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A list of the most Frequently Asked Questions At ALL KARE about the ZERONA Laser Treatment in Pittsburgh
- What is the program and what will it do?
- How does laser work?
- How much can I expect to lose?
- Is there any guarantee?
- Who is a candidate for Zerona?
- Who shouldn't use Zerona?
- Are there any risks?
- Is the procedure painful?
- What will the treatment be like?
- Will the program get rid of cellulite?
- Can I just use the laser instead of dieting?
- Can the fat return?
- How many treatments can I do?
- How much does ALL KARE's program cost?
- Why do some people lose more inches than others?
- When can I expect to see results?
- Why do you take my measurements?
- Do the treatments increase toxins in my system?
- Are there any other changes from the treatment besides loss of fat?
- Is this covered by insurance?
- Where does the Zerona Laser Treat?
A: 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.
A: 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.
A: 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.
A: While it is illegal for a doctor to guarantee results, Dr. Roscoe feels that patients should receive some type of satisfaction guarantee. This is something that is discussed during your consultation. You'll be pleasantly surprised. Again, this is something that separates Dr. Roscoe and his Zerona Lipo Laser Treatment Packages from others.
A: Since Zerona is non-invasive to the body, many individuals who are unable to undergo surgery may be candidates for Zerona. Often, Zerona is most effective when used in patients who are already leading healthy lives and are seeking weight-loss in particular problem areas, or in patients who would like Zerona to motivate their new commitment to a healthy diet and exercise by hastening their initial weight-loss efforts. It's important to discuss your individual situation and eligibility with your healthcare professional.
A: Individuals who cannot commit to a healthy lifestyle are not good candidates for Zerona. The procedure demands strict adherence to a healthy diet and a moderate exercise regiment to keep the cells from re-filling with fat. Though the lasers are low level, they can nevertheless interact adversely with pacemakers. Women who have given birth should wait six weeks before using Zerona. Zerona is safe for individuals with diabetes and thyroid disorders, but the procedure may not be as effective.
A: There are no known risks associated with low-level laser therapy. This treatment causes no discomfort before, during or after the treatment.
A: Treatment is painless and requires no surgery, no anesthesia, no needles, no recovery, no healing, and no downtime.
A: Typically, you will receive six 40-minute laser treatments during a two-week period. Additionally, you will receive nutritional support and other take home instructions for optimal results, along with one-on-one coaching from Dr. Roscoe, who himself has lost over 100 LBS. prior to implementing the ZERONA LASER. 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.
A: This reduces contours due to excess fat, not cellulite. Dr. Roscoe may recommend additional deep tissue massage to help breakdown the fibrous adhesions common to cellulite.
A: 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.
A: 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 Dr. Roscoe's treatment and coaching is an excellent jump start to creating better dietary and exercise choices, creating a happier, Healthier you.
A: 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. Roscoe is currently doing more research into studies to investigate.
A: Dr. Roscoe has a number of programs. While the exact amount depends on the desired goals, and what level of support is required. So fees will vary. 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 $1800-$3000(depending on any promotions the office has at the time).
Financing options are available allowing for low monthly payments.
A: 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. Roscoe or his colleagues must meet with you in person for a proper health history and consultation.
A: 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. We are currently seeing an average fat reduction of 2 U.S. pant sizes.
A: 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.
A: 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.
A: 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.
A: 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.
A: Subcutaneous fat is located directly above the skeletal muscle and below the skin. Its superficial placement is what ensures proper depth penetration of the laser energy.
Patients containing a high volume of visceral fat (fat below the skeletal muscle) are not ideal candidates for this procedure. However, they may still contain subcutaneous fat; therefore, you can treat the individual by just ensuring they adopt a healthy diet to address the visceral fat.