How Cold Laser Therapy Can Reduce Cellulite

Dr, Donna Restivo

Posted on September 29 2016

Cellulite is the unsightly dimpling and puckering of skin in larger areas of the body. Many people are misled in thinking that you have to be overweight to have cellulite and experience dimpling. Not true. Even people who are at their ideal weight can experience the dimpling of skin over and around fat deposits throughout the body. Cold laser or low laser light therapy is able to break down the cellulite and provide patients with smoother, younger looking skin that is more resilient and elastic. 

 

How It Works

The wand used in cold laser light therapy looks similar to a flashlight and is extremely easy for the technician to maneuver. The wand directs the laser onto the treatment area for anywhere from several seconds to several minutes. The size of the treatment area and the amount or dose of light emitted from the laser will determine the length of the treatment session. The light waves produced by the laser can penetrate anywhere from two to five centimeters into the skin. As the light waves pass through the tissue, they disrupt the layers of fat and tissue causing the fat cells to be depleted. Treatment sessions are performed two or three times a week for a specific number of weeks, depending on the amount of work that needs to be done


Inches Lost

According to the NCBI, women who received cold laser or low level light therapy two to three times a week for six weeks on the front and back of their thighs showed a loss of inches comparable to the Nurmberg Scale. Each laser treatment was from between 15 to 30 minutes long. Women who received a sham treatment showed no viable loss. Measurable loss in women who were treated averaged out to be less than a centimeter. Other than excessive urination within 30 minutes of the conclusion of the treatment, the only noted side effects were mild swelling and erythema. All were resolved within a short period of time.


Final Results

Several studies have been performed by groups associated with NCBI that have proven that cold laser or low level light therapy is both safe and effectively at decreasing the size or circumference of body parts (thighs, upper arms, buttocks, etc.). Tests revealed that 59% of women who received the treatment showed measurable loss, while 44 percent of women in the control group showed no change at all. While most measured results amounted to less an a centimeter, the end results over time, combined with the possibility that the treatment would not be needed again in the future, it was concluded that cold laser therapy was effective and performed according to expectations.


The Benefits

Individuals who are looking for a safe and effective way to eliminate cellulite in areas where it is extremely difficult to lose weight now have a viable treatment option in cold laser therapy. The therapy is target specific and will only affect the area in which it is used. The light waves do not extend further than what the doctor allows and will not cause residual side effects in other areas of the body.

People who are not overweight can still have cellulite in areas where fat is normally deposited. No matter how hard you try, you can't get it to go away. With cold laser therapy, the ability to contour those hard to work areas adds another element. Those areas where fat deposits are located are the same ones where measurements are often taken. Targeting those specific areas, even if the loss is a centimeter or less, will help to slim down your appearance making you look leaner and more svelte. For those who do carry extra weight, targeting those area can be a real moral booster, especially when it comes to how clothes fit and look when you wear them.

It is always important to weigh all of your options before you decide on whether or not a treatment is right for you. With new information becoming available about the benefits and long lasting effects of cold laser therapy, it is quickly making a name for itself. Take the time to find out for yourself what the benefits are. Talk to your primary care physician to find out if cold laser therapy can provide you with the kind of results you are looking for.

 


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