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Non-Invasive SculpSure vs. Zerona Treatment in Toronto

Posted By: Lic. Silvia Derasner | November 28th, 2018 | Blog

Liposuction was primarily the solution for men and women who struggled with stubborn body fat despite diet and exercise. Today, there are many innovative and non-invasive fat loss options for people that work as an effective alternative. With all of these fat reduction treatments, it can be difficult to know which one is best for you. Here we will discuss the differences between two popular options on the market today: non-surgical SculpSure vs. Zerona.


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SculpSure vs Zerona: How They Work on the Body


The non-invasive SculpSure treatment uses a special device to bypass the upper layer of skin and target the fat cells underneath. A special laser heats up the fat cells, destroying them permanently. Once the target areas are treated during the session, patients will return to their normal activities, and the body will naturally eliminate the dead fat cells as waste.


The Zerona treatment does not provide permanent fat cell death, but shrinks the fat cell size. Non-invasive diode lasers circle over the midsection of the body and alter the fat cell membrane. As it makes these cells more porous, triglycerides are able to exit the cell, shrinking the fat cell. The cumulative effect of multiple fat cells shrinking is designed to contour the body and improve the overall look of the patient. Unfortunately, the results are not as effective, unless patients adhere to the strict diet restrictions associated with this treatment. For many patients, their fat cells return to their normal size or grow larger because they are never permanently destroyed.


Comparing SculpSure and Zerona Treatment



One of the benefits of the SculpSure treatment compared to Zerona is that the treatment time is approximately 25 minutes for each session. Zerona requires almost double that amount of time, with 40 minutes per session.


Number of Treatments Needed

There are less treatments needed to experience the exceptional results of SculpSure. SculpSure patients notice results after two to three treatments, while Zerona patients will need six appointments within a two-week span.



The cost of SculpSure vs. Zerona is quite significant, especially since SculpSure provides better results. Zerona costs approximately $2,000 for a one-month unlimited program. SculpSure treatments cost less; they are approximately $1,200 to $1,800 depending on the number of sessions and areas required to get optimal results.


Patient Experience During the Treatment

Patients typically feel a warm, pressure type sensation during the SculpSure treatment. The laser bypasses the upper layer of skin and targets the fat cells underneath without using suction.  Zerona, on the other hand, uses cooling laser technology.


Downtime/Recovery Time


Both procedures have little to no downtime required. This means that patients can go back to their normal activities right after the treatment. SculpSure has the added advantage of convenience because the short 25-minute treatments can be done during a lunch break from work, while the longer Zerona treatment may need to be scheduled after work hours.


Side Effects

There are typically no major side effects associated with the two procedures; however, since both procedures destroy fat cells, patients may experience a stiffness and mild swelling after treatment, which is the beginning of the body recognizing the dead cells and preparing to eliminate them through the lymphatic system.


Treatment Instructions and Restrictions During Procedure

The SculpSure treatment destroys fat cells in all kinds of patients, but results are more noticeable in those who are already active and healthy. However, dieting is not necessary for optimal results and patients are only encouraged to increase their water intake. As for Zerona, patients must severely restrict their calories, abstain from any caffeine and alcohol, take Niacin supplements, increase water consumption, and abide by a strict treatment schedule.


FDA Clearance

Both devices are cleared by the FDA; however, SculpSure is cleared for permanent fat loss, while Zerona is cleared for temporary circumferential reduction.



Optimal results are typically seen within eight to 12 weeks following the first SculpSure treatment. This treatment is very effective because it leads to permanent fat cell death. Once the cells are destroyed, they never regenerate. As for Zerona, many fat reduction specialists dislike this treatment, calling it highly ineffective. While results should be seen after two weeks from the treatment, many patients complain that they do not notice any difference in their body contour. This is because Zerona claims to shrink fat cells by causing fat cell membrane damage. Lipids escape the fat cells into the tissue and patients are required to follow a strict diet to prevent the fat from reabsorbing.


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Get the SculpSure Treatment at the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic


There are many fat loss treatments that claim to offer incredible, visible results, however, not all of them are safe or effective. The Zerona treatment may be painless and relaxing, but the long procedure time and the lower chance of optimal results makes it inferior to other fat reduction options. The SculpSure treatment has proven its effectiveness time and time again, and it boasts as one of the safest and reliable for gradual results.


If you want to feel more confident about your figure or are struggling to remove excess fat from stubborn areas despite diet and exercise, this is the treatment for you. Since there is no downtime you won’t need to take time out of your busy schedule to get the results you want.


At the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic, we use the latest clinical methods and technology to give our patients the best anti-aging, body care, and fat loss treatment options on the market. We help our clients make informed decisions about how to pursue body contouring and we are proud to employ some of the best practitioners in Toronto. Feel free to contact us by phone at (416) 546-4664 or by e-mail at to ask any questions. Our skincare specialists can also offer you a tour of our Toronto facilities.

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