DALLAS, Sept. 21 (UPI) — Texas plastic surgeons say they are evaluating Zerona, a new type of body-contouring laser that disrupts fat cells so they flush out of the body naturally.
Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas says compared to traditional liposuction, Zerona requires no incisions, and there are no burning aftereffects, as with other types of lasers.
Dr. Jeffrey Kenkel, vice chairman of plastic surgery and director of the Clinical Center for Cosmetic Laser Treatment at Southwestern says the laser, recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is both safe and effective for non-invasive body slimming.
Zerona can be used on the waist, hips and thighs and may also work for other applications, such as male breast reduction or neck and arm flab, Kenkel says. The procedure requires six, 40-minute sessions over a two-week period.
“Zerona is really for helping you fit into your clothes,” Kenkel says in a statement.
However, it does not supplant traditional liposuction for those needing a more significant contour change, therefore, those who are close to their ideal body weight and have good skin quality have good results, Kenkel says.
The low-level lasers cause fat cells to lose the fat, Kenkel explains, then the body disposes of it through absorption or excretion.
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