Sono Bello is a company that markets itself as the #1 Cosmetic Surgery Specialist in America. They have clinics in 21 states nationwide and offer a variety of services for the face and body, whether it be for cellulite reduction or eyebrows. They claim they are the largest and most experienced practice in the US, with over 100,000 procedures done. My main question to the company is, “Sono bello, will I pay thousands of dollars for nothing?” This is one of the largest questions circulating, and I aim to find out the answer to that pressing question. What is Sono Bello’s cost? The Trisculpt procedure, which includes micro-laser lipo, has a base starting price of $1,395 per area. The Lift by Sono Bello is the second option more geared to customized procedures, which starts at $2,995.
How The TriSculpt Works: (Body)
The name gives away the fact that there are three steps involved in this type of lipo laser work for body rejuvenation. The first step starts with the localized awake anesthesia, which keeps the patient awake and alert throughout the procedure so they can communicate with the doctors. The second step is the power-assisted liposuction. This is where they will get rid of unwanted fat in large problem areas. The third and final step is the micro-laser assisted liposuction that handles the finishing touches and attends to the smaller problem areas like the chin and upper arms. 
Regarding the cellulite treatments, they offer the Venus treatments. The Venus freeze is a noninvasive way to reduce the appearance of cellulite in your problem areas. You will lay down in a chair and the technician will run gel on the area of concern. They will glide a Venus applicator over the problem area, which is supposed to tighten the area and restore those cells.
How Lift Works: (Face)
The lift procedures are much more specialized and personalized to specific needs and wants and they are typically for facial rejuvenation. As you saw above, the costs are much higher with this treatment. You will get a customized plan with an in-office visit, and then you will come in for your actual appointment where they will use the localized anesthesia so the recovery is shorter. This can be much more invasive and time consuming to recovery than the TriSculpt procedures.
Company Contact Information:
9377 E Bell Rd Ste 155
Scottsdale, AZ 85260-1503
(877) 766-6235 
Sono Bello Claims
Because this company is claiming total body and face rejuvenation, there are large claims to get people to spend thousands of dollars. Right out of the gate, after claiming they are the number #1 cosmetic surgery specialist, they say, “From the beginning, Sono Bello® has focused on providing cutting-edge, personalized total body transformations for our clients. This is only made possible because of our long emphasis on three important standards: experience, specialization, and customization.” This actually isn’t impressive though, because any plastic surgeon or cosmetic specialist has to have customizable options in their practice.
In regards to their statements on the site they claim, “Medical information or statements made within this site are not intended for use in or as a substitute for the diagnosis or treatment of any health or physical condition or as a substitute for a physician-patient relationship which has been established by an in-person evaluation of a patient.”  How do we know the results will show up after the procedures are done? More on the review side of things later on.
When looking into payment options, the company provides three different options for the potential customer to take advantage of.
Option 1: No interest if the procedure has been paid off within 6 months of surgery date. Minimum monthly payments are required.
Option 2: No interest if the procedure has been paid off within 12 months of surgery date. Minimum monthly payments are required.
Option 3: 14.90% APR and fixed monthly payments: “On qualifying purchases made with your CareCredit credit card account. Fixed Monthly Payment amount based on repayment of 24, 36, 48, or 60-month period. Purchases of $1,000 or more [after discount] are eligible for a 24, 36, 48, or 60 month offer and purchases of $2,500 or more [after discount] are eligible for a 60-month offer. Required Until Paid in Full.”
The Science (or Lack Thereof) Behind Sono Bello
On the website there is a long list of doctors who they claim are certified to do body rejuvenation procedures and surgeries. They do not give a lot of science behind their Venus machine used for a decrease in liposuction, but I went ahead and did some research on it anyways. When looking into studies done on cellulite and effective treatments, it was said that, “Cellulite has been treated with massage which decreases tissue edema but it is also likely to have its effects at the cellular level by stimulating fibroblast (and keratinocyte) activity while decreasing adipocyte activity. In addition to massage, effective topical creams with a variety of agents were used to ameliorate the condition. Nevertheless, only a few studies are reported in the scientific literature.” 
In another overall study on cellulite treatment, there were 73 original studies done where only women were recruited for each of the studies. They examined, “11 topical agents, 10 shock-wave therapy, 10 radio frequency, eight laser therapy, five oral therapy, four manual massage therapy, three carbon dioxide therapy, two compressive therapy, two infrared therapy, one dermabrasion, and 11 devices that use an association of multiple treatments. Seven papers tested a combination of two or more treatments.” Overall the finding showed that not one of those treatments singled out absolute cellulite reduction. 
This is important because the Venus Freeze applicator that will cost you thousands of dollars might not actually be effective when it is all said and done. There were many complaints about this procedure not working and the customers seeing no results even after many different appointments. While there have been a lot of studies done on cellulite reduction, there is not one set cure for it and results are rather slow. See below for some real customers who dropped thousands of dollars on Sono Bello procedures.
Word On The Street About Sono Bello
Before you dish out thousands of dollars and take the time to get one of these procedures done, how do you know if it will really work for you in the long run? There have been so many people with stories in regards to Sono Bello and how it really has not done the job that the customer thought it was going to. This is scary, due to how expensive the procedures are, but overall the majority of customers have been more let down than lifted up, and this was the consensus in many different states when looking at Sono Bello reviews. It has been called a scam, malpractice, and many other things which only makes the Sono Bello complaint list longer than it should be.
One review said, “I agree, stay away from Sono Bello! I went there for a free consultation, and subsequently went for 2 other consultations with “real” plastic surgeons before selecting a doctor for my procedure. The experiences at the other two offices were different as night & day from the high pressure cheesy sales tactics at Sono Bello.” 
Faye Bond said, “First, the doctor I chose when I booked what was supposed to be ‘Smart Lipo' was not the doctor that was there to perform it. The front desk girls assured me he was good. Then they were running behind schedule because the girl before me was having a bad reaction to the drugs. When I was being prepared I asked for something for nausea to prevent that from happening to me. Dr. Gael De Rouin suggested I just do it with out pain medicine.” 
Almcc said, “I would tell anyone and everyone I know not to go to Sonobello. There is such a lack of communication between the Sales people and the staff at the clinic. I was told the procedure would be 1395.00 for each area of the body. The cost was twice that, $2695.00 and the salesperson told me I had a credit line that was such I would have to put down $4000.00 in order to finance the rest. Stupidly I agreed to this. Then I was told the fee for backing out of a procedure was $950.00. She had the bill at a whopping $12, 000.00.” 
The Sono Bello before and after pictures are not enough to sell me even before the nasty reviews. I don’t think I would sign up for their services even if they were free based off of the many customers who felt ripped off and cheated out of thousands of dollars. When you are dealing with any procedures done to the body, it is important you feel comfortable with the practice, their ability, and the people who are consulting you through it.
The Bottom Line: Is Sono Bello Worth A Try?
Risky. Signing up for procedures with Sono Bello is risky for how expensive the procedures are at the end of the day. There were too many unhappy customers who were not thrilled with their overall experience with the company. It would be one thing to run into a few unhappy customers and then happy customers in the mix, but this was not the case at all. There were more unhappy, pissed off, and enraged customers than satisfied ones. When you are looking into spending that much money, the service better be outstanding, and the procedures should satisfy you 100% and be effective. There are too many red flags going on with this company to make it worth promoting, and many times it has been called a scam, which does not leave my mind at ease.
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