Zerona or Liposuction? Get to Know the Pros and Cons of Each!
Fat reduction is a body-contouring treatment that is sought by many adults. Historically, fat reduction was achieved with excision surgery and, for 30 years, liposuction. However, innovative technologies have made it possible for us to reduce fat without surgery. This technique also has certain benefits. If you’re noticing one or more areas on your body where fat seems to be holding on tight, you may be interested in comparing liposuction to the nonsurgical body contouring treatment we use in our Highland, NC office, Zerona.
Zerona is an FDA-cleared body contouring device that sculpts large general areas by reducing the fat within the cells. It works by emitting cold laser energy that penetrates into the cells, opens pores in the cell walls, and emulsifies the fat within the cells. This allows the liquid fat to move into the interstitial space where it can be picked up and eliminated through the lymphatic system. In clinical studies, this cold laser technology reduced inches from patients’ hips, thighs, and waists.
Liposuction is a minimally invasive surgical technique that uses a thin canule moved under the skin to literally suction the fat cells and fat from an area. It does require numbing the area or general anesthesia. Recovery is rapid, with most people able to return to most activities within a day or two.
Pros of Zerona include:
- The noninvasive procedure does not require anesthesia
- Treatment is painless
- No downtime is needed
- Fat cells shrink naturally, resulting in smooth, uniform results
- Natural fat loss occurs over a few weeks
Cons of Zerona include:
- Fat cells can enlarge after treatment if healthy habits are not implemented and maintained
- Results vary from person to person; one may lose a few inches only while others lose more
Pros of liposuction include:
- Suitable for large and small areas of fat, including under the chin
- Fat removal is permanent
- Liposuction is known for fast, successful results, especially for stubborn localized fat
Cons of liposuction include:
- Small incisions are necessary
- Some type of anesthesia is necessary
- Risks such as infection, asymmetry, lumps, and bleeding exist, though they are minimal when done properly
- There is some post op discomfort
- Residual fat cells can enlarge if a healthy lifestyle is not maintained but the area will never be like it was