It seems as though you can buy anything these days including a fit body. It used to be that if you wanted fat removed from your body, surgery was the only option. However, with major advances in technology, there are now a variety of non-invasive treatments including cryolipolysis, radio frequency, ultrasound, and lasers that can contour the body and address common trouble spots without having to go under the knife.
I just tried out the latest laser technology for fat reduction to hit the market called EON, it launched in March 2021 by Dominion Aesthetic Technologies, Inc.. “EON is the only body contouring technology that is both touchless and robotic,” Christian Bloomgren, President of EON, proudly shares with me. This futuristic device utilizes a 1064 nm laser that is proven to induce apoptosis (which is essentially the death of unwanted cells) in adipose tissue, also known as body fat.
“Through the process of apoptosis, EON induces the permanent removal of subcutaneous fat cells,” continues Bloomgren. “The device delivers consistent and powerful laser energy through the robotic arm, while jet impingement cooling and real-time monitoring ensure a comfortable and safe patient experience. The robotic delivery technology of EON provides unprecedented fat reduction results and patient safety.”
With its autonomous technology, EON is able to get subcutaneous fat hot while keeping the skin in the treatment area cool. EON utilizes 42 smart sensors that scan and map an individual’s topography to deliver personalized treatments. “These sensors drive EON’s autonomous decision-making while monitoring patient safety and comfort. The robotic design provides a consistent treatment experience from patient to patient and eliminates human error and inconsistency,” explains Bloomgren.
The non-invasive body contouring market is quite large. In 2020, the global market reached almost 6.5 billion and is expected to grow to almost 9.6 billion by 2026. With so much demand for the service, I wanted to know who EON’s customer is.
“EON candidates today are looking to permanently reduce stubborn fat in the upper/lower abdomen and flanks,” responds Bloomgren. “Even with a healthy lifestyle, people have areas they would like help with so that they can look and feel their best. EON patients are looking for a non-invasive solution that doesn’t interrupt their normal daily schedule but gives great results. EON patients typically have a manageable BMI of 30 or less and no contraindications to treatment.” Although Bloomgren did mention that in their trials they have seen results with much higher BMIs. “What is great about our device is that it can be used on non-pinchable fat, whereas other devices need the skin to be sucked up in the device for it to work. However, if someone is extremely large, then EON may not be the best treatment option.”
Currently, EON is FDA-cleared for the treatment of stubborn fat on the abdomen and flanks.
“We are currently working on getting other body parts cleared like the neck, thighs, arms, and back. We hope by the end of the year that we have these additional treatment areas available,” Bloomgren tells me. The company suggests that no less than 2 treatments spaced out 6-8 weeks are administered to deliver desirable results, which takes up to 12 weeks to be revealed. The results take time since the destroyed fat cells are moved out of the body via the lymphatic system. “Because EON utilizes the body’s natural functions to remove the damaged fat cells, it can take up to 12 weeks to fully realize the results of your treatment. Although, many patients have reported seeing results as early as six weeks, especially when coupled with lifestyle changes like diet and exercise. Patients in our studies experienced the full efficacy of the treatment by 12 weeks after 2-3 segments with 20 -25% fat loss in the upper and lower abdomen. But the removal of fat cells is permanent in the areas treated.”
As the treatment begins, a robotic arm hovers over the body in a very precise pattern in the treatment area. “This maintains the skin temperature to fat temperature ratio so that the patient can experience a very effective, comfortable treatment,” explains Bloomgren. “The robotic arm is led by protocols written into the system by our robotic engineers. This system has 42 sensors that manage the treatment. Human error is removed when the device is monitoring the treatment. Our FDA studies were done to prove the safety of the robotic device. Similar robotic technology has been used in other surgical applications outside of aesthetics to remove human error.”
While I don’t have much fat on my body, at my age with hormone changes and gravity, there are some inevitable trouble spots—no matter how much you work out and eat healthily. For me, one of my areas of dislike is the little pouch that has developed in the lower abs that works around to the flanks. I had my EON treatment at NuLife Institute in Miami, where prior to my treatment I had a scan of my body, which I had never had done before. The results were fascinating. Interestingly, I didn’t have that much visceral fat (even though I saw a protrusion over my organs). Mine was at level 4, which is considered low. The ideal number is 10 an under. My BMI is 20.6, which is also considered to be on the lower side as well.
“We begin with our Internal BluePrint, looking for advanced analysis, using the accurate and precise InBody 570 body composition analyzer. This provides important data such as Percent Body Fat, Skeletal Muscle Mass, and BMR, plus total body water, visceral fat assessment, and other vital measurements,” Josh Wapner, Founder of NuLife tells me. “We explain to the patient the full breakdown of their body make up and how they can improve now knowing the complete data. Facts and figures they may never have seen or been explained before. Furthermore, the data has no empirical estimations based on age, sex, ethnicity, or body type. Instead, Direct Segmental Multi-Frequency BIA technology measures body segments separately for an accurate analysis based on your unique body.”
NuLife Institute offers a variety of age management services including bioidentical hormone therapy, nutraceutical supplementation, and regenerative treatments. But EON was the only non-invasive, permanent fat removal technology, so I asked Wapner why he chose this one versus one of the many others in the space. “I was searching for something new in the contouring space. I loved the robotic touchless technology,” he responds. “No downtime, easy and fast treatment time of 20 minutes per area. No gels or applicators to make things messing. Best of all was the results. Up to 2 inches in one treatment. I felt we could stand by this technology without making false claims with giving realistic expectations. Lower abs and flanks are the hardest areas to reduce as we age and EON felt like the right choice to offer to patients.”
In his practice, Wapner has treated equal amounts of male and female patients who range from 25-55 years of age. “We have seen amazing results as early as 6 – 8 weeks with leaner patients that come back in for a follow up consultation. 75% of patients have done a 2nd treatment within 8-12 weeks depending on their original goals and body type,” he tells me. “After the results from the initial treatment have been assessed and or attained, we are able to pinpoint and zero in on specific areas to custom sculpt the body of their dreams.”
I had my first EON treatment roughly five weeks ago and I am starting to see my results. I had my full abdomen and flanks treated. The treatment itself was painless. My lower belly pouch looks as though it is disappearing and my flanks look visibly more defined. I was a little tender and swollen after my treatment, which is to be expected when a hot laser beam attacks your fat cells. But, I am excited to see what the next few weeks brings in terms of further results. I may just head back to NuLife for some fine tuning with a second treatment.