Zerona review: My post-treatment measurements

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UPDATE: I’ve concluded that this procedure does not work—my feeling is that any weight loss that people experience comes from the supplement, Curva (NOT the Zerona sessions themselves). 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.

Well, folks, I’ve finally completed my six Zerona treatments—the fat-burning laser I’ve been baring my bod for at Toronto’s SpaMedica. (If you’re just joining us, read this Q&A with medical director Dr. Stephen Mulholland and get the deets on the first couple of sessions.)

And, well, let’s just say that my post-treatment measuring session was a little depressing.

Why? Because every time I’ve been in the Scary Room for a weigh-in, I’ve actually GAINED two pounds.

It didn’t help that the medical esthetician was a little “tsk-tsk” about it. (Note to spa industry workers: NEVER, EVER comment on someone else’s weight. Just stay silent please. It’s better that way.)

However, I DID lose 1.5 inches so far (since starting the treatments) around my waist. So I guess that’s something. The rest of my measurements haven’t changed, though.

Dr. Mulholland did tell me that the only downside of the treatment is that some people are disappointed that they don’t see results fast enough—although I’m holding on to the fact that most people tend to see the majority of fat-loss action by the final appointment. (I have one more, final measuring session next week.)

The other thing you need to be aware of with all this measuring and weighing is that for most of us females, the numbers on the scale naturally will fluctuate with your menstrual cycle. (In fact, I know that’s the exact reason why my numbers went way, way up this week—bloating, anyone?) I kind of feel like they should mention that. It might make the constant—although necessary—measuring a bit less traumatic for people.

The other issue is the niacin supplement you have to take, Curva. I forgot to mention in an earlier post that within days of taking it, a lovely cystic breakout appeared on my chin. (They did warn me that was a possible side effect.) So I ended up skipping it for a few days as I just had to get the skin under control. Who knows? Maybe that’s one reason why I’ve only seen results around my waist so far.

I’m back there next week so I’ll update you on the final stats. It’s been a big time commitment going in there every other day for treatments, so I’m crossing my fingers that the inches decide to melt away in time for them to have their way with the tape measure on me. Wish me luck!


Saturday, May 22/2010 at 4:07 pm

So, you only lost 1 and a half inches for a treatment that costs $2999.
That’s $2000 per inch lost.
Do you feel better off having had done it?
Mulholand guarantees “a loss of 3-9 inches”. If it’s a guarantee, that
means you should get half of your money back (if you paid.)


Saturday, May 22/2010 at 4:24 pm

Sorry for not elaborating properly on my last post. What I meant to say, that knowing the results were only 1 and 1/2 inches, and it cost 3k,
would you go through the procedure again, thinking 1&1/2 inch is better than nothing?

What really pisses me off is that there is no standardization of customer satisfaction in the liposonix/velashape/zerona etc industry. They charge exorbitant fees, really taking advantage of desperate dieters who desire to lose that last extra 15 pounds.

They promise the moon, but if these technologies produce poor results you don’t get your money back. You’re just left feeling too stupid to complain.

I would like to see some sort of rebate or reduction of cost if a customer gets poor, or worse yet, no results. That would be fair.

Until then, this is just like the snakeoil industry.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Saturday, May 22/2010 at 5:05 pm

Hi Sandra, just to clarify—I should have put this on every post, not just the initial ones—Dr. Mulholland very generously offered me the treatments free of charge, so I did not have to pay the $3,000. Also, I have one more measuring session to go (next week), so the 1.5 inches isn’t the final result yet. I’m just charting my progress here with every session, but as I said, they’ve told me most people lose the majority of inches in the final week.

Also, although I have no doubt there are some less-than-ethical places out there, I wouldn’t put SpaMedica or Dr. Mulholland in this camp. In my Q&A with him (see here), he says “Over 90 percent of people get a response and we can guarantee a loss of 3-9 inches. That means every woman can come down a dress size.”

I’ll have to doublecheck with his PR, but I interpret that to mean they’ll do the treatments again free of charge if you don’t lose at least three inches. That sounds reasonable to me.

That said, I’m not one of those people who obsesses over weight, so I can think of lots of things I’d probably spend the $3,000 on if it came from my own pocket! But I can definitely see this being useful for people who desperately need a kick start for a weight loss program, or for someone who needs to safely drop some weight for special event coming up, like a wedding. It’s certainly preferable to crash dieting, with zero long-term health consequences.


Sunday, May 23/2010 at 4:46 pm

Thanks for responding. I was not attempting to disparage Dr. Mulholland in my above post, and I apologize if that’s the impression I gave.

The fact is, in the last month, I have attended 2 consultations for the new “Velashape” treatment (not at SpaMedica) and was quoted between $1,500 and $2,400 for a series of 6 treatments. One place made me sign a statement to the effect that I would have to be satisfied with “unpredictable” results. I asked point blank “What do you do if the customer is unsatisfied with the result?” If either place had assured me that I would enjoy some additional treatments free, or some sort of rebate, or credit for other treatments, I would be very happy. But I couldn’t get any reassurances that my money would not be wasted if I didn’t see promised results.

Needless to say, I could not bring myself to proceed. I have read too many internet accounts of people who felt they had completely wasted their money for no satisfactory results.


Loretta Zayas-Revai
Tuesday, May 17/2011 at 12:38 pm

I saw the Zerona on the Dr. Oz show on 5/16/11. The provider mentioned that final results are observed 2 weeks after completion.
What was your final outcome at that time?
Thanks, Loretta


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, May 23/2011 at 6:27 pm

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