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Zerona is a laser treatment that transforms the fat contained inside cells into liquid.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: June 26, 2012

Treatment Basics

Regulatory approval: Zerona was approved by the FDA in August 2010.

Manufacturer: Erchonia Medical

Imagine all the little fat cells that make up your "problem areas" bulging in ways you'd prefer they didn't. Zerona liquefies the fat from within these cells, consequently shrinking them, along with your overpadded hips. Zerona melts fat inside the cells, then creates an opening in the cell membrane through which the now emulsified fat can seep.

Where does the fat go? The nonsolid fat leaks harmlessly out of the body - and your life - through your lymphatic system, which absorbs, processes, and ultimately expels the newly free-floating fat from the body. Ah, my Zerona!

What It's Good For

Zerona can reshape the body, including the waist, hips, thighs, upper arms, inner knees, back, and buttocks. The procedure is ineffective if it isn't supplemented with a nutritious diet and regular exercise, making Zerona applicable to health-conscious ladies and gents looking to shed those last pesky pounds.

Recommended Uses
Name Description Cost
Excess weight Zerona can remove excess pockets of fat from the body, including the waist, hips, thighs, upper arms, inner knees, back, and buttocks. Zerona utilizes low level lasers to melt fat so it can...more Zerona costs $2,000 to $3,500.

Who it works for: Zerona works best on isolated problem areas. It's not suitable for overall weight loss. Patients should be within 15 pounds of their ideal weight.

Recommended age range: Unlike invasive surgical weight loss procedures, Zerona is safe for adolescents. However, the younger you are, the easier it should be to lose weight through diet and exercise - which should be tried first.

When will I see results?: Fat loss may be noticeable by the fourth to sixth Zerona session.

How long it lasts: Like any form of weight loss, the longevity of this procedure is reliant on an individual's ability to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regiment in the days, weeks, months, and years that follow. Maintaining healthy diet and exercise habits can preserve the life of Zerona-induced fat loss.

There really is no way to determine the speed at which fat can or will return to an individual's figure, but touch up treatments can help to conserve the effects of the treatment or to "empty" the cells of a fat buildup once again (this is because fat cells are not removed, merely emptied out). A follow up treatment can be sought as soon as a week later after the first course of Zerona zaps are finished.

Key benefits of Zerona: Zerona removes stubborn pockets of fat without pain, downtime, or side effects (or so its manufacturer says).

Licensed uses: Zerona was approved by the FDA in August 2010 for body contouring.

Did you know?: In June 2010, Erchonia decided on releasing Zerona exclusively in the Czech Republic and Slovakia in Europe. Other recent launches of Zerona include the Middle East and Hong Kong.

Who's Done It?

Rachael Ray featured Zerona on a talk show segment dedicated to the latest breakthroughs in plastic surgery technology, confirming her guest physician's declaration of the fat loss procedure as a "Holy Grail" in the industry.

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