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Mini-Mommy Makeover Procedures

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

The concept of a Mommy Makeover plastic surgery procedure is about combining abdominal and breast reshaping in one operation. The breast and abdominal components are not new and include many well known procedures such as tummy tucks, breast implants, liposuction and breast lifts in whatever combination each individual women needs. While the effects of a Mommy Makeover can be dramatic, breast and abdominal procedures are major surgery with significant recovery as well.

But there are numerous other procedures of lesser magnitude that could also be lumped into the Mommy Makeover category and consist of a variety of ‘nips, tucks and sticks’ that create effects that mothers would also like. Here are some of the most noteworthy.

BOTOX  For reduction of those facial expression lines that come from the stress of balancing mother and wife roles, Botox injections are probably the most common injectable Mommy procedure.

Vi/PERFECT PEELS With only a few days of redness and flaking, these medium-depth facial peels are essentially painless to go through and provide a real boost to one’s complexion. A few of these a year will keep a mother’s skin radiant and glowing.

C-SECTION SCAR REVISION For those women that don’t need a tummy tuck and have a noticeable c-section scar with just a little pooch above it, widely cutting out the scar can produce a flatter upper pubic area. This scar revision can be combined with some lower abdominal liposuction for an additional and wider flattening effect.

UPPER LIP PLUMPING Some well placed Restylane or Juvederm injections into the upper lip has an instant youthful volumizing effect. This is particularly evident if the cupid’s bow and philtral columns are accentuated.

NIPPLE REDUCTION Breast feeding can elongate the nipple which can be a source of embarrassment and out of proportion to the size of the areola. Under local anesthesia, the nipple length can be reduced by half or more.

EARLOBE REPAIR Fixing stretched out ear ring holes or complete tears through the lobe can allow old or new ear rings to be comfortably worn again.

BELLY BUTTON REPAIR (Umbilicoplasty) Pregnancies can change an innie belly button to an outie due to a small hernia through the umbilical stalk attachment. Tucking the peritoneal fat back through the hole and reattaching the stalk of the belly button back down to the abdominal wall will recreate that an old inne look again.

EXILIS For those stubborn fat areas that just won’t go away despite some diet and exercise, this non-surgical fat treatment can easily fit into a busy mom’s schedule. It takes a series of treatments to see the effects but there is no downtime with 30 minute in-office treatment sessions.

These mini-Mommy Makeovers provide changes that do not require major surgery or recovery and can fit into anyone’s hectic schedule.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

The Role of the Exilis Device In Fat Reduction and Skin Tightening

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

The desire for fat reduction is ubiquitous and a large number of methods exist from dieting to surgery to achieve it. While liposuction and bariatric surgery are all effective means of fat removal and weight reduction respectively, they are not equivalent and have very different outcomes. But they do share the similarity of being invasive surgery. And many people understandably want to avoid surgery for fat removal if possible. This has led to a large number of non-surgical devices that are currently available for use.

One of these devices is Exilis, coined as a body shaping and tissue tightening method. Exilis is an FDA-approved devices that employs radiofrequency (RF) energy for the reduction of targeted fatty deposits, skin tightening and sundamaged and wrinkled skin anywhere on the face and body. Radiofrequency energy is a safe form of radio waves that drives heat to fat cells that lie within one inch of the skin’s surface. This heat causes the metabolism of the fat cells to speed up and subsequently shrink. The heat also stimulates the skin to strengthen its collagen structure which provides some improvement in skin laxity.

Because it creates heat that passes into and through the skin, does it cause pain during a treatment? Generally it does not. While the RF energy is heating the skin, the system monitors the skin’s temperature  so it does not get too warm and the patient remains  both safe and comfortable. A grounding pad is also applied prior to treatment so there is no chance of arcing and causing a burn. Patients usually feel a deep heating sensation as the probe goes over a treatment area. Treatments last around 15 minutes per treatment area and are done in the office. Other than some mild redness of the treated areas for a few hours, there are no sequelae after treatments including any restriction of physical activities.

Which are the best areas for Exilis treatments? Regardless of body area, whether a man or a women, it is important that the amount of fat not be too excessive. While the definition of ‘excessive fat’ varies, a general rule is that if it is much bigger than one or two hand sizes, it will not be as effective as one would like. Most women are interested in face and jowl tightening and fat reduction of the abdomen, arms, flanks, bra rolls and thighs. Men have more restrictive needs involving the abdomen, flanks and chest.

Exilis always involves more than one treatment, it needs a series. The number of treatments will depend on the areas treated and whether fat reduction or skin tightening is the main objective. In most cases, four treatments will be needed spaced one or two weeks apart. The final outcome of the treatments may take two to four months to see the maximal benefits of the therapy.

Despite the appeal of Exilis and many satisfied patients, it is important to realize that no non-surgical fat reducing technology works for everyone. There is always the risk that no or limited results will be seen. For this reason, it is most ideal to go to facility or a plastic surgeon who performs all methods of fat removal and skin tightening. Their recommendation will be noteworthy because they are not captive to the monthly lease payment of an expensive device. They can offer the best treatment method, even if it is a surgical one that the patient is trying to avoid.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

Plastic Surgery Product Review: Exilis Non-Invasive Body Contouring

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Liposuction provides the most effective method of body contouring that we currently know. Its invasive approach is the direct subcutaneous disruption of fatty deposits followed by their vacuum extraction. The final result is a combination of the fat removed and how the overlying skin shrinks and adapts to its reduced underlying support structure. While effective, it is fairly traumatic to the tissues and substantial recovery is required in most cases.

Because of the desire to avoid liposuction surgery, the field of non-invasive body contouring has emerged in the past decade as an alternative treatment option. These are device-driven technologies that direct and drive various types of energies into the underlying tissues in an effort to either shrink fat, tighten skin or both. One of these energy technologies is that of radiofrequency. Known by the acronym RF, radiofrequency is the oscillation of electrical currents at radio frequencies. In essence, it is another name for radio waves which is one form of electromagnetic energy. Radiofrequency energy has been used in medicine for well over fifty years in such applications as radiofrequency ablation of tumors and magnetic resonance imaging to create images of internal structures of the human body.

The power of RF and its ability to penetrate tissues is a function of its wavelength (distance covered by one cycle of the wave) and its frequency. (the number of waves passing a given point in a second) The wavelength multipled by the frequency equals the speed of light. The frequency of RF energy is expressed in Hertz Units. (one Hz = one wave/second)  One thousand waves equals one kilohertz (KHz), one million waves equals one megahertz (MHz) and one billion waves equals one gigahertz. (GHz) Most RF waves are in the range of about 3 KHz to 300 GHz. As a common comparison, microwaves have radiowaves in the frequencies of 300 MHZ to 3 GHz. Exilis has RF energies in the 2 MHz range which can be seen to be just a fraction of the energy emitted by a standard kitchen microwave. Such wave oscillations affect underlying tissues by causing their molecules to vibrate creating a heating effect. The depth of wave penetration is ultimately controlled by the amount of power (watts), wavelength and the heat generated by the treated tissues. The Exilis device has been shown to penetrate up to 2.5 cms (one inch) below the skin.

Exilis treatments are delivered through a handheld wand device known as a transducer. It is a monopolar RF device that will rapidly heat up tissues, known as the therapeutic thermal temperature. The safety of the device is the real time monitoring of the skin’s temperature so it does not become too hot/burned. This allows the maximum of power to be delivered with reasonable comfort. A liquid gel interface between the skin and transducer is critical as well as the technician keeping the transducer head in motion based on the skin’s temperature.  The software of the Exlis device has a unique energy flow control feature so that it eliminates energy peaks to ensure more uniform energy distribution. It is these energy peaks, which if uncontrolled, that can lead to intermittent patient discomfort.

RF wave stimulation breaks down the well known triple-helix structure of collagen in the dermis of the skin. This unraveling by the focused energy is followed by healing of the dermis through the creation of new collagen by fibroblast production. This accounts for the skin thickening and skin tightening effect. It is not yet known whether thinner or thicker skin is more influenced by this RF-induced collagen remodeling. Fat within an inch of the undersurface of the skin is affected by cell breakdown of the adipocyte walls. The RF waves cause weakening of the fat cell walls which results in extrusion of their fatty acid content. The released lipids are naturally absorbed and eliminated by the lymphatic system which is why high daily water intake is recommended during the treatment period. With loss of some of their content, the fat cells shrink reducing the overlying skin contour. With this penetration distance limitation, areas of thinner fat will respond more rapidly and effectvely than thicker areas to Exilis treatments.

The key to getting skin tightening and far reduction effects with RF energy is the periodic ‘re-injury’  of the target tissues. This means that multiple treatment sessions are needed that are not spaced too far apart. (one to two weeks) For both skin and fat it is important to not give them adequate time to completely heal their structures. The fat cell walls need to be repeatedly weakened for maximal content release. The fibroblasts of the skin dermis benefit by repeated heat stimulation for collagen production. Exilis effects are continuous meaning that their full benefits can take several months to see. Although many patients report see benfits as early as after the first treatment.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

Fat Burning Topical Creams – Hype or Hope?

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Liposuction is the most effective method of fat reduction that we currently know. But it is surgery and there is recovery and significant cost associated for its assured benefits. The concept of a topically applied agent that would provide some fat reduction has been one promoted and tried for decades. There have been many such cream and lotion products put forth but none have really had any scientific testing and proof that they are really effective.

A recent such product that I have come across is known as Body of Knowledge. This is a European product whose active ingredients are Theophylline and Liporeductyl. Theophylline is a well known compound most commonly used in the treatment of asthma. It has vasodilator effects which delivers more oxygen to the treated tissues which can help metabolize fat that it comes into contact. (lipolytic effect) Its effects have never been dramatic but they do exist. It has been used in fat burning and cellulite creams in the past with some documented effectiveness. Liporeductyl is a tripeptide compound that contains three ingredients that have been historically used in the treatment of cellulite. These include lecithin, caffeine and carnitine. It is purported to have a lipolytic effect and to improve microcirculation as well, hence reducing cellulite and having a slimming effect.

Putting these two compounds together into a topical cream would logically suggest that an effective fat reduction cream could be the result. There are a few limited clinical studies that report up to two inches off the waistline after two months of use. Numerous consumer testimonials can be found on the internet, usually on websites that are selling the product. It has a cost of $125 for an 8 oz. bottle.

Is this a miracle fat reducing cream? Some have even called it a liposuction cream, implying a significant effect. I think the answer is no. But this does not mean that it has no effect just that one should not expect any results to be dramatic. For minor amounts of slimming and even as a topical cream after liposuction, it may a useful role. The Liporeductyl component is highly touted for its anti-cellulite effect but its effects in this regard to date have been anectodal in my research. At its price for the bottle size, it is a pricey cream however.

Will a highly effective topical fat-burning cream ever be a reality? Based on compounds currently known it does not appear likely in the near future. New compounds are going to have to be discovered for a really significant advance. What we continue to see is recycling of known compounds in different formulations but with similar modest effects. For more significant effects, the use of devices such as Exilis or liposuction surgery is still required.  

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana   

Exilis and SkinTyte Devices For Fat Reduction and Skin Tightening

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

As the latest statistics published by the American Society of Plastic Surgery show in 2010, the fastest growing procedures in cosmetic surgery are not surgery at all. Rather it is such non-invasive procedures as Botox, injectable fillers and focused and high-intensity light face and body treatments. This is a trend that has been ongoing now for the past decade and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Recent studies also show that up to 25% of people would have some form of cosmetic surgery if cost and recovery were not an issue.

Whether it is to avoid the costs and recovery of more expensive surgery or to treat cosmetic problems for which there is no good surgical solution, non-surgical treatments continue to expand. One such area of expansion is the use of light-based and energy therapies. From skin tightening, fat reduction or the the improvement of cellulite, treatment options appear as often as new devices become clinically available. While light-based treatments were once thought of as just laser devices, used largely for skin resurfacing and hair reduction, this is no longer the case. Energy-based devices are now available that uses infrared light, ultrasound, and radiofrequency waves, technologies that long have had FDA-approved uses in diagnostic and therapeutic traditional medicine.

One such recent device is that of Exilis. This is a monopolar radiofrequency device that has recently received FDA clearance for localized fat reduction and skin tightening. With penetration depths that past the skin level by a few centimeters, stubborn fat deposits can be treated even over large areas. The radiofrequency waves disrupt the membranes of the fat cells by the generation of heat causing them to spill their lipid contents. As the liquid fat is absorbed over time, the size of the fat deposit becomes less. Exilis treatments are done in the office as walk in and walk out therapies requiring no downtime or recovery. It takes a series of 4 to 6 treatments spaced a week apart to see the best results.

The radiofrequency of Exilis also has a skin tightening effect. By heating the underside of the skin (deep dermis) through the radiofrequency energy, collagen is produced which causes the skin to tighten. This is particularly effective in the face, the jowls and neck, where the skin and underlying tissues are thinner. Because lower energy levels are used, it feels very much like getting a hot stone massage. Since the production of collagen is more gradual, treatments need only to be done every two weeks for two to three months. Some may call this a RF (RadioFrequency) Facelift as it can tighten the face without surgery.

Another energy device example is that of Sciton’s SkinTyte device. As part of their multimodality laser platform, Skin Tyte is high intensity pulsed light known as BBL. (broad band light) By stacking pulses of light over a treatment area, the underside of the skin is heated. This also produces collagen and a skin tightening effect very similar to that of Exilis. Unlike Exilis, however, its energy does not penetrate deep and no fat reduction effect is achieved. As the name implies, it is a non-surgical method of skin tightening.

While Exilis can do fat reduction and Skin Tyte can not, this begs the question as to whether Exilis or SkinTyte is better for skin tightening. It s unknown at this time as to how these technologies compare for their effectiveness. Since my practice has both technologies, I will be able to answer this question better in the future as greater numbers of patients are treated.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana   

Plastic Surgery Product Review: Exilis Radiofrequency Fat Reduction and Skin Tightening

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Device-based energy therapies for skin tightening and fat reduction have been around now for about a decade. Like computer and all electronic devices, their effectiveness improves with technologic advances. One of the recent device advances in heating fat and tightening skin is Exilis technology. This uses a well known energy technology, radiofrequency, to create its effect. But its advantages are based on modifications to radiofrequency in how it is delivered.

Exilis uses radiofrequency which is basically sound waves that are delivered into and through the skin. Traditionally radiofrequency is delivered in a bipolar fashion which penetrates little further than the thickness of the skin. But Exilis’s uniqueness is that it is monopolar radiofrequency which allows the waves to penetrate deeper and deliver more energy to dissolve fat cells. By using a grounding pad on the patient, the radiofrequency is applied deeply and it does a return circuit back to the machine. The skin temperature is also monitored to make sure it never gets too hot (above 45 degrees C) to prevent skin damage and make it comfortable for the patient. In addition, Exilis has a proprietary technology called Energy Flow Control (EFC) which monitors the energy level to prevent burns and any energy arching if skin contact is not ideal.

While many non-invasive energy therapies have left physicians skeptical, Exilis is FDA-approved for tightening skin and reducing wrinkles. The heat generated in the dermis of the skin causes collagen production, generation of collagen networks and tightening of skin. Fat reduction has also been reported by both doctors and patients alike. The deeper penetrating heat can cause fat cells to break down (lipolysis), release their free lipids and shrink in size. This results in an external change in the size of the body part.

The application head of Exilis and its built-in cooling device make it possible and safe to treat loose skin and excess fat anywhere on the body. This could be as diverse as the neck and jowls, back of the arms, bra rolls, stomach and all the way down to the knees. The ability to ‘spot treat’ is a major advantage over other more cumbersome devices. Each treatment is not only safe but is not painful. Most patients equate an Exilis treatment similar to a hot stone massage due to precise temperature monitoring. It can be used to treat all skin types which is another advantage of the device.

Because the temperature and the duration of generated heat to any part body is controlled for safety, multiple treatments are needed and results gradually achieved. Exilis treatments are done in a series of 4 to 6 treatments spaced one to two weeks apart to get the best result. Treatments are done in 30 to 45 minute sessions with no pain during and no downtime afterwards. One can go right back to their regular activities without any change in routinue.

For those patients receiving treatments for fat reduction, we advise drinking lots of water after the treatments to flush out fat through enhanced lymphatic flow. Combined with regular exercise and a niacin-based supplement known as Curva, optimal fat reduction can be achieved.

Results from Exilis are gradual although most see some immediate results. But maximum results takes months to see, up to three months after the last treatment. Studies have shown that the results are long-lasting.

Dr. Barry Eppley

www.eppleyplasticsurgery.com

Indianapolis, Indiana

The Distribution Of Abdominal Fat In Men And The Effectiveness of Non-Surgical And Surgical Fat Treatments

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

There are several very popular non-surgical methods of fat reduction using external devices based on a variety of penetrating energies. One example is the Zerona device which uses a form of light known as a ‘cold laser’. While it is a fat reduction device that is associated with some level of controversy, it has generally been effective in my two practice locations over the past two years. By our own experience and post-treatment evaluations, we have an approximate 70% satisfaction rate.

However, this satisfaction rate is based on a patient population that is almost exclusively women. When asked by a husband of a patient that I was treating for another plastic surgery problem about how well the Zerona would work for him and his big belly, my answer was both hesitant and reserved. It was at this point that I launched into an explanation of the anatomy of abdominal fat.

Fat in the abdominal area is comprised of several very distinct anatomic locations or layers. When most people think of abdominal fat they are thinking of what exists in the subcutaneous layer, that fat that lies between the skin and the abdominal muscle wall. I would call this superficial abdominal fat. But deep to this on the other side of the abdominal muscles lies intra-abdominal or the deep fat. Technically, intra-abdominal fat is divided into either intraperitoneal and retroperitoneal sites. The more relevant intraperitoneal fat is distributed in the mesentery of the intestines and an abdominal organ known as the omentum. Depending on the size of the person, intra-abdominal fat can make up as much as 10% of one’s total body fat mass and high amounts of it are associated with increased risks of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

When men ask about methods to reduce the size of the stomachs, the issue of intraperitoneal fat becomes very relevant. In andromorphs, fat is commonly stored intraperitoneal. So men with a big ‘beer belly’ have a considerable amount of intraperitoneal fat and much less, by comparison, of fat in the superficial or subcutaneous layer. This can be felt by examination in how the belly feels to the touch. The big belly in a man will usually feel very firm and hard like a watermelon. This is the intraperitoneal fat underneath the muscle pushing the abdomen out and explains why it feels so firm. In contrast, women have a much higher percentage of their belly fat in the subcutaneous layer. This is why a woman’s big abdominal area will feel much softer and jelly-like. (although this is not true for every big-bellied woman)

So for most men, whether it is a non-surgical device or even liposuction, much of the target fat is too deeply located for them to be effective. This can led to disappointing results. An examination is needed of a man’s belly to determine if there is any significant thickness to the subcutaneous layer. If there is some softness and compressibility and a handful of skin and fat can be pulled off of the underlying muscle layer, then there is enough target fat that may justify non-surgical or surgical fat reduction treatment. Otherwise, only weight loss through diet and exercise will be effective.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

Zerona Laser Treatments Appear On The Dr. Oz Show

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

An internet story reports:

‘Dr. Oz calls Zerona the miracle procedure that removes fat without surgery. On his Monday May 16th TV show, Zerona laser treatments were featured as one of the ways to get rid of fat in order to slim down and get swimsuit ready for the summer. Given that Zerona does not kill the fat cells and there is no pain, swelling, bruising or downtime, it was an excellent topic to be covered in the show.’

The company marketing statement to this internet story/TV trailer was:

‘Zerona is the most researched medical procedure on the market. Our goal is to provide safe and effective health and wellness products to our physician partners. With this goal in mind all of our products are backed by the highest quality of clinical research. The low-level laser technology utilized by Zerona has been researched by Erchonia and published in numerous peer reviewed journals for cosmetic and health benefits.

Zerona is the only device that contours the waist, hips and thighs simultaneously with no side effects, pain, bruising or surgery and you can see the results in weeks not months. Our Zerona physicians have treated in excess of 40,000 patients, with an average reduction of 4.1 inches in just two weeks.’

While this all sounds wonderful, what is the results and experience from an unbiased source? My Ology spa facilities have had two Zerona machines in two separate locations for over six months. We have treated in excess of 50 patients who have completed Zerona series of either 6, 9 or 12 treatment sessions. The vast majority of been on the typical protocol of water intake and the Curva (niacin) supplement during their treatment period. More recently, we have placed some patients on HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) sublingual drops instead of the Curva supplements.

Admittedly, I was very skeptical from the beginning of how such a non-surgical treatment would work. How is it possible that low energy laser light could cause fat cells to shed some of their contents? By then again, I don’t profess to know how I can be on an elevator and be watching a video on my iPhone either. Both concepts seem to defy my understanding of energy transmission.

Our patients results parallel fairly closely that which the manufacturer reports. In short, we have found about a 70% positive response rate with an average circumferential loss of just over 6 inches. This response rate means that 7 out of 10 patients treated saw significant results and were happy they had the treatment. About 20% saw some improvement which was not as much as they had hoped, averaging about 2.5 inch circumferential loss, but they were unhappy that they did the treatment. This left about 10% of the patients who saw no improvement at all including one who actually gained circumferential inches. All ‘failed’ patients did go on to have either liposuction and/or tummy tuck surgery.

One important thing to understand about the inches lost is that does not represent a single circumferential body area. Most patients would understandably think that this is how much was lost from the waistline…and that would be really impressive for a non-surgical treatment which takes just a few weeks to complete. However it refers to a collection of circumferential measurements from four different areas combined. The results are still quite good but don’t be misled into thinking that is all from one area.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

The Reality of Non-Surgical Skin Tightening

Monday, March 14th, 2011

There are numerous cosmetic devices that claim to be able to tighten loose skin. This is of tremendous interest to many patients, whether it be on the face or the body. Galvanized by such non-invasive treatments as Botox and injectable fillers, obtaining tighter skin without surgery seems plausible. With the focus on non-invasive treatments over the past decade, skin tightening is a prime cosmetic target with great public appeal.

From wrinkle reduction to body fat loss, energy-based devices (laser, high intensity light, ultrasound, radiofrequency) have been developed and applied with variable success. Extending such devices for non-surgical skin tightening has a lot of applications such as improving sagging jowls, abdominal skin rolls, or loose skin on the back of the arms. I regularly see patients who come in to get rid of their turkey neck, bat wings, sagging breasts or roll of skin that bulges over their beltline…with the hope and belief that such devices will avoid the need for surgery.

In reality, non-surgical skin tightening devices (e.g., Thermage, Smartlipo) do produce some amount of skin tightening. A few patients will demonstrate dramatic improvements while most patients will have more modest changes. Despite their skin tightening abilities, many patients will never be happy with the outcomes of these treatments alone. This has to do with the differences in how patients perceive skin tightening and in how much skin tightening these devices can do.

My observation is that a patient’s perception of skin tightening can be measured by centimeters and inches. Any device’s skin tightening ability can be measured in millimeters or just small fractions of an inch. It is not that these devices can not tighten skin but that most patient’s loose skin problems far exceed what can be done without surgery. No skin tightening device can replace a facelift, armlift or a tummy tuck when truly sagging skin exists. Non-surgical skin tightening works best for very modest amounts of loose skin…that one wouldn’t consider undergoing surgery to remove.

Like trying to lose fat with only taking a pill, wiping the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks clean by a skin massager, or getting rid of those dark undereye circles by just applying a cream, hope is eternal. Getting rid of loose skin, as most patients define extra skin, will almost always defy any current method of device-based skin tightening. It is not always appealing to realize that surgical removal is still the best way to get rid of unwanted loose areas of skin. Having a ‘nip and tuck’ may not be high-tech, but it continues to provide a level of improvement that will satisfy most patient’s expectations.

There is a fine balance between creating some skin tightening by contraction (heat shrinkage) and causing a skin burn and irreversible damage. Unfortunately, the amount of energy required to cause the degree of skin tightening that most patients require is currently beyond what both patient’s and their skin can tolerate.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) Supplement in Zerona Body Contouring

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Zerona is a body contouring device that uses low energy (cold laser) technology to effect spot fat reduction. Through a photochemical effect, fat cells in the path of the light energy become temporarily leaky and shed some of their lipid contents. These free fatty acids are removed from the release sites by a natural clearance process and eliminated through the liver. The manufacturer of the Zerona device suggests taking a supplement called Curva, which is a combination niacin and ginko, which allegedly aids in the lipid clearance process.

In weight loss management, there are numerous medications and supplements that have variable amounts of effectiveness. Adding a weight loss component to a Zerona treatment series is a logical application of known fat management and pharmacology. Patients should get an enhanced result with a more comprehensive approach. One of the intriguing hormonal supplements with a long history in weight loss is HCG. Once popular in the 1970s it fell into disuse until recently. It has now resurfaced as a weight loss medication and is gaining renewed interest.

HCG or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin is a hormone produced in pregnancy that is made initially by the developing embryo after conception (hence the positive pregnancy test) and later by the placenta. Its primary role in pregnancy is to help nourish the growing fetus by releasing the nutrients in fat from the mother’s body. This hormonal role has lead to a lot of research that has looked at its potential role in adult weight loss and obesity. While its exact role in fat metabolism can be debated, it is currently thought that it likely exerts its effect by stimulating testosterone, an anabolic hormone that causes weight loss in both men and women.

Taking small daily doses of HCG (approx. 125 IU to 200 IU) can help in the weight loss process, particularly when combined with other treatments such as Zerona and a calorie-restricted diet. When accompanied by a low calorie diet of approximately 1000 calories, HCG has emerged as a very useful adjunct. People fear dietary restriction because they know they will feel hungry or deprived. However, on HCG people do not feel the same as with the usual diets. This occurs because the HCG instructs the body to utilize fat reserves through the hypothalamus. Thus the body becomes flooded with 2000 to 3000 calories from these reserves, which along with the calorie intake, is more than sufficient to take care of your daily nourishment. As a result, not only will you not feel hungry but your energy levels stay high.

The combination of HCG with by your Zerona treatments creates a combination fat reducing effect. Zerona targets problem areas with its cold laser technology for spot reduction, HCG helps the body with overall fat and weight reduction. Your Zerona treatments will last only several weeks but your HCG supplement should be taken for 40 days.

ZERONA/HCG Treatment Protocol

1)  Administer 250 IU HCG per day for 40 days.

2)  Calorie restricted diet (1000 calories per day)

Breakfast: An apple, orange, one-half grapefruit or 1 cup non-fat yogurt

Lunch/Dinner:

One type of meat – 100 grams of beef, chicken, fish or seafood.

One type of vegetable – spinach, tomatoes, celery, beet-greens, chard, chicory, green salad, onions, red radishes, cucumbers, asparagus, cabbage.

One type of bread: One breadstick or melba toast

One type of fruit: apple, orange, half-grapefuit or a handful of strawberries.

 

Disclaimer: These statements have not been approved by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana


Dr. Barry EppleyDr. Barry Eppley

Dr. Barry Eppley is an extensively trained plastic and cosmetic surgeon with more than 20 years of surgical experience. He is both a licensed physician and dentist as well as double board-certified in both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This training allows him to perform the most complex surgical procedures from cosmetic changes to the face and body to craniofacial surgery. Dr. Eppley has made extensive contributions to plastic surgery starting with the development of several advanced surgical techniques. He is a revered author, lecturer and educator in the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery.

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