A New Alternative to Liposuction
When we gain weight, our fat cells are increasing in size to hold the extra fat. For the most part, we do not grow any new fat cells once we are adult. A new cosmetic surgery treatment is based on this fact. If there is increased fat cell size in the subcutaneous fat layer (just beneath the skin), it can be reduced with a laser.
This is therefore a non-invasive treatment with no pain, no incisions, and no recovery time required. It is called Zerona® and is offered by Erchonia Medical, Inc., a Texas-based company that makes lasers and other medical devices.
Zerona® is a body contouring procedure done in a series of treatments. The special low-level laser breaks up the subcutaneous fat cells (emulsifies them by breaking the cell walls). Rather than being suctioned out as is done in liposuction procedures, the emulsified fat moves into the little spaces between cells, joining the interstitial fluid that is already there. It then flows into the lymph system and is excreted by the body.
Each treatment lasts for 40 minutes. For best results, you would have three a week for two weeks. The laser is directed to whatever area you would like slimmer and more attractively contoured, such as the waist, hips, or thighs. Each treatment consists of 20 minutes of laser work on the front and 20 minutes on the back.
By the end of two weeks, your subcutaneous fat cells have shrunk down closer to their original size and you have lost at least three or four inches of circumference. Zerona® has been FDA-approved for reducing fat cells after being tested on the lower body only. But physicians are still testing Zerona® for its effectiveness on cellulite, and on upper body areas such as the upper arms and upper back.
At The Cosmetic Surgical Center, Dr. Rai offers both Tumescent Liposuction and Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction (UAL), tailoring each procedure to the individual’s desires and needs. UAL is excellent for more detailed contouring results. It uses ultrasound to emulsify fat cells and then removes them by suction. It needs only very small incisions, since the ultrasound cannula and the vacuum tube are very narrow.
In fact, Dr. Rai has a whole separate website on Liposuction where you can read more detail about the ways it can be done.
If you would like to talk with Dr. Rai about the best way to improve your body contours, please contact our Dallas, Texas office today for a free consultation.
Dr. Vasdev Rai
Dr. Vasdev Rai has performed more than 25,000 cosmetic surgeries over his more than 30 years in practice as a Dallas plastic surgeon. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon who was first certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 1983. Learn More...
Dr. Surjit Rai
Dr. Surjit Rai was born and raised in Plano, Texas. Being the son of a plastic surgeon, Dr. Rai had the unique opportunity to see first-hand the impact a plastic surgeon can have. He knew at a young age that he would dedicate his life and academic career towards the goal of becoming a plastic surgeon. Learn More...