Melting away extra pounds with laser

September 14, 2009 3:12:56 PM PDT
There is a new procedure that some say allows people who want to lose those extra pounds to do so without liposuction. Instead, a laser is used, and it is said to just melt those pounds away. Colleen Russo underwent the procedure and is happy with the results. She had a baby a year and a half ago and was looking to lose those last 10 pounds she gained while she was pregnant. Colleen tried diet and exercise, but didn't have much success. She finally decided to try to laser treatment and turned to Nick Ungaro, a chiropractor who uses the Zerona laser.

First, Colleen was marked and measured, and then the laser is maneuvered into place. The laser feels cool, and there is no burning or downtime.

"She can get up and go dancing," said Dr. Ungaro.

Here's how it works: Think of the fat cell as a plump grape. The laser pokes a little pore or hole in that grape, allowing fat to ooze out. The fat that leaks out is carried away by the body's natural excretion process, and that may leave behind a skinnier you.

"The best parts are the parts with the most superficial fat - muffin tops, waist, love handles, hips and thighs," said Dr. Ungaro.

Colleen opted for three, 40-minute treatments a week for three weeks, and a month later, she had dropped five and a half pounds and she says she lost six inches, four of those from around her waistline.

"I'm really excited to fit into the jeans that were at the bottom of my drawers," said Colleen. "I'm loving the results I got."

The laser treatment ranges from $2,800 to $4,000. Dr. Ungaro recommends drinking lots of water, exercising and even taking nutritional supplements in conjunction with the laser to get the best results.

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