What Is Laser Lipo & Does It Really Work? Doctor Explains

What is laser lipo? Is it an effective substitute for surgical procedures? We reviewed the scientific studies and gave answers to all the questions in our article.

Getting rid of residual or excess fat has always had several solutions. You could exercise, diet, or use more drastic methods like liposuction. It is a surgical method of removing fat by pumping it out of the body. 

However, not everyone is ready to remove fat in a surgical way. They can turn to non-invasive laser liposuction which can be performed even at home. It is a definite advantage that makes it stand out from other procedures for excess fat removal

Therefore, we studied medical research and patient reviews to answer the questions of what laser lipo is, how it works, whether it is effective in removing belly fat, cellulite, and skin tightening, and other points in our article.

๐Ÿ’ก Note:
Find more about laser liposuction machines that will allow you to get rid of the excess fat even at home.

What is Laser Lipo Treatment?

What is Laser Lipo Treatment?

The lipo laser is a non-invasive procedure that reduces fat deposits in the upper layers of the skin using red and near-infrared light. It does not require surgery, so you will not have to undergo anesthesia and rehabilitation after the procedure.

Each procedure lasts 20 to 30 minutes. During it, you will not feel pain because the laser only affects fat cells and does not harm the skin. Laser liposuction can be performed on the following parts of the body:

  • Abdomen;
  • Thighs; 
  • The buttocks;
  • Arms;
  • Legs;
  • Back;
  • Shoulders;
  • Neck;
  • Bra fat areas;
  • Waist;
  • Knees.

After the procedure, you can immediately go back to your business because it does not require recovery. The main thing you need to do is to drink a lot of water to flush out the fat cells, but we will tell you more about this in the next paragraph.

The laser lipo procedure can also be performed at home using portable lasers. However, you should not do self-treatment unless you consult your doctor.

๐Ÿ’ก Note:
You can learn more about the laser lipo procedure at home in this article.

How Does the Non-invasive Laser Lipo Work?

Non-invasive laser liposuction does not remove fat cells but reduces their number. To dispel all doubts, we will explain the principle of the procedure to you in detail.

The lipo laser uses red and near-infrared light with a beam length of 620-850 nm. This red light has the longest beam compared to the other colors of the spectrum, so it can penetrate the skin painless and reach the subcutaneous fat.

Red light involves the activation of mitochondria, which are the energy-producing centers within cells. It enhances their function, leading to increased energy production and metabolism.

Additionally, red light stimulates the release of specific enzymes within fat cells, which are responsible for the breakdown of triglycerides (the main form of fat storage in the body) into smaller components, which then can be utilized by the body as an energy source.

In addition to fat reduction, laser lipo offers several other exciting benefits

  • Accelerated cell regeneration. The skin cells absorb the red light and use it to create
  • Improved sleep. One of the causes of poor sleep can be excessive weight. Since laser lipo reduces fat deposits and helps to eliminate them, the root cause of restless sleep is removed.

๐Ÿ“Œ It is important to note that the potential impact of red light therapy on fat cells should be viewed in the context of a holistic approach to health, which encompasses regular exercise, a well-balanced diet, and overall weight management. Relying solely on red light therapy is insufficient for achieving comprehensive fat reduction.

Who Is Laser Lipo the Best for?

Who Is Laser Lipo the Best for?

The lipo laser doesn’t cure obesity but helps you deal with excess fat deposits. Therefore, this procedure is suitable for people who want to remove excess weight that is not amenable to training or dieting.

๐Ÿ’ก Note:
Before resorting to non-invasive laser liposuction, consult with your therapist or a specialist who performs the procedure.

However, before signing up for the procedure, you should make sure that you do not have any diseases on the list of temporary and permanent contraindications to laser lipo.


  • Heart disease;
  • Liver disease;
  • Blood clots;
  • Multiple sclerosis;
  • Implants;
  • History of epilepsy;
  • Abnormal tissue growth;
  • Extreme cases of diabetes;
  • Use of a pacemaker or defibrillator;
  • Pregnant or nursing women;
  • Critical days;
  • Patients under 18 years of age;
  • All stages of cancer;
  • Lymphatic diseases;
  • Receiving chemotherapy or immunotherapy;
  • Thyroid disease;
  • High blood pressure (uncontrolled);
  • Chemical peels and laser resurfacing;
  • Sunburn.

Does Laser Lipo Actually Work: Before and After Results

Does Laser Lipo Actually Work: Before and After Results

Non-invasive laser liposuction is becoming more and more popular because it lets you avoid surgery and fight fat effectively without hurting you. Many studies show how effective this type of treatment is. In the next block of this article, we analyze the studies and show you the results before and after using laser liposuction.

It is important to note that some studies are based on the effects of LLLT (low-level laser therapy). Don’t worry, it is not some other technology that has nothing to do with the previously discussed procedure. LLLT is a group of treatments that use red and near-infrared light to treat skin conditions, get rid of fat, and so on. Accordingly, non-invasive laser liposuction also belongs to this group.

Belly Fat

Belly fat reduction with non-invasive laser liposuction
Results of belly fat reduction with non-invasive laser liposuction

Belly fat is very difficult to remove because a large number of fat cells accumulate in this area. However, the lipo laser can help to get rid of fat even in those hard-to-reach places.

The laser penetrates the layers of the skin and makes cracks in the shell of the fat cells. Fatty acids are released, the cell becomes smaller, and the lymphatic system flushes it all out of the body naturally.

There was an independent study in 2009 that confirmed reductions in the volume of the waist, hips, and abdomen. 67 people were enrolled; some underwent the laser lipo procedure, and others imitated this treatment. Patients underwent 6 real or fake treatments within two weeks, depending on their group affiliation [1].

In the end, the overall volume loss rate for the people who underwent the laser lipo treatment was 3.51″. The group that underwent the fake treatment lost a total of 0.684″. The group that had the present treatment lost 5.13 times more in the waist, hip, and abdominal volume than those in the simulation group.

โœ… Verdict:
The non-invasive lipo laser is effective in removing belly, waist, and thigh fat.


Cellulite reduction with non-invasive laser liposuction
Results of cellulite reduction with non-invasive laser liposuction

Cellulite is a very common manifestation of a lack of skin elasticity. It is present in 90% of post-adolescent women. Most of them dream of getting rid of it, and it can be easily achieved with laser lipo therapy.

As we discussed earlier, skin cells absorb red and near-infrared light and convert this into energy. Through this energy, the regeneration processes in the cells are accelerated, and young, firm skin appears in the areas where the cellulite was.

One of the studies aimed to investigate the effects of laser liposuction on cellulite. The participants were divided into two groups. The first one received treatment with LLLT. The second had a fake procedure. Both groups underwent 6 treatments for 2 weeks [2]. 

Twelve people from the group that received the LLLT treatment reported a 55.88% reduction in cellulite. The other group showed no change. 62.1% of those studied were completely or moderately satisfied with the results of the laser liposuction procedures.

โœ… Verdict:
Laser lipo is effective in removing cellulite when performed regularly (2-3 times per week for 2-3 weeks).

Skin Tightening

Skin tightening with non-invasive laser liposuction
Results of skin tightening with non-invasive laser liposuction

Red and near-infrared light penetrate deep into the skin and stimulate collagen and elastin production. These two components are responsible for the firmness and elasticity of your skin. 

There are clinical studies that confirm that skin tightening can be accomplished with laser liposuction. In one of them, ten patients were involved in evaluating its effectiveness. 

The patients’ abdomens were divided into two zones. The first one was illuminated with a red laser, and the second one was not. After three months of investigation, the side subjected to laser liposuction had 26% firmer skin [3].

โœ… Verdict:
Non-invasive laser liposuction effectively lifts flabby skin and produces visible results within 3 months.

Customer Reviews

Despite the growing popularity of laser liposuction, many people remain skeptical about the safety and effectiveness of this treatment. Some may wonder if this is really worth the investment, or if it’s just another gimmick in the beauty industry.

Customer reviews can provide valuable insights into the real experiences of those who have undergone laser liposuction, so let’s take a closer look at them.

โ€œI had my doubts about laser lipo before I underwent the procedure, but now I can confidently say that it was worth it. Although there was some discomfort during the procedure, it was nothing compared to the pain I had experienced during traditional liposuction. The laser lipo method allowed me to target specific areas of my body and achieve a more sculpted look. It’s been several months since my procedure, and I’m still amazed by the results.โ€

โ€” Leilani, TX

โ€œI was hesitant to try laser lipo due to the high cost, but I decided to take the plunge, and I’m glad I did. The procedure was a bit uncomfortable, but it was over quickly, and I didn’t experience any significant pain or discomfort afterward. The results were remarkable, and I lost several inches around my waistline. However, I do wish that the effects lasted longer than a few months. 

Overall, I’m satisfied with my laser lipo experience, but I think it’s important to manage expectations and understand that it’s not a permanent solution.โ€

โ€” Skylar, CA

โ€œI had been struggling with stubborn fat around my midsection for years, despite following a strict diet and exercise routine. That’s when I decided to try laser lipo, and it was the best decision I ever made! The procedure was relatively painless, and I saw noticeable results within a few weeks. The best part was that there was no downtime, and I was able to resume my normal activities immediately after.โ€

โ€” Peyton, AZ

How Many Sessions Does It Take to Get Results with Laser Lipo?

Laser liposuction is a non-invasive procedure, so visible results will appear after several sessions. This figure depends on the amount of fat, cellulite, and skin laxity

You may notice results after the first week of the procedure, but on average, it takes 2 to 6 months. Based on clinical studies, you can expect results in 2 weeks to 3 months

Below we show you how long it takes to treat certain problems with laser lipo.

Fat reductionCellulite reductionSkin tightening
2 weeks (6 sessions)2 weeks (6 sessions)1-3 months

Pros and Cons of Laser Lipo

Pros and Cons of Laser Lipo


  • Non Invasiveness. Laser lipo does not require surgery and, therefore, a long recovery time.
  • Versatility. It helps to effectively remove excess fat cells, cellulite, and tighten the skin.
  • Quick procedure. Each session will take no more than 30 minutes.
  • Reduce fat in any part of the body. The machine can effectively illuminate any part of your body with a laser: from your knees to your back.


  • Does not fully treat obesity. To completely cure obesity, you must accompany laser liposuction procedures with exercise and a healthy diet.

Does Laser Lipo Have any Side Effects?

Does Laser Lipo Have any Side Effects?

Red and near-infrared light do not harm your skin cells, so after a non-invasive lipo laser procedure, your body will remain free of negative changes.

However, bruising or contour irregularities may be left on your body if the laser is not used correctly. Therefore, it is important to visit qualified professionals and read the instructions in detail before using the lipo laser at home.

What is the Difference Between Laser Lipo and Fat Cavitation?

The main difference between ultrasonic (fat) cavitation and laser liposuction lies in the principle of the effect on fat cells and the indications for the treatment.

Laser lipoUltrasonic (fat) cavitation
Laser lipoUltrasonic (fat) cavitation
Effects on fat cellsLaser liposuction uses red and near-infrared light that reduces fat cells without killing them. Then the lymphatic system removes the remaining fat from the body.Ultrasonic cavitation enlarges fat cells by causing bubbles in them through vibration. These bubbles burst, and the fat is broken down and removed from the body naturally. It allows you to get rid of excess fat cells and reduce cellulite.
What can it treat?- Excess fat;
- Cellulite;
- Skin laxity;
- Inflammation;
- Excess fat;
- Cellulite.
Can it be used at home?โœ… Laser lipo machines can be used at home.โœ… Ultrasonic cavitation machines can be used at home.


Laser lipo summary

Non-invasive methods of removing fat cells, cellulite, and skin problems have created high competition for surgical treatments. It is because non-invasive treatment does not require long preparation and rehabilitation after surgery.

One such treatment is a non-invasive lipo laser. It has gathered great excitement around it, and more and more people want to learn about it. 

So, in this article, we explained what laser lipo is, how it works, whether it is effective in removing fat, cellulite, and skin problems, and what the difference is between laser lipo and ultrasound cavitation.


๐Ÿค” Is laser lipo permanent?

The results of laser liposuction are permanent, but you can improve them with exercise and dieting.

๐Ÿง Is laser lipo FDA-approved?

In 2015, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved non-invasive laser liposuction.

๐Ÿฉน Is Lipo laser painful?

Since laser lipo is a non-surgical procedure, you will not feel any pain during the session.

๐Ÿ“ˆ How much weight can you lose with laser liposuction?

Clinical studies have shown that if you irradiate the hips, waist, and belly, you can lose up to 3.51″ in these areas of the body in 2-3 weeks in total.

๐Ÿ’ฐ How much does the laser lipo procedure cost?

A series of 8 sessions of non-invasive laser liposuction can cost up to $1,000, but you can purchase the device and do the procedure at home. It will be about 10 times cheaper.

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