Have any intolerances been reported, e.g. for certain skin types, patients with pacemakers, pregnant women, in connection with allergies or diabetes, incompatibilities with certain medications or solarium use in parallel to laser treatment?
So far, no such intolerances or incompatibilities have been reported. However, to avoid any undesirable side effects, Esthetic Laser treatment is not recommended if any of the following apply:
Can patients still be treated if they have previously undergone liposuction or if they have silicone or other implants (artificial hip joints, screws or bolts after fractures)?
- During pregnancy
- Patient is under 18
- During and immediately after cancer treatment
- In parallel to other types of radiation therapy
- In parallel to solarium usage
- If the patient has a lymphatic disorder; sustainable results with the Esthetic Laser treatment can only be achieved if excretion of the fat cell contents via the lymphatic system is ensured.
Are there any general guidelines as to the type of sport that should be practiced and if so, how much, or are there any guidelines regarding nutrition?
- We advise against any direct treatment over silicone implants.
- Body implants that are located directly beneath the skin can heat up as a result of the laser treatment. However no damage has been reported as yet.
As a rule, any Esthetic Laser treatment should be complemented with exercise suited to burn off the released fatty acids. Accelerating the metabolism through exercise within 48 hours of the Esthetic Laser treatment is crucial to successful fat reduction. A positive change to eating habits and a healthy and balanced diet that is low in fat will assist in accelerating the success of the treatment while at the same time ensuring that the results achieved last over the medium and long term. Your therapist will provide you with customised fitness and nutritional advice.
How exactly does the fat reduction process and the breakdown of the fat cell contents in the body work?
The fat cells of the subcutaneous fatty tissue are heated by laser radiation. As a result, the pores in the cell membranes become permeable so that most of the content of the fat cells can be released. Water, glycerides and, of course, fats are released into the tissue surrounding the cells and then carried away via the lymphatic system. These released substances constitute energy which the body must now process. Ultimately, this treatment liquefies fat cells, thereby making them easier to burn.
How deep does the laser beam penetrate the skin?
The radiation penetrates the subcutaneous tissue to a depth of about 9 mm. In addition, scattered radiation may penetrate the cell issue a further 5 mm, making the total depth 1.4 cm.
Can the Esthetic Laser be used in all body regions (including neck and chin)?
Almost all body parts, i.e. stomach, back, buttocks, legs, arms, chin and other individual problem areas, can be treated in a focused manner. The only areas that should not be treated are the face and the eyes, as the laser could damage the retina.
Is there a limit to the number of treatments that can be performed? Can you treat several body regions at the same time?
Each treatment should concentrate on one specific area. With the exception of smaller areas such as the chin or arms (four treatments), it is recommended that stomach, legs, back, etc are treated over a maximum of eight sessions within a four-week period. The exact dosage should be discussed with the therapist. Once one area has been treated, a minimum of 14 days must elapse before treating any other area.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of Esthetic Laser treatment compared to liposuction?
Esthetic Laser stimulates the volume reduction of the fat cells and has no side effects, but some minor reddening of the skin may occur in individual cases. In contrast to Esthetic Laser, liposuction involves surgery and, as with every surgical intervention, poses a risk. Liposuction irretrievably destroys fat cells. Following this surgical procedure, the treated body parts can swell massively, requiring the patient to wear a corset for six to eight weeks. Over the long term, the destruction of fat cells in the targeted areas may result in excess fat being stored in other areas. This may pose a particular problem if the patient continues to lead an unhealthy lifestyle. The fat will then be deposited directly on the organs which may result in considerable damage to these organs and their ultimate dysfunction.
How can I ensure that the treatment results will last?
A healthy and balanced diet combined with sufficient exercise will assist in preventing the body from looking for new areas to deposit excess fat. In addition, we recommend that the problem areas be treated every eight weeks for 30 to 40 minutes in order to maintain the treatment results.