FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Zerona?
ZERONA is a completely new way to treat difficult-to-remove fatty areas of the body. It uses a powerful cool-laser technology to encourage fat cells to release the fatty tissue, allowing your body to dispose of the fat in a natural way. Loss of inches in problem areas is possible with the non-invasive laser treatment.
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 risk of injury. No technician will be pushing on you or using any device against your body. You simply lay beneath the Zerona lights.
How does it work?
Through clinical studies it has been demonstrated that the Zerona low level laser stimulates the fat cell to emulsify (liquefy) the fat within the cell. The laser treatment temporarily opens small pores in the membrane around each fat cell. The fat inside the cell is able to escape and is then absorbed and safely removed by the lymphatic and digestive systems. The fat cells are not injured in any way by this process. Once relieved of the fat they contained, millions of fat cells shrink in size, reducing the mass of your problem areas.
Is Zerona approved for use in the United States?
Yes. Zerona is approved by the FDA for the safe and effective emulsification and reduction of fat.
Do you offer free consultations?
Of course! Why would you want to pay for a consultation when you don’t even know about the process or if you are a good candidate? The consultation appointment is free, and you are not obligated to purchase a package. It is simply a meeting to get information, ensure you are a good candidate, and give you a formal quote. Due to the amount of time we schedule for the consultations, we just ask that you call us if you are unable to make your appointment, so that we can assist another client.
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.
How is it different than other procedures?
There are many advantages to Zerona when compared to other slimming treatment options. Zerona:
~ is completely non-invasive
~ doesn’t require any healing or recovery time
~ is able to treat numerous problem areas
~ uses no anesthetic, pain medication, needles, or incisions
~ is relaxing, comfortable, and completely private
Since no damage is done to the tissues under the skin, there is no risk for unsightly bumps or uneven contours as result of destruction and removal of the fat cells. And of course since there are no recorded side effects with Low-Level Laser Therapy, this non-invasive procedure is much safer.
What happens if I miss an appointment?
It is not recommended that you 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 intervenes, some of the fat may be reabsorbed back into the fat cells. We want to make sure you get the best results from your treatments!!
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 decrease your results.
What areas of the body can I use Zerona on?
The Zerona treatment can be used effectively on essentially every part of the body where localized fat deposits exist that are resistant to diet and exercise. Most patients start with treating the waist, hips and thighs which can all be targeted in one treatment. Other areas include upper arms, bra-line fat, inner knees, back fat and buttocks.
Is it covered by insurance?
No, Zerona treatments are considered elective procedures 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 and 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 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.
Are there any side effects?
No. The treatment process is completely non-invasive and there are absolutely no side effects beyond loss of inches and fat.
Will the treatment be painful?
No. Zerona is gentle and non-invasive, so no pain is felt during or after the treatment period. Some clients mention feeling a light tickle or a tingling sensation during their treatments. Whether or not you feel a tingling, be assured that the laser are doing their job!
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.
Is it effective?
Yes, with the Zerona treatment and by following the recommended guidelines for success, you can expect to experience a loss of 3 – 9 inches overall from your waist, hips and thighs. Additionally, early patients have noticed an improvement in the appearance of cellulite.
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.
Can the fat return?
Once the fat has left the body, the only way for it to return is through your mouth. As with liposuction and other slimming treatments, gaining weight by poor diet and exercise habits can replace the fat removed by the Zerona™ laser. Naturally, if you take in more calories than you use, fat will accumulate.
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.
Is everyone a good candidate for the Zerona treatment?
Most are good candidates, and most will lose inches with Zerona Zone treatments. However, the people that will be the happiest are those who carry an extra 10 or 15 pounds that they can’t seem to lose. It’s also ideal for people wanting to kick start a new diet or fitness regimen. We can shrink the fat for you, but it’s up to you to make smart choices to keep the fat off post-Zerona. Individuals who are medically obese may not have good results. Any liver or kidney conditions may also hinder the desired results. If you are pregnant or you wear a pacemaker, Zerona is not recommended to you.
Who should definitely NOT have the procedure?
Zerona isn’t right for someone who is pregnant, or anyone with unrealistic expectations.
What are additional benefits of Zerona treatments?
- Reducing your BMI (body mass index) decreases your risk of diabetes, heart disease and arthritis, and can earn you discounted insurance rates. (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17385151/)
- Scientific study finds that treatment with the Zerona laser leads to a reduction in blood levels of LDL cholesterol (Bad Cholesterol).
- Reducing abdominal fat reduces risk of death from cancer and cardiovascular disease.
- Scientific study demonstrated that treatment with the Zerona laser reduces Leptin (the hormone that triggers your appetite and releases energy), thus making you feel less hungry and more energetic.
- The laser also acts on collagen, improving the health and elasticity of this tissue.
What supplements are recommended?
We recommend Fiber, Niacin, and L-Carnitine to assist the body in removing and properly processing fat released during Zerona treatments. This helps to ensure maximum results from your treatment. Once released from the cells, the fatty material is absorbed by lymphatic vessels and transported to local lymph nodes. From there, the material is released into the circulatory system so that the debris can be safely processed by the liver.
Fiber increases the productivity of your digestive system. We want to first make sure that you are regular. You can get anything down the drain if your pipes are clogged!
Niacin plays an essential role in energy metabolism in the living cell and DNA repair. During metabolic reactions such as fatty acid oxidation, Niacin serves as an oxidizing (burning) agent, which helps lead to the breakdown of fats and carbohydrates. Niacin helps to burn the fat and makes it easier to get it out of the body versus getting re-absorbed by the cell. It also makes it possible for the fatty acids and triglycerides sitting in the extra-cellular space to be absorbed into the blood stream rather than reabsorbed by the fat cells.
L-Carnitine is used in the body to regulate fat oxidation (burning). It is responsible for transporting fat to the fat furnace in our cells called mitochondria. Unless fat makes it to the mitochondria, it cannot be oxidized, no matter how much you diet or exercise.
Niacin, L-Carnitine, and fiber can be purchased at our office at anytime, and they are included in some of our packages.