How the Zerona Laser Works
The Zerona system is a low-level laser designed treatment/removal of body fat (lipodystrophy) and shape and tone up the skin without surgery. Results of a pilot study were presented to the American Society of Lasers in Medicine and Surgery in 2008, and the procedure has received FDA clearance to be used in the United States. The low-level laser helped patients lose an average of 3-9 inches from their waists, hips and thighs in a matter of a few weeks.Zerona Laser is a new FDA approved level 3 non-invasive laser that makes the fat cell membranes more porous to fat and allows the fat to be excreted
Zerona is the first non-invasive body contouring procedure to effectively remove excess fat without the negative side effects associated with surgical methods. Zerona utilizes the same cold laser technology developed by Erchonia, which has been shown to emulsify fat and allow it to move to interstitial space. Although this technology was originally utilized to help assist tumescent liposuction procedures, it was found that the cold laser treatment alone helped patients to reduce inches from their waist, hip and thighs.
The cold laser technology behind the Zerona procedure was shown to exclusively release the cellular contents of fat cells while leaving the capillaries and other cells within the interstitial space intact. The release of the fat cell contents is the result of the disruption of the cell’s membrane. This membrane disruption, called a transitory pore, is the result of low-level laser stimulation.
Prior to laser exposure, fat cells have a regular, cluster shape. Within minutes of low level laser exposure, fat cells begin to develop transitory pores. This pore allows the evacuation of the cell’s contents into extracellular space. Once the contents of the fat cell have been emptied, they are released into interstitial space where it can be passed through the body during its normal course of detoxification.
Through a double blind, randomized, multi-site and placebo-controlled study, the Zerona procedure is proven to be an effective non-invasive cold laser weight loss and body contouring procedure. On average, patients lost on average 3.64 inches from the circumference of their waist, hip and thighs, whereas the placebo group only lost an average of a half of an inch.
The Zerona cold lasers provide patients with a safer alternative to surgical procedures, which can result in bruising, swelling, and damage to other tissues. There is no need to wear compression garments or bandages with Zerona and since there is no pain, there is no need for anesthesia. Unlike other non-invasive approaches, Zerona low-level lasers do not rely on heating tissue, which can cause discomfort. There is no downtime, so patients can resume their normal activities immediately.
Zerona Laser Treatments are completely painless with none of the incisions, scarring, or bruising associated with invasive weight loss options such as liposuction and lap band surgery. Additionally, Zerona costs less than half the average liposuction procedure, can be highly targeted in application, and has a slimming effect on areas not directly treated as well, due to cellular communication throughout the body. The effects of Zerona will be seen after only two weeks of treatments, though some patients choose to do more depending on their goals.
Many of complaints on Internet boards are that Zerona has been ineffective. It is not uncommon for procedures like this to draw a lot of complaints for two big reasons. First, there is a great deal of variability among patients' bodies. Bodies react differently to these kinds of procedures. The treatment calls for patients to drink lots of water after the procedures to assist the fat flush. It also calls for them to cut way back on fat in their diet and to exercise more. Patients who do all that probably didn't need the treatment in the first place, and are probably doing more good with the low-fat eating and exercise than paying for Zerona. Second, medical "spas" are in the business of making money, not turning away revenue. A lot of facilities will take patients who are not good candidates for lipo or Zerona. A lot of these patients have too much weight to lose for something like Zerona to be effective. And many who have small amounts of fat to lose will not keep the dietary and exercise commitments the treatment protocol calls for.
Make certain the surgeon is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon because many non-plastic surgeons are doing the procedure.
Cost is about $2,000.00- $3,500 for six sessions depending on the facility. Treatments are NOT covered by insurance, unless some how determined to be of medical necessity.Treatments are every other day for two weeks. The company claims that patients lose an average of 3.5 inches to the area treated, such as waist, thighs or chest.
The minimum suggested treatment period is two weeks, with three full sessions each week. You should consult your physician about the maximum results for your body type, weight, and target loss.
Key Benefits of the Zerona Laser
Zerona should not be confused with liposuction or laser liposuction. It does utilize low level laser light therapy, but is completely non-invasive. It has limited to no downtime and the therapy is applied over six 40 minute sessions over a 2 week period.
Results of the pilot study showed that patients could lose 3-9 inches after their first series of treatments; results could be seen in approximately 14 days, and no side effects were reported. Other key benefits of the Zerona laser include:
* No downtime
* No incisions,bruises, or marks from the treatment
* No need to wear compression garments
* Ongoing fat loss days and weeks after treatment
* No reported side effects
* Uses the Erchnoia laser, which received FDA market clearance for liposuction in 2004, and for acne in 2005.
Drawbacks of the Zerona Laser
While the Zerona laser offers several benefits, there are some drawbacks to be aware of. Some of the disadvantages of the procedure include:
* No long-term studies to support effectiveness (product has only been on the market since 200)
* No guarantee on inches lost
* Need for continuous treatments in order to stimulate fat loss; in some cases, up to six sessions in a two-week time frame
* Need to maintain a healthy diet and continue exercise to keep the weight off
* Without the above, the far will return-this is NOT a permanent solution.
Consult with a cosmetic surgeon in your area to find out if the Zerona laser procedure is a good fit for you.
Many patients have described the session as relaxing, and even Zen.You simply lay in a comfortable, stationary position for twenty minutes at a time, in a relaxed environment, while the cold laser does all of the work. Since the Zerona uses cold laser technology, you feel nothing during the procedure. You may feel a bit different and lighter as you exit the treatment center due to the bio-stimulation that begins in your body.
While all doctors’ recommendations are different, many will suggest that you increase your fiber and water intake leading up to the procedure to increase the speed of results. Others may encourage a detoxifying footbath or massage immediately following treatment. Another relatively new, non invasive device for fat removal, particularly cellulite, is the Endermologie Machine.This, used in conjunction with the Zerona Laser treatments, produces excellent results. Each of these procedures is voluntary, and varies from office to office. What remains the same are the results.
You may relax by listening to music, or just close your eyes and rest during the procedure. Listening to white noise such as running water or ocean waves is always a relaxing way to spend the forty-minute sessions. Ultimately, the treatment with a Zerona laser is a stark contrast to traditional methods of fat reduction procedures such as liposuction and gastric-bypass surgery- it is NO substitute for these, but may be used in conjunction with these. With Zerona, you can simply lie down, relax, and let the laser do all the work.
To maintain the results- one, must follow a good diet and exercise regime with plenty of liquids.
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