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What is Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)?

LLLT is the application of a “cold” pure laser light to treat certain conditions. It has been used to successfully treat many kinds of musculoskeletal injuries because it promotes healing and tissue repair. LLLT has also been found to be a successful treatment for alcohol and drug addiction, weight control, and smoking cessation.

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Is LLLT safe?

LLLT is a safe, painless, and medication-free treatment. It has been used in England, Canada, and Europe for over 20 years with no documented adverse side effects. Laser therapy is a non-medical procedure and is respected by many physicians as a highly effective treatment.

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How Does LLLT Work?

The laser light reaches through the skin and stimulates nerve endings to produce endorphins. Endorphins are produced normally by you and are nature’s own mood lifter and anesthetic. The endorphin production relives the physical withdrawal symptoms of quitting smoking and helps keep you from feeling anxious or “crabby”.

For more information on LLLT, please visit our How It Works section.

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What parts of my body will be treated?

The laser is used on several points on the ears, face, and hands.

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Will the laser hurt?

No. LLLT is painless. In fact, most people describe the treatment as relaxing.

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How long does the treatment take?

The treatment takes less than 30 minutes. Your first visit will include a personal consultation and counseling, so you should allow about an hour for that appointment.

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Will I gain weight when I quit smoking?

Weight gain is avoidable when quitting smoking via low level laser because we also treat points that will help to suppress your appetite. We will explain the metabolic changes that occur in your body when you quit smoking and give you some suggestions that will help you avoid gaining weight. In any case, weight gain is temporary and the benefits of quitting smoking always far exceed any negative side effects such as a few extra pounds. Don’t let the fear of weight gain deter you from breaking through an addiction that can eventually kill you.

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Is the laser treatment guaranteed?

Nicotine addiction consists of two factors: the physical addiction and the mental addiction. The laser treatment is designed to relieve the physical withdrawal symptoms, but will not give you amnesia! If you have smoked a pack a day for thirty years, this means you will be making a huge change to your daily routine when you quit. Even if you experience NO physical symptoms, you will still think about smoking. Therefore, while we cannot make a guarantee, we will do everything in our power to ensure your success. Laser treatment + education + commitment = a winning combination!

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Are there any health conditions for which LLLT is not recommended?

Yes. Since Blue Chip Laser is participating in clinical research trials for smoking cessation and weight loss, there are some health conditions that will exclude you from treatment with LLLT. The conditions that would exclude you from receiving these treatments are: active cancer, undergoing treatments with chemotherapy or radiation, photosensitivity to light, pregnancy, blood clotting disorders, epilepsy, and having steroid injections 48 hours prior to receiving laser treatment.

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Is there anything I need to do before my first treatment?

While there are no preparations needed for laser treatments, we do have recommendations that will help you prepare physically and mentally to quit. From our initial phone conversation with you, we will begin customizing a strategy for quitting that is right for you.

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Is LLLT approved by the FDA?

Treatments of musculoskeletal conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, etc have been cleared by the FDA for use. The laser that we use is approved as a “non-significant risk device” by the FDA. However, the treatment of smoking cessation and weight loss with the low level laser has not been cleared. Therefore, Blue Chip Laser is one of over 100 centers across the U.S. who is enrolled in a clinical research trial for both smoking and weight loss. The purpose of the trial is to establish the effectiveness of the treatment with low level laser on nicotine addiction. Prior to receiving treatment, you will be asked to sign an informed consent and you will then be enrolled in the trial.

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