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at Nassau Suffolk Internal Medicine

As natural as diet and exercise – and as permanent. NSIM is committed to offering our patients increased motivation to maintain healthy lifestyles by using safe and non-invasive Zerona body sculpting.


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Frequently asked questions

How does Zerona® work?

Through clinical studies it has been demonstrated that the Zerona® low level laser stimulates the fat cell to emulsify (liquefy) the fat within the cell. Then the liquefied fat moves from inside the cell through a temporary pore formed in the cell membrane to outside the cell where it is in the interstitial space until absorbed by the lymphatic system. This results in millions of fat cells becoming smaller so inches are reduced off the waist, hips and thighs. The fat cells are not injured in any way by this process.


What can I expect at my appointments?

You can expect 40 minutes to relax, read or do absolutely nothing. The Zerona® treatment is completely painless. There is no heat or any sensation whatsoever while being treated. Each treatment you will be met by your physician or technician who will position the laser at the desired areas of the body, he/she will step out for 20 minutes while the front of your body is treated and then will return to reset for the backside of your body for an additional 20 minutes. After you are done you can get back to your normal activities immediately with absolutely no downtime, nor pain, swelling or any discomfort. This is a symptom-free process except for losing unwanted inches.


What happens if I miss an appointment?

It is not recommended that you miss an appointment. Prior to starting the Zerona® treatment, it is important that you are committed to the recommended lifestyle protocol which includes at least 6 treatments, every other day for 40 minutes and not to exceed 72 hours between treatments. If more than 72 hours intervenes, some of the fat may be uptaken by the fat cells again.


How is it different than liposuction?

Liposuction is an invasive procedure that removes the entire area of fat cells from deposits beneath the skin using a hollow stainless steel tube (called a cannula) with the assistance of a powerful vacuum. Liposuction can be accomplished either with the use of general anesthesia, or with IV sedation, or totally by local anesthesia. In contrast, the Zerona® treatment is a 100% non-invasive that uses a low level laser applied externally to stimulate the fat cell and emulsify and release fat. There is no use of anesthesia, nor any pain, gels, creams, numbing agents, needles and no downtime.


How is it different from other “non-invasive” body slimming techniques?

The Zerona® laser is the only completely safe and effective non-invasive treatment for body slimming on the market today. There is no possibility of injury. No technician will be pushing on you or using any device against your body. You simply lay beneath the Zerona® lights.


Is there any downtime?

Absolutely ZERO downtime. During the treatment you will feel no discomfort, no
anesthesia will be used and you can assume normal activities immediately following
each treatment.


Are there any limitations to what I can do if I’m using Zerona®?

No. During the 2 week treatment period you can continue your normal activities. It
is strongly recommended that you commit to and follow the treatment protocol: stay
hydrated (8-10 glasses of water a day), continue to eat healthy and exercise (walk at
least 30 minutes a day) and abstain from alcohol and caffeine. Alcohol and caffeine
interfere with the lymphatic process to remove fat and metabolize it which can decrease
your results.


What areas of the body can I use Zerona® on?

The Zerona® treatment was proven effective in a double-blind clinical trial on the waist,
hips and thighs where localized fat deposits exist that are resistant to diet and exercise.


Is Zerona® covered by insurance?

No, Zerona® treatments are considered elective and are not covered by insurance.


Is Zerona® safe?

Yes. There is no risk involved in using the Zerona® low-level laser therapy and it is
considered a safe alternative to invasive procedures such as tumescent liposuction
and lipodissolve and other non-invasive devices like the Accent, VelaShape, and
Thermage ,which rely on heating the tissue and can cause discomfort. None of these
have the proven data showing how fat cell size is reduced like the Zerona®. The
Zerona® treatment is 100% non-invasive and causes no bruising, scaring and zero
downtime. During the treatment you will feel no discomfort, no anesthesia will be used
and you can assume normal activities immediately following each treatment.


Is it safe if I have a medical condition such as diabetes?

Yes, with two exceptions. If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, Zerona®
should not be used. Additionally, if you have a pacemaker, this treatment may not be
for you. There are no known detrimental risks but potential unknown risks may exist.
Zerona® may not be as effective on patients with diabetes or thyroid disorders where
the metabolic system is potentially impaired.


Are there any side affects?

No. The treatment process is completely non-invasive and there are absolutely no
side effects beyond loss of inches and fat.


How long has the Zerona® laser been used?

The Zerona® has been used in studies since 2008 and has been used by physicians
in practice since early 2009. The same Erchonia® Low Level Laser technology has
been used to safely assist with tumescent liposuction since 2001 as it is proven to
cause fat to be released from fat cells immediately prior to liposuction surgery. From this
important experience, the Zerona® technique was developed for effective, totally noninvasive
body slimming..


Is it effective?

Yes, with the Zerona® treatment and by following the recommended guidelines for
success, we saw an average loss of 3.64 inches reported in our clinical trial on the
waist, hips, and thighs.


How long do results last?

By maintaining a healthy diet and exercise you can expect long-term results. Zerona® is
especially ideal for 2 types of people: those that are already following a healthy diet and
lifestyle and want to remove localized pockets of fat or drop body fat % OR those who
want to use the Zerona® and the recommended lifestyle protocol to “jump start” their
slimming efforts as motivation for maintaining a healthier and slimmer lifestyle.

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