Are You a Good Candidate for Nonsurgical Laser Lipo?

Let’s face it–we all hit those areas where diet and exercise just don’t seem to budge the fat. If love handles are getting you down or stubborn belly fat is hiding your abs, you’re not alone. But there’s a new weapon in the battle against these stubborn fat deposits: nonsurgical laser lipolysis. This innovative treatment offers a solution for men seeking body contouring without the hassle of traditional plastic surgery. 

Could nonsurgical laser lipo be right for you? We’re here to help you figure that out.

What is Nonsurgical Laser Lipo?

Nonsurgical laser liposuction, also called laser fat reduction, utilizes the power of laser energy to target and eliminate unwanted fat cells. During the procedure, a handheld device emits low-level laser light that penetrates your skin. This laser energy disrupts the fat cell membranes, causing them to break apart and release their stored contents. The body’s lymphatic system then naturally processes these released fatty acids and eliminates them through drainage, or burns them for fuel.

Unlike traditional liposuction, which involves surgical incisions and local or general anesthesia, laser lipo is a completely non-invasive procedure: no needles, scalpels or downtime. 


  • Targeted fat reduction: This treatment allows for precise targeting of specific areas like the abdomen, flanks, chest or upper arms. 
  • Minimal downtime: You can typically return to your normal activities right after the procedure. 
  • Improved body definition: By eliminating unwanted fat deposits, nonsurgical laser lipo can help you achieve a more sculpted and defined physique.
  • Boosted collagen production: The laser’s heat also improves skin health for a firmer, tighter look.

What’s It Like to Get Nonsurgical Fat Reduction?

Nonsurgical laser lipo is a relatively simple procedure compared to traditional liposuction. Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect during the treatment:


First, you’ll meet with a plastic surgeon or other experienced provider to discuss your goals, medical history and candidacy for the procedure. The doctor will examine the treatment areas, assess your skin quality and answer any questions you may have.


On the day of your treatment, you’ll arrive at the clinic and change into a comfortable gown. The treatment area will be cleansed and marked to ensure precise targeting. Depending on your sensitivity, a topical numbing cream might be applied to minimize discomfort.


Your provider will position the applicator over the treatment area to deliver low-level laser energy to the targeted excess fat. The laser penetrates your skin and disrupts the fat cell membranes, causing them to break down and liquify. 

The process is usually painless, although you might feel a warm sensation or slight tingling. The entire procedure typically takes 30-60 minutes depending on the size of the treatment area.


There’s minimal downtime associated with nonsurgical laser lipo. You might experience some temporary redness, swelling or tenderness in the treated area, which usually resolves within a few days. Your provider will give specific post-treatment care instructions, which may include wearing a compression garment and avoiding strenuous activity for a short period.


You won’t see the final results immediately. It typically takes a few weeks to see a noticeable reduction in fat deposits as your body naturally processes and eliminates the released fatty acids. The full results can take up to 3 months to become evident.

Best Candidates for Noninvasive Laser Fat Removal

Nonsurgical laser lipo is a fantastic option for body contouring, but it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. Here’s a breakdown of what makes a man a good candidate for this treatment:

  1. You’re at a stable weight

Maintaining a stable weight for at least a few months before undergoing treatment is important, as significant weight fluctuations can affect the results of nonsurgical laser lipo.

Ideally, you should be within 30% of your ideal body weight. Nonsurgical laser lipo is most effective for targeting stubborn fat deposits, not for overall weight loss

  1. You don’t have sagging skin

Good skin elasticity is key to achieving optimal results. Firmer skin with minimal sagging will snap back better after the fat cells are eliminated, resulting in a smoother and more toned appearance.

Moreover, while nonsurgical laser lipo can tighten the skin to some extent, it may not be enough for individuals with significant loose skin. In such cases, combining laser lipo with skin-tightening procedures might be recommended.

  1. You’re in good overall health 

Overall good health is crucial for any medical procedure, as any underlying chronic illnesses can increase risks associated with nonsurgical laser lipo. 

  1. You don’t smoke

Smoking can hinder healing and compromise the results of the treatment. 

  1. You have realistic expectations 

It’s important to understand that nonsurgical laser lipo is for body contouring, not dramatic weight loss. It refines specific areas and helps achieve a more sculpted physique, but it’s not a replacement for a healthy diet and exercise.

Potential Side Effects of Laser Lipo

While nonsurgical laser lipo is a minimally invasive procedure, it’s not without potential side effects. These are usually mild and temporary, and may include:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Discomfort in the treated area

Your doctor will discuss these potential side effects with you in detail and advise you on proper post-treatment care to minimize them.

How Much Does Laser Liposuction Cost?

The cost of nonsurgical laser lipo can vary depending on the number of treatment areas, the doctor’s experience and your geographic location. During your consultation, discuss the cost breakdown and explore any treatment package options that might be available. 

Alternatives to Nonsurgical Laser Lipo

Nonsurgical laser lipo is a great option for targeted fat reduction and body contouring, but it might not be the only solution for everyone. Here’s a look at some alternative body contouring options for men:


Similar to nonsurgical laser lipo, CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure that uses controlled cooling to target and eliminate fat cells. It’s a good alternative for those who are uncomfortable with lasers or have a sensitivity to laser treatments. CoolSculpting might also be a better choice for slightly larger areas of fat reduction.

Radiofrequency (RF) treatments  

RF treatments use radiofrequency energy to heat fat cells, causing them to shrink and die. This can be a suitable option for men looking to address moderate fat deposits and some skin laxity. Similar to laser lipo, RF treatments offer minimal recovery time.

Surgical liposuction 

Traditional liposuction remains an effective option for significant fat reduction, particularly in areas with larger fat deposits. During this cosmetic procedure, a thin cannula is inserted into the targeted area and excess fat cells are suctioned out, resulting in a more contoured body shape.

Liposuction is a surgical procedure with longer downtime and more extensive recovery compared to noninvasive alternatives. Still, plastic surgery might be a better fit for men seeking dramatic body contouring or those who have already achieved weight loss goals but struggle with stubborn fat pockets.

The Bottom Line

So, is nonsurgical laser lipo right for you? Here’s a quick recap:

  • You should be within 30% of your ideal weight and have been so for several months.
  • You should have good skin elasticity for optimal results.
  • General good health, being a non-smoker and having realistic expectations are essential.

If you see yourself in this profile and are interested in achieving a more sculpted physique, nonsurgical laser lipo could be a great option. However, remember, consulting with a qualified professional is key. A plastic surgeon or other qualified professional can assess your candidacy, discuss your goals and create a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your desired results.  
Ready to take the next step? Schedule a consultation today to explore if nonsurgical laser lipo can help you achieve your body sculpting goals!

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