Fat Reduction

Light Energy & Fat Reduction

Fat Reduction

There are many medical reasons that suggest losing excess fat is good for you. However, there is an untold story that natural red and near-infrared light can help you to do just that. Based on this simple fact many weight loss clinics use medical lasers with high intensity red light for this purpose and their works are supported by many scientific and clinical research [1-3].

The question is “what is the mechanism that makes red and near-infrared light so effective?”

While adipocytes, or “fat cells”, are essential for body health, there has to be a mechanism for fat cells to release collected fat. Neira et al. showed that red light provides such a release mechanism [4]. They showed red light causes a transitory pore in the cell membrane to open, which permits the fat content to go from inside the cell to outside the cell, where it is then able to be washed away by the body. Scientist also have shown that red and near-infrared light separately activates a mechanismthat causes the induction of adipocyte apoptosis and the subsequent release of lipids, which help with fat loss [5].Another way in which red and near-infrared light impact the body to lose fat is by reducing cellulite [6].

Fat Cells


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[2] Caruso-Davis MK, Guillot TS, et al. Efficacy of low-level laser therapy for body contouring and spot fat reduction. Obes Surg. 21(6), p.722, 2011

[3] McRae E and Boris J. Independent evaluation of low-level laser therapy at 635 nm for non-invasive body contouring of the waist, hips, and thighs. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. 45(1), p.1, 2013.

[4] Neira R, Arroyave J, Ramirez H, et al. Fat liquefaction: effect of low-level laser energy on adipose tissue. Plastic Reconstr Surg. 110(3), p.912, 2002.

[5] Avci P. Nyame TT, et al. Low-level laser therapy for fat layer reduction: a comprehensive review. Lasers Surg Med. 45(6), p.349, 2013.

[6] Sene-Fiorese M, Duarte FO, et al. The potential of phototherapy to reduce body fat, insulin resistance and "metabolic inflexibility" related to obesity in women undergoing weight loss treatment. Lasers Surg Med. 47(8), p.634, 2015.