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.
Are there other 635nm devices on the market?
There are many versions of 635nm devices on the market, some are classified as a medical device due to the fact they are laser-based, while others are LED-based. Laser-based 635nm devices require physician oversight and cannot be operated by a non-medical technician without direct physician supervision. LED-based 635nm devices will not cause injury to patients or technicians, so they are much safer to operate.
What is the difference between laser light and LED light when it relates to this technology?
The light emitted by a 635nm device, regardless of whether the source is laser-based or LED-based, will deliver the same reaction within the tissue. This has been proven in a study done by a physician that indicated both types of light, laser and LED, became diffused upon entering the dermis. The light was diffused to the point where there was no negligible difference between the two types of light when it reached the subcutaneous fat cells (fat cells below the surface of the skin).
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.
What type of results can be expected?
The recommended Contour Light treatment protocol involves 10 treatments in a series, delivered every other day or every 3 days. Most patients see a noticeable improvement within the first 2 or 3 treatments, some as early as the 1st treatment. The full series of 10 treatments should address most patient expectations, but some patients may want to continue with additional treatments.
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.
Do 635nm devices require FDA approval?
No. If the device is safe to operate and cannot cause injury to a patient or technician, the FDA does not have a reason to be involved in the approval or denial of use by any operator or technician wishing to utilize this type of technology. However, any device that makes a specific claim of improving a person’s health or causing a change in human tissue must be approved by the FDA after being part of a clinical study to prove those claims. Clinical studies are expensive, will increase the sales price of the device, and may take years to conclude. The rules set down by the FDA affect the manufacturer of the device, restricting them on how they can advertise and promote their product within the marketplace, but do not have any effect on the operator/owner’s ability to promote the treatment the device delivers. The majority of LLLT devices are not FDA approved and have been utilized in the aesthetics market for many years without negative issues or incidents