How does it work? Through clinical studies, it has been demonstrated that the Zerona low-level laser stimulates the fat cell, emulsifying (liquefying) the fat within the cell. Then, the liquefied fat moves from inside the cell through a temporary pore formed in the cell membrane to outside the cell, where it remains in the interstitial space until absorbed by the lymphatic system. This results in millions of fat cells becoming smaller, which can reduce size off the waist, hips and thighs. The fat cells are not injured in any way by this process.
What can I expect at my appointments? You can expect 40 minutes to relax, read or do absolutely nothing. The Zerona weight loss treatment is completely painless. There is no heat or any sensation whatsoever while being treated. At each treatment you will be met by your provider or technician, who will position the Zerona laser at the desired areas of the body. The technician will then step out for 20 minutes while the front of your body is treated, and then return to reset for the backside of your body for an additional 20 minutes. After you are done, you can get back to your normal activities immediately, with absolutely no downtime, pain, swelling or discomfort. This is a symptom-free process.
What happens if I miss an appointment? It is not recommended that you miss an appointment. Prior to starting the Zerona weight loss treatment, it is important that you are committed to the recommended lifestyle protocol, which includes at least 6 treatments every other day for 40 minutes, and not to exceed 72 hours between treatments. If more than 72 hours elapses, some of the fat may be uptaken by the fat cells again.
How is it different than liposuction? Liposuction is an invasive procedure that removes the entire area of fat cells from deposits beneath the skin using a hollow stainless steel tube (called a cannula) with the assistance of a powerful vacuum. Liposuction can be accomplished either with the use of general anesthesia, with IV sedation or with local anesthesia. In contrast, the Zerona laser treatment is a 100% non-invasive procedure that uses a low-level laser applied externally to stimulate the fat cell and emulsify and release fat. There is no use of anesthesia, nor any pain, gels, creams, numbing agents, needles or downtime..
How is it different from other “non-invasive” body slimming techniques? The Zerona® laser is the only completely safe and effective non-invasive treatment for body slimming on the market today. There is no possibility of injury. No technician will be pushing on you or using any device against your body. You simply lie beneath the Zerona® lights.
Is there any downtime? There is absolutely ZERO downtime. During the treatment, you will feel no discomfort. No anesthesia will be used, and you can assume normal activities immediately following each treatment.
Are there any limitations to what I can do if I’m using Zerona®? No. During the 2-week treatment period you can continue your normal activities. It is strongly recommended that you commit to and follow the treatment protocol: stay hydrated (8-10 glasses of water a day), continue to eat healthy and exercise (walk at least 30 minutes a day) and abstain from alcohol and caffeine. Alcohol and caffeine interfere with the lymphatic process to remove fat and metabolize it, which can diminish your results.
What areas of the body can I use Zerona® on? The Zerona® weight loss treatment has proven effective in a double-blind clinical trial on the waist, hips and thighs, where localized fat deposits exist that are resistant to diet and exercise.
Is it covered by insurance? No. Zerona® treatments are considered elective and are not covered by insurance.
Is it safe? Yes. There is no risk involved in using the Zerona® low-level laser therapy, and it is considered a safe alternative to invasive procedures such as tumescent liposuction, lipodissolve and other non-invasive devices like the Accent, VelaShape and Thermage ,which rely on heating the tissue and can cause discomfort. None of these have the proven data showing how fat cell size is reduced like Zerona®. The Zerona® weight loss treatment is 100% non-invasive and causes no bruising, scarring or downtime. During the treatment, you will feel no discomfort. No anesthesia will be used, and you can assume normal activities immediately following each treatment.
Is it safe if I have a medical condition such as diabetes? Yes, but with two exceptions. If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, Zerona® should not be used. Additionally, if you have a pacemaker, this treatment may not be for you. There are no known detrimental risks, but potential unknown risks may exist. In addition, Zerona® may not be as effective on clients with diabetes or thyroid disorders, where the metabolic system is potentially impaired.
How long has the Zerona® laser been used? Zerona® has been used in studies since 2008 and has been used by providers in practice since early 2009. The same Erchonia® Low Level Laser technology has been used to safely assist with tumescent liposuction since 2001, as it is proven to cause fat to be released from fat cells immediately prior to liposuction surgery. From this important experience, the Zerona® technique was developed for effective, totally non-invasive body slimming.
How long do results last? By maintaining a healthy diet and exercise, you can expect long-term results. Zerona® is especially ideal for 2 types of people: those that are already following a healthy diet and lifestyle and want to remove localized pockets of fat or drop body fat percentage, and those who want to use the Zerona® and the recommended lifestyle protocol to “jump start” their slimming efforts as motivation for maintaining a healthier and slimmer lifestyle.
How soon after pregnancy can I do it? It is recommended that you wait until after your last postpartum visit with your doctor (usually 6 weeks after birth) to begin your Zerona® treatment. It is not recommended if you are breast feeding.
How long does it take to begin seeing results? Some can see results after only a few treatment sessions, as their clothes fit more loosely. Many actually see the difference after 4-6 sessions. Family and friends often notice the difference, too, within the 2-week Zerona® program.
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Many clients have described the session as relaxing, and even a Zen-like experience. Some even try to catch up on phone calls with friends and loved ones as they lie down. You simply lie in a comfortable, stationary position for 20 minutes at a time, in a relaxed environment, while the cold laser does all of the work. Since the Zerona weight loss program 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.