Laser tag Should you try Zerona? Here’s how my first two sessions went…

Woman with measuring tape Should you try Zerona? Heres how my first two sessions went...

UPDATE: To read the full series of posts on my experience, see here: a Q&A with Dr. Mulholland, the pre-treatment measurements and photos, my first two sessions, the mid-treatment measurements, post-treatment measurements and then final measurements. I then started a second round of (six) treatments, but once again did not experience any changes. I believe that LipoSonix sounds more promising.

Last week, I told you about my encounter with some measuring tape and a pair of paper panties. Since then, I’ve had two actual Zerona sessions—I have four more to go—so today, I’m going to tell you what those were like.

(And if you’re just joining my Zerona fat-burning journey, find out what it’s all about here, and then read this Q&A.)

Honestly? It’s no big deal at all. I’d heard stories of people trying out fat-reducing treatments where the spa SAID it wouldn’t hurt… but it, in fact, DID hurt—A LOT—and they emerged with welts all over the treated area. (Not to point fingers, but I think that happened with UltraShape.)

There’s none of that here. Trust me—with Zerona, you don’t feel a single thing.

Here’s how it all goes down (with pics!):

First, you’re escorted into the treatment room and told to strip down to the dreaded paper thong again. (By now, we’re quite well-acquainted.) You’re also given a pair of protective sunglasses to wear, which is standard for any laser treatment, since exposure to the laser light can harm your eyes.

There’s a treatment bed in the room that looks like this (although it won’t be all rumpled—it’s only like that because I took this photo after my session):

zerona treatment bed Should you try Zerona? Heres how my first two sessions went...

Once you’ve undressed, you lie down. I usually start on my stomach, so I can read, although it’s a bit awkward because you have to hold your arms out to the side so the machine can get at the maximum surface area. Oh, and you actually have to slip out of your bra as well. Fun fact: it penetrates paper but not clothing. So unless you’ve got a paper bra hanging around… off it goes.

Then your medical esthetician comes in and wheels the machine over. It looks like this:

zerona device 1 Should you try Zerona? Heres how my first two sessions went...

zerona device 2 Should you try Zerona? Heres how my first two sessions went...

The device has to be positioned so all the heads (there are four) are about six inches away from your body, all hovering around your trunk area. Once it’s in place, your esthetician leaves the room and you just lie there for 20 minutes while little red laser beams circle around your body.

After 20 minutes passes, your esthetician comes back again to flip you over to the other side for another 20 minutes. Note: on your back, you have to be topless with your arms up, so really the only thing you can do is snooze. And yes, it’s a little weird to be lying there practically naked, but the ladies are VERY discreet. (And for people in that business, you’re just another body, right? They really don’t care about your cellulite.)

And that’s the whole process! Again—it’s painless and you feel nothing at all. There could be worse ways to drop a few pounds, yes?

Mid-way through the treatments is another measuring session, so I’ll share results of that next time—hopefully I’ll get some results!

As always, drop me a line in the comments if there’s anything you’re curious about or that I haven’t covered yet and you want me to find out.

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Michael Persky, MD, FACS
Wednesday, May 12/2010 at 10:22 pm

Hi Michelle,

My intentions are to help both you and your readers. As the editor of a beauty blog, I would hope that you give your readers the best information regarding new and exciting technologies. At least that is my goal on my blog, http://www.drpersky.com/blog/. As a facial plastic surgeon, I spend far too much of my time trying to figure out what’s real, and what’s not when new technologies are available.

I have studied Zerona from its initial presentation to the public. Unfortunately, the laser used (635nm wavelength) is unable to penetrate the skin to affect fat cells (it only makes holes in the fat cells when applied directly to fat without having to pass through the skin barrier).

Since it cannot penetrate the skin, it doesn’t really matter whether you keep your bra on or not. Women certainly do not need to be “topless” for the treatment, no matter how discreet the setting, especially as the frontal treatment is not directed at the breasts. I would be seriously wary of any practice that asked that the bra be removed and have the patient topless.

If you do lose any inches or lbs during your treatment, it will be from the Curva diet supplement, diet, and exercise. It is painless because it is just a red laser light (like the one that read bar codes at the super market, which is also pain free, I tried it the other day when purchasing some Rocky Road ice cream).

Patients may lose some inches, but the laser light of Zerona has nothing to do with it. I had hoped that I would be able to offer Zerona to patients in my practice, but cannot in good conscience.

I hope that you are truthful with your readers, and perhaps in the future write an investigative and truly scientific piece about Zerona. Please feel free to contact me at drpersky@aol.com

Be well.

Dr. Persky

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JJJJ
Friday, March 1/2013 at 5:19 pm

This is totally fake lmao. My brothers a plastic surgeon / craniofacial surgeon who actual uses low level lasers in assisted liposuction already. He read the literature on just the zerona and agrees it does work based on the number research/ journals that do support it.

Plus CURVA is not a diet/ weight loss supplement its just NIACIN and MILK THISTLE,they were out of curva and told me to just get that. It has a few other vitamins but it’s just vitamins to help out the lymphatic system….. not a weight loss supplement as this ” doctor ” suggests.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, May 21/2010 at 2:48 pm

Thanks for your comment Dr. Persky. I asked Dr. Mulholland to address it and here’s what he had to say:

Dear Michelle:

Thank you for this opportunity to address your reader’s questions. Lower Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), has been developing and evolving for over 10 years and the biological and physiological evidence for LLLT, specifically Zerona and its effect on adipose tissue, is truly undeniable. The 635nm wavelength of light deployed by Zerona has been shown in multiple peer reviewed clinical and basic science articles to penetrate through the skin to the fat cells. Once the photon, or Zerona light, reaches the fat cells, the cell membrane is temporary affected leading to an “elimination” of the fat cells’ contents, which consists of triglycerides and free fatty acids. Once again let me say that there is overwhelming clinical and basic science evidence of this. When this effect happens to the millions of fat cells in the treatment field there is the potential for significant fat reduction in adipose tissue, which can result in measureable reductions in body contour. Again, the documented reductions that can be achieved is supported by a wealth of well designed peer reviewed clinical information. I have posted these studies on my website (www.spamedica.com) which your readers can access there if they like.

Having said all this, while Zerona can be terrifically effective, it is not a magic bullet and it requires a commitment from the patient. The success of the fat reduction process and measureable content reductions also depends upon the lymphatic system being “primed” by gentle muscle activity and the Zerona patients must be in a well-hydrated state, which necessitates that they adopt a “reasonable” lifestyle during the treatment course, which includes drinking 2 liters of water and walking at least 30 minutes per day. They can also compliment the regime with natural supplementation like the vasodilator thiamine, which is a key ingredient of Curva. Curva is not essential and great results can be had without it.

There are well documented studies that indicate a lifestyle change like the one outlined above will certainly not result in 3-9 inch reductions in the areas measured during the Zerona programs. Of course, it is incumbent upon the physician to properly select patients with realistic expectations; Zerona is not liposuction, the results can be subtle and it requires a patient who will be compliant with the entire Zerona program. The makers of Zerona have found that not all physicians will be successful with the procedure because of the way they run their practice.

No clinical laser program has a 100% success rate in treating or satisfying patients or physician owners. Laser hair removal, Photofacials, Thermage, Ultrashape, Velashape, Liposonix, Fraxel, IPL are but a few of the many successful and accepted laser and light technologies that have 10-30% documented non-responder rates among patients who are treated.

It is a testament to Zerona and the LLLT that over 85% of patients do meet the 3-9 inch guarantee and the manufacturer of the device believes so strongly in its efficacy it even offers a warranty that any patient that does not meet the 3-9 inch reduction outcome receives a complimentary round of treatments. I know of no other laser company that has ever stood behind its efficacy claims with such a committed stance to the physician and patient market.

In the end, there are over 600 physician users and very few negative comments or physicians returning their devices — and there are thousands of satisfied Zerona patients. As a non-invasive laser fat slimming technology, Zerona is here to stay.

Best Regards,

Stephen Mulholland, MD. FRCS(C)

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MS
Friday, May 27/2011 at 3:27 pm

Dr. Mulholland,

I would like to ask if you have ever been paid by the manufacturers of the Zerona to give talks about their product? If so, I think it would be appropriate for you to disclose that information here. Likewise, assuming you have a Zerona, I would like to ask you if you paid full price for it, or did you get it at a discount or for free in exchange for discussing the product with other potential customers.

You mentioned there are peer reviewed clinical studies available and they are posted on your website, http://www.spamedica.com. I went to your website and looked for those articles. I could not find them. In fact, I could not find any information about the Zerona at all on your website. Do you still offer the treatment? If so, why do you not advertise it on your website? Please post the links here.

You mentioned the company offers a guarantee if the treatment does not work. They are offering to repeat the treatment for free. If it did not work in the first place, repeating the same treatment is not much of a guarantee. Furthermore, who would actually have to pay for the repeat treatment? I don’t believe the manufacturer does the treatments. Are you saying that the manufacturer will pay the physician to repeat the treatment?

As far as very few doctors returning the machine being suggestive that the treatment works, I don’t think so. I looked into buying the machine and asked if there was a money back guarantee. I was told there was no such option. The best I could get was a pay as you go plan where I would have to buy time on the machine to do 15 treatments and I would not be able to get that money back if the treatments failed.

I don’t understand how this machine can give any permanent results if the fat cells are not being killed or removed. Is there any study that compares the effect of this treatment alone to a placebo or to the recommended diet alone?

If this machine truly works, I would be interested in owning one. However, at this point, I would need to seem some evidence that the machine works significantly better than diet or placebo alone.

MS
5-27-2011

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Lana C
Thursday, October 20/2011 at 7:43 pm

I just had nine treatments and saw no real improvement (to justify the cost), and followed the regimen strictly. In my personal opinion, any improvement I saw was the same I would see with any diet, water and “pill” cycle. The trick is this, when they measure, they add up fractions of inches taken from all over the body. I.E., I lost an inch from my thighs, and inch in my waist, etc… They then add all of these up and say, “Well, you lost 5 inches!” … That is not logical, nor honest to me. When they promise at least a 3 inch loss, they mean cumulatively, not in one area. Yet they insist that they treat only one area at a time? Smoke and mirrors.

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James Wynne
Friday, August 6/2010 at 11:30 pm

Who are you guys kidding? Low-level light therapy with lasers is a waste of time and money. Anything that low-level (meaning low power or low intensity) lasers can do, at any wavelength, can also be achieved with an incoherent light source, like an incandescent light with a narrow passband filter that transmits the same wavelength as the laser. I don’t see anyone selling tungsten lightbulb treatments to lose fat!

635 nm light, in the red region of the spectrum, is not dangerous unless shined directly into the eyes or has an intensity of many Watts per square centimeter. So the Zerona laser people can claim, correctly, that it is not dangerous and you don’t feel anything. Well you don’t feel anything if a weak light bulb is shining on you, so why should you feel anything if a weak red laser is shining on you.

Who am I? I’m a PhD optical physicist who has worked with lasers since 1963. I’ve seen it all, including all the scams perpetrated on the gullible public by people pushing low-level light therapy. I suggest that anyone thinking about paying for such therapy first do a little research on optical spectroscopy and the science of photomedicine.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, August 18/2010 at 7:38 pm

Thanks for the insight, James. In response to the “Who are you guys kidding?” comment—I’m not sure who that’s directed at, but as I’m not a scientist or MD, I have no inside knowledge of how these machines work. I’m just a member of the “gullible” public that you’re referring to, giving my two cents on the free trial I was offered by a medispa here in Toronto.

I get what you are saying about doing your research on this stuff, but as you can imagine, it’s incredibly difficult to find unbiased voices in the cosmetic enhancements field…. and most women (including me!) would have absolutely zero idea of what “optical spectroscopy” even means! :-)

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Lisa
Wednesday, August 17/2011 at 1:49 pm

Hi – I wanted to let potential consumers of Zerona know of my experience. I went 5 times and drank all of the water, exercised, took all of the vitamins (which are blood thinners in combination and I am anemic so not such a good idea to take high doses of niacin, fish oil and Ginko Biloba). BUT the main result that I want people to know about is the resulting fatty deposit that formed on my right eyelid on the 6th day. I also have a fatty deposit above my right knee (which I can live with but my EYE!!). I am now considering looking for a Personal Injury Attorney because after 10 weeks the fatty deposits have not gone away. I would like to know if this result has happened to anyone else? Even if there is only a 2% chance the manufacturers and sellers of Zerona should disclose this possibility…after all it is FDA approved…doesn’t that mean they are required to give consumers ALL the possible risks.

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JJJJ
Friday, March 1/2013 at 5:26 pm

So then why do several surgeons use it in various surgeries today ?

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Kate
Monday, September 13/2010 at 10:16 am

Michelle,

There seem to be a lot of facts that say that zerona is not effective. I’m curious as to your results in this process. Would you tell us how it turned out? thank you

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, September 13/2010 at 2:05 pm

Hi Kate, you can read the subsequent posts on this here:
http://beautyeditor.ca/2010/05/17/zerona-review-my-mid-treatment-measurements/
http://beautyeditor.ca/2010/06/02/zerona-review-my-final-measurements-for-now/

Because I didn’t see results the first time, I was able to repeat the 6 sessions again… but still didn’t experience any loss of inches. So this is one treatment that I unfortunately cannot recommend.

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Ivory
Saturday, July 30/2011 at 1:48 am

Is there another method you can recommend?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Saturday, July 30/2011 at 10:37 am

LipoSonix sounds more promising but I haven’t been measured yet (it takes 3 months). Please see the update at the top of this post.

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Elad
Saturday, September 18/2010 at 9:05 pm

To all of you who say it’s useless, how come it is the only machine on the market that got FDA for being effective and safe body contouring treatment?

The FDA studied the machine and said that indeed if you do 6 sessions with nothing else you will lose on average 3.65 inches.

Another fact i want to point out, 3 inches of fat reduction is about 3 litters of of fat being removed during liposuction.
I had people losing with the Zerona as much as 20 inches, you can do the math how the Zerona compares with liposuction for that matter…

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, September 20/2010 at 4:26 pm

I can only comment on my own experience and as I said above, it didn’t work for me despite repeating the process twice. Believe me I wish I did see results!

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MS
Friday, May 27/2011 at 3:37 pm

ELAD,

FDA approval is much more about safety than efficacy. The process where the FDA approves new medical devices is MUCH DIFFERENT (way less) from the for new drugs.

Most devices are approved using the so-called 510(k) process. In simple terms, if there’s an existing device that is pretty similar to the new device, and the old device is safe, then the FDA will clear the new one, too. If they are different, the FDA will make a new category. But they don’t test the devices for effectiveness. And that is a big problem.

If you look at the letter from the FDA there’s nothing in it about whether or not the laser works at all, ie how well the Zerona actually melt fat. The letter is all device classification. Being safe is NOT the same as being effective. Read the FDA approval letter, then ask your self the same questions.

MS
5-27-11

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Lisa
Wednesday, August 17/2011 at 1:35 pm

HI – Not only did it not work but I know have a fatty deposit on my eyelid and above my knee. This occurred after 5 treatments and so I never went back. I am wondering how many others who have used Zerona have had resulting fatty pockets.

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Cecelia
Thursday, February 9/2012 at 12:33 am

The FDA approves a lot of things that are found to not work or be dangerous for us.Especially medications.

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C calenzo
Friday, April 20/2012 at 12:09 am

Please save your money . I asked myself the same question. FDA approval really?. Please review that process which I am sure is inefficient , bogus or not true. It’s a shame that if it is true we can no longer trust the FDA. They need to be sued I’m in lost six hundred dollars had nine treatments , I am very aware of nutrition ,hydration, etc. the last 3 treatments were free as of a guarantee verbal that is

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C calenzo
Sunday, April 29/2012 at 12:43 pm

Wrong the FDA only says the machine will do no harm! That’s my understanding ok who knows a law firm . A class action lawsuit is needed IM in !

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JJJJ
Friday, March 1/2013 at 4:16 pm

Not true the zerona has
Level 1 FDA, double blind, randomized, placebo controlled, multi-sight clinical trial that supports zeronas claims

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James Wynne
Saturday, October 9/2010 at 4:36 pm

The recent FDA “approval” of the Zerona laser says it is safe (i.e., does no harm) and, based on the data submitted by the manufacturer, may be advertised as yielding “measureable reductions in body contour.” Sounds good, doesn’t it? But one should know that the FDA approves medical devices with far less scrutiny than applied to approving drugs.

For new drugs, the manufacturer has to carry out extensive, double-blind, clinical trials, and the results are reviewed by a panel of experts that gives its recommendation to the FDA. The FDA makes the final decision on approving or disapproving the drug.

On the other hand, for medical devices there is no panel of experts appointed to scrutinize the results. An FDA expert examines the evidence submitted by the manufacturer and either approves or denies approval.

In my opinion, the Zerona laser will not lead to “measurable reductions in body contour” unless one diets and does exercise.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, October 12/2010 at 6:43 pm

Thanks James – good to know about the FDA approval process. I hadn’t considered that. Very interesting…

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Pamela
Monday, March 14/2011 at 7:47 am

Will it work for arms also?

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Pamela
Monday, March 14/2011 at 7:49 am

I have a stubborn area where fat is caught between two surgery’s in the abdominis area. Whill this help there also? Where do people usually have this done? How far apart are the treatments? How much does a person loose per treatment? Is there pain afterwards or brusing?

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Sunday
Wednesday, April 13/2011 at 9:34 am

If you only took the time to read all the above posts you wouldn’t even ask such a ridiculous question.

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Samantha
Wednesday, April 20/2011 at 1:36 pm

I think the loss of inches or pounds is a result of drinking plenty of water each day, doing a minimun of 30 minutes exercise & a healthy diet. The zerona seems to make you think you are losing the weight when in reality you are doing it yourself. I suggest save your money and go buy some organic heath foods!

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LloydDobbler2
Monday, April 25/2011 at 5:18 pm

Samantha….I dont think youre really thinking of what this is all about. Basically youre putting holes in your fat cells so they can expell the inner fat contents. So think of it like this, if you put a few holes in an orange and put it on the table, you may not get much juice to come out. But if you squeeze it and move it around, the juice will come out. Thats partially why it is important to do the excersize….also you will burn the newly released accessable stored energy. Drinking the water helps get rid of the byproducts from the procedure.

I think you underestimate the technology, or you just like to comment on things without really knowing what youre talking about. Mom always said “If you dont have anything nice to to say, dont say anything at all.”

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Dora
Friday, June 28/2013 at 7:52 am

Samantha,

Do your own research. Talk about organic vs. nonorganic….there is no difference except in your pocketbook.

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Kelly
Monday, May 16/2011 at 6:11 pm

After reading the information presented in these posts, I suggest that it would be better to spend the $2000 or so on a gym membership or personal trainer or a few nice new outfits rather than waste it on a procedure which does not work for most people.

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LloydDobbler2
Wednesday, May 18/2011 at 11:40 am

Kelly….Are you basing your assessment on just what you read? or do you actually know a few people that have done this and didnt get the results they were expecting? Personally I feel hiring a personal trainer is not worth the money, as all you have to do is read a little and you can find out what needs to be done to get in shape. The Gym membership is worth the money, but you can buy a few weights and do all of it at home, and with that said, all you need to do is start running and you can loose the fat. But this isnt about that. Its about fat that has been there for a lifetime, and the fat cells needs to be physically “broken” open to get the stored cellular products out. Another thing that isnt mentioned is that the laser actually stimulated collagen generation. So it (to a point) tightens your skin so when you shrink the fat cells, the skin tightens…which together, reduces the inches.

I would love to hear your response. This isnt some fix all for some lazy person who wants to fix the damage from their unhealthy lifestyle. This is more to push your body once it hits that wall and cannot go any further.

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Jason
Thursday, May 19/2011 at 12:27 am

Personal trainers are there for motivation…they are there to push, and help you stay motivated through a full workout. Many people start an exercise program, but give up part way through, or don’t push through a FULL workout. I am not vouching for either side as far as Zerona, but I definitely feel like your comment about trainers and exercise are a little off base. I can’t afford a personal trainer but I have put enough money into a gym that offers classes that keep me motivated for a full workout and I am getting results through hard work.

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LloydDobbler2
Friday, May 20/2011 at 12:16 pm

I understand what personal trainers are for, and if they are good, they do have a good amount of knowledge. But if you are paying for motivation, it only works if you make it to the gym. Many of the gyms (say like LA fitness) make you pay up front for the trainers, and if you stop going, you still have to pay. ive seen trainers stand there in front of someone they were training, eating something while watching them do the excersize….or socializing while they were doing the excersize….and by the end, I didnt even see them work up a sweat. So how motivating is that? Im not bashing all trainers, but what the main problem is, that people (mostly americans) have gotten so lazy, that they have to pay people to “motivate” them. Point is, if you want something, you have to rely on youreself, not someone else. And what was “off based” about my comments?

As far as Zerona, I said that it is not to be used to offset a persons lazyness, but for those who hit a plateu and cannot lose the fat no matter how hard they workout, this may be a good push over that hump, as you are forcing the inside of the fat cells to be accessed. And thats where the excersize and drinking water come in. Both of these are important and can have their own affects by themselves, but what was brought up here, is that you have to excersize to but the “energy” that is being released by the cells, and drink plenty of water to flush the byproducts out of your body so they dont get reabsorbed byt the cells. I cant make in any simpler to undersatand.

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LloydDobbler2
Friday, May 20/2011 at 12:24 pm

Forgot to say that I was about 18% bodyfat when I started going to the gym. A male 6’3 @ 185lbs. Skinny with some fat. So after a shoulder injury, I decided to goin a gym and get it better. Well after 10yrs and multiple variations of training, all that fat is basically still there, but I went from 185 to 245. 60lbs of muscle over 10 yrs. There have been many time where Ive done 1 hr of cardio 4-5x/week, low fat, low carbs…..yet still the fat doesnt want to come off. So I tried Zerona, and although I had to do 2 rounds of treatments, Ive finally been able to redistribute this fat and the few deposits (mostly love handles and under armpits) are finally gone. But looking back, Im glad that I did it this way, as I would be a 180 skinny guy, and would have never built the muscle.

claudia
Tuesday, May 8/2012 at 9:40 pm

thats me healthy extremely active and very well informed…listen carefully it does not work no magic bullet the diet hydration supplement and recommended exercise is most likely the only reason anyone got results do not assume that the rest of the world are a bunch of inactive obese morons.. it does not work but if you want to donate your money be my guest we are not trying to save the world here we have nothing to gain

C calenzo
Friday, April 20/2012 at 12:12 am

Please realize that you are not the only one who exercises and drinks water. It doesn’t work. It’s a fraud!

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Crystal
Wednesday, May 18/2011 at 10:42 pm

Just to let you know. I have been working in a Spa preforming the Zerona treatments for the past two years. We rarely had anyone not losing weight and if we did they had a thyroid diffeciency and were nearing the menapause age. For the most part almost everyone was extremly happy with their results and many people lost 11 inches in a two week period. This is huge….when you think about it.
in….The Zerona absolutley worked for me and I did not change anything except for make sure I drank plenty of water.
Another tid bit, the Zerona was FDA cleared and their were double blind studies done with the company as well. Most companies have clearences for totalling different claims but the fact that it’s prime clearence is for actual BODY CONTOURING hits it right on the money.
The company stands behind their products with research. If you look at the studies you will see for yourself.

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LloydDobbler2
Friday, May 20/2011 at 12:28 pm

Crysal, Could you comment on what I was saying about the issue of stimulating the callogen in your skin, in where it hald tighten up (mildly) the area in which is treated? Is it true or just an aid in getting people in the door?

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C calenzo
Tuesday, May 15/2012 at 12:09 pm

MenOPause. Extremely. Clearance. Need I say more??

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cathy
Sunday, August 4/2013 at 4:37 pm

Exactly, first thing I thought too.. you work in a spa and you can’t spell…I certainly wouldn’t put much stock into anything you say.

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Lola
Wednesday, May 25/2011 at 12:23 pm

I am 71 years old and just had my first treatment yesterday. I just want to look better in my clothes and I was guaranteed to loose the inches I need to loose. I signed up for two months (24) sessions. I will let you know how it goes with me. Thank you for your blog.

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LloydDobbler2
Tuesday, June 7/2011 at 1:52 pm

Lola,

Good for you to try these new things at your age….but as one of my other posts indicated, I was curious on how it affected tightening of your skin. Please let us all know how it turns out for you.

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Lola
Tuesday, August 23/2011 at 1:29 am

When I took these 24 sessions I decided that I would not diet stringently and just make sure I ate healthy and didn’t exercise any more than I already do. I was assured that these treatments would work and I would loose inches. After two weeks (6 sessions) I was getting apprehensive and was afraid I had made a mistake. I mentioned this to the Doctor and he assured me that it would take some more time. These treatments are very expensive and as I lay on the table I thought of a friend of mine that is a retired physicist who told me that there was no such thing as a “cold lazer”. Oh, my gosh, what have I done????? On the third week I believed that my clothes were a little bit looser. My 72 year old body has had pain from arthritis for years and I wondered if it was the summer months or the treatments that was making me feel better. I had more energy and my mood was improved. This sounds too good to be true!! I did not notice any difference to my skin. On the fourth week I knew that my tight genes were looser. The 120 miles a day I was traveling to Santa Rosa for these treatments was expensive but also gave me time to reflect on my life and treatments. Four more weeks and I was happy and was wishing I had the money to have another 24 sessions. I lost a full size from a 14 to size 12 and I can squeeze into the size10s. Would I recommend these treatments? Yes, but wait until the cost comes down. I figured that it cost me $300.00 a pound………. Carol Heady in Northern California

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Ivory
Saturday, July 30/2011 at 2:14 am

So how did your treatments go? Did you get results?

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Melissa
Thursday, May 26/2011 at 8:47 am

Wagjag.com has a special on it now (for 23 locations) if anyone is interested. I was thinking about it but after reading this, I think I will pass and continue doing it the old fashion way.

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LloydDobbler2
Tuesday, June 7/2011 at 1:46 pm

Your link was to a holiday inn deal, so I dont know where the “special” is….but what you have to remember is, that although not invasive, this is still a medical procedure…..and looking for the cheapest or “deal” is not the way you should be looking into anything to do with cosmetic procedures. Basically, if you cant afford it, you shouldnt have it….otherwise, you could end up like the woman from Europe coming to the USA to get a cheap silicone injections at a hotel, just to end up dead. So I hope your link to the Holiday Inn wasnt to promote these procedures at a hotel???

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Skeptic
Sunday, May 29/2011 at 10:35 am

All this talk of the device being approved by the FDA baffles me. The FDA has no jurisdiction in Canada. What does Health Canada have to say abou this? Has this device been licensed by Health Canada?

For the record, what the earlier reviewer says about the FDA approval process is correct. Health Canada, however, subjects the application for a medical device license to an extensive review process by evaluating safety and efficacy. Start advertising that the Health Canda has approved this device for sale/use in Canada, and I might consider it.

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LloydDobbler2
Tuesday, June 7/2011 at 1:49 pm

Well, although tthe FDA may have their “Politics” affect things sometimes, the FDA is the most rigorous of all the countries. So if the FDA approves it, Im sure Canada will have no problem. If you dont agree, please name me one product where its approved in the USA where it is not in Canada.

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MK
Thursday, January 5/2012 at 5:54 pm

Actually there are many many products approved in USA and NOT approved in Canada becuase Canada has tougher rules than USA with respect to medical products / consumer protection (notice no drug advertising in Canada?). If you cross the border in USA you will note many products not available in Canada for this same reason. I believe an example is the Drug product “Contact D” in Canada only contactC was approved. I am privee to many many more examples as I work in the field.

By the way – Zerona is now advertising IN WRITING that the product is approved by Health Canada yet INTERESTINGLY enough – I could find no such licence anywhere! I contacted them and they had no clue ..

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Terilynn Bradshaw
Friday, November 23/2012 at 1:20 pm

I’m looking at the Health Canada licence on the wall right now.

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JJJJ
Friday, March 1/2013 at 4:22 pm

its approved by health canada, whuch goes to show you the studies to hold up. Canada has even taken off the shelves many natural supplements with false claims.

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Jenn
Thursday, June 2/2011 at 9:19 pm

I’ve read most of the comments here. I’m someone who eats healthy and works out on a regular basis. Plain and simple- Zerona has worked for me and definitely helped in my “problem” areas. Say what you will but I’ve seen the results first hand.

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NA
Saturday, July 9/2011 at 12:19 am

I try this next month. Cant wait!

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claudia
Monday, March 19/2012 at 10:06 pm

had nine treatments no results at all save your money and complain

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Barbara
Sunday, July 17/2011 at 11:05 pm

I had treatment with Zerona 15 months ago and I lost about 2 inches after having 9 sessions. the inches stayed off for about 3 or 4 weeks. I am not rich and would never have paid so much money for these short time results. I feel like I have been ripped off of my money and my time. Save your money and avoid this deception!!!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, July 21/2011 at 11:28 am

You probably lost inches from the Curva supplement.

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JJJJ
Friday, March 1/2013 at 5:29 pm

the curva isnt a weight loss aid… its niacin and milk thistle…………

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Sunday
Monday, July 18/2011 at 10:37 am

Well said, Barbara. l am sorry your Plastic Surgeon deceived you. Stay away from unscrupulous doctors and l would demand my money back, if l were you. Take care and be well.

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tita C.
Wednesday, July 20/2011 at 12:43 am

Hi everyone!
I am 5’8 and weight 130 pounds. I am getting two sessions done around the waist area. I do watch my diet and work out twice a week. I hope this can tighten my stomach up a bit. I am not looking to lose weight, I just want to lose that last inch or two around my stomach (stomach is the toughest to lose for me) I have read all your posts and I am going to focus more on working out my adomen b4 getting the sessions. Thank u all :)

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, July 21/2011 at 11:28 am

Tita, I don’t endorse this procedure. I would look into LipoSonix instead – it seems more promising for fat reduction.

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Lizzy
Wednesday, July 20/2011 at 11:36 am

Curious what you have to do to maintain results….I work out and eat well. Have a few places that I’d like to hit. If I continue to keep my exercise up and eat the right foods will the results stick…..? I would hate to have the money wasted but I am also not ignorant to think this is a quick fix.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, July 21/2011 at 11:26 am

Please scroll up to the update at the top of this post. I did not end up experiencing any results from this treatment.

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claudia
Monday, March 19/2012 at 10:21 pm

zerona was awaste of money for me you must complain because they keep trying to say that everyone else loses so you feel like its you dont believe it

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Sunday
Wednesday, July 20/2011 at 4:43 pm

Tita C. and Lizzy, you are both abhorrent of reading, obviously, as if you read a couple of posts you would not be doing Zerona and instead saving your money for something else, like paying mortgage/rent. Sloth and laziness are a real problem in the US and it starts with the refusal to deduce for one’s self. WAKE the F*ck UP!!!

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Scout
Thursday, July 21/2011 at 10:28 am

Hi Michelle, I find it disgusting that you didn’t learn about the company and include some research before writing your article. Last year I was at an investor’s conference that included a session of presentations by companies in the device/beauty industry. It was abhorrent. The executives talked about the market segment/population that they reached– “our clients are getting younger and younger,” many stated. They even referred to blogs and how they “tell their story.” Thanks for confirming that for me! But seriously, can you please stop and think about how teenage girls (one of the fastest growing segment to have these type of ‘non-invasive’ procedures) will think when reading your blog?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, July 21/2011 at 10:58 am

“Disgusting” is a strong word, and it sounds like you don’t understand the difference between a review and an endorsement. I was invited to try the service free and thought it would be interesting for my readers to read about. If you had read the full series of posts I wrote on Zerona, you’d know that I concluded it does not work. (You lose weight from the Curva if anything – not the procedure itself.)

Everyone is responsible for doing their own research before committing to a procedure – I can’t take responsibility for people who don’t, or who misinterpret the content on my blog.

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Sandra Francis
Thursday, July 28/2011 at 11:34 am

Dear Posters,
As someone who was understands the Erchonia family I will be able to speak openly and honestly. It is a scam. Even the Shank brothers dont truly believe. They are trying to expand globally by selling territories for huge upfront payments as fast as possible before the public finds out it is a scam. well it is too late. between Zeltiq (which has same FDA approval as Zerona) and the bad reviews pasted all over the internet the jig is up for the zerona. look at what they have done in last 18months. nothing. it is winding down the the US, europe has not accpted the technology and anytime you see any press recently it is done by erchonia.

Another way to see it is a scam. is the effort the Zerona operators go to make it look like a medical procedures. you have a clinic, a consent form, a nurse etc. for what. a monkey can operate the zerona and is legally entitiled to do so (no license, training etc) . and then the cost. how do they justify the cost. it cost nothing to run. some electriticty, a room and a person to hit the buttom.

i could go on and on and on. but i think any reader will get the picture. People who think zerona works is suffering from the placebo effecT. ONLY THIS TIME IT ISNT A WHITE PILL BUT SPINING RED LIGHTS.

Erchonia made the zerona protocl so dependent on the patients behaviour on purpose. i

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Charlie Shanks
Friday, July 29/2011 at 10:38 am

Sandra,
I am compelled to respond to your post as you state you are being open and honest. You claim to be someone who understands the Erchonia family like you personally know us, yet you don’t even know how to spell our last name. Let me address each of your false and misleading statements. You say that we don’t even believe in our own technology yet we launched a level (1) clinical trial to prove its efficacy which costs $100,000′s of thousand dollars. The lab results were so positive in the reduction of cholesterol levels we have since started another trial to prove its benefit. Does that sound like someone who doesn’t believe in their technology? We have been privileged to work with the Gates foundation to help people all over the world with product you say we don’t believe in…Amazing. Your statement we are launching globally-true we have 11 more countries that we be launched between August and Dec 2011 many of which are in Europe. To say we are selling rights before the public finds out is so juvenile it makes no sense. If we were trying to sell units as you say and get out we would do like allot of other companies and charge a high capital cost up front and walk away…as some one who claims to know us, you would think you would have known we do not do that. We partner with every clinic for the long term and place our product at a low no risk investment up front and charge on a monthly payment similar to leasing a car so we tie our success to that of all our Zerona providers…if they are not having good results they would return the machine and our business model would fail. We have seen the exact opposite; not are we only setting up a record number of new clinics every year, many are placing 2-3 machines because of the high demand. You say its to late the jig is up…trying not to laugh as you site Zelda. Read the latest press on them they have lost 86 million dollars, this is not my opinion this is public record look it for your self. Secondly you say its not accepted in the US yet I am happy to say at days close we will have had our best quarter of business in the companies 15 year history. Let’s address the bad reviews. There have been over 50,000 people in the US treated in the US and customer surveys show a 91% percent satisfaction rate. Many of the bad reviews online come from hired bloggers whom are employed by our competition (which I imagine you fall into that category). All the bad reviews you state (50) out of 50,000 plus treatments…you do the math, far better success rate then liposuction.
To those who claim the FDA only looks at safety doesn’t understand the medical industry or has been misinformed. If it was just about safety what would stop anyone to say their blow dryer or any other device stops wrinkles. You have to prove to the FDA as we did through a double blind, multi site, placebo controlled study that the device is effective for stated claim, that’s why the call it a market clearance. If you can’t show the product works for a specific condition you cannot legally market the device until it’s proven to be efficacious. We are the only non- invasive device to prove our product through a level (1) clinical trial, which are the same criteria the drug manufacturers have to adhere to. For all who claim that Curva is the thing that is causing inch reduction let me just state that it was not part of the clinical trial to prove the Zerona worked. Curva is a niacin supplement it only aides the body in helping rid the debris that has been liberated by the Zerona.
If anyone would like to see peer reviewd journals, clinical trials or any other information on Zerona and/or Erchonia I would be happy to provide them.
Sincerely,
Charlie Shanks
Erchonia Corp
cshanks@erchonia.com

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MK
Thursday, January 5/2012 at 5:57 pm

Dear Charlie – Can you pelase provide proof that the product is licenced for sale in Canada? Your advertising says it does yet when I contacted Health Canada no such licence exists nor is would company holder of a Device Establishment Licence.

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claudia
Monday, March 19/2012 at 10:08 pm

IT DOESNT WORK!!!

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JJJJ
Friday, March 1/2013 at 4:06 pm

it does. worked for me and several members of my extended family, 6 in total …. You can go view the scientific studies online though i’m sure you’ll ignore them and only care about your experience and the other 5% who didnt see results.

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claudia
Monday, March 19/2012 at 10:23 pm

methinks you doth protest too much IT DOESNT WORK!!!!

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JJJJ
Friday, March 1/2013 at 4:00 pm

Just because it doesnt work 100% does not disprove the device . EVERY procedure, surgery, treatment has bad reviews online. Theres whole sites devoted to how bad immunizations are, does that make it true ? does that disprove the scientific evidence ? NO. The people it didnt work for are FAR more likely to go on the internet and rant even if its been studied for 40+ years ( yes low level laser have been studied for decades) and has science behind it.
The 5-15% it doesnt work for make up fr 90% of online chatter. The rest satisfied customers go on with there day. It DOES work, read the scientific literature, its even being used now in liposuction.

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amy
Friday, September 13/2013 at 11:12 am

Hello my name is Amy and im a zerona custiomer and i love it, first of all it is safe and does work, its not a scam and it help people lose inch’s………ive been over weight for a while and finally found something that works. people out there there doing the laser treatment and eating what u ant is crazy, u cant expect to eat five mcdonald burgers and fris and drink pop and expect to lose inch’s its all about healthy eating and drinking lots of water.. so for all you negaeative ppl leaving your nasty comments honeslty wake up and follow the procedure and then maybe it will work………ZERONA IS SO WORTH EVRY PENNY AND I WILL CONTINUE TO RECOMMEND PEOPLE FOR THIS PROGRAM……CHEERS TO ZERONA

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Elad
Thursday, July 28/2011 at 7:45 pm

As someone who uses the technology on a daily basis i can openly and honestly say that Sandra is mostly wrong. I do not know internally how Erchonia works but i know how the Zerona works and it works really well. The results are amazing. You can’t expect to take someone who been eating cheese burgers daily for the past 20 years and make them skinny like a model but you can expect to lose anywhere between 3 to 20 inches in a month of treatments. It is of course measureless of about 3 different areas taken together. If you look in the market today the best non invasive (sometimes painful) other technologies out there provide something like 1-3 cm (not inches) of reduction for only a single area. If you check how much reduction you get with a real lipo surgery you would often find that you will get higher reduction with the Zerona than the surgery. People however are not objective and a change (with pain) that occurred when you went to sleep and then woke up seems more real than a change that happened without any pain and any risks and any negative side effects that occurred over a few weeks. That is why we take measurements and photos, to show people what they can’t always see themselves.

A monkey can operate it? I have had to let go quite a few people who couldn’t operate it the proper way and they weren’t a monkey.

Obviously you have no idea how the industry work. The reason why there are consent form like when doing a medical procedure is because in most places in the world, laser is considered something that can cause damage so in many places by law you have to have nurses and doctors who are responsible for the operations and in the all the places you have insurance companies that tell you that if a customer doesn’t sign a consent form, you will not be insured if something happens.

Many negative reviews? There has been thousands over thousands of people who did the Zerona already, out of them you see what 40 reviews? Out of them only 25 are bad? Unhappy people will run to tell about it far more than happy people, so if 10,000 people did the treatment (the number is much much higher) and we know that it doesn’t work on about 5% of the population, then you already have 500 people who it shouldn’t be working on and yet only 25 negative reviews?

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Barbara
Friday, July 29/2011 at 10:41 pm

I have received 9 Zerona treatments and I did lose body fat from the treated areas. The process was completely painless and I would have more treatments if I was very, very wealthy, My results lasted not much over a month (30 days) This was such a waste of my hard earned money. There should be a recall on this machine because it is a rip off! I would have been better off spending the money on liposuction because I would have gotten rid of my fat cells for good. This has been a very expensive lesson. Can I get my money back??

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Sunday
Friday, July 29/2011 at 11:57 pm

I had lipo from a well-known DC/Chevy Chase doctor that left depressions in my calves. I later went to Strax in Ft. Lauderdale because they had a special that I could afford to fix those dents that had left me more self-conscious than my fat calves.

Instead of listening to me and addressing the issues, they were trying to sell me Zerona-type sessions but with a different name. They would have been convincing had I not educated myself during my time (years) of suffering. Fortunately, I saw the culture of selling. I felt like I was the mark in a bad con. It had all the elements of a B-movie but unfortunately, it is everyday life.

The truth was they had only one PS in their whole establishment that was skilled enough to do calves – calves and ankles have long been avoided as there is much more chance of deformity than any other body part and requires a highly skilled surgeon – and even he was not willing to undertake such a monumental task when he could easily prescribe Zerona or Zerona-like treatments. Treatments that are only slightly more successful than the body wraps that promised us loss of inches until we drank a glass of water.

This may seem a bit of topic but it really isn’t. My observation is this is a bottom line culture and it’s purpose is to make money. Educate yourself and truly research your procedure and doctor before you undertake such a . I waited 3 more years after this occurrence and found an amazing doctor in Colombia. Colombia, you say? Remember I had an amazing, well-known American doctor and he mangled me. Moreover, my Colombian doctor trains most of your best surgeons worldwide. They come to Bogota for near-monthly courses or he trains them right here in US. Dr. Alfredo Hoyos lifted my misery and gave me my life back. Had I done the Zerona treatments I would be out $3000+ and have even less self-respect for allowing myself to be duped. It is highly unfortunate that our happiness and self-worth is wrapped up in our appearance but such is life. Bottom line is don’t let anybody sell you pipe dreams. Empower yourself with education in this, indeed, any endeavour. Planning is ALWAYS the key to success.

Sunday

PS: I contacted Charlie Shanks for those clinical trials but haven’t received them yet. Perhaps he had to run to the Hamptons for an unforeseen emergency. Remeber: Bottom line.

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Sunday
Friday, July 29/2011 at 11:59 pm

Correction: “This may seem a bit off topic but it really isn’t.”

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Charlie Shanks
Monday, August 1/2011 at 10:02 am
John Holmes
Thursday, August 4/2011 at 12:00 pm

Charlie,

This is what a reputable independent non-for-profit research body thinks of Erchonia and their research. what do you to say to them?

The Erchonia Medical Company prides itself of being the only laser company that has based its sales upon scientific research. Since the suggested use of the Erchonia laser differs substantially from that of traditional laser therapy, it is necessary to analyze the statements by the Erchonia Medical Company.

The basic of the Erchonia therapy is this:
Red laser light at 635 nm, power output of 7 mW, beam dispersed over a large linear area, scanned and applied through clothes and dressings, which is claimed to be sufficient to treat a great number of pathologic conditions.
Since this is contradicting established laser therapy research, based upon 40 years of studies and more than 3000 published papers, let us scrutinize the Erchonia claims:

1.The Erchonia claims are based upon research by the company and therefore more scientific than those of all other companies.

It is true that Erchonia has presented many investigations using their equipment and deserves credit for doing so. Some, on fat emulsification, have been published in per reviewed journals (but contradicted by one paper). The main target of the research is, however, centered upon winning FDA approval to allow marketing, not to produce scientifically valid findings. For instance, their investigation on pain has still not been published in a peer reviewed journal. The philosophy is clearly seen in the statement ….Low level lasers have endeavored in more substantial clinical, cellular & molecule trails that have not only been expensive to undertake, but time consuming; This is in part the reason why there are still very few indications for low power lasers [1]. An “indication” is not the same as an FDA clearance to sell some equipment.

2.The Erchonia method is based upon scientific evidence.

Looking on the company’s web site and on those of users and supporters, we find words such as:

Energy medicine

Meridians

Foot bath

Detoxification
These are all key words in the so-called alternative medicine and consequently not scientific. The word “science” has a strict definition and does not include any alternative methods until these have indeed qualified themselves as scientific. Some have passed this transformation, some may still do it and some will never pass. A presentation of such scientifically non-accepted ideas can be seen on Youtube [2], where one of the persons often referred to by Erchonia talks about his ideas.
One of the most commonly used methods in Erchonia therapy is applied kinesiology (not to be mixed up with kinesiology). The most frequent test in kinesiology is to check the muscle strength of the patient, then perform a therapy, (crystals, magnets, touch, electricity, colors, laser etc) and then retest. The validity of this method is not only questioned but completely rejected by the scientific community. In the book Trick of treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial [3] the authors write “When testing these methods scientifically, the most reliable investigational methods show that these methods lack effect. Generally they do not meet the repetition criterion (a trial must be possible to repeat to be valid), which means than ten therapist can give ten different diagnostic results.” One of the authors is a former professor of complementary medicine and former homeopath (Edzard Ernst) and one is a doctor of particle physics (Simon Singh).Their book is based upon a thorough evaluation of the available scientific documentation of alternative medicine.

The Wikipedia description of the methods is as follows:
The term alternative medicine, as used in the modern Western world, encompasses any unproven healing practice “that does not fall within the realm of conventional medicine”.[1] Commonly cited examples include naturopathy, chiropractic, herbalism, traditional Chinese medicine, Unani, Ayurveda, meditation, yoga, biofeedback, hypnosis, homeopathy, acupuncture, and diet-based therapies, in addition to a range of other practices.[2] It is frequently grouped with complementary medicine, which generally refers to the same interventions when used in conjunction with mainstream techniques,[3][4][5] under the umbrella term complementary and alternative medicine, or CAM. Some significant researchers in alternative medicine oppose this grouping, preferring to emphasize differences of approach, but nevertheless use the term CAM, which has become standard.[6][7]
Alternative medicine practices are as diverse in their foundations as in their methodologies. Practices may incorporate or base themselves on traditional medicine, folk knowledge, spiritual beliefs, or newly conceived approaches to healing.[8] Jurisdictions where alternative medical practices are sufficiently widespread may license and regulate them. The claims made by alternative medicine practitioners are generally not accepted by the medical community because evidence-based assessment of safety and efficacy is either not available or has not been performed for many of these practices. If scientific investigation establishes the safety and effectiveness of an alternative medical practice, it may be adopted by conventional practitioners.[9][10] Because alternative techniques tend to lack evidence, some have advocated defining it as non-evidence based medicine, or not medicine at all. Some researchers state that the evidence-based approach to defining CAM is problematic because some CAM is tested, and research suggests that many mainstream medical techniques lack solid evidence.[11]

3. Erchonia claims that people can be treated with weak red light through clothes, whether black or transparent and also through wound dressings.

In a Youtube demonstration [4], Dr Kevin Flattery, an employee of Majes-Tec Innovations (an Erchonia Medical affiliation) claims that photons travel through our body. Steven Shanks, founder of Erchonia is participating in the same program and has no objections. This claim is against the laws of physics and is simply not true. Neutrinos do pass through our bodies; photons in the LPT range do not. Anybody can verify this through a simple test. As for wound dressings, this is partly correct. In the study by Lilge and Nunes [5], the transmission of laser light varies with different dressings (and wavelengths) but can reach 50%, depending on the type of dressing and wavelength. The claim by Erchonia here is not entirely incorrect but the veracity is rather relative.
The First Law of Photochemistry (and photophysics) states that: light must be absorbed for photochemistry (or photophysics) to occur. When irradiating a spread-out 7 mW red laser beam through clothing, there will only be a fraction of the light absorbed in the tissue, and at a superficial level only. Even though we do recognize systemic effect, there must be a certain energy threshold in the tissue to trigger such effects. A penetration film demonstrating the transmission loss of 650 nm red light through different textiles can be found here. (avi 70 mb)

4.Erchonia claims that “there seem to be many self proclaimed experts in laser therapy and the problem is none of them actually do any research”.

The problem here is that the company has problems finding serious researchers standing up for their claims. Those of any scientific standard who have used the Erchonia laser with good results have used it within the range of its normal capacities (wound healing and other superficial conditions, and not through clothes). It is also odd that the company chooses to quote such “self proclaimed experts” when the opinions of these persons are in agreement with those of Erchonia. [1] It is also the opinion of Erchonia that persons who have not been performing research do not have any knowledge in a subject. Thus, a doctor of physics specialized in optics and having been focusing on LPT for 25 years has no knowledge in the field.

5.According to Erchonia Medical there are very low level lasers (effective) such as those of the company itself and “heat lamps” of excessive output, which do more harm than good.

The author does not touch upon the following:

About 90% of all published in vivo studies have used powers between 30-500 mW [5].
The text seems to overlook these lasers and reading it gives the impression that there are only two kinds of lasers – those below 10 mW and those above 1000 mW.
The author uses the term “heat lamps” for the majority of FDA approved lasers, well knowing that this designation is a “benevolent loophole” by the FDA. By classifying a laser as a heat lamp the manufacturer is allowed to sell the laser. But a 500 mW laser is of course not a heat lamp and the mechanism is not based upon heat but upon photobiology. This is common knowledge.
A digest of the scientifically confirmed dose intervals for musculo-skeletal indications can be found on http://www.walt.nu.
Erchonia Medical states: A study proved that 540nm and 633nm had a strong effect on the action potential of the nerve and 904nm, 660nm, 830nm, 880nm and 950nm had no effect. Since these wavelengths are not affecting the nerve through biostimulation they try and affect the nerve through heat which has a completely different consequence.
Erchonia either shows little understanding of the conclusions that can be drawn from individual studies, or worse, knowingly chooses to ignore a vast body of scientific literature that states the opposite. For example, leading researchers in the US are using 830 nm for nerve regeneration, 780 is very successfully used in Israel. The above quote is a blatant way of reading the bible in the way the devil does.

Summing up, the claims by Erchonia Medical are biased and a scientific rationale for the effects is missing, except for the indications we already know low levels of red laser light can do. Erchonia may or may not find new areas for treatment and develop new concepts. If so, they are to be congratulated, but for the time being the claim of the Erchonia Medical to be a science based company is at the present moment simply not true. Mixing science and pseudoscience never pays in the long run and a strict scientific approach is the only way to gain acceptance for laser phototherapy. A demonstration of the Erchonia style of treating through clothes has been on Youtube for a long period and can be seen here.(n.b..quick time .mov)

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Sandra Francis
Friday, August 5/2011 at 7:36 pm

Charlie,
The fact that you felt it necessary to reply actually proves how dire the situation is for Erchonia. you would never see Steve Balmer from Microsoft reply to a Canadian blog.

very pathetic.

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TeachSci
Monday, August 15/2011 at 3:17 pm

I have spent much time reading through these posts and have not gained any new insights in regards to the Zerona treatment and its efficacy. All treatments have pros and cons, and to make anything in life be a success, effort should be put into it. Is there not a particular pre-and post-surgery regiment for most procedures to achieve the greatest results?

Because the treatment supposedly cleans you from the inside out (fat-wise) doesn’t it make sense that you should aid in the removal of waste to increase your success rate? What I am hearing is that Zerona should be an end-all-be-all product with no effort put in by the patient. When looking at the above posts it is those that were following proper lifestyles that achieved the greatest results. I see nothing wrong with that, and, believe that results would last more than a month if patients continued to live a healthier lifestyle. Its not like lipo lasts forever without the effort.

I have received a significant deal on the Zerona treatments and as such am willing to give it a shot. My treatments begin tomorrow and so far the only thing that I am doing they recommend is drinking a lot of water. I am and will continue to stay physically fit, and will continue to eat healthy (for the most part) and try to avoid caffeine and alcohol as recommended.

I am not going into the treatments with the unrealistic expectation that I will lose a bunch of inches without properly taking care of myself, nor am I in denial about the fact that fat will be gained back unless I continue to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Will update with progress.

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claudia
Monday, March 19/2012 at 10:28 pm

please save your money or get amoney back guarantee i followed the rules know a lot about exercise and nutrition only had a few inches to lose but nothing happened p.s. iwas an associate at agym and worked lecturing and giving weight loss classes ,,, it does not work there will be many lawsuits

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Tuesday
Monday, August 22/2011 at 11:25 pm

I’ve just finished my 7th treatment today. I leave my black panties and cami on. I’m over 50, 5’4″ and at the highest point my weight was pushing 148. I was going into size 10′s and am used to size 6-8. I know, some might say … what am I doing this for, but I’ve been around 130 most of my adult life, so 20 lbs means a whole new wardrobe and I like my clothes! There is prep work involved, following a strict diet, exercise til you sweat, taking the niacin and protein drink. My clinic also has me drinking Ionized water, and lots of it. Before my treatments, my cravings went away for sweets, pasta and wine. By the 5th treatment I got into a pair of jeans I’ve not worn in over a year. I’ve had thigh and inner knee cellulite getting worse for many years. My thighs/knees are thinner and visibly smoother. I have two treatments left, I love my Gluten Free diet & feel great! Today is day 23.

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Sunday
Tuesday, August 23/2011 at 2:01 am

“Tight genes”, lady? Really?

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Lisa
Friday, August 26/2011 at 10:02 am

I just finished a 6 treatment zerona program, followed all the rules and saw absolutely no results. I work out 5-6 days/week, eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water…also took the curva suppliment. I found this to be a waste of money.

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Viktoria
Sunday, August 28/2011 at 7:02 pm

ZERONA does NOT work at all! I have had 9 sessions, $200 each. There is NO result what so ever!. I was followed everything they have been telling me: 8 glasses af water dayly, no coffeine, no alcohol, 30 min. of dayly walking, 1 capcul of CURVA (they gave me a jar of 60 capliques named CURVA and I was continue taking them until they gone -exactly like they instructed me)
This is scam. Do not spend your money on it.

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ANON
Saturday, September 3/2011 at 7:41 pm

I broke down a Zerona machine, I personally took it apart it’s a scam. Its the same laser frequencies that a common house hold laser pointer uses. Next time diet and exercise and put a laser pointer on your skin cause it’s the same thing.

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Barbara
Saturday, September 3/2011 at 10:10 pm

If Zerona stands behind their claim that you will lose from 3 to 9 inches, How do I contact them
to either get my money back or receive additional treatments. I lost 2″ inches after having
9 sessions. The inches stayed off a very short while. I thought it cost too much for what I got.

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Cecelia
Tuesday, February 7/2012 at 4:54 pm

I agree Barbara

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Tanabell
Monday, October 24/2011 at 12:31 am

Wow….I booked an appointment today for a free session after seeing a booth advertising the Zerona treatments at a wedding show. I’m getting married and have been a plus sized person my whole life. I decided to ignore my inner voice and instead listen to the one that is simply desperate to lose the weight once and for all. So glad I took the time to look up reviews! I am cancelling the appointment and I’m just going to work harder, and save my money for the wedding! How foolish do I feel for almost going for it! And for so much money!!!!

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LloydDobbler2
Monday, October 24/2011 at 11:10 am

Tanabell….I have no experience with this treatment, but was looking into a little lipo, and the doc told me to look into Zerona instead of doing the Lipo…and the doc who did the lipo, didnt do the zerona. So being the doc was basically losing business by going with the zerona, means there might be a little truth to the technology. But I only wanted to comment because I dont want you to take the comments on here too seriously. Anyone can post anything, and it appears that many of the comments were from zerona competetors, and its obvious with what they are saying. So being you had a FREE session, i would at least try it. Then make your decision. I actually did have my lipo and it worked great. I always had love handles and could NEVER get rid of them no matter how hard I tried. When I was 23, I decided to go to the gym to help rid me of them and I was 180lbs at 6’3….after working my butt off for years and them not coming off, I ended up 245lbs. Very muscular, but still lovehandles. Point is, for some people, no matter how hard you work, you may not be able to lose the fat. You any have 1 chance to make your wedding the way you want it, and it will be a stressful time….which trying to lose weight you could never get rid of before might make it that much more stressful….Im not saying that you shouldnt work out, as it will help with the stress, but just be realistic and dont put too much faith in these posts.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 24/2011 at 6:14 pm

Please keep the conversation on topic, folks. Personal experiences and opinions on Zerona and/or other fat-loss treatments are welcome; attacks on other commenters are not.

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Lolli
Monday, October 24/2011 at 8:15 pm

In my opinion Zerona treatments are an absolute waste of money and I highly doubt the credibility of someone who has never done it yet claims “his doctor” told him to do Zerona, yet he did lipo. Is very happy with the lipo, never did do Zerona … but he says, don’t believe the posts on here. Believe him. Hmmm…

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Lolli
Wednesday, November 9/2011 at 1:52 am

To the moderator, I’m curious why you deleted Sunday’s comment but left the guy that has nothing to do with this discussion, never did Zerona but he’s telling us to do it, contrary to what most who HAVE HAD this bogus treatment,advise? Why would you do that? It seems you are actually encouraging deception. I smell something very FOUL!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, November 9/2011 at 1:03 pm

Lolli, I’m not sure what you are talking about but my position is this:

I don’t care personally if people choose Zerona or not – all I am saying is that it didn’t work for ME and you need to do your own research before deciding if you want to have the treatment. I have no relationship with Zerona whatsoever.

I hope that clarifies.

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Cecelia
Tuesday, February 7/2012 at 4:56 pm

It did not work for me either Michelle

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vi
Sunday, December 11/2011 at 9:14 am

I decided to try six treatments after seeing a book on people that appeared to have great results. After my first treatment I noticed that they were only doing 15 minutes on each side and asked why. All the info they gave me said 20 minutes on each side. I was told that this office had the latest most advanced machines and that they only needed 15 minutes on each side. I purchased the niacin pills for an addition $100 because they said they would help my treatments. They did say it wasn’t necessary to buy them. I went three times a week for two weeks and drank a lot of water and exercised even more than normal. They took pictures and measured me every few treatments. I had one inch lost in one leg after two weeks with no other signs of improvement. They talked me into doing six more treatments over two more weeks. They said I was the perfect candidate and that I would get great results. I did a total of 12 treatments over four weeks and only lost one inch. I did not see any results as far as improvement in cellulite which I was told I would see the most improvement. I asked for my money back and Dr. Roche told me that he saw improvement in my pictures and that I must have had too great expectations. I showed my pictures to family and friends and they thought my before pictures looked better than my after pictures. He also made a comment that “we don’t know what you do at home”? I drove 45 minutes each way, three times a week for a month and he basically told me that I must have done something wrong! I couldn’t believe he made that comment. There was no apologizes when I said that I felt that it was a waste of my time and money. ($2,000 plus all the extra expenses…) He thanked me for my feedback as I walked out of the office. I was shocked that a professional surgeon could stoop so low to scam people out of their money. I think the pictures that they showed me where photo shopped to look better. This is a total scam! Save your money and time! If it’s too good to be true then it’s not true!

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jeanne
Tuesday, December 13/2011 at 4:09 pm

Hi,
I am going for my 2nd treatment tomorrow My expectations are realistic I plan on about 3 inches I am drinking lots of water and attending boot camp excercise classes I am in week 5 of those So we shall see I will assure you I will be totally honest about my results.

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Beth
Tuesday, December 20/2011 at 2:59 am

It has been interesting reading the comments on Zerona. My experience is very different than everyone’s here. I have experienced both amazing cosmetic results and horrible complications. I did approximately 6 weeks of treatments over 2 months early this year. I went from a size 12 to a 6/8. In the first 2 weeks I lost 12 inches. I know that it worked because I lost inches in a different pattern than without Zerona. Also from the very first treatment I felt tingling under my skin. The tingling became frequent even on days I did not have the treatment. After the first session I began to have body ache and fatigue. I asked if others had experienced body ache and was told that several had mentioned it but that the results made it worth suffering through what felt like the flu. I also began having bouts of low grade fever. I discontinued Zerona because it made me feel ill, even though the results were amazing. Eventually the fevers became worse and I began to have lymphatic fluid swelling. This evolved to episodes of extreme abdominal swelling and the inability to stand or sit for long periods of time. It has now been about 8 months since I discontinued Zerona. The recurrent tingling, fevers, body ache, and lymphatic swelling have not resolved. I spend the majority of my time laying flat to facilitate the lymphatic drainage and to ease the swelling in my abdomen, hips and legs. I have been to multiple specialists, including several at the Mayo Clinic to rule out other causes. I have been evaluated by a gastroenterologist, liver specialist, clinical oncologist, surgical oncologist, hematologist, endocrinologist, rheumatologist, infectious disease specialist and an immunologist. I also had open abdomen exploratory surgery, an appendectomy, and my right ovary removed in hopes of finding a resolve. There has been no resolve. My immunologist urged my to report it to the company that manufactures Zerona. I sent an email to Zerona with details and no one contacted me. I have also reported this to the FDA. This is considered a Serious Injury by the FDA. This may be a rare complication, or it could be that more patients will be reporting the same complications in the future. Apparently flu like symptoms are already being commonly reported (or at least mentioned) in clinics now. My overall opinion is yes it works, but you may be risking your health. I am surprised to see that Zerona is still claiming that there have been no reported complications. That is simply not true. I was perfectly healthy, now I am not.

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sh
Sunday, January 1/2012 at 9:46 pm

I have completed 6 treatments so far and havent seen any loss of inches anywhere. Im following everything prescribed.
I still hope its going to work.

But something tells me there is no shortcut to getting that perfect body.
However iv heard ayurveda and siddha medicine can help people become lean.

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ASh
Wednesday, January 4/2012 at 6:59 pm

I just did my first treatment today, and will be done on the 16th. I do feel worried after reading these comments, but we will see. I exercise quite a bit already, drink a lot of water, and eat properly, but I can’t lose my belly. I’ve lost a lot of weight and I’ve gone down a couple pants sizes lately, but my belly seems like it sticks out more and more. I look pregnant. So I decided to check out Zerona. Hoping it’s not a big mistake.

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Cecelia
Tuesday, February 7/2012 at 5:01 pm

Belive me with just exercise and diet alone you can lose the same amount of weight, with or without Zerona. My own family doctor recommended Zerona to me because he has the machine there. I did not find out until after paying the $1200.00 that no one there has had any luck with it either. So time to get rid of this family doctor.

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Lolli
Thursday, January 5/2012 at 7:51 am

It is a big mistake. It’s a scam. You have all the answers right in front of you but refuse to believe this DOESN’T work. It’s a pipe dream.

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JEANNE
Thursday, January 5/2012 at 10:00 am

OK,
I said I would be honest I finished my 6 treatments went to boot camp or circuit class 5 out of 7 days during the entire time drank the water and also was going to weight watchers it is now the start of week 4 NO INCHES LOST NO CHANGE ..EXCEPT for I have been put on antibiotics because of flu like symptoms, DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS TREATMENT

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Beth
Thursday, January 5/2012 at 1:30 pm

Jeanne-
I urge you to report to the FDA your flu symptoms and treatment with antibiotics due to Zerona. This is considered an adverse event, even more so due to it resulting in treatment with antibiotics. The flu symptoms is considered an adverse event requiring medical intervention (antibiotics). Reporting to the FDA can be done on the FDA website. I am looking for others who have experienced flu like symptoms, fever, body ache, or other adverse events during or following Zerona treatments. I am not looking to sue anyone but would like for the manufacturer to take seriously and investigate causality. I initially had amazing cosmetic results but it seems to have really messed up my lymphatic system. It has now been a year and I still have fevers, flu like symptoms and extreme lymphatic swelling. I am now on long term medical leave from my job and there is no treatment available though antibiotics temporarily help with recurrent fevers. I urge anyone who has experienced flu like symptoms to report this to the manufacturer of Zerona and the FDA. This really needs to be properly investigated. This could pose a major health risk for some people. I did not fall into any category listed as a contraindication by Zerona clinics. They need to come to an understanding as to why Zerona treatments have made me so ill.

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Marie
Saturday, May 5/2012 at 1:53 am

I had 2 treatments so far and i feel just like you described flu like symptoms… i wanna stop it now because each time after the two treatments i felt ill, how are you doing now? …are you starting to get better?

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JJJJ
Friday, March 1/2013 at 3:47 pm

My brothers a surgeon and you all sound crazy experiencing more Hysteria than anything real . Many of you might not know this but low level laser therapy has been studied for 40+ years with never a case of negative side effects. It’s a type of laser used for many things ( inflammation, healing ) . Its not a scam just the 5% of people it doesnt work for are more likely to post online. Just because it doesnt work for 5-15% present ranting doesnt disprove its effectiveness and studies over the decades conducted by doctors and scientists.

It worked for me.. but then again im a educated and therefore not prone to delusional group hysteria. I also realize if it didnt work for me that doesnt mean it doesnt work for the majority.

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Beth
Thursday, January 5/2012 at 1:52 pm

All Zerona Patients –
Please email me at beverlyperry3@gmail.com and/or report to Erchonia and the FDA, flu like symptoms (fever, body ache, fatigue) associated with Zerona treatments. I would like for this to be investigated properly.

For the record, prior to my treatment I was told that Zerona does not work for some individuals but does work very well for others. There was no guarantee other than a repeat of treatments if the first 6 sessions did not net the minimum loss. I decided to take the gamble and was astonished to have a 12 inch loss for 6 treatments. I continued treatments and lost a great deal more. It was truly amazing. I was told I had a record loss for that clinic. However, the treatments made me so ill with flu like symptoms that I had to discontinue. Long story short, it seems to have wrecked my lymphatic system. It has been one year and I am still ill. I must lay flat much of the time due to lymphatic swelling. I cannot sit or stand for long periods due to the swelling. Other causes have been ruled out by the Mayo clinic and other physicians. I have now gained 40 pounds due to inactivity and swelling. I still have recurrent fevers and flu like symptoms. I urge everyone to report flu like symptoms to the FDA so that Erchonia will investigate Zerona causality. I hope to find a resolve for my condition. At minimum I would like for Erchonia to understand why Zerona causes flu like symptoms and what complications could occur due to this effect.
Beth

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Elad
Thursday, January 5/2012 at 3:55 pm

Hi Beth,

I’m sorry to hear about your situation.
I have treated hundreds if not thousands of Zerona patients and i have never seen something like what you are describing.
I even had many patients that loved it so much that did more than 4 series of treatments over the course of a few years.
I’m no expert but i really don’t see how it can cause what you’re describing. The only side effect we noticed was a reduction in bad cholesterol.

Elad

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Beth
Wednesday, February 8/2012 at 10:38 pm

Hi Elad:

I also loved the cosmetic results and had multiple sessions. Each time the tingling under my skin returned as well as fever and flu like symptoms. My results were extreme compared to others. I believe my lymphatic system was overwhelmed. However, that is just a theory. What I do know is science and that medical companies should never assume there is no product causality without a proper investigation. I have been told by other patients that flu-like symptoms are common. At least one other patient in this blog alone was treated with antibiotics for this reason. Historically many companies have assumed their product was not at fault. I am sure you can name drugs and/or devices that were recalled post-market. Obviously there is a much larger population undergoing procedures, thus there is much more to learn post-market. The FDA requires a proper investigation of a reported serious injury regardless of where the injury occurred (US or XUS).

I may be in the minority. However, it is still a serious injury and others may be at risk.

Thanks,
Beth

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JJJJ
Friday, March 1/2013 at 3:50 pm

My brothers a surgeon and you all sound crazy experiencing more Hysteria than anything real . Many of you might not know this but low level laser therapy has been studied for 40+ years with never a case of negative side effects. It’s a type of laser used for many things ( inflammation, healing ) . Its not a scam just the 5% of people it doesnt work for are more likely to post online. Just because it doesnt work for 5-15% present ranting doesnt disprove its effectiveness and studies over the decades conducted by doctors and scientists.

Any doctor looking at the research done ( 40 years 2000 studies worth) would think you’re suffering from Hysteria caused by chatting here rather than made ill by a laser that can’t possibly do that. It’s impossible.

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John
Friday, January 6/2012 at 7:06 am

I had 6 weeks sessions and couple with a very restricted diet and daily 30-minute exercise. I lost about 20 lbs in two months. I have lost 3 inches waist line. I lost weight that is because of restricted diet. And 3 inches is how much I usually lost when I reduce my weight by 15 lbs. I feel weak at the end of day due to the restricted diet (no carbo, very little meat, a lot of vegetable & fruit).
After throw in $1,500 for the treatment, I will say diet & exercise part is working and Zerona part is a fake. Use your hard earned money somewhere else.

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Ta
Monday, January 9/2012 at 2:56 am

I considered to try Zerona but had some sense to discuss with my family doctor. Her comment to me was to “get off my butt and do some exercise” . She even comment on a vacation I took 4 year ago, when I lost 30lbs, 2 dress sizes in 3 weeks. I was on a “see foods and eat foods” diet. My stress level was down, I was happier, more energetic. She recommend I save the money and treat myself to another vacation like the previous one.

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JEANNE
Tuesday, January 10/2012 at 11:09 am

oK So I went in for my final measurements and was told I lost 4.5 inches total body…I measured myself at home and there was no change I was advised if I pay 600 more I can have 6 more treatments .I declined Being that I see no change and have felt like crap for the last 2 weeks even was put on antibiotics eating less and working out is what I feel was what made the supposed 4.5 inches . Anyways Save your money I do not recommend

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Cecelia
Tuesday, February 7/2012 at 5:03 pm

I agree

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Worked for Me
Wednesday, January 11/2012 at 12:02 pm

I just completed six treatments, and lost a total of nine inches, four around my upper stomach. The hips and lower stomach were more resistant, but I definitely see a difference. I have less love handles, and more definition and I lost four pounds. I also did what they said. I exercised cut caffeine and drank my water. Now there will be done that day that the lifestyle changes cause the loss; to a certain extent I agree. You aren’t going to have success if you don’t do the lifestyle changes, however I’ve been trying to lose weight for over six months doing an hour a day an cardio with only modest inch changes.

I think how full your fat cells are may also have something to do with it. I’m not the traditional patient. I’m a long way from my goal, and had more to lose. I lost big during my first sessions and slowed near the last one. I think the less your body has to release, the less dramatic your results will be. W
I’m sure it doesn’t work for everyone, but there are tips that help. Work out right after your treatment. It helps flush out the fat released. Stay on a low fat diet. Stick to veggies and lean meats or salmon. Take your vitamins and get plenty of sleep. I see Zerona as a lifestyle jump start If they were smart, they would market it as such. I see significant improvement in two weeks that would normally take me four months to see. I’m a regular person, and I’m not paid by anyone.

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Thank You!!
Friday, January 27/2012 at 6:27 pm

I am 42, weigh 120 pounds, run 6 miles 5 days a week and consume an extremely low fat diet but still can’t seem to get rid of my belly fat. I was going to give Zerona a try but after reading all of the comments I have decided to save my money. I think I am going to try taking the Curva supplement to see if that makes any kind of difference. Does anyone know the combination of vitamins in that supplement or do they sell it at Vitamin shops??

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claudia
Monday, March 19/2012 at 10:35 pm

wow i got sick too… it was strange because i never get sick and doctor also put me on antibiotic

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Bob
Sunday, January 29/2012 at 6:18 pm

I signed up for 12 treatments, the first three I saw little to no results, then out of nowhere I saw what was like instant results, I hit a plateau. By the twelfth and final treatment I had to purchase some smaller clothing.

It may work for some and not for others, it worked for me. I followed their guidelines, on top of that I go to the gym five days a week and lift heavy. All I did at the gym I just couldn’t get rid of the belly fat, Zerona really helped me out with it.

It is very expensive but you are paying for a longer, better future for yourself. Don’t let some of these negative reviews fool you, chances are they did their treatment went to McDonalds shoveled tons of food down their gullet and complained there were no results. Put in work, drink water, no caffeine, take the pills they give you. After four weeks I feel like a better, newer person.

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Cecelia
Tuesday, February 7/2012 at 4:50 pm

I did have 6 treatments in my doctors office. I really believe that Zerona is another weight loss gimmick. You have to be on a diet, drink plenty of water, take the Curve supplements and exercise during the program. Also when you have your before measurements taken the tape is held very loosely and after your last session it is held very snugg. I could have lost the few inches that I did just by diet and exercise alone, as I have done in the past, did not need Zerona. So I wasted $1200.00 and my time for the sessions.

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Sarie
Friday, November 23/2012 at 2:15 pm

I work at a Zerona location. It’s a newer one. Prior to becoming a Zerona Specialist I was a Peronal Trainer and had been for many years. I can assure you that I do not measure by holding the tape loosly, I make sure it is not making skin buldge out from holding the tape too tightly either. It is perfectly snug around the body. With that being said, I have seen MANY successes here at our location. Each client looses inches differently and every client requires different treatment amounts based on their lifestyle, health and body fat percentage. Once your Specialist has accessed those, choosing a treatment package that is best for you WILL give you the results you require. I have so many happy clients that much of my clientele is refferal.

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Charlie Shanks
Wednesday, February 8/2012 at 2:15 pm
Sunday
Wednesday, March 21/2012 at 8:35 am

Charlie always rears his head when it looks hopeless for Zerona. He is heavily vested in it as his salary depends on it. I would hardly believe foxnews to tell me the truth. Nothing personal but I’d have to verify it with 3 separate sources if he told me the sky was blue.

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Tania
Wednesday, April 18/2012 at 3:43 pm

It’s unfortunate that Zerona did not work for some people; but rarely a product will have 100% success rate. Zerona has been in Quebec, Canada for a year now and it’s already available in more than 10 clinics. People are loving the results and demand is growing.

To the person wondering about Health Canada, yes, Zerona does have a medical device licence from Health Canada.

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Donald
Saturday, April 28/2012 at 12:54 am

Trania,
Give me a break… Zerona doesn’t work for anyone, except those who crash diet during the treatments. The laser procedure is pure quackery. I had 6 treatments with zero results, except my wallet $600 lighter. I would have had more impressive results wearing a Q-ring magnetic bracelet, then the comedy act of stripping naked to this rotating LED light show. FDA approved you say? Yeah, right….
http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/ucm256890.htm

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Sunday
Saturday, April 28/2012 at 10:56 am

God bless you, Donald, for being much more diligent than any of us. I went tow to toe on here with Charlie Shanks and some other moron who touted this bullshit procedure and this site’s response was to delete my posts and silence me by not allowing me to post. I actually have to use an alternate email address to write this.

Honestly, I am so happy people like you exist to call this shit out for what it is, FRAUD!

Ladies, save your money and get lipo if you’re so inclined. Give up the pipe dream of Zerona. And now, let’s attack cryolipolysis (Zeltiq and SkinTyte.

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Sunday
Saturday, April 28/2012 at 10:58 am

God bless you, Donald, for being much more diligent than any of us. I went toe to toe on here with Charlie Shanks and some other moron who touted this bullshit procedure and this site’s response was to delete my posts and silence me by not allowing me to post. I actually have to use an alternate email address to write this.

Honestly, I am so happy people like you exist to call this shit out for what it is, FRAUD!

Ladies, save your money and get lipo if you’re so inclined. Give up the pipe dream of Zerona. And now, let’s attack cryolipolysis (Zeltiq) and SkinTyte.

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C calenzo
Sunday, April 29/2012 at 1:01 pm

Lawyers where are you? Please help feel free to contact by reply this needs to be stopped.

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Crystalia
Sunday, April 29/2012 at 1:51 pm

I subscribed to this blog over a year ago and it really makes me laugh to think that the hand full of hired on folks to write untrue, or just hateful remarks on here, OR, perhaps a few of you who tried the zerona didn’t see results, keep writing these disgusting entries.
You know their could be a # of different reasons why, maybe use error, could be a health condition that maybe underlying and unknown, such as hormones, etc. I’ve got to tell you how not only the Zerona has worked for me, but how many others I have seen it work for in the Chiropractic office that I intern. I have seen many people loose between 6-and 15 inches in two weeks. As for getting sick while doing the procedure. Not even a chance, unless the person getting the treatment is highly toxic.Laser is known to detox the body.
You see we store toxins in the fat cells when you are causing the fat cells to collapse the toxins are than eliminated through your lymphatic system which makes sense why some might feel a bit wrotten because they are indeed stirring up and dispelling the fat and toxins out of the body.

If you look on pub med data base you will see that one of the best things for your immune system is a 635 nm wavelength laser. Thus the laser boosting your immune system.

I have no intent to comment back but just to leave a note of suggestion to all the haters on this blog. Get a life, seriously, and stop eating your twinkies and get healthy. iF YOU DON’T HAVE ANYTHING NICE TO SAY, THEN DONT. THIS PRODUCT HAS CHANGED LIVES, AND IS REALLY AN EXCELLENT, PAINLESS, LAZY WAY TO LOOSE INCHES, REDUCE CHOLESTEROL, AND GET A JUMPSTART ON A SMALLER YOU.
It would make sense that if you aren’t happy with the results then contact the person or company that you got the treatment from. Why wine about something so petty, do something for yourself and lose the way the real way work out.

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claudia
Tuesday, May 8/2012 at 9:45 pm

wrong you store toxins nowhere ! ridiculous

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Sunday
Sunday, April 29/2012 at 4:08 pm

Wow, speaking of haters, title suits you, perfectly. While you say, “if you have nothing good to say, don’t say nothing, at all,” you, yourself, are full of hatred for the people that are simply looking for a way to vent their own. So you negate their experiences, by telling them to stop eating Twinkies, call them toxic, assume it is their fault for Zerona not working for them and further insult because they are only relaying their experiences, by saying they (we) must have nothing better to do or are the few that are paid -by whom, I may ask- while you take an extraordinarily long post, fraught with grammar and spelling errors, I might add, rambling about your beloved Zerona. I find your attitude condescending, obnoxious, despicable and simple-minded. My advise to you would be to go back to grammar school so you may get a better grasp of the English language, do some volunteer work with people you may find, undesirable (you are after all, so much better than all) and give your anger a break by finding the real cause of your discontent – an unhappy childhood, your boyfriend leaving you. I would, also, give the check you received from Zerona to charity. Have an absolutely, lovely day eating your Twinkies and stop projecting. I haven’t had a Twinkie or Ding Dong or Ho-Ho, since I was 9.

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Crystalia
Sunday, April 29/2012 at 4:28 pm

My bad, the twinkies comment was inappropriate. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I respect that. The truth is this product works for some and not for others. As do all procedures and products.
Thanks for allowing me to see the negative in my previous rant. Your right C C. That was rude of me. All the best for anyone who is trying to lose weight it’s not easy in this toxic world we live in. Be Well.

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JEANNE
Sunday, May 6/2012 at 11:51 am

Once again save your money guys I had the 6 treatments in January and had flu like symptoms during them I discussed it with the staff there and they denied anyone else ever experiencing them.I did not loose inches except in my wallet I do not recommend…..

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Donald
Monday, May 7/2012 at 1:10 am

Jeanne, Great to see your post. I’ve got to say that the clinic was most likely correct about their insistence that the treatment could not have been responsible for making you feel ill. The lasers do not have any documented negative side effects. If they have any positive side effects, then that is highly skeptical and the subject to debate on this blog, and many others.
Bottom line, the Zerona is just a fancy laser light show, in my opinion. As one of hundreds of patients who saw absolutely no results, these sham clinics are simply there to reduce your wallet, not your waistline.
Getting back to my statement about flu or ill effects, the power output of a Zerona laser is typical of most presentation light pointers, and the same wavelength. This “medical” contraption is merely a tinker toy.

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Natalie Dominguez
Friday, October 26/2012 at 11:22 am

Hi I also foolishly spent a great amount of money on Zerona laser sessions with no results. Of course the persons me adoring me claimed differen qouting an ‘overall loss of inches” but there were no visible results. The person measuring me at orientation was not the same person who measured me at the end of my course of treatments. Incidentally by the end of my treatment sessions the provider was terminating the Zerona services provided in their office.

If there is a class-action suit being formed to recoup losses please direct me there I would like to participate. Advertising portrays a gross misrepresentation of possible results and the actual number of treatments an individual needs to achieve desired results. Its a sort of cash cow for Zerona and its service providers.

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claytongirl
Sunday, January 20/2013 at 1:28 am

Listen to all this people,don’t waste your time and money.I did read a lot before signing up for Zerona ,it did not take even an oz of fat way. I can’t believe FDA approved this red light! I hope there will be class action suit!

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Liz
Friday, November 23/2012 at 6:00 pm

I paid 6500 for 15 double sessions and have seen no results at all. I am very disappointed. I have done 11 double sessions so far and I have stopped trying to fight to get my money back for the additional 3 double sessions. If they do not agree to refund me for those 6 sessions I will contact the company. Very disappointing.

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Virginia
Thursday, January 17/2013 at 3:26 pm

Hi,
I was wondering if the weight stayed off and your belly was flatter? Was it also worth the money?

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Lina Thomas
Wednesday, April 3/2013 at 10:16 am

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with Zerona! To be honest i am quite confused because i found other reviews that are not that positive

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Elane
Wednesday, May 8/2013 at 2:32 pm

I am on the 5th session, they told me the 4th would show loss of inches but no results so far. Only difference is a little weight loss, but then again I eat healthy and I go to the gym EVERYDAY. It’s a waste of money and time, and I wouldnt recommend anyone get it!

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Ella Burbacki
Saturday, June 29/2013 at 3:44 pm

I will like to know more about this equipment

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Ella Burbacki
Sunday, June 30/2013 at 7:32 am

how to get this equipment?

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Doodles
Saturday, July 6/2013 at 12:53 am

It’s ALL snake oil. They don’t call it “practicing medicine” for nothing.

Find an exercise that you like doing and just do it! The weight comes off, I promise! And you’ll feel better, too! :)

Best wishes!!
<3
A Surgical Assistant

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Geo
Monday, August 26/2013 at 8:53 pm

My experience with Zerona was positive. I am older (+55 155lbs.) and have been doing P90X1/2 and Insanity every day religiously for years and in great shape but being older there were just some trouble spots that no matter how many “Ab rippers” I did the abdominal fat would not go away. (a small amount but there none the less). I saw positive results after the 3rd session and after the sixth it was so good I decided to go for another six. I am totally happy.(and ripped) I think that many people do not see results is that they do not exercise enough and with enough intensity. and sorry but Treadmills or running are useless and not enough.
and sorry Donald but it is much more powerful than a “laser Pointer”.
1 milliwatt vs 500Mwatts.

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Sunsets Man
Friday, November 22/2013 at 9:35 pm

they had a Miami Herald Dealsaver coupon for i-slim Zerona-$149 for 6 sessions. i had asked my dermatologist about it, and he said the studies seemed impressive, but he was skeptical it would do a lot, but assured me it was perfectly safe, and i felt for that price, why not try it? I’m 74, I have just completed my 4th session, and can see and feel that i am tighter and slimmer. I asked for a single measurement today, contrary to their policy of waiting until after 6 are completed-but i told them if it proved out then i would purchase another bloc of 6 ($125 cash/149 credit card). In the single measure of my largest area, i lost 1 inch and i was very attentive to be aware if they were pulling the tape tighter, and they were not. In this clinic they have you sit on a whole body vibration platform for 10 minutes after the session, for lymphatic drainage. I know those machines are very effective. I have not done any more exercise than i did before, which is golf and a short swim. I have not changed my diet or cut out caffeine or taken any Curva, (not part of their protocol) I have been more conscious of drinking water, so probably i am drinking more than before-but not a great amount more.
I feel no better or worse than before, but i do look better. I am urinating a lot more than i normally do, which i assume is the increase in water and my body trying to flush out the fat, and i have lost 4 lbs, which i don’t know the source of-just water or fat too. I’m very pleased to date!

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Sunsets Man
Friday, January 17/2014 at 6:08 pm

this is a followup to my November 22 post. I completed 12 sessions and am now starting my 3rd group of 6, tomorrow will be my 3rd in this series. for $125 cash per 6, i can’t resist keeping up. i am convinced Zerona works, I can actually see indentations developing in my fat after certain sessions. in the before/after fotos of others, there are not always dramatic differences, but the indentations are evident. proof that it works, all those that say it can’t possibly work are wrong.
However, i must admit that if i were paying $1400-2400 per 6 sessions as others are, i would not be moving forward as the results are not dramatic enough, in my opinion, to warrant that expense. i would also be upset by the overhyping and the questionable tape-measure procedures-but nevertheless Zerona works, at least for me, and as i said in my prior post, i have not changed my diet, or added exercise, or stopped drinking a lot of coffee, or reduced fat, or taken Curva or other supplements, or gone nuts drinking a ton of water. So what i recommend is to check Groupon and Living Social and other coupons for deals on Zerona in your area, and then sign up for at least 12 sessions, but absolutely do not spring for $1400+ per 6 sessions as
the results are not dramatic enough to warrant that outlay. But unless you are one of those who do not respond (a certain % for all types of fat reduction modalities) you will be happy, you will see results, and it won’t break the bank. Those who claim it “cannot” work, sorry, you’re wrong. I met a woman at the facility i go to who has done 30 treatments and is thrilled by her results, and plans to keep going at $149 per 6.
a no-brainer to me.

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