ANYBODY who had tried to do crunches knows how difficult it can get, in addition to the potential strain in your neck and back, just to get rid of those pesky abdonimal flabs. There are body parts that are simply more problematic, and it takes a little extra effort to keep them in shape.
Like most people, you don’t have the luxury of time to devote on maintaining an exercise routine. The sound of a steel tube vacuuming your fats probably sends shivers down your spine. With exercise and liposuction out of the question, what does that leave you?
The answer, says Dr. Claudine Roura, is Zerona, a non-invasive procedure that makes use of low-level laser to essentially melt the fats until they get absorbed by lymphatic system and eventually make their way out of the body. Alongside other guidelines, patients who undergo the procedure can expect a combined loss of 3 to 9 inches from the waist, hips, thighs, and other problem body parts.
“The liquefied fat moves from inside the cell through a temporary pore formed in the cell membrane to outside the cell where it is in the interstitial space until absorbed by the lympathic system. This results in millions of fat cells becoming smaller so inches are reduced off the waist, hips and thighs. The fat cells are not injured in any way by this process,” Dr. Claudine adds.
It can be used on every part of the body where localized fat deposits exist, particularly the stubborn ones that seem immune to diet and exercise. This includes the waist, hips, thighs, upper arms, inner knees, and the buttocks.
Zerona also boasts of additional advantages compared to other similar procedures. For instance, during the 40-minute session, a patient only needs to sit back and relax while the attending physician positions the laser at the desired body part. As it is completely painless, a patient is free to do anything he or she likes, such as read, listen to music, or just relax.
Once through, there is no surgical wound that will need to heal before a patient continues with his or her normal life. There is absolutely no downtime, says Dr. Claudine, and there is no discomfort, swelling or other unwarranted symptoms whatsoever.
The “recommended lifestyle protocol” ideally includes six sessions, without exceeding 72 hours in between treatments, in order to fully maximize its effects. If more than 72 hours—or 3 days—passes between appointments, there is a possibility of some of the fat being reabsorbed by the fat cells.
|Dr. Claudine Roura PHOTO BY MICHAEL SUPERALES
If followed, the whole thing can be over in as little as a couple of weeks, during which time the patient can do essentially anything, except ingest alcohol and caffeine, so stay away from coffee and beer for the meantime. On the other hand, patients are advised to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water, eat healthy, and walk at least 30 minutes a day.
Like all medical procedures, however, it is not advisable to undergo Zerona if a patient is pregnant. Morever, its effects might considerably be less in cases of diabetes or thyroid disorders. As with anything, it is best to consult with your doctor before jumping into anything.
For her part, Dr. Claudine thinks the Zerona treatment is perfect for two types of people: those that are already following a healthy diet and lifestyle and just want to correct particular problem areas, and those who need a jump-off point to continue with their slimming regimens.
With the holiday season just around the corner, the unwanted pounds will surely come, thanks to the sinful diet-destroyers that will fill our tables. To those of us who want things done extra quick and extra effective, there is the Zerona treatment.
■ For more information, please call Contours Advanced Face and Body Sculpting Institute at 585-7193 or visit www.rouradermsurgery.com. Contours is at South Park Plaza, Paseo de Magallanes, Makati City.