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Anyone considering laser weight loss – an FDA-approved, non-invasive, pain-free procedure available now at Dr. McSweeney’s office here in Reno – should understand the science that makes it possible. And to truly understand the science behind laser weight loss, it’s important to understand how fat cells themselves function.


When we talk about losing weight, we’re really discussing dropping fat. But fat cells get a bad rap! Body fat actually plays a pivotal role in our health, to the extent that they can almost be considered an organ. Fat cells help our bodies:

  • Regulate the metabolism
  • Support the immune system
  • Produce hormones and proteins
  • Assist the liver in processing and removing fat and toxins
  • Assist our muscles regulate blood sugar

How, then, do we reconcile these critical functions with the excess body fat on our abdomens, waists, arms, hips, and rear? Rigid societal expectations aside, the issue isn’t our fat cells – it’s the fat cells that have become enlarged. Enlarged fat cells can’t effectively do their important jobs anymore, and they can trigger dysfunction across the entire body. They no longer produce sufficient amounts of the hormone Adiponectin. The liver becomes less efficient. Muscles can’t use glucose for energy. More fat is stored. Blood pressure increases. Higher percentages of body fat (above 25% for men and above 30% for women) can present their own health hazards, particularly if that excess fast is stored in the upper body or around internal organs.


Interestingly, we know that as adults, we maintain the same number of fat cells during our lifetimes – no matter how much weight we gain or lose. As cells die, the body quickly replaces them. That’s why elective procedures that are designed to eliminate fat cells, like liposuction or fat-freezing techniques – are ineffective. What’s more, they may even be counterproductive, since the fat cells are quick to regenerate and may even grow larger in new areas of the body to compensate for the fat cells that were removed.

That’s where laser weight loss treatment comes in. This kind of cold laser therapy targets fat cells specifically, where it opens a pore to drain the fatty content for safe removal in the body by the lymphatic system. There is no damage to the fat cell itself, and as the pore closes, the cell is effectively “reset,” so that it can function properly again. Plus, the procedure itself is painless, with no down time, no bruising, and no unpleasant side effects of any kind.

If you’d like to learn more, we invite you to schedule a free consultation. We’ll answer all of your questions so you can make an informed decision. Contact us at 775-525-5624 today!