When weight loss becomes a stress upon your life because diets and physical activity are unresponsive, what will your next step be? Some may look into technology-assisted solutions, some may even graze upon the thought of liposuction and the rest may just give up entirely. But when giving up is not an option and you would prefer not to be cut open, LipoLaser treatments become a viable and extremely effective solution. For most, when the word laser is heard, your mind immediately associates it with ‘pain’ and ‘safety’. The thought of a laser against your bare skin gives rise to a few questions, but the reality is: with the right choice of LipoLaser technology, treatments are in fact completely safe, non-invasive and an effective solution to your inch loss woes.
During your exploration of LipoLaser therapy options, there are three main technologies that will arise from your search: Zerona, I-Lipo and the YOLO Curve. Moving forward with your decision, how do you choose the right technology?
The Zerona by Erchonia is a pioneer in this industry in that they were the first Low Level Laser Therapy device to receive FDA clearance for body contouring. The strength of the Erchonia is the resources dedicated to the research and validation of low level laser as a technology (dating back to the early 90’s). In regards to the Zerona device, it is definitely a creatively designed device that promotes a “whole-body” approach to fat reduction. Through its elevated laser heads, the Zerona looks to deliver complete body treatments in one session.
Even though the Zerona’s “Star Trek” design offers visual appeal at a significant price tag of $70,000-$75,000, the efficacy of treatments falls short. Due to the distance between the patient and the laser delivery system, the constant motion of the laser patterns and the low output of each specific laser diode, there is a limited amount of energy actually penetrating down to the adipose tissue. Compounded by the system’s inability to target any specific area (inherent in it’s whole body design), the Zerona laser by Erchonia simply cannot achieve a clinically therapeutic benefit.
The i-Lipo by Chromogenex is a 4 paddle laser device. A rather newcomer to the industry, the i-Lipo has entered this market at a base price of $50,000 – $55,000.
A clear positive to the i_Lipo is its well-addressed treatment safety. The i-Lipo has designed an effective safety interlock system allowing safe and immediate “system off” override should the need arise.
Chromogenex has invested much its marketing dollars on the premise that this device offers effective results at a reduced cost. However, the decrease in price of this “antiquatedly” designed unit comes at a manufacturing cost. For starters, the machines are poorly powered using an RJ45 connector (or phone jack) instead of a more robust power cable source.
Yet another evident flaw of the system is that the diode lasers are not shielded by a lens or aperture, leaving the lasers exposed to environmental pollutants such as dust and aerosols. Furthermore, it allows for deposits on the facets of the diode, which in turn leads to absorption of radiation, localized heating, and destruction of the diodes.
For additional information on the i-Lipo, view the complete i-Lipo Product Review.
The YOLO Curve, offered by Canadian manufacturer YOLO Medical Inc., offers a recently patented direct skin contact, 4 paddle laser delivery system at a price of $55,000 – $60,000. Unlike other direct skin technologies currently on the market the YOLO Curve clearly demonstrates a more robust fabrication and quality components. This is apparent in the metal connectors, the lens-covered, high quality diodes. Furthermore, its direct skin application allows for the focused delivery of laser energy to specific treatment areas as well as deeper penetration leading to targeted and more effective treatment results.
A strong contender in this market, the YOLO Curve is not without its flaws. Due to their high output, the diodes require yearly servicing. In addition, even though the 4-paddle design allows for targeted delivery, paddle size still makes smaller treatment areas (i.e. chin) remain difficult to address. As with all 4-paddle laser devices (both YOLO Curve and i-Lipo) cable management still leaves something to be desired. Lastly, FDA clearance for Body Contouring remains pending on the YOLO Curve.