Dr. Hal Cowen learned about the Zerona laser through a friend.
"The Zerona laser is a low level laser that allows us to actually just shine on the surface of the skin, a laser that then causes the cells underneath to melt fat."
He thought it was probably too good to be true, until he did his homework.
"The average patient loses over 2 liters of fat over a two week period. Two liters of fat is a lot. Look at a 2 liter coke and think about that much fat coming out of your body, that's a lot."
Dr. Cowen was so impressed with the laser he decided to bring the treatment to Bay County as an alternative to surgery. Here's how it works.
"When the laser shines on the cells, fat will actually leak out of the cell and the body picks it up transports it to the lymphatic system to the liver, then the liver processes it and it comes out naturally."
Dr. Cowen says on average their patients lose 7 inches total.
"Typically people will lose most around their waist, they'll lose a lot around their hips, then lose a little bit around the arms, the neck and the thighs, the knees.
It kind of comes off evenly distributed so it kind of has a shrinking effect on the whole body."
He says the Zerona is much safer than surgery.
"Liposuction it's going to be more dramatic because it's going to be taken out of one spot. But that's a lot of damage to your body.
But when you do it with Zerona you have a very natural way of releasing these fats in your body there's no trauma to your body. You have no down time in your work and there are no restrictions in your activities. You don't have to wear any bandages.
But once the inches come off, you have to do your part to keep them off.
You have to do your own dietary restrictions. You have to drink a lot of water when you're on the Zerona to flush out the fat from your body, because the cells in this procedure are not damaged. I mean, your fat cells will still be there, just emptier, so if you continue on a bad diet, they're just going to refill again."
The treatments are done three times a week over a two week period and last about 45 minutes each.
For More information call Dr. Cowen at 872-8880.