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Sono Bello

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Sono Bello specializes in a variety of body contouring and liposuction services that are claimed to help you remove unwanted fat and to achieve your specific beauty goals. Liposuction is considered an effective procedure, but there are risks involved.


  • Effective treatment for fat removal
  • Minimal recovery time
  • 60+ locations around the US
  • May be more effective than CoolSculpting
  • Potentially long-lasting results with a healthy lifestyle


  • Results may be subtle
  • Customer complaints against Sono Bello sales tactics
  • Pricing information isn’t transparent
  • Small risk of serious complications

Customer Reviews

3.3 Stars out of 229 Reviews
5 Star:50% 4 Star:6% 3 Star:2% 2 Star:4% 1 Star:36%
58% Recommend This Company
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Posted on Apr 11, 2020

Cringe at the name Sono Bello

By Sophia T., Sacramento, CA, Verified Reviewer

Hopefully, this review will help at least one woman from wasting her money at Sono Bello. It’s only after becoming a Christian can I now forgive this company for their misleading and deceptions.

First is the consultation. Yes the staff is extremely nice but who wouldn’t be, they want your money. You’re told if you leave a $1,000 deposit that day then ONLY can you save $2,500 from the total cost of the procedure. (Who doesn’t want to save 2,500?) The fine print said I had to purchase more than one area. They said the laser treatment they used would solve the problem of excessive skin after the liposuction when I asked about it. The day of the liposuction the doctor flipped the switch off of the lipo vacuum after he was finished and said I would definitely need skin removal but since they don’t deal with any incisions or surgery of that magnitude I would have to find a doctor that did. The laser did nothing and so I paid a total of $6,500 plus deposit only to look worse because I have rolls that are now empty and look more saggy than ever. Ladies when you get lipo on your lower and upper abdomen they don’t tell you that you will have back fat that bulges out from your bra strap more noticeably now either. When I complained they just gave me their motto - "EVERYBODYS DIFFERENT!" If I ever hear that phrase I just want to scream.

I cringe at every commercial I see misleading women who are desperate for a slimmer makeover and will just get disappointed. Those people on TV may be real but they had to get plastic surgery to remove the skin that they just don’t do at Sono Bello. Don’t waste your money ladies. Don’t let them make you bitter instead of better.

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

Helpful Review? 25 People Have Voted

Posted on Mar 13, 2020

Met my expectations

By Kimberly F., Raleigh, NC, Verified Reviewer

I am a retired Army officer and spent 23 years doing fitness daily. After 6 years of being retired and sitting at a desk job I developed flab on my midsection that will not go away with the walking that I am limited to doing. I can do light ab work, walk, and swimming for exercise so during months when I can't get in my pool the fat kept increasing. My clothes are all size 6, but when I started buying size 8 and 10 I knew I had to do something. My initial consultation was great. No whammies on cost. I was given a sheet with the total price and told to give a deposit and the finance options. I was initially surprised with the cost of $6000+, but I know that my quality of life was worth it.

My procedure was scheduled for 12:00 and I showed up at 10:30 as directed. They said I was 2 hours early and told me I was scheduled for 2 pm. I came back, only to be told my appointment would not be until 5 pm. This was the only thing that was inconvenient, but was actually a good thing because I did some shopping while I waited.

There was a little pain during the numbing process but the rest was not painful, only a "pulling" feeling from moving the device around. The nurses were very nice and informative. I got a garment to put on afterward and my ride was given the instructions. They put maxi pads on your cuts to catch the drainage but I did not have much draining. They prescribed Oxycodone and I only took it for the first two days to help me rest. I did my procedure on a Saturday and I went back to work on Tuesday. I could not wear the binder they gave me because it was impossible to sit and work with it on. I improvised with a similar product. I have mild swelling still - 5 days later, but can already see the results. I am 5'9" and normally 140 but got up to 163 when I decided to get the procedure. I did CoolSculpting a year prior at a cost of $1,200 and it did not work one bit. They told me it would take up to 3 sessions to see results. That's $3,600 and hoping it worked. The TriSculpt option gave instant results (despite the swelling) and I paid a slightly higher cost than CoolSculpting would have been after 3 treatments. Convenience is worth the additional cost.

The swelling, minor pain, and cost were expected and written clearly in the instructions and initial appt.

Sure, it was costly, but at almost 50 years old, I am looking for long-term quality of life changes. I realized that my diet and my sedentary work-life contributed to my fat. Now I am excited to get up, cook my lunch, pack my lunch and water bottles and when I am at work I walk 10 minutes every hour. This summer I will sport that bikini again without my belly hanging over the bottoms!

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

Helpful Review? 16 People Have Voted

Posted on Mar 2, 2020


By Dawn F., Virginia, Verified Reviewer

I met with Courtney at the Woodbridge location. We talked about the procedure, and I was very excited.

She told me it was a 1-3 day recovery period. We looked at financing options and applied for Care Credit. Courtney told me my purchase for the procedure was interest-free if paid off in a year.

Not only am I three months in and still experiencing discomfort, numbness, and tingling, I happened to look at my care credit account and see that I am being charged more than $100/month in interest.

I have reached out to Sono Bello to talk with someone in the corporate office. I feel scammed. I am going to file a complaint with the FTC as well for unethical business practices.

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

Helpful Review? 21 People Have Voted

Posted on Feb 28, 2020


By Coraly M., New Jersey, Verified Reviewer

When I found Sono Bello online after years of wanting liposuction I literally just felt like I HAD to have it done. I can honestly say they had me at "the very minimal downtime", part of the recovery. My story is similar to most unsatisfied patients. I paid lots of money for little results. I followed the post-op instructions to the T. It was embarrassing for people to know, I spent that kind of money with no results/almost non-existent. I would complain to the doctor's medical assistant at every post-op appointment about how unsatisfied I was with my results, because yes, after the surgery, you will not be scheduled to see or speak to the doctor who performed the surgery, but a medical assistant, all she kept telling me was...that I had to wait the 6 months to really see the difference. Well, let me tell you that it has been 8 months and nothing I still feel and look the same. In my opinion, this was truly a WASTE of money! It really sucks that I had to rate this in order to post, otherwise, I would have not rated at all.

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

Helpful Review? 17 People Have Voted

Posted on Dec 26, 2019


By Melissa P., Sacramento, CA, Verified Reviewer

I had a GREAT EXPERIENCE at Sono Bello. On December 5, 2019 I had my stomach, waist, and back done here at the Sacramento location on Howe Ave, in which I have to say the STAFF is OUTSTANDING, the consultation was thorough, but the procedure was AMAZING. I DID NOT FEEL A THING. It's been 2 weeks already and I feel really good, I can touch my toes, hahaha, after 9 children and being 52 years young, it was time and Sono Bello brought me back, I feel 35 again. Thank Sono Bello, Dr. Tavazoli, I appreciate you all.

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

Helpful Review? 16 People Have Voted

Posted on Nov 18, 2019

My time at troy office

By Candie P., Michigan, Verified Reviewer

To start, when we signed up, because it was my husband and I, we spoke with Julie Amann. She was great. Took the time to explain everything. Very personable. Also, when I go in for follow up appointments I have Jakeita who is very caring and thoughtful about how you are feeling and if you need anything. She takes the time to call you at home also and check on you not many would do that. Last but not least, the girls at the desk are always smiling and helpful. Nice to see.

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

Helpful Review? 7 People Have Voted

Posted on Oct 19, 2019

Answered all my questions

By Rebecca Y., Texas, Verified Reviewer

Had been considering options for body contouring for a few months, but still had a lot of questions.

Met with Mary at the Fort Worth location who spent an extended period of time to answer all my questions.

I am a diabetic with an A1 c of 5.9. Mary examined my body type and a medical history to assure me that I was a good candidate for the procedures I wanted to have done.

I am now comfortable with my decision to move forward with the options I have chosen and look forward to my surgery date.

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

Helpful Review? 9 People Have Voted

Posted on Oct 15, 2019

I would like a full refund

By Penelope H., Brookfield, WI, Verified Reviewer

I was told I would lose up to 2 dress sizes...I am wearing the same size. It was a waste of time and money. I could not see any changes. I am extremely disappointed and I want my money back.

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

Helpful Review? 55 People Have Voted

Posted on Sep 27, 2019

Don't use Milwaukee Sono Bello

By Jean O., Wisconsin, Verified Reviewer

Disappointed with Brookfield, WI Sono Bello location experience and management. The day before my procedure at my pre-op visit, another doctor walked into the room saying that corporate told him that he was doing my procedure the next day. When I told him I had specifically requested a female doctor, Dr. Muecke, he said to go talk to the manager, Kevin. I had contracted with Dr. Muecke who had great reviews. Kevin the manager then came into the room and stated that Jessica the Sono Bello consultant overbooked the Saturday procedures with Dr. Muecke. Then he tried to pressure me into using another doctor. I asked to reschedule the procedure with Dr. Muecke. Then the bombshell. Kevin said that the next day was Dr. Muecke's last day at Sono Bello. Kevin also said that Dr. Mueche's schedule the next day was already booked and I was not one of her patients. My only option was to use another doctor since the next day September 21, 2019, Dr. Muecke was leaving the practice permanently. I could not reschedule with her. Nurse Patricia standing there was stunned to hear it. Even she was unaware. I asked Kevin when he planned to tell me about the doctor switch. I did not feel comfortable with the male doctor who had walked in the room unannounced.

I asked Kevin for a refund and instead of talking with me, Kevin escorted me out the front door saying no one could talk to me. I never did meet Dr. Muecke. The whole Sono Bello experience was unprofessional, morally wrong, and disappointing. I left in tears. I then emailed Jessica at Sono Bello right away from my car since Kevin said that she was unavailable, and told her that I was disappointed in her overscheduling and that I wanted a refund. She has not responded. I called my credit card company to dispute the $995 down payment and the care credit company to notate my file that the procedure will not happen. If over-scheduling is a deliberate practice, then this outfit is all about the volume of people they can push through the process. They don't care about you as a person.

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

Helpful Review? 71 People Have Voted

Posted on Sep 27, 2019

Dr. Thomas Walek is the BEST

By Bella C., New York, Verified Reviewer

I have to say the main concern is if your doctor cares about you or his mighty dollar.

I went in for my surgery and Dr. Walek cared about my needs. I love this doctor, he is not money-hungry and he will not push for something he does not think you need like some doctors. He is also very compassionate. He knows his stuff. The day after my procedure I saw a difference. I wanted to get e.x done and he told me based on his observation he didn’t think I need it even though certain staff who handles the financial part was pushing for me to get it, Dr. Walek stood his ground and said "if the patient has doubts about scars and is not totally sure I won’t do something she’s not too sure about." Walek is amazing, if I ever need something done, he will be the only doctor I would go to. He is honest and very ethical about his work and he takes his time to do his work. Don’t worry about him rushing you so he can take the next patient. I ended up waiting an extra hour before he stated my procedure because he was working on another patient and did not want to rush. I’m waiting to see what I will look like in a couple of weeks. But I already see a difference the moment I removed the bandages the next day.

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

Helpful Review? 11 People Have Voted

Posted on Aug 30, 2019

So far so good

By Marilyn W., Suffolk, VA, Verified Reviewer

So far so good. The staff was warm and friendly and very informative. I liked not having to go under anesthetic and feeling out of sorts. I already see a difference and feel confident the end result will be great! I highly recommend Sono Bello to anyone.

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

Helpful Review? 10 People Have Voted
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