Is it even possible – a true reduction in cellulite, and a true reduction in troublesome fat deposits with measurable losses of inches, via a simple, completely non-invasive, 100% painless, convenient office treatment? The short answer is yes! The long answer should start with a very brief review of how this all came about.
The Zerona is a medical device that came into public use about 5 years ago. It is a low level laser therapy (LLLT) device which uses a familiar red colored (635 nm) surface laser – a so-called “cold” laser – that generates no heat and no burning as it shines on the skin’s surface (i.e., completely non-invasive and completely painless). Yet, the laser light energy passes harmlessly through the skin and is absorbed by the fat cells just underneath, “tricking” them into melting themselves! Based on over 15+ years of research and 20+ peer reviewed medical journal articles demonstrating its validity, the Zerona received FDA 510(k) clearances between 2010 and 2013 for the “non-invasive reduction of arms, waist, hips, and thigh circumference” via fat reduction. Follow-up studies have replicated significant circumference reductions (such as a 3.5 total inch loss vs. 0.6 inches for placebo!) resulting from a full course of treatments (typically a series of 5 – 6 treatment sessions) and with the results documented as persisting out long term for at least one year! This is not a temporary fat “redistribution” or a temporary decrease in tissue fluids. Studies were done with participants agreeing to NO CHANGE in diet, NO CHANGE in level of activity or exercise, and NO adjunctive therapies on board in order to be able to see what the true results due to the Zerona LLLT treatments alone would be. Results were often noted to be visible in as little as 2 weeks! Consider that the loss of 3.5 total inches seen in the research subjects corresponds to a loss of approximately 12,600 calories! That’s the equivalent of 42 cheeseburgers or 72 cartons of ice cream! 12,600 calories represents a loss of about 2000cc’s (that’s 4 – 5 pounds!) of pure fat! If one were exercising in an attempt to burn this number of calories it would take 40 hours of swimming, 18 hours of jogging, or some 21 hours of tennis!
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) causes transitory, lipid draining pores to open in the fat (adipose) cells just under the skin – there is no necrosis, no thermal damage, no cellular disruption, destruction or lysis. Lipid liquefaction is stimulated and the stored fat slowly but surely leaks its way out. All the affected cells are drained of their fat and as they become more and more empty, the fat cells begin to collapse and shrink. These laser stimulated leaky pores stay open for about 48 hours or more leading to more and more fat cell emptying and shrinking for some 2 – 3 days after treatment. A well-known natural enzymatic-like compound of the body – cyclic AMP – is the key in all this. The laser light absorption flips this enzyme switch on, causing something called cytochrome C oxidase activation which then directly opens all the pores. This is the same exact mechanism triggered by aggressive dieting or exercise! After treatment, microscope histology studies actually show the pores opening! Thereafter, we can actually see and track the fat cells – hundreds of thousands of them – all collapsing and shrinking as their lipids are released, followed by a 25% decrease in the subcutaneous fat layer thickness. Dr. Rodrigo Neira’s research showed that the pores open and the fat cells begin to empty themselves after just 18 minutes of the skin being exposed to LLLT! He also showed that although the fat cells empty their contents, the cells still remain viable and undamaged. Fat cells are involved in hormone production/regulation and many other key body functions. We don’t want them killed or gone, we just want them to be as small and as emptied of their fat stores as possible! Dr. Neira’s results have been independently confirmed by other researchers. MRI’s have demonstrated fat emulsification (fat melting/draining) as deep as 5.0 cm (2- 3 inches) under the skin.
You’ve heard of the Marvel superhero “The Green Lantern”? Well we’ve dubbed the Verjú device our superhero “Green Laser”, because Verjú is the next step in the evolution of this amazing breakthrough non-invasive fat melting technology! The Verjú Green Laser uses a unique green (532nm) low level (16mW) diode laser light that generates about as much discomfort on your skin as would shining a flashlight upon it ( i.e. none!). Verjú delivers about 25% more pore opening, fat melting energy to the fat cells than any red laser (even the Zerona). This translates into a decrease in the total therapy time needed over Zerona to achieve the results. In a 2014 study reported in the prestigious American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery, 4 total inches in circumference reduction were seen in just 2 weeks! Studies have also shown a 0.25 inch to one inch reduction with just one treatment session! Only patients with significant, advanced cellulite (Nurnburger-Muller Scale cellulite classification stages 2 or 3) participated in the cellulite part of this study. These patients demonstrated that at 2 weeks 65% had significant improvement in their cellulite (vs. 3% improvement in placebo group!) At 4 weeks there was an 89% satisfaction rate (vs. 26% satisfaction rate in placebo group). There are no known side effects with Verjú. The Verjú Green Laser does not damage any tissue whatsoever. Patients can continue all their typical daily activities without interruption i.e. there is no down time or recovery period of any kind!
How does the Verjú Green Laser work? As you relax, lying on a comfortable table/bed checking your email or watching a movie, 5 green laser light patterns controlled by a computer dance their way harmlessly across your skin, absorbing into the fat and cellulite underneath. Your waist, abdomen, hips and thighs start to shrink as fat is melted and cellulite is diminished. Total treatment time is about 30 minutes. Read, sleep, talk on your iPhone – you can do whatever you like while you lie there as it works. Galvanic lymphatic massage of each area is done afterwards to assist in the absorption and processing of the dissolved lipids and fat. These lipids are processed the same way as all lipids are normally processed by your body’s lymphatics and delivered to the liver – eventually burned off as carbon dioxide. That’s right, you will literally be breathing your fat away! No pain, no heat, no freezing, no discomfort, no needles, no injections, no incisions. Zero pain, Zero surgery, Zero downtime. Continue your daily routine immediately following a treatment session. Although no changes in your diet or exercise are required, for best results and maximum benefit it is highly recommended that you optimize these as well. Where can Verjú go to work for you on improving cellulite and reducing fat? The stomach(abdomen), the back/flanks, the hips, the thighs, the buttocks, the love handles, hips, arms and cellulite pretty much anywhere!
More and more exciting news about the Verjú Green Laser is emerging these days. Leptin is a hormone released by fat cells. Leptin stimulates hunger and increases appetite. Preliminary studies of leptin levels after Verjú Green Laser fat cell shrinking have indicated a reduction in these leptin levels! Other ongoing studies suggest that there are real and measurable decreases happening in cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL levels after a series of Verjú Green Laser treatments! And what news could be more intriguing for diabetics to hear than better Hgb A1-C levels, and better glucose levels were seen following Verjú Green Laser treatments for cellulite and fat reduction!
The Verjú Green Laser was 510(k) FDA cleared in January 2014 for non-invasive cellulite reduction as well as for non-invasive fat reduction body contouring for the waist, hips, and thighs. The Verjú Green Laser was featured on “The Doctors” TV show in May 2014. To date, Verjú is the only non -invasive FDA cleared device for treating cellulite. The Verjú Green Laser harmlessly and elegantly seems to be a great and completely non-invasive way to reduce excess body fat and reduce the appearance of cellulite!
Dr. Lyle Back is originally from New York City, receiving his medical and surgical training at Rutgers Medical School, Cooper Hospital – University Medical Center, and Ohio State. He is Board Certified in General Surgery (ABS) and Plastic Surgery (ABPS). He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS), and a longstanding member of the premier American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). He served as a Professor of Plastic Surgery at Temple University and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and performed reconstructive surgery with “Operation Smile” in Vietnam. He specializes in the full range of the most modern and state of the art cosmetic surgery procedures for the body and non-surgical cosmetic enhancement techniques available today.