Sono Bello Review: Treatments, Cost, Side Effects

By Lydia Noyes
HighYa Staff Updated on: Mar 28, 2019

Sono Bello is a chain of body contouring clinics that claim to employ “America’s top cosmetic surgery specialists.” Over 100 board-certified surgeons work for Sono Bello, and the company states that they have performed more than 150,000 cosmetic procedures for tens of thousands of patients.

Headquartered in Kirkland, WA, the brand has expanded in recent years to cover more than fifty locations across the United States, each offering “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.”

They promise to provide each customer with the most advanced micro laser liposuction procedures possible to give them bodies they will be happier with. Should you consider Sono Bello for your cosmetic procedures? We’ll help you understand the facts here.

What Are Popular Sono Bello Procedures?

Sono Bello features three procedures: TriSculpt™ Laser Liposuction, Venus Freeze™, and TriSculpt E/X™.

According to the Sono Bello website, these procedures are much less invasive than traditional liposuction and require much less healing time. The procedures are available for both men and women and treat a wide variety of areas, including chest, chin, waist, abs, arms, back, and legs.

Further details about these procedures are below:

TriSculpt™ Laser Liposuction

As Sono Bello’s most popular procedure, this three-step fat removal procedure relies on “stay-awake localized anesthesia, power-assisted liposuction, and micro-laser assisted liposuction.”

Sono Bello reports that laser liposuction helps to restore the natural contours of your body and is ideal for removing fat pockets from your stomach, waist, arms, and legs.

You’ll stay awake through the procedure and get local anesthesia in the treatment areas. During treatment, a physician uses micro cannulas to suck out unwanted fat from large pockets and a separate micro cannula with a low-power laser to break down fat in smaller sections like your upper arms and under your chin.

Venus Freeze™

This non-surgical procedure is designed to reduce the appearance of cellulite through a combination of radio frequency and magnetic pulses. According to the company website, the freeze is painless and causes only a gentle massage feeling on your skin. They state that you will experience a trimmer, smoother figure in as few as five sessions.

Your treatment starts with a soft gel that is applied to the target area, and a Sono Bello treatment provider will glide a Venus applicator over the gel in smooth motions to tighten the skin and reduce cellulite. The treatment purportedly causes new collagen and elastin fibers to form to bring you more supple skin over time.

TriSculpt E/X™

This procedure is designed to remove excess skin, especially around the lower abdomen. It’s advertised as the ideal solution for toning up your appearance, especially when paired with liposuction to remove excess fat first.

How Much Does It Cost for Sono Bello Procedures?

Sono Bello states that their services are affordable, but we couldn’t find any pricing information listed on the company website at the time of writing except that they claim that prices start at $1,349 per area, with a minimum of three areas treated ($4,047 total).

This matches what plastic surgery experts told us about pricing within the industry. The 2017 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons lists the average cost of liposuction as $3,374, though the price of the procedure varies based on location and surgeon.

However, this pricing can be deceiving. In the words of plastic surgeon Dr. Samuel Lin, “the average fee referenced is only a portion of the cost. It does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.”

For this reason, you need to make sure you understand the full financial picture before committing to a procedure.

Saying that, Sono Bello’s services are highly customized based on their location and the treatments you need. If you want more information about the pricing for your unique situation, you’ll need to contact the company at (800) 995-1136 to schedule your free consultation (we’ll talk about this more at the end of the article).

Sono Bello offers numerous financing options, including options where you won’t owe any interest if you pay off the full amount of your treatment in six or 12 months. They also claim to offer financing through Care Credit, a medical credit card that offers various financing options depending on the cost of the procedure and the length of repayment you want.

As with any medical procedure, you’ll want to be sure that you have a complete understanding of the costs associated with your treatment before you commit. Read the fine print and ask lots of questions during your consultation so you know what you are signing up for.

Expert Insight About Liposuction

The Sono Bello website offers a comprehensive overview of liposuction. We learned that it is considered to be an effective surgical procedure for slimming, reshaping, and removing excess fat deposits in the body to create desired proportions.

Most liposuction procedures are performed with general anesthesia or minimal oral sedation, and the surgery itself requiring doctors to create small incisions in body tissues and use micro cannulas to extract fat cells from the body.

It’s important to note that liposuction treatments aren’t meant to be a solution for obesity or as a shortcut for weight loss.

Rather, Sono Bello states that the procedure should be considered a way to get rid of stubborn fat deposits that are difficult to remove from diet or exercise alone. Unlike dieting—which they state merely reduces the size of fat cells—liposuction removes the fat cells entirely.

Is liposuction a permanent fix for unwanted fat? That depends on how you treat your body afterward.

According to New York-based plastic surgeon Dr. Charlie Chen, “the results [of liposuction] can be permanent. However, it is impossible to take out every single fat cell in the area. Therefore, if the person gains weight, the liposuctioned area may also increase in size.”

Specialist surgeon Dr. Bernard Beldholm clarifies that any fat you regain after liposuction will look a little different than before the procedure.

“If the person gains weight the remaining fat cells will grow but the patient will remain in proportion,” he told us. “For example, if liposuction has been done on the saddlebags ‘hip area’ and the person gains weight, then the legs and body will get bigger but the saddlebags will not return.”

Not everyone is a candidate for liposuction. Chen told us that prospective patient should be in good health, have a medical history free of significant problems, and be within 30 pounds of their ideal body weight. It’s also best to be a nonsmoker and to have relatively elastic skin that will “bounce back” after the treatment.

Regarding recovery times, the company website states that most Sono Bello patients return to work within a week of treatment, and they are approved for vigorous exercise within four to six weeks.

An Analysis of Sono Bello Reviews and Complaints

We like to look at published customer reviews from third party sites to get a sense of what people think of the products we investigate. In general, it appears that the majority of online customer reviews regarding Sono Bello range from average to good.

Here at HighYa, the company scored 3.5 stars out of five after close to 200 reviews. Some of the most common complaints recorded were that patients thought their results were too subtle or short-lived to be worth the cost.

Many people reported that they felt like they were part of a “bait and switch” where they were quoted one price during their initial consultation and then were charged more than four times that amount at the time of the procedure. A few also reported that they felt like their treatment at the clinic was rushed and impersonal for the amount of money they were paying.

On the positive end, many people reported on our site that they loved how they looked after a Sono Bello procedure and that recovery time was quick and relatively painless.

This fits what we found on Yelp, where the company scored four stars out of five. Many of these reviewers stated that they had a positive experience with Sono Bello staff and felt like their needs were taken into consideration for the treatments they received.

Saying that, we also read reviews from people who felt that their skin looked deformed after treatment and that their bodies weren’t fully healed more than six months after their procedure.

Bottom Line: Is Sono Bello Right for You?

Committing to cosmetic surgery of any form is a big decision, so how can you decide if Sono Bello is right for you?

First, it’s important to be realistic about what your experience might be. 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 look at some of the concerns we uncovered during our Sono Bello research.

As numerous customer reviews made clear, your initial consultation for Sono Bello treatment might feel like a high-pressure sales talk. Many thought the company seemed more concerned with convincing them to put down a deposit than listening to their concerns or helping them choose the right treatment options.

Keep in mind that any deposit money you hand over is non-refundable, so consider your options carefully before putting down money for treatment. In fact, you may want to leave the office and think about your options for 24 hours before proceeding.

Cosmetic surgery, even relatively non-invasive treatments like what Sono Bello offers, aren’t for everyone. We think you are most likely to benefit from this form of treatment if you fall under the following descriptors:

  • You understand that liposuction from Sono Bello isn’t designed for extreme weight loss, but rather to reduce the appearance of fat in hard-to-tone areas.

  • You are within 30 pounds of your goal weight and struggle to get the results you want from diet and exercise alone.

  • You are willing to commit to a healthy diet and exercise routine to maintain your results.

  • You understand that your treatment will likely cost $4,000 or more and that you will need to put down a non-refundable deposit.

  • You understand it might take six months or more for swelling to go down completely after treatment.

  • You understand that final results might be subtle and that any cosmetic procedure runs the risk of potentially permanent complications.

» See Also: How to Find the Best Plastic Surgeon: Everything You Need to Know

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Average Consumer Rating: 3.4
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Bottom Line: 60% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Do NOT waste your money

    • Tampa, FL,
    • Apr 22, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    The initial visit is a sales pitch where you are feeling pressured to lock in the current special which is a discount at that time. Nonetheless, I was having my vow renewal and wanted to wear this beautiful dress, but I had concerns with my knees, inner thighs, and my back.

    Sono Bello convinced me that it was minimal invasion, little downtime and my results would be awesome. They were very easy to reach prior to making a payment. Once the payment was made, it was next to impossible to reach. You would have to leave a voicemail and they would return the call.

    The procedure itself was very painful. The doctor was not pleasant. Despite my high tolerance for pain, the doctor stated if I continued to moan of the pain, he would stop the procedure and have me pay more to be under full anesthesia to do the procedure. Once the procedure was done, I had a lot of pain and bruising - more than I was told.

    Given all of the above, I was still excited because I concentrated on my end results. However, that quickly was added to my list of disappointment. I have before and after pictures, there was absolutely NO change in my thighs and back other than the scars of where the doctor inserted the laser. My knees have a small change in them, but not really that noticeable without actually starring. I am very disappointed with what was delivered. Do yourself a favor and save your money.

    Do NOT go to Sono Bello in Tampa!

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

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Initial call

    I am very disappointed because I was told that my current weight did not fit the criteria for the services, but my thing is, the commercial shows women that look way bigger then I do. How do they know if my scale was not off? It was very discouraging to be turned away.

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

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  • 38 out 38 people found this review helpful

    FREE Consultation

    I went in for a free consultation on a Tuesday morning. Sat down with Christina. She went over the procedure, never offered any pictures of results until I asked. She started asking about payment and financing before telling me how much my procedure would be. The price she initially gave was $15,000.00. I told her that I wasn’t willing to pay that amount. All of a sudden she said they would do it for $8000 but if I scheduled for the following Saturday then they could do it for $7,500.00. I didn’t like her sales tactics, so I told her that I was going to get a few other quotes and her friendly attitude quickly changed. The following week, I received a credit card in the mail that I never signed for or authorized. My attorney is looking into this.

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

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  • 56 out 56 people found this review helpful

    Liposuction

    • Greenwood Village, CO,
    • Mar 6, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    First off, the price they quoted me was $1,000 off. Paul Ziewbal is not a professional doctor. The treatment hurt more than childbirth. Finally, the results is horrible. I would do anything to have my old body back. My legs look so abnormal.

    I was treated like a number, not a patient.

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

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  • 25 out 33 people found this review helpful

    My Sono Bello results seen one week post procedure

    • Ontario, Canada,
    • Feb 22, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I'm so thrilled to share the results I've seen after my procedure. What has been a battle to get rid of my problem ab area, I am now seeing the results one week post op. The Ontario Sono Bello location is stunning! Bright, clean, modern. The staff is amazing! The doctor is too! Everything explained well, and what to expect. I'm so glad I finally took the time to take care of me. Thank you Sono Bello Ontario.

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

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    • Feb 27, 2019

      Cris T.

      If you don't mind sharing, what were the costs like? I have been for a tummy tuck consultation which I'm afraid of because I don't like elective surgeries, but I too have been unhappy with the look of my stomach for years. But, I don't want to do something as costly as the tuck.

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  • 28 out 31 people found this review helpful

    Pleased with results

    • Laurel, MD,
    • Feb 20, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I am so so so pleased with the results of my lower ab laser lipo procedure. I had no downtime, awesome follow-ups and care from the Sono Bello team and my results are absolutely amazing! I have received the results I expected and wanted for so long. I cannot be happier. I followed all the instructions given by the Sono Bello's Dr. Onyewu, and staff, and achieved flawless results. Now that the fat has been removed, and I am maintaining my results, I have succeeded in going from a 13 pant size, to a 10 and can even fit an 8.

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

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    • Feb 27, 2019

      Cris T.

      If you don't mind sharing, was it expensive? I've had consultations for a tummy tuck but I'm afraid of that type of surgery but willing to change my appearance. However, I don't want to pay tummy tuck prices either.

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  • 70 out 71 people found this review helpful

    Very polite and professional staff but that's where it ends!

    • Wisconsin,
    • Feb 18, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I had three procedures done back in July. Like I stated, the staff is excellent. When I went in I had an 11:30 am appointment. I didn't get the procedure started until after 7 pm. In my opinion, it was like an assembly line! They try to get as many patients in and out as possible in one day! Again, in my opinion, I did not get the results that I sure have considering how much I spent! It seemed to me they did not want to open another bag of chemicals to use on me and wanted me done and out for the next patient. Yes, I did lose an inch or so, but no weight.

    I want back for my check-ups and the last one I told them my concern. They said they could get more out, which they should have gone from the beginning but then they put me in touch with the person who makes the appointments and sets the price. After paying over $10,000, they wanted an additional $4,000 to do the rest! I wish I would have gone somewhere else to get an estimate on what I wanted done and have it done right the first time! I have to admit I did change my diet, extremely changed my diet, but I'm limited to working out by walking only.

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

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  • 105 out 109 people found this review helpful

    Operation unsuccessful

    • Harrison, NY,
    • Feb 16, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    In June 2017 I did the TriSculpt procedure and paid $6500.00 on June 26, 2017 in full at the initial consultation. I did not lose any fat, my stomach and waistline remains the same as when I went in for the surgery. I did everything they suggested including going for all the follow-up appointments and was told each time that the area was still swollen and will take time to show results.

    On May 24, 2018 I was sent this letter.

    Please see CMO decision below.

    Per Dr. Lyons:

    Lifestyle change and pt personal discipline combined with lipo contouring

    Achieve the results we predict at SB

    Weight gain after surgery coupled with a request for mire lipo is a paradox

    I DENY a revision consideration until pt accepts responsibility of the outcome by returning to preop or hopefully losing weight

    Lipo is not a weight reduction technique

    Please feel free to call me at the office to discuss.

    ******* | Practice Manager (Employee name redacted)

    Sono Bello - Body Contour Centers

    450 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 101

    Harrison, NY 10528

    *****@sonobello.com (employee email redacted)

    (o) 914.670.7957

    Of course I have not been able to lose this weight, which is why I resorted to doing the surgery. In fact, I gained weight from the initial 215 lbs to hovering over 220 lbs.

    I am so disappointed and feel ripped off. Not once did they bring me in to see how they could address my concerns or redo the procedure. Right after I started complaining and asking about Dr. **** (Doctor name redacted) who performed the procedure, I was told he no longer works for Sono Bello. That drew my suspicions that perhaps he botched my surgery. Did he really remove the fat from my body? How do we really know what was done since there is no memory of what happened that day? All I remember is going under the general anesthesia and getting into my friend’s car for the ride home after the surgery.

    I think this is a sham and people should not do this surgery. I would like to join a class action suit against them even though this will not change my results but at least I could recoup my hard earned money.

    Do not do this surgery with Sono Bello. It is a rip-off and caused me many sleepless nights and unhappiness.

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

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    • Mar 7, 2019

      Pilar Y.

      Do you know other people with your same concern? I'm planning to have it done but your comment is making me change my mind. I hope you are happier now.

    • Mar 27, 2019

      Molly M.

      This is a fake review. I'm also a customer of Sono Bello, and they don't even do general anethesia, only local. Oops! Busted. Liar. Clearly whoever wrote this was never even one of their patients, let alone one who’s been scammed. Perhaps a bitter competitor? Be careful who you listen to on here.

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  • 17 out 29 people found this review helpful

    Best invention ever for fast fat permanent fat loss

    Best ideal invented for fast fat loss. Easy, and it's permanent. All the staff and doctors there are amazing and so helpful in getting you what you want. You won't regret it. Not one real bad review, the ones that were negative was simply because they didn't follow instructions. Didn't wear their garments the proper way, didn't wait the full length of time to get the amazing results. Everyone that has had this procedure and followed instructions have cotton amazing results.

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

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  • 21 out 25 people found this review helpful

    So happy!

    • Overland Park, KS,
    • Feb 13, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Ok ladies, I’ve been to Sono Bello twice now and I have loved my result, and it does work. You go in fat one day and leave the same day skinny, NO JOKE. Dr. King was my doctor on both times and I absolutely adore her! She’s so caring and is very talented at what she does. I actually was more excited to see her then my procedure, lol. And her nurses, they are all sweet as can be. Dr. King will tell you exactly what she can do for you, no pain during surgery for me that I can remember. I am sore afterward, but I would do it all over again. Heck, I might even get more done again!

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

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    • Mar 10, 2019

      Charla M.

      Kimberly - can you tell me where the facility you went to is? I live in Olathe and am thinking of getting a consultation. You sound like you had a great outcome and I'm striving for the same...Thank you!

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  • 15 out 18 people found this review helpful

    Awesome experience

    • Troy, MI,
    • Feb 12, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Sono Bello in Troy, Michigan is great. My first phone contact was very pleasant no pressure, Samantha was very helpful and knowledgeable. Throughout the whole process, the amazing staff was right along the way, from making sure I was comfortable, to answering any and all questions and preparing me for surgery. The after care has been amazing. I’m not sure about other locations but my experience in Troy has been great. I am satisfied with the results of the surgery. The only negative comment I will say is that you have to make sure the doctor takes the time to listen to what you want and fully explain realistic expectations. My doctor did but only after I said I wanted to spend time talking about it. Other than that I am 4 days post op. I had upper/lower abs, waist and bra roll, along with skin removal. I’m feeling a little sore and very much swollen but doing good. Can see slight results already.

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

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    • Feb 14, 2019

      Dee R.

      About how much did you spend, if you don't mind me asking? And when are you expected to fully recover?

    • Mar 8, 2019

      Shannon G.

      Hello Dee, it was around $8,000. It has been a month now and lots of the swelling has gone down and I am really seeing the contour. They said that at about 6 months I should really see great results and I can see that I’m on the right path to achieving great results. I have some aches and pains here and there as the muscle and nerves are healing, but I massage it daily and use Shea butter to help and also use the scar tape that has the incision healing up perfectly. I’m so surprised. I am very satisfied so far with the result and healing process. I will say that it does heal slowly though, so be patient.

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