Remember the saying if it seems too good to be true than it must be?
That is usually the case, but it’s a different story with a new non-surgical, cosmetic weight-loss procedure now being offered at the Goco Center for Aesthetics in Murfreesboro.
Dr. Paul Goco, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, is the first physician in Tennessee to offer Zerona, the only non-invasive, low-level laser treatment designed to slim and contour the body. The treatment causes no pain or discomfort and no downtime.
“It is for the patient that wants liposuction but doesn’t want the surgery,” Goco said.
Through the use of a low-level laser, the body is contoured, pounds and inches are lost and skin is toned and tightened.
The average patient loses between 3.5 to 11 inches, according to data provided by Zerona. Some patients have lost even more.
“Our patients have been pleased with the results from Zerona treatments and because there are no needles, no incisions and no recovery time involved, they can continue with their daily activities immediately after each treatment,” Goco said.
Zerona even has a guarantee that if a patient doesn’t lose at least three inches than he or she will get another six sessions for free, he said.
Goco said the procedure shouldn’t be used as a replacement for a healthy diet and exercise, but should be used in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle.
Zerona isn’t recommended for use on obese patients or patients with a body mass index of more than 30.
On women the Zerona laser is concentrated on the stomach area, hips and thighs, but on men the laser is concentrated on the chest, stomach and hips.
But, patients see inches and pounds lost in the neck, chin, arms, back, stomach, hips and buttocks.
Patients undergo six sessions, a session every other day for two week. Patients are measured before and after treatments to verify the loss of inches.
Before the sessions begin, patients must take a week to hydrate and take supplements in preparation for the treatment. A week after the treatment, patients also must take supplements.
Patients lie under the Zerona for 40 minutes each session.
No side effects or complications have been reported in relation to Zerona, said Cherillyn Maddox, office manager for Goco Center for Aesthetics.
Clinical studies showed that Zerona’s low-level laser targets the body’s fat storing cells and stimulates the fat cell to liquefy the fat within the cell, she said. A small pore is then created in the fat cell allowing the fatty matter to seep out of the cell and be absorbed into the lymphatic system. The excess fat is then passed out of the body.
Erchonia, a global leader in low-level, health-care applications, developed Zerona.
Goco Center for Aesthetics has offered Zerona since November 2009.
“It has been catching on more and more as the word gets out,” Goco said, of the treatment.
Patients can receive a monthly membership at a reduced price to Gold’s Gym and receive a discount on the Lumicell Touch treatment at What’s New the Salon. The treatment involves a deep tissue vacuum massage technique that helps yield firmer and smoother skin.
Goco is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and a Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.
Goco Center for Aesthetics offers facial cosmetic surgery and a variety of non-surgical treatments including laser skin resurfacing, facials and chemical peels and laser hair removal.
The center is located at 1370 Gateway Blvd., Suite 120, across the street from the new Middle Tennessee Medical Center. Call the center at 848-9223.
Erin Edgemon can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.