According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 50% of Americans want to lose weight. For some, exercising and dieting can offer the results they want, but for many, stubborn fat can be difficult to shake off.
Until recently, the only real solution to this situation was liposuction, but that has changed with the advent of laser treatments like Zerona.
If you’re struggling to get rid of fat that neither exercise nor dieting can reduce, learn why Zerona may be the right weight-loss option for you.
What Is Zerona?
Zerona is also known as non-surgical laser lipo. This is not because it utilizes a similar process to liposuction, but because it stimulates lipolysis. Lipolysis is the process by which enzymes and water break down fats in the fatty tissues of your body. When fat breaks down, your body can then eliminate it through the lymphatic system.
Zerona uses a cold laser to disrupt the integrity of fat cells. It punctures the cell membranes and releases the lipids that make up those cells. Once the lipid content is gone, the cells shrink just as they would if you were dieting.
Zerona laser treatments work in many areas where you may find stubborn fat, including:
- Inner and outer thighs
- Love handles
This weight-loss treatment option is best suited for people who are no more than 10 to 20 pounds away from their ideal weight, in overall good health, and do not want to turn to surgical procedures like liposuction. You also must be able to commit time and energy to staying healthy.
People who have excessively loose skin from rapid weight loss, who have to take NSAIDs or anticoagulants on a daily basis, or who are pregnant or breastfeeding are better suited for alternative treatments.
Benefits of Zerona Laser Treatments
Zerona is non-invasive. Unlike liposuction, which requires general anesthesia, this treatment for weight loss does not require downtime, so you can resume your life almost immediately afterward.
This treatment option also offers permanent results. Once the cold laser breaks down the fat, it’s gone. It is also an FDA-approved option for fat removal.
Zerona can offer excellent results for people of all skin colors and types, as well. Because it uses the latest technology in the laser liposuction industry along with six adjustable heads, it can target areas of all sizes.
Prepping for Zerona
The process begins when you schedule a consultation with us. We will assess the areas you want treated while also getting your full medical history.
Tell us about all of the medications you take and about any other non-surgical and surgical cosmetic procedures you have undergone. If you are on birth control pills, we suggest you stop them for two weeks before Zerona sessions and use alternative birth control options.
Make sure that you stay well-hydrated before and after your Zerona procedure. Adequate hydration makes it easier for your body to eliminate fat cells. We recommend that you start a healthy diet as well so that you can get the most benefits from your Zerona treatment sessions.
Avoid alcohol and caffeine because they can dehydrate you and make your natural fat-eliminating system less effective. We also ask that you don’t take any blood-thinning medications like aspirin.
What to Expect During the Procedure
Most Zerona laser treatments last about an hour. We treat the front and back of the body separately, taking 20 minutes for each. You can choose to wear either a bathing suit or underwear for your procedure.
We will have you lie on the table, and we will then place the applicator over the treatment areas. The Zerona applicator has six arms, allowing us to target many spots at once.
Once the session is over, you can return to your daily routine.
Because Zerona is non-invasive, there’s no downtime. After the initial session, we usually ask patients to wear a compression garment that compresses the fat and to drink plenty of water. We may also recommend that you take niacin supplements to help achieve the best results and to walk at least 15 minutes each day.
Although you may notice visible results within the first week, it can take a few weeks to see the full results once you have finished your sessions. We usually have patients schedule six sessions relatively close together, but when we have our first consultation we will create a treatment plan personalized to your needs and goals.
The removal of the fat cells is permanent, but remember that if you gain weight, fat cells will appear in other locations. To improve your Zerona results, you can spend time in a sauna to remove toxins and you can even try dry brushing to get your lymphatic system working efficiently.
Turn to Zerona to Remove Stubborn Fat
If you are close to your ideal weight but have pockets of fat that refuse to budge no matter how much you exercise and diet, Zerona laser treatments may be the right solution for you. This non-invasive procedure can provide the lasting results you need when looking to slim down without turning to surgery.
At Mariposa Aesthetics and Laser Center in Oklahoma City, OK, we provide some of the top non-surgical laser treatments in the area. We offer Zerona, in addition to injectables, laser skin rejuvenation, platelet-rich plasma therapies, procedures for treating double chins, and much more.
Call us today to learn more about the treatment options we offer and to schedule your consultation.