FAQ

Laser Lipolysis

Is Laser Lipolysis safe?

Yes it is completely safe. Laser lipolysis uses “cold” laser therapy because it doesn’t heat your body. The effects on your fat cells are not due to the heat as in laser surgery.

High power lasers – which are used in surgery – work because they produce heat which cuts the tissue. The Low power laser, used in the Lumislim machine, is only able to operate at a constant light wavelength of 650nm which won’t cut your tissue; it just stimulates your cells.

Laser lipolysis is safe because your cells have a natural ability to resist over-stimulation. It is not possible to harm your body’s tissues by over-dosing on the laser lipolysis treatments.

The initial purpose of low level laser technology was for pain relief and cell re-generation for healing. A clinical trial demonstrated that modifying the frequencies and output was effective for fat reduction.

After continued studies it was discovered that low level laser therapy was a safe and effective indication for body contouring and spot fat reduction.

Laser lipolysis is completely safe and is regulated by the Medicine’s Health Regulatory Authority.

So how does Laser Lipolysis work?

The light from the low power laser penetrates your skin up to a depth of 9mm. That’s just deep enough to reach the sub-cutaneous fat layer.

The walls of your fat cells are disrupted by the laser and develop tiny pores; the fat then flows out into the space between your fat cells.

This is when your lymphatic system gets to work. Your lumph vessels transport excess fluids away from the spaces in your body tissue and take them back into your bloodstream. When you start to exercise after a treatment, your body will search for an energy source (your fat).

Normally it would take fat from around your vital organs (liver, lungs, kidney etc). But because you have had a laser lipolysis treatment, your body will take the fat from the treated areas (which is the path of least resistance). And so you will lose inches from these areas.

If you do not undertake cardio-vascular exercise following a treatment the fat will just get deposited somewhere else on your body, for example on your tummy or bottom. This is why use of the Vibration Plate included in treatment.

What should I do after a treatment?

You should take at least half an hour’s cardio-vascular exercise. This can include jumping on a mini trampoline, using a Stairmaster, a treadmill, running, jogging or taking a brisk walk: anything to get your heart going and get you a little sweaty really!

To get the best results you should do this within an hour of your treatment, and certainly within four hours.

After four hours, the fat which has been released by the treatment, will start to be re-absorbed by your body and may be deposited where you don’t want it!

So can I really go straight back to work afterwards?

Yes. After your treatment, there is no requirement for bed rest or reduced activity and you can resume your normal schedule immediately.

The minimal disruption in their daily agenda is the reason most people find the treatment so attractive.

Ultrasonic Cavitation

Is Ultrasonic Fat Cavitation a safe procedure?

Yes, it is safe, comfortable, and non-invasive procedure with virtually no side effects. It does not require anesthesia, leaves no scars and does not require any post treatment. The ultrasound energy is designed to target fatty tissues beneath the skin only, and does not affect the blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues.

Is the procedure painful?

No, the treatment is painless. A slight tingling sensation or very slight buzzing in the ear may sometimes be felt during the treatment but this is not uncomfortable. Some heat sensation may also be felt during treatment but no pain. Any slight reddening of the skin, which may sometimes develop during or soon after treatment quickly, disappears.

On which parts of the body is the treatment most beneficial?

Thighs (saddle bags), Abdomen (love handles), Hips (flanks), Buttock, Upper arm i.e. the areas of localised fat. However it cannot be applied to the head, neck, chest, back and over bony areas.

Does it work on Cellulite?

Yes, low frequency ultrasound (40kHz) generally works well on cellulite by focusing the ‘cavitation effect’ on the superficial fat tissue. Best results are obtained when the ultrasound is applied in conjunction with the ‘radio frequency’ (RF) treatment, which helps to tighten and tone the skin. Cellulite is the appearance of dimpled skin.

Where are fat cells stored?

Fat is stored primarily as triglycerides inside adipocytes cells located between the muscles and skin. The numbers of fat cells are the same regardless of a person’s weight but the size of the cells can vary greatly.

What instant result can I expect?

The ultrasonic cavitation treatment will often yield immediate results, which you can feel, touch and see and it can be long lasting. Some clients can experience between 1 to 5 cm. of circumference reduction after a single session with increasing results after subsequent visits. However, more significant results will be noticed after a course of treatments.

What long-term results can I expect with ultrasonic cavitation?

You can achieve ‘volume reduction’ of fatty tissues and ‘toning of the body’. The results are gradual over a number of weeks as your body clears the broken down fatty tissues. It is not uncommon to achieve up to 10 cm reduction by the end of the course of treatments. The results can be long lasting provided you follow a healthy diet and exercise programme.However it  is very easy to deposit fat again into the tissues if one over-eats, consumes too much alcohol or doesn’t exercise. Ultimately the result may vary depending on the individual’s different tissue structure,treatment area, age, metabolism, medication, and changes in hormones.

Are there any side effects with this treatment?

There are virtually no side effects. However on rare occasions  there may be a slight possibility of mild side effects such as transient redness, excessive thirst, or nausea  immediately after the treatment, which is invariably resolved by drinking water. These are all short-term effects  that disappear in a few hours.

What are the ‘contraindications’ with Ultrasonic Cavitation?

Ultrasonic cavitation treatment is not for everybody. Even though it is a safe and painless procedure, nevertheless there are contraindications for  using cavitation devices for treatment of localised fat. Such contraindications will depend on the individual’s  medical history. Thus people with kidney failure, liver failure, heart disease, carrying a pacemaker, pregnancy, lactation, etc. are not suitable candidates for the cavitation treatment.

After treatment tips and advice

Laser Lipolysis takes inches from your body and the results last, providing of course that you are sensible.

The aim is to use this fantastic treatment to bring about a lifestyle change. Regular meals, portion control, not too much alcohol and regular exercise will help ensure your new shape is retained. There are three general areas on which to focus on the path to a healthier new you :-

Eating and Nutrition

Drink 2-3 litres of water a day. Every cell is approx 70% water, so for your body to lose weight and function properly you need to be hydrated! Carry a bottle of water around with you so you it’s always readily available to sip throughout the day.

Eat slowly. Challenge yourself to taste each bite of the next meal you eat. Instead of talking or working whilst eating, drop everything except your fork and taste every mouthful. It can take the brain up to 20 minutes to recognise the feeling of fullness. This means when your stomach is full, your brain has not yet told you, so you can end up continuing to eat and consume extra calories!

The Hunger scale. A lot of people don’t know when they’re hungry. They eat for lots of other reasons – like boredom, tiredness or habit. Next time you think its lunchtime, ask yourself, “on a scale of one to ten, how hungry am I?” If the answer is 2 or 3 you aren’t hungry enough to eat, but if it’s 9, you should have already
eaten.

Eat as much organic fruit and vegetables as possible. 5 portions a day will give you most of the vitamins you need, but the more you can eat the better. If you are unable to then it may be necessary to take a multivitamin supplement. Always try to eat organic fruit and vegetables as they haven’t been treated with strong pesticides.

Eat breakfast. Every meal you miss encourages your body to store fat and your metabolism to plummet. This means that your body not only stores fat you already have but will then store the fat from the next thing you consume! Your brain and body won’t function properly leaving you with low energy levels. Breakfast is the
most important meal of the day and research shows that long term weight loss without breakfast is virtually impossible.

Eat 5 times a day. This will prevent your metabolism from slowing down. You burn more calories from the energy it takes to digest food so eating 5 times a day is the equivalent of doing a short workout. If you are short on time, maybe have a protein bar, a snack pack of nuts & berries or a piece of fruit for a mid morning / afternoon snack. Take a packed lunch to work. This will prevent hunger and stop you from snacking on naughty treats whilst keeping your blood sugar levels stable.

Increase the amount of protein in your diet. Protein helps stabilize the secretion of insulin into your blood stream, a process that affects the metabolism. The average person will benefit from a minimum of 70 grams or higher per day. Protein helps maintain the metabolism better than carbohydrates or fat whilst dieting. A higher protein diet is better at satisfying the appetite than any other diet.

Watch your calorie intake. The average male needs 2400 calories a day and the average woman 1900. Gender and physical activity need to be taken into account. If you want to lose weight aim for 1400-1700 calories for women and 1600-2100 calories for men per day. Don’t reduce your calorie intake too quickly though as this can lower your metabolism too much.

Eat low fat. Steer clear of saturated fats, trans- fats and hydrogenated fats. Cut fat of meat and avoid frying foods.

Eating patterns. Have you noticed that you’re more vulnerable to a choc-attack at certain situations? If you know when your time of maximum temptation is likely to be, you can take steps to save yourself. Keep a food diary. This helps you to know yourself better and to help control what you are consuming.

Exercise and Lifestyle

Exercise more. This will burn calories and speed up your metabolic rate. Get a pedometer and aim to walk 10000 steps per day, slowly increasing this over time? Walk the dog, walk to work just walk, walk, walk….. It’s good for you and it’s free!

Avoid alcohol. Not only is most alcohol full of calories but new research shows that the metabolism of fat is reduced by as much as 73% after only two glasses of vodka and lemonade in a one hour time period. This tells us that the primary effect of alcohol on the body is not so much ‘how much’ of it gets stored as fat, but how it shuts down the body’s ability to access your fat stores for energy.

Interval training. Try doing 1 minute of fast exercise then 1 minute slow. Or 2 minutes fast then 1 minute slow. This process again speeds up the metabolism for 4-5 hours after working out Try and train 3 to 4 times a week, it doesn’t have to be long, 20 minutes is enough, as long as you increase your heart rate.

Try something new. How about trying something you’ve never done before? The gym isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so look in the local paper, there are so many exercise options ranging from Tai chi to Zumba, there is something for everyone.

Mental Wellbeing

Use measurements, don’t weigh yourself. How your clothes fit you is the best indication of weight loss. Remember muscle weighs more than fat!

Treats at the weekend. Be good during the week and treat yourself at the weekend. Obviously don’t go mad but having this treat time will eliminate the feeling of being deprived of the things you enjoy. If you try to be good 7 days a week, then eventually you will crack, leading to binges.

Get plenty of sleep. Try to get 8 hours of sleep a night.

Stay motivated. What are your goals that will keep you motivated? Is it a holiday, a wedding or a whole new wardrobe! Whatever your incentive is stay positive and go for it.