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Many patients who want to remove just a small area of fat often don't want to undergo the pain, downtime, and expense of invasive surgical procedures. There are laser lipo and Vaser which offer an alternative, but though they're minimally invasive, they are still surgical treatments. Patients now have new options available that decrease fat without any surgery, pain or downtime.
Zerona - This Low Level Laser Therapy device is the first non-invasive aesthetic device to receive FDA market clearance in the U.S. for circumferential reduction of the waist, hips, and thighs. Zerona was granted market clearance following the completion of a placebo-controlled, randomized, double-blind, multi-site clinical investigation that evaluated 67 study participants. Results showed that patients lost an average of 3.65 inches total across their waist, hips, and thighs in as little as two weeks.
The infrared laser light shines on the body in a rotating pattern for 20 minutes one side of the body, then 20 minutes on the other. A small pore is opened in the fat cells causing them to empty their contents so that inches are lost. Zerona has a systemic effect, meaning that inches are lost all over the body rather than in one specific area. There is no downtime and 6 sessions over 2 weeks equals completes a single round.
Cost: $1800-$3000 per 2 week session
Actual Zerona Results of Dr. Elizabeth VanderVeer
CoolSculpting - CoolSculpting by Zeltiq has also received FDA clearance for the non-invasive reduction of fat. The procedure works in a much different manner than Zerona. The Zeltiq device delivers targeted cold therapy to the treatment area, causing the fat to crystallize and die. They are then flushed out of the body by natural processes, earning the procedure a name for "freezing away the fat."
There are no needles, pain, or downtime for the patient and each CoolSculpting procedure results in an average of 20% reduction of fat in the treated area, so that rather than the systemic affect of Zerona, Zeltiq is more targeted. Results are seen as soon as 3 weeks after treatment, with the most dramatic results occurring over a period of two to four months in most patients.
Cost: $500-$800 per treatment area
Actual Zeltiq Results of Dr. Ivan Rosales
1 Month Post 2nd Treatment
Vaser Shape - This procedure uses ultrasonic waves to break up fat that is flushed out of the body. It isn't yet approved for circumferential reduction as yet, but is approved for the relief of minor muscle aches, pain and muscle spasms, temporary improvement in local blood circulation, and temporary reduction in the appearance of cellulite.
Vaser Shape generates a gentle heat that's pain free for patients, and they compare it to a hot stone massage. Treatment is fast at only about 40 minutes each, with patients generally returning for 6 treatments.
Cost: $500-$750 per treatment
Actual VASER Shape results of Dr. Marie DiLauro
All of these treatments are designed for those in good shape who only want to reduce a small area of fat. They are not intended for those who are looking to be rid of a significant amount of weight.