Non-invasive body contouring is currently the highest in-demand aesthetic treatment, caused by an increased public awareness of the non-surgical options to reduce unwanted fat on the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, arms and chin.
Clinical studies have proven that exposure to 635nm light causes a stimulation of the subcutaneous fat cells, resulting in the release of triglycerides into the interstitial region of the body. This requires the proper balance within a person’s system to efficiently process the excess fatty acids.
Results for the patient are the utmost priority and providing every patient with a complete set of tools to reach their individual goal is a necessity. The patient should drink plenty of water to flush their lymphatic system, and of course their diet is important, while some form of exercise is beneficial, but neither has to be restricting or stressful to achieve the desired effect.
All light in the mid-600nm wavelength, whether it is laser or LED, will cause the reaction of the fat cells and the two key factors are the amount of light energy delivered and the wavelength.
The Contour Light produces up to 100 times more light energy than competing systems in this market, at the same 635nm wavelength.
The Contour Light treatment is pain-free, with no heat or discomfort, and is safe to operate for both the patient and the technician.
How It Works
In 1998, a Columbian physician discovered that exposing a patient to a mid-600nm red light prior to liposuction surgery caused the subcutaneous fat to be much easier to remove. Additional testing was conducted and the results were astounding; the mitochondria within the fat cells became stimulated by exposure to 635nm light, causing them to create “transient pores” in the cell membrane. These transient pores allow the contents of the cell to escape and be released into the interstitial area of the body, resulting in a shrinking of the fat cell. The contents, triglycerides (water, glycerol and fatty acids), then enter the lymphatic system and are transported to the liver.
The studies indicated that, as the triglycerides are carried away by the lymphatic system, the volume of the treated area contracts, resulting in a reduction of the circumference of the patient’s body.
In patients that are maintaining a healthy diet, exercise regularly and drink plenty of water, the results can be dramatic and measurable with just one treatment.
Because the Contour Light device delivers up to 100 times the light energy of competing systems, the fat cells are bathed in the highest level of 635nm energy, providing the deepest and most complete exposure to the light. The treatment is painless; there is no heat or discomfort involved and no risk to either the patient or the operator. Completely safe. Totally effective.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is LLLT?
LLLT stands for Low Level Light Therapy. This is different than a medical or aesthetic laser treatment because the energy emitted by a LLLT device is much lower than a medical or aesthetic laser system. The effects on the patient’s skin with a LLLT device are gradual, as compared with a medical or aesthetic laser that delivers an immediate response. LLLT devices are much safer to operate as compared to medical or aesthetic laser systems.
What is 635nm Technology?
The label of 635nm refers to the wavelength of light the device produces.
What does a Contour Light treatment feel like?
The patient will lie on a treatment bed and the pads are placed over the area to be treated. The system will be turned on and the patient will feel a slight warming sensation, but no pain or discomfort. Most patients can read or use their phone/portable device, while some will even take a short nap.
How long will the results last?
Results will vary from patient to patient, primarily due to the commitment by the patient to their goals. If a patient maintains a healthy lifestyle of a diet and exercise program that promotes weight control, their results can be long term.
Can anyone be treated?
A Contour Light treatment is safe and effective for anyone who does not have a medical condition that reduces their ability to eliminate waste via the liver and kidneys. Patients are recommended to consult their physician before starting any type of diet or exercise program.
Do patients need to follow a strict diet and exercise regimen?
The protocol associated with the Contour Light system involves simple to follow directions, but does not require a strict diet or strenuous exercise. As with any type of weight modifying program, diet and exercise will have an effect on the results, specifically if a person does not make an attempt to maintain a healthy lifestyle. A specific supplement, a small amount of exercise and a recommended level of water consumption will help with lymphatic stimulation to optimize results. The Contour Light protocol can help to motivate a person and jumpstart a person’s determination to improve their appearance, making it much easier to attain their goal of a sleeker and sexier profile.
What areas of the body can be treated?
The Contour Light can be used on any part of the body; hips, waist, thighs, back, upper arms and neck.
Will cholesterol and triglyceride levels increase after a treatment?
There is no evidence that a 635nm treatment will cause an elevation of triglyceride or cholesterol levels. These treatments are totally safe.
Will a 635nm device work on an obese individual?
Clinically obese patients can benefit from a treatment involving a 635nm device. Just as with any other type of patient, the improvement in appearance has a motivating effect, enabling the patient to apply an effort that can provide exceptional results in the long term.
Is the Contour Light device safe?
Yes. The light emitted by the Contour Light does not generate excessive heat and will not cause a burn. The light is very bright and should not be looked at directly for an extended period of time, but is much safer than a laser device that can damage eyes with even a slight glance into the beam.
What can a person do to optimize their results?
To achieve optimal results with the Contour Light treatments, the patient should follow the simple steps outlined in our protocol. This protocol involves a moderate diet, minimal exercise, reasonable water consumption and daily supplements. Any individual who is committed to improving their appearance will have no problem following these guidelines.
Why did the early version of a 635nm light system have some patients who did not see a satisfactory result?
The first 635nm LLLT device was released with a lot of fanfare and promoted as a quick-fix fat reduction device, even without FDA approval of those claims. Since it was laser-based, it was primarily sold to physicians, but the level of training and education was less than satisfactory to the point where most physicians did not understand the entire process. As a result, patients were overpromised and most experienced less than acceptable outcomes. Patients expected to just sit under the light and their fat would be melted away, but that’s not how 635nm LLLT works. It was not properly stressed with the patients that the right diet, a slight amount of exercise to stimulate the lymphatic system, and drinking plenty of water will dramatically improve their results. Additionally, the fact that the 635nm light source on this device was very weak, was positioned away from the patient’s body (measured light energy dissipates at an exponential rate as the distance between the source and the target increases), plus the beam was moving and not focusing on one specific spot, creating a situation where very little light energy was delivered to the fat cells. Since that early version, studies have been performed and a better understanding of the complete process with and the steps that need to be taken to attain acceptable results has helped this segment of the market evolve into a proven and successful revenue-generating technology.