The Weighting Game: Why Liposuction Is No Longer Necessary


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by | Jul 18, 2022

Once upon a time the only way to target fat loss by area, achieve a washboard stomach or rid yourself of your saddlebags was to have liposuction. However, this procedure has fallen out of favour in recent years. In fact, Statistica indicates that it’s fallen by a massive 77% since 2015! This is partly because during the pandemic people were reluctant to undergo surgery. Add to that the hefty price tag, the long recovery time the procedure requires, and also the fact there are other effective treatments for fat loss these days, of course, it was bound to decline in popularity! I imagine that the introduction of the Emerald Laser is going to have this number falling even lower…

Introducing The Emerald Laser

The Emerald Laser is a safe, non-invasive, non-surgical fat loss treatment which shrinks fat cells in stubborn areas of the body. Patients lose an average of 6 inches over a course of treatment, with no downtime! Compare this with fat freezing or liposuction and you’re on to a winner!

How The Emerald Laser Was Created

Interestingly, it was liposuction that sparked the development of the Emerald laser, the first laser in the world to be FDA approved for circumferential weight loss and cellulite reduction. Steve Shanks, Erchonia president, explains that in 1996 he and his partner at the time, who was an engineer by trade, were fixing lasers that were coming over from Europe. Soon, having gained knowledge of their workings, they were making them and selling them in America. (The company has grown so much that they are now in most countries and hold 22 of the 23 FDA approvals for low-level lasers in the USA.) 

Steve says they are so successful because they are predominantly a research and development company that happens to make lasers. This puts them on the cutting edge of low-level laser technology. He believes that it’s important to be able to have proof that the treatment is effective, and FDA approval is crucial. The trials to achieve this accreditation involve blind clinical tests which take years and years, so they can’t be reproduced easily by any other manufacturer. 

The first low-level laser device was FDA approved in 2002 and treated chronic neck and shoulder pain. These lasers are still used today by many chronic pain management clinics.

So, how does a company that specialises in chronic pain management become a world leader in developing low-level lasers to treat fat loss? 

Steve explains that this happened by accident. The year was 1998, and he was at an anti-ageing conference, talking to a plastic surgeon. This particular surgeon was an expert in liposuction and was interested in using laser technology to manage the post-operative pain experienced by his patients. 

The surgeon attempted using the low-level laser before and after his liposuction procedures and discovered something amazing. They found that by using the laser he was also emulsifying fat! He was so excited that he presented his findings at the conference to his colleagues, who dismissed him, not believing what they were seeing. Not Steve! He agreed that what the surgeon had discovered was amazing, and so they pushed to develop the Emerald laser. 

Don’t Opt For Liposuction, Choose The Emerald Laser!

Emulsifying fat and letting the body get rid of it naturally is the core of how the Emerald laser works. The laser is highly effective, and with our support, we’ve been helping our patients manage their circumference loss holistically, without destroying fat cells or undergoing surgery. 

Get Booked In!

Learn more about the Emerald laser here, and if you’d like to get booked in for a consultation simply fill out a contact form.

We hope to hear from you soon and can’t wait to help you on your journey to self-confidence!

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