Zerona LipoLaser FAQ
How does Zerona work?
Through clinical studies it has been demonstrated that the Zerona’s 635nm low level laser is absorbed by the mitochondria and stimulates the fat cell to emulsify (liquefy) 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 is in the interstitial space until absorbed by the lymphatic system. This is where immune cells called macrophages release liposomal acid lipase to breakdown the triglycerides into small enough glycerol and free fatty acids picked up by the blood stream and oxidized. Millions of fat cells becoming smaller so inches are reduced off the arms, 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 treatment is completely painless. There is no heat or any sensation whatsoever while being treated. Each treatment you will be met by your doctor or technician who will position the laser at the desired areas of the body, he/she will step out for 20 minutes while the front of your body is treated and then will 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, nor pain, swelling or any discomfort. This is a symptom–free process except for losing unwanted inches.
What happens if I miss an appointment?
It is not recommended to miss an appointment. Prior to starting the Zerona 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 passes, some of the fat may be taken up by the fat cells again.
How is it different from Liposuction?
Liposuction is an invasive procedure (surgical incision) 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, or with IV sedation, or totally by local anesthesia. Incontrast, the Zerona LipoLaser treatment is a 100% non-invasive 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 and no downtime.
Why does it not work as well on patients with previous liposuction?
Patients with previous liposuction have had their fat cells mechanically removed. Zerona works by using light to emptying fat cells of their content, so Zerona will not be effective with patients that have only a few fat cells remaining. Liposuction also creates a lot of fibrotic tissue which further hampers results.
How is it different from other “non-invasive” body slimming techniques?
Zerona is the only technology that has been clinically validated in peer-reviewed journals as completely safe and effective non-invasive treatment for body slimming on the market today. There is no record of any injuries. You simply lay beneath the 5 Zerona lights.
Is there any downtime?
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 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 and decrease your results.
What areas of the body can I use Zerona on?
The Zerona treatment was proven effective in a double-blind clinical trial on the arms, waist, hips and thighs where localized subcutaneous fat deposits exist, especially those that are resistant to diet and exercise.
Is it safe?
Yes, there is no known risk involved in using the Zerona low-level laser therapy and it is considered a safe alternative to invasive procedures such as tumescent liposuction and lipodissolve and other non-invasive devices like the Accent, VelaShape, and Thermage, which rely on heating the tissue, causing inflammation, scar tissue and possible discomfort. None of these have the proven data showing how fat cell size is reduced like the Zerona. The Zerona treatment is 100% non-invasive and causes no bruising, scaring and 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.
Is it effective?
Yes, clinical studies show with the Zerona treatment and following the recommended guidelines, we see an average loss of 3.64 inches.
4 inches and 2 pant sizes lost
Is it safe if I have a medical condition such as diabetes?
Yes, 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. Zerona may be more effective on practice members with diabetes or thyroid disorders when we tailor a health program in combination with Zerona.
Are there any side-effects?
No. The treatment process is completely non-invasive and there are absolutely NO Known Side-Effects beyond loss of inches and fat.
Is it covered by insurance?
No, Zerona treatments are considered elective and are not covered by insurance.
How long has the Zerona laser been used?
The Zerona has been used in studies since 2008 and has been used by physicians 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?
Pier reviewed studies have shown that 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 % OR 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.
Can I do the procedure multiple times? And how soon after my last treatment can I do a second treatment?
Yes, with additional treatments you can expect to see improved results. You can start an additional series of Zerona treatments
immediately following your last treatment. We also recommend additional treatments for practice members (either because of a sluggish lymphatic system or poor lifestyle choices) that do not respond appropriately to the original series.
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 differences first.
Is everyone a good candidate for the Zerona treatment?
Most are good candidates. Even people who are not overweight can lose inches. Be sure to discuss your health background with your physician and ask any questions about your particular areas of concern.