Frequently Asked Questions about the Laser Treatments

What is the program and what will it do?
The program uses a low level or cold laser that produces no heat on the body tissue. It’s a painless, non-invasive alternative to liposuction and other painful procedures that carry risk of complications including death. The excess fat naturally leaves the body through normal pathways without any downtime. The patient will be evaluated and given specific nutrition and guidelines for optimal results.

How does laser work?
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. Of course this is where the system shines with nutritional support, percussive lymphatic massage, re-hydration therapy, and more.

How much can I expect to lose?
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.

Is there any guarantee?

While it is illegal for a doctor to guarantee results, Dr. D feels that patients should receive some type of satisfaction guarantee. This is something that is discussed during your consultation. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Who can receive treatment?
You may not be a good candidate for the treatments simply because you want to lose weight. During our doctor’s thorough examination, it will be determined if you’re a good candidate for the program and if weight loss will improve your health. If you’re a candidate for the program, the doctor will determine a treatment and nutritional protocol that is best for your body.

Are there any risks?
There are no known risks associated with low-level laser therapy. This treatment causes no discomfort before or after the treatment.

Is the procedure painful?
Treatment is painless and requires no surgery, no anesthesia, no needles, no recovery, no healing, and no downtime.

What will the treatment be?
Typically, you will receive six 40-minute laser treatments during a one two-week period. Additionally, you will receive nutritional support and other take home instructions for optimal results. Programs vary depending on the patient’s needs and goals. Often a patient will be so thrilled with the results that they will want another session.

Will the program get rid of cellulite?
This reduces contours due to excess fat, not cellulite. Dr. D may recommend additional deep tissue massage to help breakdown the fibrous adhesions common to cellulite.

Will the fat deposit “elsewhere?”
Fat removed by the laser is metabolized and removed by the body. There is no evidence that this fat deposits elsewhere.

Can I just use the laser instead of dieting?
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. Our doctors will help you with this including individualizing a nutritional supplement protocol to help get you to optimum health.

Can the fat return?
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. It’s been proven that the Dr. D’s program is an excellent jump start to making better lifestyle, dietary and exercise choices. More treatments can also be taken.

How many treatments can I do?
This should be discussed with your Doctor. Many patients return for second, third, forth, and more series of treatments to focus on different areas or loose even more inches. There have been no contraindications or side effects found from continued treatments.

“2 times the treatment, 3 times the results” – recently we have found that when a patient has continued care over one month the patient results are about 3 times as good. Dr. D is currently doing more studies to investigate.

How much does Dr. D’s program cost?
Dr. D has a number of programs. While the exact amount depends on the procedure being done, the desired goal, and what level of support is required. So fees range. 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 9.5 inches; the cost averages for 6 sessions over 2 weeks is between $2,000 – $3,600 (depending on any promotions the office has at the time).

Financing options are available allowing for low monthly payments.

Why do some people lose more inches than others?
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. Your doctor will work with your individual case to help achieve optimum performance within the parameters of your given physiological makeup. This is why Dr. D or his colleagues must meet with you in person for a proper health history and consultation.

When can I expect to see results?
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.

What signs of change may I notice during my treatments?
Some physiological changes can occur during your program. Initial changes are typically noted beginning around the first week and may include changes in stool including lightening of color, loosening of texture, and floating. This is due to the increased fat content of the stool as the body rids the fat via the digestive tract.

Upon palpation, superficial body fat may begin to feel softer or more ‘liquid’ during the program. Also, finding and tracking the size and texture of any ‘fat nodules’ or lipomas in field of treatment may be a useful monitor of initial change.

Due to the hydration aspect of the program, some patients may feel bloated during the first week of hydration. Drinking plenty of water is so important for flushing out the fat that has leaked from the cell and for lymphatic stimulation.

Why do you take my measurements?
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 doctor 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.

Do the treatments increase toxins in my system?
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.

Are there any other changes from the treatment besides loss of fat?
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.

Is this covered by insurance?
This procedure is cosmetic and therefore not covered by insurance companies, as it is considered “not medically necessary”. So just like your bottled water, gym membership, exercise equipment, personal trainer, and/or yoga instructor, it is not covered either.

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