For Patients

How to get the Best Results

In this section Dr. D reveals the key factors for getting the best results while being treated with the Zerona Laser.

KEY FACTOR: Hydration

One week prior to your Zerona Laser session you want to start getting well-hydrated. Get very well hydrated! In other words, start drinking plenty of water. This will provide 2 important functions:

Lymphatic stimulation. Hydration is important for elimination of the fat that has been leaked from the fat cell. Staying well hydrated also simulates your lymphatic system again pumping out the secreted fat.

Digestion/Elimination aid. Staying well hydrated also helps your digestive system to work more smoothly; specifically bowel movements.

How much water should you consume? You should be drinking at least 64 ozs a day. A good rule of thumb is half of your body weight in oz. For example: a 200-pound person should be drinking 100 oz of water per day. Note: If during your consultation you were told to drink a different amount based on your medication or health conditions, follow those recommendations.

Special Note Regarding Coffee and Soda: if you are a coffee lover or soda lover, be advised. Caffeine is a diuretic. In other words, it will cause your body to eliminate the water from your body. If you drink a cup of coffee, realize that you must drink two cups of water in addition to your normal amount.

KEY FACTOR: Supplementation

All of you will be on niacin. Start this one week prior to your laser treatment. Niacin has 2 important functions.

Oxidizing Agent. Niacin is a water-soluble vitamin whose derivatives such as NADH play essential roles in energy metabolism in the living cell and DNA repair. During metabolic reactions such as fatty acid oxidation and glycolysis, NAD+ serves as an oxidizing agent, oxidizing certain compounds can lead to the breakdown fats and carbohydrates, which ultimately can lead to the production of ATP (energy). So niacin helps to oxidize the fat and makes it easier to get it out of the body versus getting re-absorbed by the cell.

Vasodialation. Niacin is also a vasodilator. Vasodilation is the dilation and expansion of blood vessels (veins, arteries). With the relaxation and dilation of nearby blood vessels, it is possible for the fatty acids and triglycerides sitting in the extra-cellular space to be absorbed into the blood stream rather than reabsorbed by the adipocyte cell.

Other supplements may be suggested to help aid in your improvement.

KEY FACTOR: Healthy digestion and elimination

Bottom line –the fat that the laser gets out of the cell and your lymphatic system collects it is expected of the digestive system to get it out of the body. Bowel movements are the last step to getting rid of the fat. So if you having trouble having at the very least one bowel movement a day, we need to help your digestive systems work more smoothly. There are many natural and healthy ways to go about doing this. If you are having trouble with this contact the office.

KEY FACTOR: Exercise

Although this program will work without changing your exercise program, exercise certainly helps you to achieve your goals faster. Exercise need not be strenuous. In fact if you can’t exercise, there are some stretches that can help achieve these goals too.
Exercise helps for 3 reasons:

Increased calorie usage. Obviously when you exercise you are burning more calories then if you are not exercising. If you burn more calories than you eat, you will lose weight. If you eat more calories than you burn, you gain weight. If you eat the same amount you burn, you keep your weight. We don’t need to go into this any further.

Stimulation of the lymphatic system. Exercise gets your blood and lymphatic system pumping. Even simple walking is effective to achieve this.

Stimulation of the digestive system: when you are breathing in and out, your diaphragm goes down and puts pressure on your bowel and that gets things moving better. Tai chi, and yoga are exercises that are great for this. Plus the twisting and turning from exercise helps the digestive system to work also.

KEY FACTOR: Diet

“Ok, let’s be real about this Zerona laser. While it is very effective at getting rid of trouble fat areas, IT IS NOT A LICENSE TO EAT JUNK. I want you to get the image out of your head of you laying down eating chocolate while the laser gets rid of the fat. That’s NOT what my program is about!” – Dr. D

Though we do not ask you to drastically change your diet unless you want to, here are some suggestions.

List what you eat. Make a simple list of everything you eat. If you want to get really serious about it, weigh your food and we can help you to find out how many calories you are eating.

Healthy realization “protect your investment”. Most people know what is healthy and what is not healthy. If you typically eat unhealthy, and you start this program, consider eating healthy for a couple of weeks, after all, you are investing time and energy into getting in shape.

Food Allergies. This is a very important topic. Many people think they are eating something healthy, when in fact, it might be unhealthy. For example: If a person is allergic to peanuts and they eat it, it could be life threatening. Some patients are eating foods that they are allergic to. That mild allergic response could cause a slowed improvement and bloating. What are some common foods people are allergic to? The top 4 are: dairy (found in milk, cheese, ice cream, latté’s), eggs, gluten (which is found in breads), soy (like soy milk and tofu).

If you don’t know and want to find out, call the office.

KEY FACTOR: Massage

Do this following your laser session. People love massage because it feels great. Massage is relaxing and it releases chemicals in our body that helps us to feel good. Massage is very helpful for laser treatment as well. There are two massages that are particularly beneficial for the Laser patient:

Lymphatic massage. This is a very gentle light massage. This helps fluid, or in this case, the fat, that is out of your cells waiting to be picked up and eliminated. Having this after laser treatment is a great idea.

Cellulite massage. This is deeper and more aggressive. It has to be in order to be effective. Cellulite is a tough fibrous tissue, it must be broken apart. The more cellulite breaks up with this massage the smoother the tissue will be and the happier the patient is with the results. The Zerona Laser and cellulite massage are a fantastic combination.

KEY FACTOR: Detoxification

Sometimes patients have many toxins in their system that compete or slow the effectiveness of the laser and/or the elimination of the fat from the body. If a person is toxic, then a detoxification may be required. There are many ways to do this, natural is the best way. Constipation is a sign of the need for detoxification.