Certified students in this program can offer and establish laser services for obesity and become part of numerous related clinics throughout Canada.
The number of Canadians who are overweight or obese has increased dramatically over the past 25 years. Obesity is a risk factor in a number of chronic diseases. Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is important to reduce the risk of those diseases and improve overall health.
The Laser Technician for Weight-loss course consists of a review of the science of lasers, the mechanism of Laser Therapy, definition of obesity and cellulite classification of obesity, obesity epidemiology, pathophysiology, obesity side effects, the pros and cons of obesity and weight loss, stage of cellulite pharmacological tools, non-pharmacological tools, dealing with relapse, laser methods, indication and contraindication, client consultation, pre and post laser therapy. The students will receive hands-on training in a qualified setting, and will obtain the benefits of learning with numerous principles, technical laser procedures for weight control to progress their theoretical and experimental learning knowledge.
Course topics include:
- Classification and physiology of obesity.
- Physiology of laser therapy on obesity and cellulite.
- Treatment protocols and guidelines.
- Recommended nutritional support for effective treatment.
- The benefits of laser therapy before and after liposuction surgeries.
The most recent Economic Burden of Illness in Canada (EBIC) study shows that the total cost of illness reached $202 billion (2005 dollars) in 2000. In a recent analysis, the total cost of obesity has been estimated to be $4.3 billion (2005 dollars); $1.8 billion in direct healthcare costs and $2.5 billion in indirect costs 4. This figure is thought to underestimate the overall economic cost of excess weight in Canada, as it does not include the costs for those who are overweight, but not obese. Further, it only includes costs of adult obesity and costs associated with eight chronic diseases. Extrapolating from self-reported and measured data collected over time, it is estimated that the rate of obesity among adults in Canada in 2007 may actually be about 25% (1 in 4).
It is important to note that Weight Loss Laser Technicians have many opportunities to use their skills. The demand is high and the procedure is non-invasive and more affordable than surgery, therefore, a higher number of over-weight people will seek this service to help them lose weight. Our certified students will have the skills to carry forward this service.