Zerona is a relatively new body contouring device that uses cold laser technology to help with spot fat reduction. This can be particularly helpful for those troublesome stomach, waistline and thigh areas. Through its photochemical effect, fat cells in the path of the light energy become temporarily leaky and lose some of their contents. Through a series of painless and comfortable laser sessions over a few weeks, we have seen most patients lose a collective number of inches based on circumferential measurements taken before and after the treatments.
In weight loss management, there are numerous medications and supplements that have variable amounts of effectiveness. Adding a weight loss component to a Zerona treatment series is a logical application of combining light technology and modern pharmacology. Patients should get an enhanced result by attacking the problem simultaneously from different angles.. One of the intriguing hormonal supplements with a long history in weight loss is HCG. Once popular in the 1970s it fell into disuse until recently. It has now resurfaced as a weight loss medication and is gaining renewed use.
HCG or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin is a hormone produced in pregnancy that is made initially by the developing embryo after conception (hence the positive pregnancy test) and later by the placenta. Its primary role in pregnancy is to help nourish the growing fetus by releasing the nutrients in fat from the mother’s body. This hormonal role has lead to a lot of research that has looked at its potential role in adult weight loss and obesity. While its exact role in fat metabolism can be debated, it is currently thought that it likely exerts its effect by stimulating testosterone, an anabolic hormone that causes weight loss in both men and women.
Taking small daily doses of HCG (approx. 125 IU to 200 IU) can help in the weight loss process, particularly when combined with other treatments such as Zerona and a calorie-restricted diet. When accompanied by a low calorie diet of approximately 1500 calories, HCG has emerged as a very useful adjunct. People fear dietary restriction because they know they will feel hungry or deprived. However, on HCG people do not feel the same as with the usual diets. This occurs because the HCG instructs the body to utilize fat reserves through the hypothalamus. Thus the body becomes flooded with 2000 to 3000 calories from these reserves, which along with the calorie intake, is more than sufficient to take care of one’s daily nourishment. As a result, not only do patients not feel as hungry but their energy levels stay high.
The combination of HCG with Zerona treatments creates a combination fat reducing effect. Zerona targets problem areas with its cold laser technology for spot reduction, HCG helps the body with overall fat and weight reduction. The Zerona treatments will last only several weeks but the HCG supplement and keeping your calories low is to be done for 40 days.
While liposuction surgery offers an immediate and sometimes dramatic body change, many people would prefer a less traumatic approach. Zerona HCG offers a less painful and costly approach that some people may find provides enough improvement that the thought of surgery is just that…a thought.
Dr. Barry Eppley
Q: I am going to undergo Zerona body contouring treatments. I wanted to check with you first to make sure it is safe to do Zerona treatments with my inguinal hernia that protudes over my belly button area. I know the hernia is made up of fat, and I want to know if I should cover it with something to keep the Zerona from affecting it. Thanks so much for the help.
A: Zerona is a body contouring device that uses cold laser technology. This a low frequency low power laser light that should not be thought in the conventional laser sense. It is not a focused high energy beam which would normally burn anything in its path including skin and eventually fat. Rather it works by a different light principle known as a photochemical effect which will not injure or burn any tissues. This photochemical effect makes fat cells temporarily leaky by opening up channels or pores on the cell walls. This is not harmful to the fat cell per se, it just makes it lose some of its lipid volume. Thus, it is perfectly safe even if it would coincidentally be directed onto an abdominal area in which a hernia would be present. It would also be unlikely that the penetration of the Zerona energy would pass more than 5 cms below the skin, which is too superficial for many hernia locations.
Dr. Barry Eppley
This upcoming Thanksgiving will be the unofficial kickoff to holiday indulgence and overeating. Each holiday season, through the New Year, many of us excuse the mountains of calories consumed as just part of the festivities. Admittedly it is difficult to resist so many of our favorite foods when they are strewn around and we have a lot of time off from work. And eating is an activity that definitely helps fill that void of time.
Most people gain weight during the holidays and this accounts for many hopeful New Year’s resolutions to eliminate those extra pounds. But most weight loss resolutions don’t last…and many never really get even started.
One body contouring and weight loss approach that has been having a lot success is Zerona. Not to be confused with liposuction, Zerona is a non-surgical treatment. A painless procedure that is done in the office, Zerona exerts its effects through a ‘cold’ laser that passes through the skin and goes after the fat cells. It makes them leaky which releases the fat which is then absorbed and eliminated naturally.
Zerona is not just a machine, it is a process. Multiple treatment sessions are needed and studies have been shown that it can take off three to five inches in the hips, waist and thigh in three weeks. To help the fat loss, one must increase their water intake and take a twice-daily niacin supplement during the treatment periiod. The program require a commitment and must be done every two to three days to really be effective. Each treatment session takes about an hour and is painless. You literally get up and go afterwards. Daily exercise can increase the final results by aiding in lymphatic clearance and an increased metabolism.
How well does Zerona fat reduction work? There has been a lot of claims of inches lost in the media and internet. Our experience from our first twenty patients treated showed that the average inches lost (from three body area measurements) was 7 inches Over 70% of the patients were extremely satisfied patient and would readily do it again.
Right after the holidays could be a perfect time to get that jumpstart on weight loss and body toning. Many of you will probably implement some sort of a program. Zerona could be that perfect fit into such a program. A total treatment takes just three weeks and provides a safe and no risk method to lose some fat and slim some body areas.. At the least it is a commitment and a jump start to a healthier lifestyle for 2011.
Dr. Barry Eppley