When it comes to trimming inches from the midriff, thighs, and buttocks, people will try anything from extreme dieting to invasive surgical procedures. Now, two of the fastest rising inch-loss solutions offer non-surgical clinical alternatives that could very well change how we think of body shaping in the years ahead. Zeltiq™ and Zerona™ are two treatments that require no cutting, no stitching and no down time; just a few quick, painless sessions with sometimes remarkable results. Both treatments have received FDA approval and are being utilized by more and more cosmetic professionals, but which one is better at successfully getting rid of that muffin top or those love handles? Read on for the battle between Zeltiq and Zerona.
What is Zeltiq?
Zeltiq CoolSculpting is a fat-reducing, skin-tightening technique that uses cryolipolysis—or cold therapy—to freeze fat, thereby destroying the fat cells without damaging skin. Through this advanced “fat-freezing” technology, people can successfully reduce stubborn fat deposits and obtain a flattering contour. This treatment works best on spot fat reductions, such as bulges on the abdomen and arms, back fat, saddlebags and love handles. Since the fat is suctioned between two cooling plates, larger amounts of fat are not easily targeted with Zeltiq. Doctors usually suggest this body-contouring procedure for people who are generally fit and exercise regularly but cannot seem to lose that last bit of fat.
What is Zerona™?
A non-surgical laser fat removal system, Zerona™ is one of the latest alternatives to liposuction. It is a low level laser treatment that uses lasers to reduce fat. It was originally designed by Erchonia to assist with liposuction surgery, but now it is available on its own. The claw-like design circles above a patient’s body, targeting one location, and continues for about 45 minutes to an hour. The laser energy penetrates the surface and emulsifies fat tissue without affecting the epidermis. Even though the laser was aimed at a singular area, the results will be seen all over. In fact many patients have reported losing up to nine inches off their waists and thighs. The amount of fat lost will vary with each person depending on their weight and the number of treatments they receive.
Zerona™ usually takes about six sessions for people to achieve the results they want. It’s an ideal procedure for people who are close to their desired body weight, but want to lose a few inches uniformly. It is not recommended for people who are overweight or obese.
Is Zeltiq or Zerona™ Better for Fat Reduction?
It seems that both Zeltiq and Zerona™ have their body-contouring benefits, so which one should you choose? As mentioned before, it all depends on your weight and how much you want to lose. Zeltiq is a great option for those looking to zap those stubborn bulges away, and get rid of that muffin top for good. Zerona™ is more appropriate for people looking to lose overall inches from their body, rather than in just certain spots. The most important thing to keep in mind is that both these treatments are not meant for extreme weight loss, and people who are looking to drop pounds need to look into surgical options like VaserLipo and SmartLipo.
As for which one is more effective, that is still up for debate. They have both delivered excellent results for a number of patients, revealing more flattering bodies and tighter skin. Both Zeltiq and Zerona™ are successful rat-reducing treatments, and patients will more than likely be satisfied with their results no matter which one they select.
Am I a Candidate for Zeltiq or Zerona™?
If you are nearly at your ideal weight or looking to remove some small fat deposits, then these non-invasive procedures may be right for you. However, whether or not you are suited for Zeltiq or Zerona™ treatments is best determined by a certified plastic surgeon. A medical professional can accurately assess the current condition of your body, and decide the best course of treatment for your aesthetic goals.
If you want to learn more about the advantages and differences of Zeltiq and Zerona™, or you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with a trained cosmetic surgeon, then contact our offices today.