BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) – For Cathy Hawkins, it’s all about the dress.
And what helps her fit more comfortably in that dress is the first FDA approved laser device for body contour and cellulite – those wrinkled fat cells found mostly in the lower body area.
Dr. Eileen Comia of the Advance Biomedical Treatment Center in Bloomfield explains how the Verju laser works and how it helped take six pounds of fat off Hawkins in just two visits.
“The cold laser actually puts tiny holes in the fat cells and it melts the fat after a few seconds and as fat cells, it seeps out of those little holes and then they eventually get drained into the lymphatic vessels” and out through the kidneys, Comia said.
The lasers don’t generate heat. Six low-level laser beams work to shape the body.
“The amazing thing is the skin melts with it and it just shrinks, so you don’t see wrinkles sagging,” Comia said.
But it’s more than cosmetics. It’s also a safe choice for overweight patients.
“Belly fat alone increases inflammation in the body and your risk for heart disease, stroke is really much higher,” said Comia.
Said patient Karen Hackbarth, “I don’t feel anything, nothing to it, no side effects.”
So far, Hackbarth’s lost more than five pounds in two 40-minute visits. It’s incentive enough to keep up with the weight loss program that Comia also prescribes.
“I was on a lot of medications for diabetes,” Hackbarth said. “I’ve gone down on that significantly.”
Two years working closely with Dr. Comia , Hawkins, 57, has her high blood pressure and cholesterol in check – and now – instant body fat loss.
“Still have to do what I got to do at home,” she said.
Comia also has her patients undergo metabolic detoxification by taking supplements to enhance the kidney’s ability to work more efficiently.
The cold laser treatment is not covered by insurance and can start at $300 a visit. For more information on the treatment, click here.
Jocelyn Maminta reporting