Dr. Paul M. Thaxton MD - 706-922-1717


The concept of low-level laser technology has been around for over 50 years. Most of the lasers that have been used in the medical field have been High-level, High-Frequency Hot Lasers which are catabolic (destructive) in nature designed to lyse or destroy tissue such as adhesions, benign lesions, endometriosis, and pre-cancer cells.

Whereas High-Frequency Lasers ablate and vaporize tissue, low-level lasers like Zerona stimulate and encourage cells to function better through phototherapy. This therapy was initially used to accelerate wound and burn healing through laser light therapy energy that signals the cells to repair themselves. Other uses include treating chronic neck, back, and shoulder pain, plantar fasciitis of the feet as well as increase hair growth and treat multiple skin conditions.

The current use of Zerona as a non-invasive liposuction procedure was discovered over 15 years ago by a plastic surgeon that used the Zerona technology to liquefy the fat just before his traditional surgically invasive liposuction procedure. He discovered this pretreatment with the low-laser light made the procedure technically much easier for him and less painful for his patients. Electron Microscopic Photographs show that the fat had been liquefied and released into the interstitial space making it easier for him to vacuum out the fat with his cannula. Through further scientific study and clinical trials, it was discovered and proven that similar results could be achieved with the low-level laser light alone without the pain, scars, risk, and downtime of surgically invasive procedures.

Zerona is a clinically-proven FDA-cleared cold laser treatment that safely penetrates the skin causing the release of unwanted fat from your hips, waist, and thighs. The released fat is then transported naturally through the lymphatic system to the liver where it is further processed and used for energy or discarded as waste. In addition, studies have demonstrated a reduction in cholesterol or triglyceride levels.

Losing inches of fat from your hips, waist, and thighs could take months through diet and exercise. Now with Zerona, results can be seen in as little as two weeks with no pain, no surgery, and no recovery time.


How does it work?

Zerona low-level laser works through the basic principles of Photochemistry which is a discipline of science that studies the interaction between atoms, molecules, and light.

Light therapy is not a new concept. Just as the sun’s photonic rays cause seeds to sprout and plants to grow through interaction with their DNA, special wavelength frequencies of light can interact with human cells, tissues, and organs to signal and initiate specific cell actions.

Through clinical studies it has been demonstrated that the Zerona® low level laser stimulates the fat cell to emulsify (liquefy) the fat within the cell. Then the liquefied fat is liberated from inside the fat cell through a temporary pore formed in the cell membrane. Once the cholesterol and triglyceride fat seeps outside the fat cell, it accumulates in the space between the cells called the interstitial space. 

The liquefied fat is then transported by the lymphatic system to the lymph nodes where the immune system breaks down the triglyceride fat into safe components of glycerol and fatty acids. These basic components are then transported to the liver where they are detoxified and used either for energy or disposed as waste. This results in millions of fat cells becoming smaller while noticeable changes in body contour occurs as inches are reduced off the waist, hips, thighs, and other areas where unwanted and stubborn fat resides.


FDA Cleared Treatment

Zerona is a well-researched and safe low-level laser for body contouring of the waist, hips, and thighs.

The Zerona device has been proven through a double-blind, randomized, multi-site and placebo-controlled clinical study in which patients, on average, lost 3.52 inches from their waists, hips and thighs. These results were dramatic compared to the placebo group, which only lost an average of half an inch over the same time period.

In clinical use, because licensed experts are able to advise patients on how to achieve better results that include staying hydrated and optimizing the liberated fat transport the lymphatic system, many Zerona patients are experiencing losses even greater than what was reported in the clinical trials.

With real results that support our clinical research, Zerona is proud to be the only company to share these results from the FDA study.


What You Need to Know

How does it work?
During the treatment, Zerona uses low-level (cold) laser technology to painlessly melt fat within the fat cells. The fat is released through a pore in the cell and is then processed naturally through the lymphatic system.

Is it safe?
Yes, the FDA cleared Zerona as both a safe and effective way to reduce unwanted fat and inches off your hips, waist, and thighs.

What results can I expect?
In just two weeks, you can expect a contoured waist, hips and thighs after six, 40 minute treatments (20 minutes on the front and 20 minutes on the back). Zerona does not require an extensive time commitment. Each treatment lasts only 40 minutes. A suggested treatment schedule is: Monday-Wednesday-Friday or Tuesday -Thursday-Saturday visits, for a total of six treatments over two weeks. (For maximum results patients should not wait more than three days between treatments.)

Zerona Protocol
In order to achieve optimal results, we have developed a protocol to follow, which includes:

  • Stay hydrated. Drink 64-80 ounces of water per day.
  • Follow a healthy diet, avoiding empty calories and junk food
  • Remove diuretics and alcohol from your daily intake one week prior to your treatment and one week after the last treatment.
  • Supplementation with CURVA™
  • Maintain your normal exercise routine and walk at least 30 minutes a day



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This video provides an in-depth look at Zerona and how it works. If you are interested in learning more about the science, this is a good video to watch. It is about 45 minutes long.


Scientific Proof

These images are scientific proof of the Zerona laser's effect on fat cells. The Zerona laser basically punctures the fat cells allowing the fat to leak out into the space between cells where it is disposed of by the body. Unlike traditional liposuction, the cells are not destroyed, allowiing them to continue to produce hormones that reduce appetite.

The research represented above was done in the United States using an Erchonia laser and shows time released photography of one fat cell and its contents being emptied. Please note the cell is still alive. Erchonia only uses its own research to prove its patent pending applications. All the research of this website was done using an Erchonia laser