One of our goals at our dermatology and liposuction center in Los Angeles is to provide fat reduction and body contouring with as little risk and downtime as possible. The main technique we have used to accomplish this is liposuction using local anesthesia only. This is a minimally invasive technique that offers a fast recovery. Now, we offer a totally non-invasive alternative called Zerona.
Zerona is a laser system that uses low energy, non-painful laser beams to poke holes in fat cells. Fat escapes through these holes. Treatments are performed in the office, and there is no cutting or recovery. The study that led to FDA approval of this device showed average reductions in circumference of about 1 inch from the waist, 1 inch from the hips, and 3/4 inches from each thigh in the 35 people who were part of the study group. A total of 6 treatments are performed over a 2 week period. There do not appear to be any major side effects.
Although results from Zerona are not as dramatic as those from liposuction, we see Zerona as being a nice alternative to liposuction for patients who want absolutely no downtime or as an additive treatment to enhance the effects of liposuction.