It's no secret that many of the Real Housewives turn to their plastic surgeon for a little work now and then, and the ladies of Atlanta are no exception. Earlier this season, Nene Leakes went under the knife for rhinoplasty liposuction breast reduction and a breast lift. On last night's episode, Kim Zolciak opted to avoid the operating room and went under the laser for Zerona the popular non-surgical fat reducing treatment.
Zerona treatments are simple. Patients lie under rotating low level laser lights for 40 minutes, spending 20 minutes each on their stomach and then their back. A treatment cycle is 6 sessions spread over two weeks, and within a couple of weeks patients can expect to see around 3.5 total inches lost.
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Earlier this year, the Zerona device received FDA market clearance in the U.S. for circumferential reduction of the waist, hips, and thighs. It works by opening a small pore in the fat cells causing them to empty their contents. The fat is flushed out of the body naturally, but patients are encouraged to drink the proper amount of water to help aid the process. Zerona has a systemic effect, meaning that inches are lost all over the body rather than in one specific area so it's not the precise sculpting of liposuction procedures.
Actual Zerona Results of Dr. Elizabeth VanderVeer
One benefit of the treatment that patients love is there is zero downtime. Patients can go back to their normal activities immediately and it's pain free. In the clinical investigation, those treated lost an average of 3.65 inches total across their waist, hips, and thighs in as little as two weeks.
Many doctors offer lymphatic massage along with Zerona to aid in flushing out the fat and patients are encouraged to exercise and eat a healthy diet to help improve their results. It's important to remember that Zerona is best used with patients who are generally healthy and only have a little bit of fat to lose. Zerona is not considered a weight loss program. Those looking for more dramatic results may be better served by laser lipo with a device like SmartLipo or ultrasound assisted lipo with Vaser Talk with your doctor about what results you can expect from Zerona and what the best course of treatment is for your desired outcome.
How much does Zerona cost? The price varies by region, but you can typically expect to pay between $1800 and $3000 for a 2 week session. Some patients find an additional benefit from a second round and often physicians offer a price break for the next treatment course. Many offices are offering holiday specials this time of year so it could be a great time to find a deal.