What is lipo light and how does it differ from sculpsure or some of the other fat eliminating lasers?

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Thank you for your question. SculpSure is the preeminent procedure for destroying subcutaneous fat that is difficult to eliminate in the flanks and tummy area through diet and exercise alone. I suggest that you next consult in person with a board certified facial plastic surgeon to ensure that you are an ideal candidate for the procedure.

Best wishes,

Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
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What is Lipo Lite and How Does It Differ From SculpSure and Other Fat Eliminating Lasers?

Lipo Lite was a small 1064 nm YAG laser that came out in 2008 to melt fat. It is no longer being sold, probably because it has such limited use. The original Smartlipo was also a 1064 YAG laser with a tiny fiber and was superceded by the combined 1064 and 1320 nm Smartlipo Multiplex and then the Smartlipo Triplex with 1064, 1320 and 1440 nm wavelengths. Actually the 1440 is the only wavelength I use as it is 20 times more effective at melting fat cells than the 1064. These lasers are used underneath the skin in the Smartlipo liposuction method, so all require tumescent local anesthesia and a small skin incision. After the fat is melted it is evacuated with a suction cannula.
SculpSure is completely non-invasive. Applicators are placed on the skin and a 1060 diode laser penetrates to the subcutaneous fat layer while the skin surface is cooled to prevent heat injury. After 25 minutes, the applicators are removed, and the treated fat cells die, release the fat contents which are absorbed and metabolized. The results are seen between six and twelve weeks. For most patients two treatments are recommended, and more are helpful depending on how much fat was present.

Robert M. Lowen, MD
Mountain View Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Lipolite and SculpSure

LipoLite, along with SculpSure, CoolSculpting, and Smart Lipo Triplex, is a procedure that eliminates stubborn fat through a process called lipolysis, or the destroying of fat cells. LipoLite differs from these other fat-eliminating procedures in that it has not been FDA-approved.

Elizabeth Arthur, MD
Rochester Dermatologist

SculpSure uses a diode laser

SculpSure uses a diode laser that targets fat cells.  A laser is a concentrated beam of light of a certain wavelength.  That wavelength determines what absorbs the laser energy.  It is very safe and FDA indicated for non surgical fat reduction, it is the world's first and only laser targeted for this use.

David Finkle, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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