One of the newest technologies to be FDA approved for non-surgical fat reduction uses red light therapy to reduce the volume of subcutaneous fat cells. Instead of removing or destroying fat cells, photonic lypolysis, or “red light therapy,” delivers specific wavelengths of light through the skin using a specialized lamp. This procedure triggers selected fat cells to create small openings and release some of their contents, thus helping them shrink in size. FDA approved treatments that use photonic lipolysis/red light therapy include UltraSlim.

Fast facts about red light therapy fat reduction

  • Red light therapy is intended to treat the abdomen, hips, or thighs; your cosmetic surgeon may use it for additional areas
  • Treatment is noninvasive and no downtime is needed
  • Treatments take about 30-40 minutes to perform
  • Results begin to appear within a few hours after treatment and continue to improve as the body metabolizes the fat
  • Fat released by treatment is naturally eliminated as waste
  • Patients typically choose to have 6-8 or more treatments to achieve results
  • Results can last as long the patient maintains a healthy lifestyle and stable weight
  • Red light therapy is a very low-risk treatment with no determined side effects; however, patients who are pregnant or have reduced liver function should not undergo treatment