Fat Reduction


Light Energy & 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 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?”

Adipocytes, fat cells, are essential for body health however, there has to be a mechanism for fat cells to release collected fat. Neira et al. showed that red light effects the fat cells to do exactly that [4]. They showed that red light causes a transitory pore in the cell membrane to open, which permitted the fat content to go from inside to outside the cell and later being washed away. Scientist also have shown that red and infrared activates the complement cascade which cause induction of adipocyte apoptosis and subsequent release of lipids, which help with the fat loss [5]. Another mechanism that red and near infrared light impact the body to lose fat is by reducing cellulite [6].


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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.