Fat away thanks to laser heat

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Nothing is more seductive than a shapely body with curves in all the right places like Kourtney Kardashian or Michelle Hunziker. But who has that? And what are the options for getting your body in top shape without surgery?

Of course, you can do a lot yourself to keep your body in shape with a balanced diet, exercise and the right care. But unfortunately, this does not help in every case. Some pads on the waist, stomach, legs or buttocks just won’t go away. This is when innovative body contouring treatments can come into play. But even these treatments clearly have their limits. Even the best doctor can’t make excess weight disappear. Only when problem areas stubbornly resist all diets and fitness measures do responsible beauty doctors step in. What can the fat-away laser do?

That you can reduce unsightly fat deposits without any surgery or downtime is promised by the SculpSure laser, which uses light energy and heat. It has been approved by the stringent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as the world’s only non-invasive laser for fat reduction using heat. “This treatment breaks down the storage fat in the fat cells,” Dr. Niels Freitag already explains in summary. The destroyed fat cell is discharged by the lymphatic system and broken down by the metabolism. At the same time, collagen formation is stimulated and the connective tissue is tightened.

How the fat-away laser works

But we want to know in more detail how the method works. As one of the first institutions in Germany, the Department of Aesthetic Surgery and Cosmetic Dermatology at the St. Josef Hospital in Bochum has added the Fat Away Laser to its treatment repertoire.

recorded. In the affiliated research center for non-invasive fat removal, numerous treatments and tests were carried out under the direction of Dr. Klaus Hoffmann, confirming the gentle mode of action and effectiveness of SculpSure.

Dr. Freitag also has many years of experience with the device, which has been on the market in the U.S. since 2015 and in Germany, Switzerland and Austria since 2016. However, the effect of heat on fat cells has been known and researched for many years. Dr. Freitag was one of the first users in Germany – and has been using SculpSure since mid-2016. “The special thing about the fat-away laser is that fat tissue can be heated between 42 and 47 degrees without damaging the remaining tissue. Neither nerves, blood vessels, muscles nor organs are affected,” explains Dr. Freitag. Another special feature is that the SculpSure laser has not one large applicator, as is usually the case, but four, which means that a wide variety of body regions or several areas can be precisely treated at the same time.

24 percent of fat cells disappear immediately

And what exactly happens in the body during the laser treatment? “Heating the fat cells triggers inflammatory cells to dispose of the heat-damaged cells,” Dr. Freitag said. “Various studies have shown by MRI that up to 24 percent of fat cells were removed after just one treatment,” Dr. Freitag emphasizes.

Dr. Sema Seker, a physician, has even tried SculpSure on herself. “I am actually a slim person and exercise a lot. Nevertheless, I was suffering from a little too much hip fat and tried the laser on myself. I’m so convinced by the result that I’ve now successfully used it in my practice,” says Dr. Seker.

The gentle way of body contouring

The applicators are attached to the appropriate areas of the body with the help of a belt system. After that, the system works independently and the patient can even relax during the process. A cooling system on the skin surface ensures that the treatment is perceived as painless. The treatment is completed after only 25 minutes, there is no downtime and you can go about your daily activities afterwards. Thus, it can be used as an ideal “lunch treatment”.


In principle, the procedure does not make sense above a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 and is more suitable for the removal of smaller fat deposits. Treatment should not be performed on lipedema, during pregnancy, on fat tissue diseases and on scars.

Risks and side effects

The applications are painless. Serious risks and side effects are not known. There may be slight redness and minimal swelling, but these disappear quickly.

The result

Fat loss begins only after six weeks. The result is visible 12 weeks after the last treatment and is permanent.

Suitable for which part of the body?

The laser can be used anywhere that bothersome fat pads that do not disappear despite exercise and a balanced diet: on the abdomen, buttocks, back, arms, thighs and the inner side of the legs.


As a rule, up to two treatments are recommended. Per treatment area from about 1000 euros.

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