The ZERONA™ Laser for body contouring is a newer, non-invasive fat removal method. Designed to trim and slim the overall torso area, Zerona can help patients with excess pounds around the waist, hips, thighs and buttocks. Since Zerona uses low-level laser treatments to achieve results, it is being called a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. But how does this new laser lipo treatment work? And how do the results compare to those of liposuction surgery? Let's go over more details about this newer body shaping treatment, and help determine if it's right for you.
Zerona is a laser technology developed by Erchonia, a self-proclaimed "world leader in Low Level Laser Technology™" and a large international manufacturer of medical and cosmetic lasers. The Zerona laser, also known as the Erchonia® Laser Scanner, for use in non-invasive body contouring, has reportedly been cleared by the FDA as a legitimate laser-assisted fat reduction system.
According to the Erchonia website, Zerona utilizes the "Erchonia® Laser Scanner to emulsify adipose (fat) tissue which then releases into the interstitial space". In other words, the laser's energy is able to penetrate through the dermis to create a biological reaction with targeted fat cells. Fatty tissue then starts to break down, liquefy, and the cells' contents are released to be processed by the body's lymphatic system.
Having been featured everywhere from Rachael Ray, to CBS' The Early Show, to The Doctor's Show, Zerona has quickly become a 2009 cosmetic sensation. And with the treatment's claims of being able to produce fast fat removal and inch loss in a period of just two weeks, the Zerona could lead to a revolution in non-surgical body shaping.
The Zerona website has multiple subsections allocated to clinical trials, technology, research etc., and even displays magnified images of how the treatment reportedly affects fat on a cellular level. Patient testimonials and study results indicate an average inch loss of around 2-4 inches after several treatment sessions, although some patients reported more. Typically, about six Zerona laser treatments are recommended for optimum results. While patients are completing their Zerona treatments over the course of several weeks, they're also instructed to work some cardio exercise into their routines and to drink lots of water—both of which can improve the body's fat burning and fat emulsifying capabilities.
During treatment, the laser itself typically focuses on one spot at a time for anywhere from 10-20 minutes, with the low level laser energy penetrating into individual fat cells and allowing fat tissue to break down and liquefy. Since the laser utilized is a low level, or "cool" laser, it reportedly doesn't burn the skin surface, and many patients have said they can't even feel the Zerona at work.
As added bonuses to using Zerona treatments for fat loss, the technology is allegedly completely painless, and it doesn't pose any major side effect risks. In fact, many doctors support trying Zerona treatments if patients are concerned with the possible pain, longer recovery times, and/or potential side effects of surgical fat removal procedures.
The largest drawback to using the Zerona laser as a liposuction alternative is the fact that Zerona treatments won't equal dramatic results for patients with large amounts of fat to lose. In those cases, liposuction surgery is going to be the most effective means of removing excess fat, aside from diet and exercise. The Zerona laser treatment, and other laser body shaping techniques like VelaShape, are really recommended for patients who are close to their ideal weight, but who have some stubborn fat to lose.
While the more standard types of liposuction surgery, including tumescent and Vaser LipoSelection, are very effective and have been long-time trusted methods of surgical body contouring, newer innovations like SmartLipo have recently picked up in popularity. SmartLipo, a successful laser lipo technique, is reportedly less invasive and safer to use, since the device's attached laser fiber allows for easier fat emulsification with less trauma to surrounding tissue. SmartLipo's less invasive technique also means quicker recovery times and less procedural risk for patients.
The Vaser LipoSelection procedure method, also known as Vaser Lipo, utilizes ultrasound technology to deliver effective fat removal results. By emitting ultrasound wave vibrations in and around treated areas, fat cells are more easily broken up and removed. Like SmartLipo, this technique allows for easier, less traumatic fat removal than with the original tumescent lipo method.
Compared to Vaser Lipo and SmartLipo, Zerona laser treatments are substantially less effective at eliminating large quantities of fat. While surgical liposuction can remove fat deposits right away through the insertion of cannula tubes and the suctioning of fat cells, the Zerona fat burning process is more gradual and less intensive; thus it can't achieve the same level of results or produce the same immediacy with treatment.
If potential discomfort is your main treatment concern, Zerona could be just what you're looking for. Most patients and professionals seem to agree on Zerona's completely pain-free application. Patients' skin also shouldn't be burned or damaged in any way by the low level laser that's used.
However, if treatment effectiveness is what's most important to you, and you are trying to lose more than a few inches, liposuction surgery will likely be the more appropriate choice. While the Zerona laser has proven to be an effective inch-loss system for patients close to their ideal body weight, it can't mimic the intensity of surgical fat removal.
As far as the cost of Zerona laser treatments, the price will vary based on areas treated, the number of Zerona treatment sessions patients are requesting, and the individual fees of Zerona providers. On average, patients can expect to spend anywhere from $2000-$3500 for a total of six Zerona treatments. While this is slightly less expensive compared to most liposuction costs, patients must weigh the level of results they can expect with a given treatment, and then determine if the cost is worth it.
If you'd like to learn more about Zerona laser treatments, contact our representatives today! We can help answer more of your questions about laser liposuction, and even schedule your first consultation with plastic surgeons who perform Zerona near you, like Dr. Kincaid in San Diego and Dr. Rubinstein in Miami!