About Sono Bello

By specializing only in body contouring, Sono Bello claims to have performed over 35,000 procedures, and to be “the nation’s leading liposuction and body contouring specialist.”

As such, the company’s 45 specialized physicians use “advanced micro laser, and power laser-assisted liposuction equipment, as well as numerous invasive and non invasive sculpting techniques” to help “you achieve your specific beauty goals.”

Sono Bello is headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, though they have 19 locations across the U.S. However, only four Sono Bello centers are listed with the Better Business Bureau (Portland, OR, Beverly Hills, CA, Minneapolis, MN, and St. Louis, MO), and ratings range from A- all the way to F.

In general, it appears that the majority of online customer reviews regarding Sono Bellow are negative. The most common complaints we encountered during our research cited that initial consultations are conducted with salespeople (not physicians) who often use high-pressure sales tactics to get you to put down a deposit, and poor post-surgery results (see more about this in the Bottom Line section).

How Sono Bello Works

With 19 centers located throughout the U.S., Sono Bello claims to provide “technically advanced, highly personalized” body contouring services that can help you instantly and effectively remove targeted fat—especially for any of your problem areas that diet and exercise aren’t effectively addressing.

To accomplish this, Sono Bello utilizes three primary procedures, which include:

  • Laser Lipo with TriSculpt™ – As the name suggests, the TriSculpt™ process entails 3 steps: “wide-awake localized anesthesia, power-assisted liposuction and laser liposuction,” and is an ideal procedure for your stomach, waist, arms and legs. While you’re awake, your physician will use micro cannulas to gently suck out unwanted fat. Then, a separate micro cannula equipped with a low-power laser is used to remove fat from smaller areas, which also stimulates collagen production.
  • Venus Freeze™ – An FDA cleared, non-surgical reduction procedure that reduces the appearance of cellulite by using a combination of Radio Frequency (RF) and Magnetic Pulses. According to the company, the procedure is painless, and you’ll feel only a gentle warming and massaging sensation on your skin.
  • VelaShape™ – As the only “safe, effective and virtually painless FDA-cleared non-surgical medical solution for body reshaping and cellulite treatment,” VelaShape™ can provide ideal results in as little as four treatments. The technology works by shrinking fat cells and chambers, and reducing the appearance of cellulite on the surface of your skin.

According to the Sono Bello website, these procedures are much less invasive than traditional liposuction, and require much less healing time. In fact, the company claims that most clients walk out of the office immediately following their treatments, and return to normal activity within a few days. In addition, the company claims that these procedures are available for both men and women, and that they can treat a wide variety of areas, including chest, chin, waist, abs, arms, back, and legs.

Sono Bello Pricing

While Sono Bello claims that their services are affordable, no pricing information is listed on the company’s website, other than claiming that prices start at $1,249 per area, with a minimum of three areas treated. Due to the highly customized nature of the procedures, you’ll need to contact the company at 800-995-1136 to schedule your free consultation (see more about this in the Bottom Line section).

With this in mind, Sono Bello claims to offer monthly payment options and zero percent financing upon approved credit.

Bottom Line: Is Sono Bello a Scam?

As with any medical procedure, there are always risks involved, and not all patients will achieve the same results. With this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the concerns we uncovered during our Sono Bello research:

First, outside of failure to experience meaningful results, the most common complaint we encountered cited high-pressure sales tactics. Unbeknownst to most customers, your initial Sono Bello consultation is not with a physician, but is instead conducted by a salesperson. Many customers complained that they were given inaccurate information during their consultations (e.g. about the results they could reasonable expect, the amount of healing time involved, etc.), and that the company is more concerned about convincing you to put down a deposit than they are about helping their patients look better.

With this said, remember that any deposit money you hand over is non-refundable, so make sure you fully intend to follow through before doing so. In fact, you may want to leave the office and think about your options for 24 hours before proceeding.

Finally, it’s important to note that according to this article, one Bellevue patient died as a result of acute lidocaine intoxication after receiving treatment from her local Sono Bello clinic, which ultimately resulted in a lawsuit that was settled for $1.8 million.

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36 Customer Reviews for Sono Bello

Average Customer Rating: 2.4
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 11 4 stars: 1 3 stars: 1 2 stars: 2 1 stars: 21
Bottom Line: 33% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 11 out 14 people found this review helpful

    Excellent, so happy I did this

    • Cincinnati, OH,
    • Feb 14, 2017

    First, I don't know who wrote this article, but they need to do an initial consultation to get all the facts. It's only half researched, and the opinion given here is unresearched crap.

    There will always be people who post negative reviews or can't be pleased and make it sound so scary, but again, go to the initial consultation and research it yourself before forming an opinion.

    I went through the Cincinnati, Ohio location and am extremely happy. The staff is amazing and caring! My doctor was Dr. Dawson, and I would recommend him to anyone. I look phenomenal, and I am only six weeks post op. I am excited to look in the mirror every morning to see the progress.

    I saw reviews where folks said they didn't lose weight. It's not a weight loss surgery, so they had unrealistic expectations. I had the lipo on my entire abdomen, waist, hips, and inner thighs and look so toned and thin, and six weeks post-op I weigh 7 lbs less because I am actively working to lose weight, not because the surgery was a silver bullet.

    I was close to my normal weight range and my doctor said it's better to be closer to the normal weight range because the result is better. They take between 30-70% of the fat cells out per area and contour. They take out the amount that will look right on the body as a whole.

    Pricing is per area but based on BMI, so the $1,295 per area is based off a low, normal range BMI, and the higher the BMI, the higher the cost per area. There is a one-time $2,000 surgical fee, but they gave me discounts. My BMI was 27, so I paid $1,495 per area, for a point of reference. I am so happy with my decision and results and am considering going back in the fall to do my arms since I don't have to pay the surgical fee again.

    The office and surgery room were nice and clean, the staff was caring and excellent, and my results so far are very noticeable. I am happy I did this and would recommend it to anyone who is considering it.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 11 out 14 people found this review helpful

    Couldn't be more pleased

    I don't normally leave reviews, but this time it's merited. I had my procedure for stubborn fat areas that I tried to get rid of my whole life. Every time I tried to diet and exercise them off, they just wouldn't go!

    But now they are gone! Not only am I happier in my clothes and out, I have been able to stick to my wellness program because I don't have my fat areas screaming "this isn't working." I see results of my efforts now that my fat pockets are gone.

    The staff was great! I would do this again, and I would highly recommend Sono Bello.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 37 out 38 people found this review helpful

    No results

    I paid over $6,000.00 and I ate vegan foods, fasted, and worked out at two different gyms. I lost weight, yet there were still no results from my liposuction since they hid a few things from me, like my chart, and they didn't take out as much fat as I was promised, or even their standard amount. And still, I wasn't told but I figured it out for myself (asking to see my chart once) and I noticed nothing was changing.

    I have to now dispute the charge and may even sue. If you want liposuction, go to a real hospital with real doctors. This was a bad idea and was just about getting my money. Everyone is nice when you're spending money.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 42 out 44 people found this review helpful

    Unfair consumer practices regarding refunds!

    Beware! Do not leave any money with Sono Bello!

    I put a $1,000 deposit down on lipo laser. I then requested a refund a few days later and was told that there will be no refunds under any circumstance for canceling a procedure that was never scheduled, and I never had a pre-op appointment. AND I needed a medical clearance from my neurologist!

    Why are they getting away with this? I suggest everyone on here that has experienced this to file a complaint with the FTC (www.ftc.gov).

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 62 out 62 people found this review helpful

    Horrible!

    I got Sono Bello almost one year ago. I had my stomach, back, love handles, inner thighs and the back of my arms done. The staff was amazing and helpful, however, the actual procedure did NOT work!

    I paid $14,000 for this to be done, and I'm a year out and have NO results. I did everything I was supposed to. I wore the garment, spent the extra money for the second set of the garment to wear for the longer time, I rolled and rubbed my stomach, and I ate healthily and exercised when I was allowed to. I have no results, and infact I have a lump on my stomach and scars all over that look like moles.

    I want my money back, and they won't let me. I'm going in and hoping to have them agree to help me in some way, even if I have to have the surgeries again. But I will NOT pay more money!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 11 out 20 people found this review helpful

    100% satisfied!

    The first procedure I had at Sono Bello was a liable suction on my derrière. The staff, from the front office to consultation to the medical staff, was phenomenal. The results were even more impressive, and I was so happy that around a year later I had three more areas treated.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 87 out 90 people found this review helpful

    Body Contour - not so non invasive!

    • Beverly Hills, CA,
    • Dec 28, 2016

    I went to the Beverly Hills Office to reduce fat pockets after being bed-ridden from an auto accident and Lonnie tried to oversell Liposuction triple procedure. Then I decided to try the body Venus like contouring magnetic polarity treatments. I should have been clued in by the Dr's arrogant mannerism in my consultation, practically in the nude, after being painfully inflicted by 2 not so experienced practitioners, and asking for a refund, as I wrote a refund addendum note in my purchase (payment up front of $5000$, contract). They are very uncooperative and reroute my calls to a Manager named Stephanie who won't return calls, and they won't even provide a simple email contact. I recommend they are investigated by the Medical Board for malpractice.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 114 out 116 people found this review helpful

    Lots of money for little results.

    • Tacoma, WA,
    • Dec 5, 2016

    I paid almost 10k for lipo to chin, lower abdomen, arms, and waist. Abdominal looks lumpy - it's weird. Arms and chin - no real change at all! Waist area has an indentation. Horrible and it makes me very sad. It was a lot of money.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 125 out 129 people found this review helpful

    Pending

    I cannot give an overall rating here YET but I went into Sono Bello for an initial appointment on October 06, 2016 & talked to a man whose name I cannot remember & his signature is not legible on the paperwork I received. But we discussed what I wanted to have done on my face, which included an eyebrow lift, some face lifting, & lifting under my chin. I paid a down payment of $1,195 & surgery was scheduled for early November.

    On October 2 I went into the office & paid an additional $10,000 prior to the surgery, scheduled for November 10. I was given lots of good instructions & met the doctor who would do the procedure, Dr. Lesavoy. I liked him immediately & felt totally comfortable with going forward on this procedure. On the day of surgery I came in at 11 a.m. per their instructions & was taken into a 'surgery room' where I sat in a very comfortable chair & was given three very strong pills to take. They knocked me out within a few minutes. I also apparently was given a shot on the inside of my left arm. I know this because over a week later I still have a big purple bruise there. Within minutes after I was out the procedure was started by sticking a sharp needle into my neck. This immediately brought me 'to' & I was screaming & thrashing around. The pain stopped & I apparently blacked out again. Moments later another sharp pain in my throat, & I was thrashing around again. This time I heard the doctor's voice saying "she is not a good candidate for this we will have to give her a refund."

    After that I apparently blacked out again & the next thing I remember is my friend who came to pick me up being there. Somehow she managed to get me home & I totally passed out & didn't wake up until many hours later. I lost that whole day. The next day I called Sono Bello to ask them what happened. I talked to office staff & told them that I would naturally expect a refund, per the doctor's comments as well as the fact that I apparently was not a good candidate for this procedure. Later another woman from Sono Bello called me & we discussed this, & I indicated that I wished to have a refund. I assured her that I was disappointed (& I was) but obviously per the doctor I was not a good candidate for this procedure. Apparently, there are a few of us who cannot tolerate this procedure. The doctor who was going to do the procedure was kind, courteous, totally reassuring, so hopefully I will have a good ending to this review.

    It has been nine days so far & I have not heard from anyone at Sono Bello, so will write them a letter & add another review soon.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 191 out 197 people found this review helpful

    Misleading Information

    It has been 7 months when I had my upper arm, bra line, lower and upper abs done.

    Let's start with the initial consultation. The PCC who saw me said, among others, that If I will have my upper arms done, it will transform from saggy to firm and that there will be a tiny incision and pointed to the front upper side of my arm.

    She further explained a bit that the impression left is that it will be a dual result, liposuction which will remove the fats and sculpting, which will make the skin look firm.

    She then proceeded on using her calculator, offered a reduced "Promo" price and that for me to be able to avail of that price, I have to pay it upfront. I told here that I will think about it and will decide/pay in the next 2 days.

    A very close friend was with me during the initial consultation and heard all about the discussion.

    After we left Sono Bello, I received more than 4 calls from different Sonobello Staff reminding me about the payment. I told them that my initial discussion with the PCC that we agreed I will be paying in 2 days time.

    Again, I was bombarded by 2 more calls prior to my payment date.

    The surgery went well, I guess. My upper arms, upper and lower abs done first then after a week my back bra line.

    I was scheduled to come back for several post-op follow-ups which were mostly Sono Bello taking pictures of the different areas.

    Last month, during my 6th month after having the surgery, I requested if my doctor can be present so that I can ask him questions.

    First, my upper arm still looks big to me and that my concern is that I have now a more prominent saggy skin. The doctor short of commented, “Of course you are 51 so you have to expect that”.

    I was then offered by the nurse to go for a non-surgical procedure which she said has no guarantees whether it will firm up my arms and I was asking to pay for the reduced package price upfront to lock up the discounted offer.

    I thought that having the laser lipo will have the result of a firm lipo sculpted arm.

    Sad that I did not get to read these reviews and that fellow patients are considering legal action. Please update me.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 185 out 189 people found this review helpful

    Lipo body sculpting

    Would not recommend Sono Bello to anyone, in fact, people need to start a class action law suit against these people. A friend of mine had this procedure done, was given false info from the people giving the consultation. As for the procedure itself, it has left her bed ridden and excruciating pain. And was told it would take up to three months to recover. She can't see any difference, and has spent her savings on this. These people are only after your money not your welfare. And my friend's self-esteem is low. She put her trust and faith in these people, not to mention all her savings, to be in constant pain and little, if that, results.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Dec 30, 2016

      Candy

      I would be very interested in joining a class action lawsuit if one has been started.

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