Are There Any Post-Op Procedures?
After 20 minutes total, I had trimmed half an inch off my thighs. Once the fat cells shrank and their fatty acids got released into my blood stream, the body uses it as energy immediately. Therefore, there’s a requirement that you do a light workout after the session in order to utilize that energy source and get rid of it, otherwise your body will just convert it right back into fat and store it again on your body. "You need to do anything that will burn about 300 calories in the span of two to four hours after the treatment," Dr. Heskett clarifies.
Since you have to deplete 300 calories worth of energy ASAP, you can only use the laser up to 20 minutes; otherwise it’s hard to burn off more calories with a low-impact workout beyond that. Sure, it may be perfectly safe and comfortable to sleep overnight with those laser paddles on my thighs and wake up with supermodel legs, but since I couldn’t burn through all those released calories quick enough, they’d ultimately just settle right back onto my body after a few hours. "You need to do multiple short treatments so you can actually expend all that energy that you’re targeting," confirms Dr. Heskett.
As such, you can complete as many short sessions as you want — according to how often you work out. "The FDA approves as many as six treatments at a time," Dr. Heskett says. "I recommend doing them no less than twice a week and no more than what you can actually exercise off until you’ve lost the amount of inches you want."
Why Does This Work Better Than All the Other In-Office Options?
As mentioned before, this treatment is both easier, quicker, and safer than more traditional forms of in-office procedures like liposuction, and Dr. Heskett says the results are even better, too. "The key with this is it doesn’t destroy the fat cell and you keep the hormonal capacity of the fat cell in-tact, so if you do put on the weight again you’re not going to gain it back in some strange place that’ll look bizarre, which can happen with liposuction," she says. "The body recognizes this process of opening the fat cells and dumping its contents, so it’s not going to fight against it."
She continues by praising it over other more modern techniques like CoolSculpting, too. "You don’t lose your blood circulation like you do with some techniques where they kill the fat cell, like with freezing," she says. "You’re not destroying any tissue, which can happen with freezing because everything in between the cells is getting frozen too, which I’ve seen can cause vessel and nerve damage. i-Lipoxcell also has completely even results because you're asking for all the fat cells at a 10-millimeter depth in a general area to shrink, so you’re not getting just a chunk out somewhere where that cold treatment was sitting." Moreover, it takes up to six weeks to see full results from cold treatments because it requires much more time for the body to flush out all that dead matter, whereas with i-Lipoxcell, the results are immediate.
Other lasers that use just radio frequency to melt off the fat don’t stand up to the i-Lipoxcell either, according to Dr. Heskett. "Radio frequency doesn’t destroy the tissue like freezing can, but you’re limited by how much you can heat up the tissue before you create some sort of damage," she says. "Radio frequency lasers are better for people with loose skin because they tighten the skin by restructuring the collagen, but they don’t shrink fat as well as this."
So How Much Does It Cost?
No matter what area you target large or small, from the calves, thighs, belly, arms, and even to the neck and chin, the i-Lipoxcell costs $250 per session for any body part.
All in all, were the results significant enough for me to turn in my gym pass completely? Of course not, and it’s not recommended to take the place of a healthy diet and exercise regimen, either. But at least now, perhaps with a few more treatments and in addition to my twice-a-week workouts, I can adequately shape up the one area that’s always rebelled against my sole physical efforts.