Tuesday, March 15th, 2022
Keeping your body in shape can be difficult even if you have good eating habits, live a good lifestyle, and describe yourself as a relatively active person. Maintaining a stable weight is a challenge for the vast majority of people because both life and our metabolism are constantly changing. Additionally, genetics can modify how much fat is deposited in different areas. For these reasons, many people struggle with stubborn fatty deposits in areas they wish were smoother and flatter. To improve this, one may consider liposuction. As a board-certified plastic surgeon and one of the first American surgeons performing it, Dr. Buchanan is certainly a fan of this procedure. Liposuction is a minimally-invasive surgery that requires only a couple of tiny incisions and has a rapid recovery. What it provides in return is improved body contours that can last many years if not indefinitely. But as beneficial as liposuction can be, there are people who prefer a non-surgical, non-invasive approach to fat reduction. Understanding this choice and wanting a simpler method for larger areas, Dr. Buchanan added the Zerona body contouring device to our Highlands, NC office. This system has been thoroughly tested and has performed immensely well in clinical trials. Since beginning to use the Zerona device in our practice, we have had a front-row seat to see consistently good results in multiple patients. Here, we discuss why you may want to consider Zerona for a Springtime body contouring pick-me-up.
Unlike liposuction, which is performed using a local anesthetic and small cannulas to manually extract fat cells, Zerona stimulates natural fat metabolism using controlled externally applied laser energy. Not just any laser energy, Zerona has been designed with comfort and efficacy in mind to destroy fat using cold laser technology. Because of this technology, patients do not require downtime for recovery, nor do they have to consider the risks associated with heat from some laser devices or the discomfort from the competitor that freezes the fat. Comfort is a given!
In our years of using Zerona, we have continually been impressed with its capabilities. The Zerona has five Laser emitting heads that are positioned over the body while you rest comfortably for the 20-minute procedure. During the treatment, each of the laser heads, which never touch the body, emit laser energy over a large area, from the neck to the mid-thigh area. Once the treatment program has begun, small openings begin to occur in the membranes of the superficial fat cells. These openings release the fatty contents that have been held in the enlarged cells where it enters the space between cells and gets picked up by the body’s natural elimination pathways.
The energy technology of Zerona that gently but efficiently shrinks fat cells takes consistency to achieve its intended goal. Zerona treatments are scheduled to occur 3 days a week for two weeks. However, the week prior to starting treatment, the patient may make a few modifications as needed to maximize the effects of their process. These include eating a healthy diet of fresh, low-carb foods, walking or engaging in other light physical activity every day, and making sure to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. Hydration is a crucial aspect of nonsurgical fat reduction because it supports the natural elimination of the fat (triglycerides). The habits that begin one week prior to treatment should continue throughout the two weeks of active fat reduction and for another several weeks at least, if not permanently, after the completion of the treatment sessions. According to studies, more than 90% of patients who follow these basic instructions achieve significant contour improvements from Zerona.
The Zerona treatment process can, as we’ve discussed, reduce excess or unwanted fat. It is not really comparable to liposuction since liposuction is most useful for small localized areas and Zerona is best for larger areas. We generally use Zerona as a stimulus to starting a weight loss program or where the desired treatment areas are larger than what we usually do with liposuction. If you would like to learn more about non-surgical, non-invasive body contouring, contact us at (828) 526-3783 for your appointment.