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Cold Laser for Weight Loss

author image Ryn Gargulinski
Master's in English lit. and bachelor's in creative writing from Brooklyn College. Journalist for papers in Arizona, New Mexico, California, Oregon and New York.
Cold Laser for Weight Loss
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A painless alternative to traditional liposuction, cold laser can kick fat off targeted areas of your body without incisions, anesthesia, risks associated with invasive procedures or a lengthy recovery time. Before you sign up with your nearest certified cosmetic surgeon, however, take a moment to consider. Cold laser, also known as Zerona, is neither a magical weight-loss method nor a procedure that will work for everyone.

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Cold laser does not get rid of fat per se, but it rather pushes fat out of fat cells in targeted areas and into the rest of the body. The manufacturer claims the body then eliminates this fat naturally. The procedure is not an all-over fat buster but meant for targeted areas where fat tends to collect. Zerona usually consists of a series of about six sessions, each lasting about 40 minutes, over a 14-day period.

Targeted Areas

The overall waist, thighs and hips are ideal areas to target with cold laser. Other areas that may benefit include the stomach, buttocks, arms, chin and those often stubborn love handles on the sides of the torso.


Zerona is not meant for everyone. Since the procedure empties fat cells but does not destroy them, anyone Zerona will need to wait until he is ready to make lifestyle changes before proceeding.


While results are often apparent about a week after the procedure, the long-term results are up to you. Eating a healthy, balanced diet and maintaining your new shape through regular exercise are key. Those who already follow a healthy diet and regular exercise routine and are looking to eliminate those stubborn areas of fat are ideal candidates as are those who want to start off their weight-loss regimen with a little boost.


Zerona has a few possible side effects. Eye damage is one of the risks of the laser procedure as is receiving an electric shock if the equipment is not adequately grounded. The procedure may also pose risks to those who are pregnant or have a pace maker.

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