Have you ever wished you could have both cellulite and unwanted fat removed at the same time, completely painlessly, via convenient in-office treatments? If you have, then the day you’ve been waiting for is officially here: Verju, an innovative new laser fat removal treatment, promises to effectively banish stubborn pockets of fat without significant risks or harsh side-effects. Here’s how it works:
What is the Verju Fat Reduction Treatment?
The origins of Verju lie in the Zerona, a pioneering low-level laser therapy (LLLT) medical device that came into use about five years ago. Low-level laser therapy is unique in that it uses what is known as a “cold” laser. While this type of laser beam looks like a standard colored laser, it generates no heat whatsoever. As such, it can be applied to the skin without any risk of burning or pain.
Initially, LLLT was used to treat a variety of different medical conditions wherein musculoskeletal pain was a primary symptom. LLLT has been shown to promote healing and reduce inflammation when applied in a clinical setting. However, one peculiar aspect of cold lasers makes them extremely valuable for cosmetic purposes, too: Even though they don’t harm the skin, when they shine through the skin into the fat cells below, lipids begin “melting” out of those fat cells. As a result, the fat cells shrink in diameter. In essence, Verju “empties” the fat cells without killing or harming them.
When this fat-melting effect was discovered, researchers began refining LLLT technology to better treat cellulite and target fat cells specifically. Verju was the eventual result of their efforts. This FDA-approved LLLT fat reduction treatment uses what is known as a green laser—a special green diode laser light that encourages lipid liquefaction much more effectively than any red laser. In fact, the Verju green cellulite treatment laser has been shown to be 25% more effective than the Zerona laser when it comes to treating unwanted fatty deposits.
How Does Verju Perform Fat Reduction?
Verju works in a few different ways. First and foremost, as explained above, it reduces the amount of fat in treated areas. It’s important to understand that while fat itself does not “cause” cellulite (instead, cellulite is caused by irregularities in the supportive tissue under the skin), it can make cellulite more apparent. The weight of fatty deposits puts pressure on areas where the connective tissue is weak; as a result, the skin “bulges” out in places. Note that a woman doesn’t have to be overweight for this to occur—all healthy women have a layer of subcutaneous fat. Indeed, even extremely slim women sometimes have visible cellulite. Verju also helps give the body a smoother contour by strengthening the connective tissue under the skin and stimulating the production of collagen in the body.
How Effective is Verju as a Fat Reduction Treatment?
Verju is extremely effective for fat reduction. According to a 2014 study published in the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery, Verju can shave up to 4 inches of fat from the waistline or thighs within just two weeks. Additionally, Verju was shown to be effective even for severe cellulite. Another clinical study showed that at least 71.43% of subjects attained at least a 3-inch decrease in circumference in areas like the hips, waist, and abdomen.
Like many nonsurgical treatments, Verju must be administered over a series of appointments. Depending on the patient’s needs, she will require either 6, 9, or 12 Verju fat reduction sessions. Fortunately, these treatments can be administered fairly close together, thereby lessening the “wait time” between getting your first fat reduction treatment and seeing noticeable results. Patients generally schedule their Verju appointments either one or two weeks apart. When you come to our Stockton plastic surgery practice for a Verju consultation, we’ll work with you to develop a treatment schedule that suits your lifestyle. Note that, since Verju doesn’t harm or destroy your fat cells, your fat cells can enlarge again if you gain weight. It’s crucial that you maintain your results by eating healthy and exercising regularly.
In order to determine how many Verju appointments you will need, you’ll need to book a consultation at our Stockton, CA plastic surgery practice. Only by having your case examined by a trained professional can you discover the appropriate course of treatment to meet your needs.
Once you’ve undergone your series of Verju treatments, Dr. Silverton will continue to chart your progress by measuring the treatment area over time.
Dr. Silverton’s Cutting-Edge Device
In fact, Dr. Silverton owns one of only three specialized Verju machines in existence. He asked the manufacturers themselves for a more powerful device that can achieve the fat reduction results he needed; so, instead of the typical 6-light diode device, Dr. Silverton offers a much more powerful 10 light diode device. The lights in Dr. Silverton’s Verju device are also grouped much closer together than typical devices, allowing it to localize its fat reduction powers even more.
What to Expect During the Verju Fat Reduction Treatment
Getting Verju is a relaxing, painless process. Because Verju is completely noninvasive, it will not cause any discomfort whatsoever either during or after treatment. Unlike other minimally-invasive fat reduction treatments, e.g. Cellfina, Verju will not cause burning or tingling sensations, nor should there be any post-procedure redness or swelling. Instead, you can just lie back and read a book or watch a movie while the cool laser silently reduces the size of fat cells and strengthens the skin’s connective tissues. Verju’s fat reduction treatment is first administered to the front of the treatment area for 20 minutes, then it’s administered to the back for 20 minutes. Most clinicians will then administer a special massage to the treated areas in order to maximize the fat-melting effects of the laser. This should take only a few minutes, meaning that each Verju treatment appointment will require about an hour of your time.
In addition to being a pain-free fat reduction treatment, there aren’t any known side effects after the Verju treatment. After having Verju, you will be able to return to work and resume your usual activities immediately. You will not have to go home to rest, nor will you have to follow any special steps in order to recover from this procedure. (You will not need to wear a compression garment, for instance, unlike patients who undergo more invasive cellulite removal treatments.) In fact, you can even head to the gym on the same day you have Verju fat reduction.
The results of Verju’s fat reduction treatment manifests gradually over the course of one to two months. This is because it takes the body time to both excrete the released lipids and generate new skin-smoothing collagen. As alluded to above, however, you should begin to see a substantial reduction in both fat and cellulite in treated areas within two weeks.
Verju patients will also be happy to know that this fat reduction treatment can also improve their overall health. Preliminary studies have shown that Verju may reduce circulating levels of the “hunger hormone” leptin, thereby making it easier for patients to adhere to a healthy diet. What’s more, ongoing studies have revealed that Verju may be able lower cholesterol levels and help to stabilize blood sugars. To maximize these benefits, we strongly suggest that you adhere to healthy diet rich in natural whole foods and make regular exercise a part of your routine after having Verju.
Where Can Verju Perform Fat Reduction?
Verju has been approved as a cellulite and fat reduction treatment for use on multiple areas of the body. While it is most commonly used to treat the thighs, buttocks, flanks, and lower abdomen, it can also be used on the arms and the sides of the abdomen.
Who Makes a Good Candidate for Verju’s Fat Reduction Treatment?
Most people who are in good overall health can have a Verju fat reduction treatment. It’s especially useful for patients who are not qualified to undergo surgical fat reduction procedures. There are, however, a few limitations to be aware of before you book a consultation. You cannot have Verju if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to become pregnant in the near future.
While not all medical conditions will interfere with this fat reduction treatment, people who use a pacemaker or who have active cancer may not undergo the Verju fat reduction treatment. Additionally, those who have an impaired immune system or an open wound near the treatment site cannot undergo this treament.
There are different kinds of medications you take can impact your ability to have a fat reduction treatment. It’s important to avoid taking anti-coagulants (such as Coumadin, Plavix, Warfarin, and Xarelto) before having this procedure. You should also err on the side of caution and forgo the use of over the counter painkiller medications like ibuprofen and Aspirin. Finally, you will need to discontinue the use of any photosensitizing drugs. As always, if you have any questions about how your current health status or medications may affect your ability to utilize cosmetic medicine, talk to your doctor before booking a consultation for this fat reduction procedure.
What Should I Expect During a Verju Consultation?
When you book a consultation with Dr. Silverton, you can expect to discuss any pertinent details about your medical history before having the treatment area examined and evaluated. Dr. Silverton will then make an assessment on how to best treat the area and how many treatments it’ll need.
You can rest assured that Verju will create a substantial improvement in contouring the body. It can smooth away bulges of unwanted fat and shave inches off your waistline and/or hips and thighs. The Verju fat reduction treatment can also help to reduce skin laxity, meaning that the loose skin you have as a result of aging or past weight loss will become tighter and firmer. Remember to thoroughly discuss your cosmetic objectives with Dr. Silverton so that he can develop a personalized fat reduction treatment plan just for you.
Verju is one of several options that Dr. Silverton provides for fat reduction. Dr. Silverton also offers TruSculpt3D for focused spot fat reduction in one treatment. Dr. Silverton offers liposuction. Dr. Silverton also offers complete tummy tucks and full liposuction abdominoplasty. A consultation with Dr. Silverton will decide which is the right treatment for your situation.
Getting rid of stubborn pockets of fat will give you the freedom to wear whatever you want, whenever you want—without feeling self-conscious or embarrassed.