MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - They call it "Laser-Lipo".
Jessica Nay claims she lost 3 and a-half inches around her waist with just one 40-minute treatment. Promoters of the "Zerona" laser method claim patients can shed up to nine inches with a series of six treatments.
"With traditional liposuction, you are actually removing the fat cells from the body. With Zerona, you're shrinking the fat cells," Angela di Carleo of LibertyMD said.
The process dissolves fat and slims your body without surgery, incisions, pain or scaring.
The laser is FDA certified. The company that makes Zerona says it works by "zapping" the fat cells, and releasing that excess tissue though the body's lymph system.
But some experts are skeptical.
"For a machine to lose 3 to 7 inches or get 2 to 7 dress sizes with a series of six treatments with a laser light is almost beyond my imagination," dermatologist Dr. Mitch Goldman said.
Goldman said he used a version of the laser, together with liposuction, on some weight loss patients. According to Goldman, results from the laser were minimal, and while the company that developed Zerona has published test studies showing it works, Goldman says for him those tests are not enough.
"To the best of my knowledge, this machine has never been proven in a peer-reviewed clinical study to be effective," he said.
Laser-Lipo is offered in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas, but doctors typically only perform the procedure on people who are not considered overweight. Six treatments costs about $2,500, and experts say patients must continue to exercise and eat well or the fat will come back.
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