Zerona – The New Laser Free Weight Loss Treatment

By Annette Pinder

Perhaps you have seen it on TV. It has been on Rachel Ray, Dr. Oz, and others. If you did, you might have thought this latest weight loss technology sounds like a gimmick. After all, how could six 40-minute treatments possibly shrink body fat and inches? 

Buffalo cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Hratch Karamanoukian, says he and his nurse practitioner, Jenna Goldsmith, NP were highly skeptical about claims made by Zerona, provider of the new laser technology that claims the benefit of weight loss, but after reviewing the materials and process thoroughly they went ahead with it. They now say the results in their practice have surprised them and, for many patients, have been nothing short of a miracle.

Zerona, approved by the Food and Drug Administration in August 2010, is a non-invasive alternative to liposuction, and a new way to treat difficult-to-remove fatty areas of the body. Treatments consist of six 40-minute sessions over a two-week period. During these painless procedures, the patient lies down as a cool-laser shines on (but does not touch) the skin over specific target areas. The laser temporarily opens small pores in the membrane around each fat cell, liquefying the fatty tissue inside and allowing it to escape into the interstitial area of the body. The body absorbs, metabolizes, and eliminates the fat through the lymphatic system. Fat cells are unharmed through this process and, once relieved of the tissue, shrink in size, reducing the mass of problem areas. The result is overall loss of weight and inches.

Goldsmith say their patients have been very happy to discover that Zerona is pain free. It is blade free, needle free laser technology with the added advantage of not altering the distribution of fat cells. It simply restores fat cells to a normal or subnormal size, based on ultra-structural studies done by Zerona. 

The results of these studies enabled Zerona to receive FDA approval for its efficacy in reducing inches from various parts of the body in a healthy manner. As such, Zerona does not harm fat cells, which are important in normal body function and metabolism. Liposuction, on the other hand, sucks out the fat cells in hopes of reshaping the body, with outcomes that are operator dependent, meaning the technical skill of the surgeon. Liposuction is quite expensive, has associated down time and requires anesthesia. Zerona has no down time and can be done in as little as 45 minutes with 3, 6, 9 or 12 sessions.

It is important to note that while there are no known negative side effects of the Zerona process, no long term studies have been completed. Most of Dr. Karamanoukian’s patients give the procedure rave reviews. As always, however, it’s best to do thorough research on any new medical technology you integrate into your life to understand all risks and benefits.

Zerona is known to be most effective when used in patients leading healthy lives and seeking weight-loss in problem areas. It is also best for patients who use it with a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Individuals who are medically obese or unable to exercise or control their diet are usually not good candidates. Since Zerona doesn’t remove fat cells, it is possible a lack of exercise and an unhealthy diet can cause the cells “emptied” by Zerona to fill up again. Goldsmith says, We tell our patients Zerona is great, but a commitment to a healthy lifestyle is very important to their long-term success.

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