to the body and used during metabolism to make energy. This is the body’s natural response when it needs to use stored energy reserves. I-Lipo does not create any unnatural reaction or damage any surrounding structures in the skin, peripheral nerves and blood vessels.
Coupled with exercise which creates an increased demand for extra energy, fatty acids released through i-Lipo is consumed by the body. Low-level lasers mimics the body’s natural fat burning process trigerring the reaction. i-Lipo is a safe and painless fat reduction procedure which can be used on all skin types and body areas. There is no downtime and patients can return to their normal activities after treatment.
The procedure is simple and does not make the patient uncomfortable in any way. Four small plastic paddles are placed on the treatment area and secured with Velcro straps. Paddles emit low levels of laser energy that destroys the fat cells without harming the patient’s skin. Usual treatment areas are the abdomen, thighs, love handles, and upper arms.
i-Lipo treatments can be completed in less than 30 minutes. A total of 8 sessions is recommended which should be performed twice a week. This is to achieve maximum results. 1 area is allowed to be treated per day in order to maximize the burning off of the fats. Patients can expect to lose between 200 to 400 calories on their target area each treatment. An average loss of 2 cm or ¾ inch per session can be achieved which also vary on each individual.
Pros and Cons
- Laser coagulates blood in the areas where the procedure will be performed
- Less intrusive compared to traditional liposuction
- Immediate results
- The method has been proven to be effective when it comes to getting rid of excess fat found underneath the skin
- Fluids used during the process are not removed and patients may require a repeat procedure after a few weeks.
- There is a small risk of skin burn