Helpful and Educational Information

The internet is a vast treasure chest of information, especially medical information, and it’s a challenge how to choose what's best for the specific individual needs. There is also way too much social communication in healthcare and it is difficult to follow and filter information. For this reason, Dr. Thaxton has created this Helpful Information Blog to share what he feels is relevant information about your health and your issues with weight. As you can see in the column at right below, this information is organized into subject caterogies. The latest posts are always shown at the top and you can also search for information. Please check back here often for new information or to learn more about what we do, how we do it, the tools and medications we use and the subject of medical weight loss in general. The information in this section is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this web site is for general information purposes only.

Weight Loss Medications

Posted on February 21, 2018

Lose Weight with Weight Loss Medications

For many patients struggling with obesity, weight loss medications like FDA-approved prescription appetite suppressants can be a beneficial tool for losing weight when combined with our scientific education.  Stop fighting cravings, emotional eating, or a slow metabolism - our program offers state-of-the-art weight loss medications that fight hunger and re-train your body to manage the obstacles that hold you back.

Appetite suppressants are generally most effective class of weight loss medication. Medical diet pills can be stimulants or non-stimulants, but are all generally designed to reduce your feelings of hunger.

When used alone, weight loss medication can usually produce only modest and temporary weight loss results. If used without medical monitoring, diet pills can even cause unpleasant or dangerous results. However, FDA approved weight loss medication can produce safe weight loss when combined with medical monitoring, diet, exercise, and behavior modification.

Prescription appetite suppressants can help you to feel full while making the weight loss process easier. Prescription weight loss medications can help you get started on your weight loss journey, helping you lose the first or last bit of weight that is often the most difficult to burn.

Prescription appetite suppressants are recommended for patients with a body mass index or BMI of 30 or above. Patients with a BMI slightly below 30 who are suffering from obesity-related diseases like type 2 diabetes or heart disease are often considered eligible for weight loss medication as well. Dr. Thaxton will be able to determine if weight loss medications are a good tool for you.

Appetite suppressants work by affecting the chemicals in your brain to help you feel full. While taking prescription weight loss medication, it is important that you begin to make the mind and lifestyle changes we teach that are necessary for long-term weight loss success.

To ensure that patients remain healthy and lose weight at an appropriate pace, bariatricians continue to perform medical testing and check-ups throughout a weight loss program. Many bariatricians also offer education programs, support groups and maintenance programs that help people keep weight off long-term.

By granting people access to tools like these, obesity medicine can make a dramatic difference in the lives of those struggling with obesity, even other methods of treatment fail.


Patient Comments About Zerona Laser

Posted on February 15, 2018

Here's what one 26-year-old patients had to say to Harper's Bazaar magazine after her six week Zerona laser treatment at a New York physician's office:

Before and after Zerona laser photos

"I was searching for a non-invasive procedure that would help me lose weight and sculpt some problem areas like my thighs and stomach. I wanted something that required no recovery or downtime. My friend went (to the doctor) and ended up with phenomenal results that have lasted for six months. Since we have similar figures, I immediately sought out the doctor for a consultation. I felt nothing, which was the best part! I lay on a table in a dark room as the lasers focused on my stomach and thighs. Each treatment was about 40 minutes.My pants were much looser after the first week. After two weeks of six treatments and now six weeks later, I've lost a total of four inches and around three pounds and went from a size eight to a size six. Would I do it again? If I had the money, yes. The price of course was more than I wanted to spend, but I do not regret a penny. I've maintained a healthy diet so the results have remained consistent since my last visit. I promised myself that this procedure would be my kick-off into an overall lifestyle change that incorporates healthy eating and exercise.

Dan Blustin, 44, the general manager of a LifeTime Fitness gym, can't say enough good things about Zerona:

"It changed my life. There I was, running a gym and 30 pounds overweight. I felt like a hypocrite every day. As a former bodybuilder and MMA fighter, I knew what I had to do to get in shape, but because of my age it just wasn't working like it used to," he says. Anxious to get a little help, he decided to try Zerona, which promises to blast off stubborn fat cells and sculpt a smaller, firmer body. (Hey, we already know lasers can do wonders for your skin.) In addition to the thrice-weekly laser treatments that last about 30 minutes, Dan says he was instructed to eat a low-carb diet, drink lots of extra water, and keep to his regular exercise routine. Initially, he was skeptical. But as he started to see results, he became a believer, he says. 

Read the Complete Review from Shape Magazine

Amazing Laser Results

Posted on February 15, 2018

What It's Like to Drop a Size with Zerona

Diet and exercise are a start, but to make the most of your results, speak to Dr. Thaxton about Zerona, a new painless body-contouring procedure that can help you lose three or more inches.
These amazing photographs were taken of patients before and after their Zerona treatments by various physicians who are using the technology..

This patient had remarkable results after six treatments.

The following images show results in before and after pictures for several patients treated with the Zerona laser. These patients are male and female, younger and older in varying shapes, but the results are consistent. They all lost fat and inches. You can too with six painless treatments at Advanced Medical Weight Loss Augusta. Click any image to enlarge.

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Zerona Procedure Guide

Posted on February 15, 2018

ZERONA® is a safe, body slimming, low-level laser proven to remove fat and reduce inches without invasive surgery. There are no needles, no incisions, and no recovery time needed. ZERONA works by emulsifying fat which is then released into the empty space called lymphatics around the fat cells. The excess fat is then passed through the body during its normal course of detoxification.

Dr. Paul Thaxton, medical director of Advanced Medical Weight Loss Augusta in Evans is the only doctor in this area of Georgia to use this state-of-the-art laser treatment.

Your Treatments, Step-by-Step

ZERONA was originally six treatment sessions, administered over two-weeks. However, many people found it difficult to have three treatments each week for a period of two weeks. A multisite study was then performed whereby participants received one treatment each week for a period of six weeks. This data was showed even better improvement and the data to the FDA who then gave clearance for weekly treatments as well. We now know from personal experience that even greater improvements can be obtained with additional treatments.

The low-level, cool touch laser does not produce heat, is completely non-invasive, and has never shown any recorded side effects. During the procedure, patients generally feel nothing.

  • Before your first treatment and after your last, your measurements will be taken along with pictures and recorded.
  • Remove your clothes, leaving your undergarments or bathing suit on, and lay down on the table wearing the safety goggles. The technician will direct the ZERONA lasers at the target areas.
  • Total treatment time is approximately 60 minutes.

Achieve Your Maximum Success

By following these steps every day, you will achieve the maximum results from ZERONA:

Hydrate – Drink eight-ten 8 oz. glasses of water each day.

Walk – Maintain your regular workout routine. Muscle activity is to promote removal of fat through the lymphatics. Walk at least 30 minutes each day and especially after each treatment.. If you don’t work out, wear a compression garment such as Spanx or Under Armour.

Improve your diet – Eliminate alcohol and refined carbohydrates completely. Consume mostly proteins and vegetables. This allows your kidneys, liver and lymphatic systems to quickly purge the excess fat.

What You Can Expect

In clinical trials, patients lost an average of 3.64 inches from their waist, hip, and thighs after two week. Some patients lost as much as 9-11 inches overall. In the follow-up trial where patients received one treatment every week for six weeks, the average loss from waist, hip, and thighs was over five and a half inches. As with any procedure, results will vary and may be more dramatic from one patient to the next.


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About the Amazing Zerona System

Posted on February 15, 2018

The Zerona laser works by emitting cold laser energy into the body tissues; this energy is absorbed by the body fat, and the fat is broken down and then channeled out of the body. The laser virtually stimulates the breakdown and removal of body fat, without affecting the surrounding skin and tissues.

Zerona™, unlike other procedures, allows you to continue your daily activities without interruptions from surgery, pain, wounds or garments.

Results of a pilot study were presented to the American Society of Lasers in Medicine and Surgery in 2008, and the procedure has received FDA clearance to be used in the United States. The Zerons® procedure was proven through a double-blind, randomized, multi-site, and placebo-controlled study in which patients, on average, lost 3.64 inches from their waists, hips and thighs. This result is dramatic compared to the placebo group, which only lost an average of half an inch.

Other key benefits of the Zerona laser include:

  • No downtime
  • No incisions or marks from the treatment
  • No need to wear compression garments
  • Ongoing fat loss days and weeks after treatment
  • No reported side effects
  • Uses the Erchnoia laser, which received FDA market clearance for liposuction in 2004, and for acne in 2005

The Zerona laser treatment has been featured in the national news media including Harper's Bazaar magazine, Allure magazine, the Early Show on CBS, ABC's Nightline, The Doctor's show, the nationally-syndicated Rachel Ray talk show and on the news program Extra. It has also been featured on many local news programs, including Channel 5 in Atlanta.