iLipo Laser Treatment – week 1-3 results and experiences – does it work?
Posted January 12, 2011on:
Update at base of article with an update after all my sessions – So, there was one Groupon My City Deal I didnt actually post up about at the time. I ordered 3 sessions of iLipo laser lipo for around £100 instead of over £350. I was a bit embarrassed to say, what with all my pro exercise and get fit posts. But I saw a deal to try something out very cheaply so I bought it as it is useful for things exercise will rarely effect. I had the first session this week and I wanted to share the results so far. I explain what Lase iLipo is and why I think it is a good alternative to full on surgery at the bottom of the post in case you are researching what it is!
UPDATE: Groupon have another deal on – 3 sessions for £119 or 6 sessions for £199 – saving around 78%!
So about my experiences and why I opted for laser i lipo…I am getting fitter with all the playing on my Wii and my friend’s Kinect dance games – however there are always stubborn areas which just won’t seem to go and I feel that if I exercised and dieted to the degree where they did go – there would be none of me left and I would be on a silly small amoutn of calories. And this is something laser lipo is great for. It can be used to help reduce the fat in targetted areas such as tummy, sadlebags, underneith of arms, under chin, hips and so on and I knew I just wanted to see if I could reduce the excess weight that just wont shufty from my stomach like a little bread belly.
I arrived at the clinic which was nice and friendly and had to fill in a very basic health questionnaire to check I was ok for treatment. It was just a few pages since the treatment is a gentle laser and most people can use it. I was weighed and measured at 3 points on my stomach (as this was the area I was treating) after stripping to my leggings and crop top (I came prepared clothes wise). She covered my tattoos with plasters so the laser didnt directly touch tattooed skin as for some people lasers easily remove some of the tattoo ink otherwise. I was told it was unlikely but better safe than sorry. I lay down on a bed and the lady placed 8 white iLipo units around my stomach and held them on with a velcro belt. I must say, the next generation of these are likely to have multiple options as the flat rectangles were a little awkward on my round self – however they did stay with a little persuading. She turned on the machine and I was left to read a magazine and listen to music for ten minutes. Then she returned and adjusted the positions of the units so they were covering slightly different areas for full coverage and then the same again. The units beeped gently so I knew they were working and the whole thing was pretty simple. The lasers glowed a reassuring red glow at me and my skin got warm. It wasn’t hot, but rather more like a not too hot water bottle feeling. It was actually pretty nice. I did get an itch on one side of my tummy which was really annoying, but I think that was just coincidence. Just dont think about itching skin and you will probably be fine lol.
After my second 10 minutes of reading she came back and took the iLipo laser units off me and we pulled off the plasters (not fun, but I knew it had to happen!). She then measured me again at the same 3 points. She has marked them with pen so I knew it was the same points. It was then worked out how many cm I had lost. Now I must say here – everywhere says ‘up to 5cm lost per session’ and so on and this is true, but it is overall cm – so the loss from all 3 measurments added up… so I lost 1cm from one measurement and 1cm from another and none on the third one – so lost 2cm overall. Do think about that one carefully as I think the marketing is confusing here and exaggerates the inch loss. Also – the bigger you are – the more you loose per session I think as the laser covers more area and depth. I just have a little excess so I loose a bit each time – I guess it is like you loose a % so smaller people loose less each time as they just have less to loose.
Anyway… so I did loose some cm and was happy for a first go – considering they recommend 8 treatments and I just have a little to loose I think loosing 2cm a go over 3 goes would be perfect for me anyway.
Now after the treatment the fat is kind of free in your system. I am unsure exactly how this really works but you need to exercise for 30 mins to up to an hour right after to burn up the fat you just pulled out of the fat cells. I was shown to a small but perfectly nice little private gym and I spent an hour on a cross trainer, rowing machine and cycling and worked pretty ahrd as I figured A) Free gym usage with nobody to see me and B) Surely working harder will make it work better and if not it is still a good idea anyway so why not. I then used their shower, got dressed and went home.
Overall – it was a good experience. I must say that after eating dinner that night and breakfast today I cannot really see any difference to the eye but the tape measure does say I am smaller so it must have done something. Again – it is only my first treatment of 3 so I will see how I feel after 3 and whether or not it really works, she did say it shows more dramatic results for slightly larger people. It has had the good effect of mentally making me feel more like I should keep to my diet and exercise though as the fat they removed can come back otherwise. This is a way to help reduce it and it is up to me to keep it off! Which is a good way to think.
I bought my iLipo laser Lipo from Groupon which saved me 2/3 on the cost. I recommend you sign up and keep an eye out for laser lipo offers to try this new technique out and save a lot of money.
A quick roundup of information on what iLipo laser fat reduction is:
From the manufacturers: “The i-lipo emits low levels of laser energy, the fat cell membranes are disrupted releasing intra-cellular fat. This causes the cell to lose its round shape by changing the permeability of the cell membrane. This does not affect the neighbouring structures such as skin, blood vessels, and peripheral nerves. ”
“Triglycerides spill out from the broken cell membranes and are released into the interstitial space, where they are slowly transported through the body’s natural metabolic functions, with no adverse physiological effects and are used by the body as an energy source. Light exercise post treatment can accelerate the breakdown and removal of fat from the area.”
“ILipo can target fat reduction in specific problem area. By positioning the laser pads on the target area such as chin, upper arms, abdomen or thighs fat can be broken down and removed specifically from that area. This is a big advantage over diet and exercise which can reduce overall body fat but not shape individual areas.”
It opens up the ‘pores’ in the fat cells and lets out the fat which you can then burn off more easily, it does NOT remove the fat cells as Liposuction or Liposculture does so it needs no anaesthetic, aftercare or special medical stuff. It releases the fat but as it leaves the fat cells there you have to maintain a good diet to stop the fat coming back – not only good motivation and a good idea but also – If you Liposuction out the fat cells then overeat OTHER fat cells multiply/expand and you hold weight in new areas. This kind of treatment means your body hasnt been altered and you will continue to operate as you are – it just breaks down pockets of fat, gives your diet a head start or gets rid of the last little bits and keep you in control as well as offering motivation. It is safe and it can be done as many times as you need – no scars and a lot cheaper as well. I saved even more using a Groupon voucher which made my 3 sessions cost the same as 1 normally would.
View before and after pictures here: http://www.dermclinic.co.uk/treatments/ilipo.php
UPDATE: Groupon have another deal on – 3 sessions for £119 or 6 sessions for £199 – saving around 78%!
So I had a few sessions of iLipo on my groupon. Overall my experience has been good. The company I had treatment with had a very nice building and a very good private gym I could use after each treatment, as I had mine in the middle of the day I was mainly the only one in the gym. They also didnt really time my gym usage so I stayed longer on the third session (hey I paid to use that gym lol) so I did about twice as much exercise as required in a private gym on my own, which was pretty nice anyway.
The main thing I noticed was that as I had a different lady treating me each time, the laser units were put on in different numbers and in slightly different ways each time. For the first appointment I had 2 or 3 more of the units on me than the second one, and that made a difference to how much of me they covered and therefore how well the treatment worked. I would say if you go ahead with this, on the first session make sure you feel they have put as many units on as they can with no gaps, then remember that configuration and politely insist on it for the further treatments. That way you will get the maximum benefits. I was too polite and well ‘British’ to mention it, which was my fault and the second session was a lower reduction than the first. Although the measurements were also in slightly difference places anyway, so I think it’s more about how you feel and look than just the numbers anyway!
The third treatment I had more of the iLipo pads (or whatever the boxes are called) applied and this seemed to work as well as the first time. Its definately a case of more is more with these, the more lasers applied the wider area is covered.
On all three occations they moved the lasers slightly half way through to ensure the gaps were also treated (the lasers are in a grid pattern) which I thought was a good idea to get an even result.
The experience was very pleasant, warm and not particularly uncomfortable as they had nice angled beds to lie on a read a magazine.
After 3 sessions of iLipo and the exercise with it I did have a reduction, it wasn’t massive BUT they do recommend 6 to 8 sessions rather than just 3 and also, I am not that big, so I think each session would have more effect if I had slightly more fat as a percentage reduction would be more noticable.
How much it worked and how long it lasts is really personal opinion, however the science behind it does make a lot of sense, it is very non-invasive and it does give you a big incentive not to go out and eat pizza as it will undo all the hard work you just paid for and gym work you just did.
I see this as a great kick start and motivator to a longer term goal. You can target a particular area which the gym cannot do (spot fat reduction through exercise is impossible, bodies dont work that way) but equally this can only reduce fat, it cant tone you up… if you have excess fat on your thighs, tummy, arms or bottom then this can certainly help you cut it down without surgery, then you need to keep it that way adjust your diet and throw in a little strength training to sculpt and firm up the new you.
I would certainly say try this on a groupon, ideally buy 2 or 3 groupons from 3 different places, thats 9 treatments ;) of course this only works once for each spa but hey, thats one hell of a kick start and a massive cost saving too lol
Good luck and let me know your results in the comments. I had a good resutl from my 3 sessions but I can see why they say you need 6. If you have had 6 or more let me know how it went and if you found the results matched the before and after pictures here – did it act as a good will power strengthener to stop you hitting the biscuit tin? Was that as much value as the actual fat reduction long term? Inquiring minds want to know… I may even go back for a few more :)