Q: How does laser work?
A: The low level laser therapy emitted by the laser causes the fat contained in the fat cell to liquefy. The laser causes the fat cell membrane to become temporarily porous, allowing the liquefied fat to leave the cell and accumulate in the interstitial space around the cells. There is no damage to the cell membrane and after 48 hours the pores close up. Once the fat is in the interstitial space, the body via the lymphatic system naturally removes it.
Q: How much can I expect to lose?
A: Everyone is different and so results will vary. The success of the treatments depends on your body's ability to detoxify emulsified cellular debris. Therefore, not all patients will obtain the same outcome at the end of the two-week therapy. In double-blind, randomized, multi-site, placebo-controlled clinical trials that tracked the circumferences of patient's waist, hips, and thighs, the average total loss was 3.64 inches, up to a maximum of 9.5 inches, compared to a placebo group that only lost a half inch.
Q: Who is a candidate for Zerona?
A: Since Zerona is non-invasive to the body, many individuals who are unable to undergo surgery may be candidates for Zerona. Often, Zerona is most effective when used in patients who are already leading healthy lives and are seeking fat-loss in particular problem areas, or in patients who would like Zerona to motivate their new commitment to a healthy diet and exercise by hastening their initial fat-loss efforts. It's important to discuss your individual situation with our manager, John Piché .
Q: Who shouldn't use Zerona?
A: Though the lasers are low level, they can nevertheless interact adversely with pacemakers. Women who have given birth should wait six weeks before using Zerona. Zerona is safe for individuals with diabetes and thyroid disorders, but the procedure may not be as effective.
Q: Are there any risks?
A: There are no known risks associated with low-level laser therapy. This treatment causes no discomfort before, during or after the treatment.
Q: Is the procedure painful?
A: Treatment is painless and requires no surgery, no anesthesia, no needles, no recovery, no healing, and no downtime.
Q: What will the treatment be like?
A: Typically, you will receive six or nine 40-minute laser treatments during a two-three week period. Additionally, you will receive a consultation, support and other take home instructions for optimal results, along with one-on-one coaching from John Piche, who himself has lost 10.5 inches of fat with just 9 treatments in 3 weeks.. prior to implementing the ZERONA LASER. Programs vary depending on the patient's needs and goals. Often a patient will be so thrilled with the results that they will want more sessions.
Q: Will the program get rid of cellulite?
A: This reduces contours due to excess fat, not cellulite. You may wish to have additional deep tissue massage to help breakdown the fibrous adhessions common to cellulite.
Q: Can I just use the laser instead of dieting?
A: The procedure is not a program for losing weight or a cure for obesity. The Zerona laser is a fantastic way to get rid of inches in specific problem areas – stomach, thighs, buttock, arms, chin. This is not the best way to lose weight all over the body. It is a great way to 'kick-start' lifetime changes toward better health, including good nutrition and proper exercise.
Q: Can the fat return?
A: This is a very common question and a very simple answer. The Zerona laser itself does not obliterate or remove the fat cells from the body. When the fat leaves the cells, the cells remain intact and collapse to their 'unloaded' size. This is that same thing that occurs when you are exercising (burning calories) and watching what you eat (controlling calories you eat). If poor diet and lifestyle habits continue and greater calories are consumed than expended from exercise, the body will store the excess calories and the fat cells may begin to retain fat again. So the short answer is "yes" fat can return, if you are consuming more calories than you burn.
Q: How many treatments can I do?
A: We offer different treatment packages depending on how much fat a client wants to lose. There have been no contraindications or side effects found from continued treatments.
Q: How much does the Global Laser Fat Loss program cost?
A: We have a number of programs available depending on your needs. While the exact amount depends on the desired goals. So fees will vary. Based on the service performed for the double-blind, randomized, multi-site, placebo-controlled clinical trials that tracked the circumferences of patient's hips, waist and thighs, where the average total loss was 3.64 inches, up to a maximum of 11 inches; the cost for 18 sessions at $3000 and the cost for 9 sessions is $1800 (our most popular package). Financing options are available allowing for low monthly payments.
Q: Why do some people lose more inches than others?
A: The physiological ability to process fat has genetic variability from person to person. Variations included function of the lymph and digestive system as well as possible metabolic abnormalities
Q: When can I expect to see results?
A: Typical results in decrease of body circumference are seen about one week after completion of your treatment. However, some individuals may see results almost immediately and some individuals may not experience decrease of body circumference or weight loss at all.
Q: Why do you take my measurements?
A: In order to accurately gauge your loss of body circumference in inches, it's important to take accurate measurements. These are taken at specific anatomical sites before the first treatment, after the final treatment, and one week after the final treatment is completed. We also highly recommend before and after pictures of targeted areas. All these steps allow both the technician and the patient to have accurate pre and post data – the pictures in particular, have proven to be very effective. This is the most objective (it doesn't depend on how you feel) way to assess your progress.
Q: Do the treatments increase toxins in my system?
A: During a large study, liver panels were taken pre and post and no changes were shown. Among its 500 or so functions, the liver is one of the body's major detoxification pathways and any increase in toxin would show as increase in liver activity.
Q: Are there any other changes from the treatment besides loss of fat?
A: During a large study, it was shown that Cholesterol and triglyceride levels were normalized. This means that people who were 10 points high tended to drop 10 points and people who were 100 points high tended to drop 100 points. Also noted are skin improving changes. The laser has been FDA approved for wound healing.
Q: Is this covered by insurance?
A: This procedure is cosmetic and therefore not covered by insurance companies, as it is considered "not medically necessary".
Q: What is the difference between subcutaneous fat and visceral fat
A: Subcutaneous fat (pinchable fat)is located directly above the skeletal muscle and below the skin. Its superficial placement is what ensures proper depth penetration of the laser energy. Patients containing a high volume of visceral fat (fat below the skeletal muscle) are not ideal candidates for this procedure. However, they may still contain subcutaneous fat; therefore, you can treat the individual by just ensuring they adopt a healthy diet to address the visceral fat.