Why Are So Many Complaining of Fat Loss with IPL? I Had 2 Sessions and I Am So Scared !

I don't have fat loss at this moment but I am so worried because of all the posts I have read about this! I had one session 7 weeks ago and the second one 2 weeks ago. I will never do this again! So nervous!! My skin looks fine right now. I am thinking that I might have a scar on my nose because I see a faint line on it but I am not sure if it will go away. Can someone explain to me, is fat loss likely to happen to me?

Doctor Answers 4

Fat loss and IPL

IPL is a light-based therapy. It does not have the ability to affect fat. It is only a surface treatment. For people who are posting about fat loss from IPL, they must have been treated with something other than just IPL. I have done over 110,000 IPL FotoFacial treatments in my office. No one has had fat loss from them.


Las Vegas Dermatologist
4.6 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

IPL does not cause Fat Loss

IPL does not penetrate deep enough or even targets the fat cells in our skin. It only targets pigment ( like dark spots or red spots). Having personally performed over 1000 IPL treatments, I don't have a single patient with that issue.  What you are reading is incorrect and most likely another laser was used but sold as IPL. You should speak to your physician about this concern as well and finish your treatment. There are a lot of shady practices out there and that is why it's important to trust your face and skin to a board certified expert. Best, Dr.Avaliani

Anna Avaliani, MD
New York Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Low Risks with Photofacial Treatments

The Sciton Broad Band Light (BBL™) provides patients with a state-of-the-art laser system, which is able to treat multiple aesthetic concerns, while being safe, non-invasive with no downtime.  It is highly unlikely  , with appropriate treatment that fat loss can occur with IPL/ BBL treatments.

#BBLlowrisks    #BBLexpectations   #BBLsideeffects

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 154 reviews

IPL : Low Risks for Fat Loss

Sciton® BBL technology treats sun-damaged and aging skin effectively. The light energy delivered by the BBL will gently be absorbed by the unwanted melanin responsible for pigmented lesions in the upper layers of the skin.. It is highly unlikely that an IPL/ BBL treatment can destroy fat since the treatment targets layers of the skin that have brown spots , broken capillaries and collagen.

#BBLlowrisks  #BBLtreatments    #BBLtreatscollagen

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 107 reviews

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