November 20, 2023 2:42 pm

Before making a final decision about laser fat removal, there are a few things you should consider. You should consider the impact of laser lipolysis (the technical term for laser fat removal), whether you’ve tried any alternatives and to what extent you have, as well as the cost and other practical realities of laser lipolysis.

What is Laser Lipolysis?

This procedure, also referred to as “laser lipo,” involves the application of a low-intensity laser to the fat areas you wish to lose. Lasers can generate singular-directional light and heat to a minimal area. With laser lipo, the technician will target the cell with the laser. The laser penetrates the skin, reaches the targeted fat cells, and bores a tiny pore into the cellular membrane. In addition to creating the small hole, the laser emulsifies (melts) the lipids inside the cell, which allows them to seep through the pore.

The body’s lymphatic system then naturally disposes of the lipids. Emerald Laser by Erchonia works differently from other laser lipolysis methods. Emerald’s system uses ten 532 nanometer lasers to target fat cells. While the system allows the cells to drain, they remain intact. Other laser systems destroy the fat cells, which can lead to fatty deposits developing in other areas of the body.

Additionally, Emerald Laser is relatively painless compared to other laser systems. Most patients don’t feel anything at all. Laser lipolysis is a minimally invasive weight loss method that targets body fat exclusively. It is innovative and quite new. Laser lipolysis by Emerald Laser is the first FDA-approved laser lipolysis process.

Is Laser Lipolysis Right For Me

Before contacting a provider, you should evaluate whether laser lipolysis is right for you. There are a number of considerations that you should take into account before going this route. First, you should consider how much fat you are trying to lose. Is it just a few pounds? Ten pounds? Is it over thirty pounds?

Depending on your answer, perhaps you should try other methods of fat loss before laser lipolysis. With laser lipolysis, fat loss of up to thirty pounds is possible. However, if you have more body fat than that to lose, then you should consider some of the potential alternatives we will go into below.

Additionally, you should consider some of the benefits of laser lipolysis before deciding on it. For example:

  • Laser lipolysis by Emerald Laser is completely painless.
  • The procedure is not invasive and requires no anesthesia.
  • There is no recovery time at all.

Potential Alternatives

Here are some of the potential alternatives to laser lipolysis to consider before you ultimately decide whether laser lipolysis is right for you/

Diet & Exercise

The most reliable fat-loss solution that exists is proper diet and exercise. You need to intake fewer calories (a calorie is a unit of energy) than you are expending daily in order to be in a caloric deficit. A caloric deficit causes you to be in what is called a negative energy balance, which is when you are intaking fewer calories than you are expending. If you are in a negative energy balance/caloric deficit, you will inevitably lose body fat. The best way to lose body fat with regard to diet and exercise is to track your daily caloric intake. You would typically use your height and weight to calculate your basal metabolic rate (BMR), then multiply that by a constant representing activity level to get your total daily energy expenditure (TDEE).

Your total daily energy expenditure (TDEE) is how much energy in calories you spend each day, and if you eat fewer calories than this, you will lose body fat. There are plenty of online calculators that can calculate your BMR and TDEE for you, so all that remains for you to do is to track your daily food intake to make sure it is below your TDEE. There are many apps and online resources that will track your daily food intake for you.


Occasionally, weight gain and fat retention are the results of mental health issues. For example, binge eating disorder is a mental disorder that can lead to obesity. Even if a mental condition isn’t necessarily the cause, many people gain weight or cannot maintain a healthy weight because they have an unhealthy psychological relationship with food. They often comfort themselves or reward themselves with food. For these reasons, therapy is a viable option for weight loss for many people. A therapist will help you get to the root of the problem and address why you are overeating, and will consequently help you lose body fat. Therapy can be a very helpful tool in your weight loss journey.

GLP-1 Agonists

These are a type of medications that can cause increased satiety and fullness when eating. GLP-1 agonist medications imitate a hormone called incretin, which is responsible for the feeling of satiety, thereby increasing fullness and decreasing hunger. This results in weight loss through caloric restriction being far easier, as the person is not as hungry and feels significantly fuller from the same quantity of food. Individuals will be less hungry and remain full for longer while on this medication, though they will still have to adjust their eating habits in order to lose body fat. However, unless the eating issue is purely psychological, this will be far easier to do, as the cravings for food and general hunger will be significantly diminished.

Cost of Laser Lipolysis

Laser lipolysis can be reasonably affordable too! Treatments can start at $1500 to $3000 for a set of sessions. Additionally, many providers grant free consultations, and many even offer payment plans to make the procedure more affordable. With these benefits, laser lipolysis is available to a wide variety of individuals of various income levels, making it a quite accessible cosmetic treatment.

You should obviously consider the cost of the procedure before you get laser fat removal. However, fortunately, most providers strive to make it as affordable as possible, using some of the techniques listed above. You should also consider that, in many ways, laser lipolysis can be an investment, an investment in your health. After all, you’re going to have your body all your life! It makes sense to take care of it, and fat loss can help you realize more positive health outcomes.

In addition to the improved longevity associated with less overall body fat, there are a host of health benefits to losing some body fat with laser lipolysis. Moreover, the aesthetic benefits speak for themselves! Investing in yourself with a laser lipolysis fat loss procedure can help increase your daily confidence levels and improve your mood more broadly, so it should certainly be considered a long-term investment.

Emerald Laser

We are the home of the innovative FDA-approved laser lipolysis procedure, so contact us right now to help find yourself a laser lipolysis provider near you!